The finalists have been announced for the Tyfu Cymru Training Award, part of the Lantra Land based Learner awards 2020. 

The Lantra Land based Learner Awards celebrate the talents of Wales’ top environmental and land-based individuals and business, and recognise the initiative, skills and enthusiasm of individuals pursuing careers within the environmental and land-based sector.

The top horticulture businesses in Wales for outstanding commitment to Continuous Professional Development by engaging with the Tyfu Cymru project have been listed as follows:

  • Aberglasney Gardens
  • Derwen Garden Centre
  • Hootons Homegrown
  • Puffin Produce Ltd
  • Seiont Nurseries
  • Springfield Produce

Tyfu Cymru is able to provide 100% funded support to eligible horticulture businesses in Wales through the provision of 1:1 support, access to networks, study tours, group training and other means of aiding the development of industrial knowledge, skills and processes.

Unfortunately, no formal award ceremony can take place. The winner and runner up of this award will be announced on Tuesday 9th February.


Nominee for the Tyfu Cymru Training Award, part of Lantra Wales’ Land based Learner awards: 

Aberglasney Gardens, Carmarthenshire 

Aberglansey Gardens - quite simply one of Wales’ finest gardens. A renowned plantsman’s paradise. It offers the opportunity to explore more than 10 acres of magnificent gardens

Set in Carmarthenshire’s picturesque Tywi valley, at its heart is a fully restored Elizabethan Cloister Garden and parapet walk. Great care and thought have gone into developing a garden for all seasons.

As a training venue for colleges and groups it is great to see the investment that Aberglasney put towards their own staff by engaging in the opportunities Tyfu Cymru can offer enabling up to date industry knowledge and continuous professional development.


Nominee for the Tyfu Cymru Training Award, part of Lantra Wales’ Land based Learner awards: 

Derwen Garden Centre, Welshpool

A family run business that prides itself on an extensive range of plants and knowledgeable staff.

Derwen Garden Centre’s nomination for the Tyfu Cymru Training Award is an accolade to their ongoing commitment to their engagement with the support that Tyfu Cymru offers, through training, advice and other forms of continuous professional development.

Derwen Garden Centre is one of the finest independent garden centres in the country and is owned and run by the Joseph family. They are able to supply a diverse range of plants (through their own Dingle Nurseries) and proudly promote advice from their knowledgeable staff.


Nominee for the Tyfu Cymru Training Award, part of Lantra Wales’ Land based Learner awards: 

Hootons Homegrown, Anglesey

Hootons Homegorown is a family farm proudly producing homegrown Anglesey fruit and vegetables and rear their own livestock.          

The Hooton family have evolved their business over many years, from a farm growing cereals and potatoes to todays collection of enterprises which not only comprises of a farm growing an extensive range of vegetables and fruit but also livestock that supply their two farm shops and café.          

It is obvious to see the passionate continuing commitment to developing their professional enterprises and knowledge. The 100% funded support from Tyfu Cyrmu has enabled the family and their emplyees to gain knowledge and obtain assistance that has helped to enhance their foresight and ability to develop even further.


Nominee for the Tyfu Cymru Training Award, part of Lantra Wales’ Land based Learner awards: 

Puffin Produce Ltd, Haverfordwest

Puffin Produce is the largest supplier of Welsh produce in Wales, supplying a wide variety of potatoes and seasonal vegetables to multiple major retailers and wholesalers.

Puffin Produce have been growing and supplying a range of delicious ethically sourced produce that is proudly grown, picked and packed in Wales.

Today, Puffin Produce employs around 180 team members at their Withybush headquarters. They pack around 65,000 tonnes of Welsh potatoes every year, including their Pembrokeshire Early PGI potatoes.

The Blas y Tir brand not only sells quality Welsh potatoes, but also a range of delicious Welsh seasonal vegetables.

Puffin Produce hold strong values with regards to their people, community and environment to ensure that they are at the heart of their business which is reflected in their nomination for the Tyfu Cymru Training Award, through their engagement and commitment to ongoing horticulture training and continuing professional development.


Nominee for the Tyfu Cymru Training Award, part of Lantra Wales’ Land based Learner awards: 

Seiont Nursery, Caernarfon           

Seiont Nurseries Ltd supply mail order plants such as Cordylines, hardy Ferns & Heucheras. They work with breeders & agents worldwide to develop some of the best new varieties available.

We are big enough to cope and small enough to care! Is the slogan of Seiont Nurseries Ltd.

Established in 1978, Seiont nurseries is a well-known plug and liner producer with an annual production of 850,000 liners and 400,000 plugs. They specialise in new and unusual varieties that are sold throughout the UK and Europe.

Seiont Nurseries have been able to adapt to turbulent changes in their business environment successfully throughout this transitional year and have continued to develop their professional knowledge, skills and processes with the support provided by Tyfu Cymru.


Nominee for the Tyfu Cymru Training Award, part of Lantra Wales’ Land based Learner awards: 

Springfield Produce,Pembrokeshire

Springfields Fresh Produce (Manorbier) Ltd grow top quality strawberries, daffodils and asparagus to sell in their Pembrokeshire farm shop as well as dozens of varieties of daffodil bulbs.

Springfields, is run by Nick and Pat Bean where for many years they have been growing top quality strawberries, daffodils and asparagus in Pembrokeshire. They sell to customers through their farm shop in Manorbier. From August onwards, Springfields’ daffodil bulbs are on sale: giving their customers a wide choice of numerous varieties.

Nick and Pat Bean have been able to utilise the 100% funded support offered by Tyfu Cymru in many ways in order to enhance their continuous professional development and evolve their enterprises accordingly, which has secured them a nomination for the Tyfu Cymru Training Award.


We would like to congratulate all of the nominees for the Tyfu Cymru Training Award.