The nominees have been announced for the Tyfu Cymru Training Award, part of the Lantra Land-based Learner awards 2021. 

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:

  • Ali's Edibles
  • Boverton Nurseries Ltd
  • Claire Austin Hardy Plants
  • Derwen Garden Centre
  • Springfields Fresh Produce (Manobier) Ltd
  • Vale Pick Your Own (RJ & RJ Saunders)

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.

The winner and runner up of this award will be announced at the Lantra Cymru Awards Ceremony on Thursday 24th February 2022.


Nominee for the 2021 Tyfu Cymru Training Award, part of Lantra Wales’ Land-based Learner awards:

Ali's Edibles | Llanmaes, Vale of Glamorgan 

Ali's Edibles is a market garden in the village of Llanmaes, Vale of Glamorgan. By popular demand they supply fresh, nearly organic, local vegetables to supply local people, harvesting twice a week and delivering produce to the customer's doors.

Through engaging in the 100% funded training opportunities provided by Tyfu Cymru, Ali's edibles has proved commitment to ongoing professional development, securing them a nomination for the Tyfu Cymru Training Award.


Boverton Nurseries Ltd | Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan

Boverton Nurseries Ltd is a long-established family business that specialises in Spring/Summer bedding plants that are grown specifically to requirements for local authorities.

Using state of the art technology to transplant and fill all bedding pots and trays means that they can offer a wide range of quality plants, hanging baskets and tubs at competitive prices.

Their investment in people is reflected in their nomination for the Tyfu Cymru Training Award, through their engagement and commitment to ongoing horticulture training and continuing professional development.


Claire Austin Hardy Plants | Newtown, Powys  

Claire Austin Hardy Plants is a high-quality specialist nursery providing the opportunity to order plants by mail order or online. Headed by husband and wife owners Claire and Ric with over 30 years of growing experience, they are supported by a small, enthusiastic and knowledgeable team of full time and seasonal employees. In addition to the large perennial selection they sell, they are National Collection Holders of both a Bearded Iris Collection (full status) and a Hybrid Herbaceous Peony Collection (provisional status).

The commitment shown by Claire Austin Hardy Plants to engage in the 100% funded opportunities that Tyfu Cymru provides is reflected in their nomination for the Tyfu Cymru Training Award. Providing their staff with ongoing horticulture training and continuing professional development.


Derwen Garden Centre | Welshpool, Powys

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.


Springfields Fresh Produce (Manorbier) Ltd | Tenby, Pembrokeshire

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.


Vale Pick your Own | Bovilston, Vale of Glamorgan

Vale Pick your Own is run by Rob and Rachel Saunders in the Vale of Glamorgan. Following a wet winter in 2019 along with poor returns on their beef cattle enterprise, the couple diversified into soft fruit and pumpkin picking. Through the help provided by Tyfu Cymru their growing was a success and the farm has become a great attraction for family days out.

Their commitment to continuous professional development through the opportunities provided by Tyfu Cymru has warranted a nomination for the Tyfu Cymru Training Award.

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