The winner of the 69th Goudhurst and Paddock Wood NFU Orchard Competition 2019, sponsored by Avalon Produce Ltd https://www.avalonproduce.com/ , is Adrian Scripps Ltd http://adrianscripps.co.uk/ with its Moat Farm orchard at Five Oak Green, near Tonbridge in Kent.
Mark Holden, production director, received the prize on behalf of Adrian Scripps Ltd from Martin Webber, south west Kent NFU group secretary. Runner up was Ian Overy Farms, with its orchards at Mascalls Court, Burrs Hill and Crouches Farms. A farm walk preceded the prize-giving and more than 90 growers and industry representatives attended, underlining the growing popularity of this annual event. Refreshments were sponsored by BASF.
Mark Holden, production director Adrian Scripps Ltd, is pictured left, receiving his prize from group secretary Martin Webber. South west Kent NFU group secretary Martin Webber, said: “Once again we were treated to judging a number of wonderful orchards throughout Kent and East Sussex for the 69th annual NFU Goudhurst and Paddock Wood Orchard Competition.
It seems that this year’s crop will be above average but not exceptional.”
Mr Webber said that the quality of fruit was high from all competitors, despite challenges from pests and a reduced crop protection toolbox.
“As picking now begins in earnest, hopefully this will be the start of a successful and profitable year for the top-fruit sector.”
Mark Holden, production director Adrian Scripps Ltd, is pictured left, receiving his prize from NFU group secretary Martin Webber.