The Awards Council
Responsibility for the Company’s support of the fruit industry is vested in the Fruiterers Awards Council. The Council grants awards for excellence and supports education and research into fruit culture and marketing. It administers the major triennial awards – the Lewis Award for marketing, the Ridley Medal for distinguished services to fruit growing and the Matthew Mack Award for distinguished training achievements within the fruit industry.
In addition, the Council acts as a catalyst for a variety of educational programmes in support of fruit production – pre- and post harvest and in its widest sense. These include support of Nuffield Farming Scholars, students on Fruit Supervisory and Management courses, the Concordia Agricultural Bursary Scheme, Cider Training courses and researcher attendance at international conferences.
Research and Education
The Company maintains strong links with UK research institutions and universities to identify projects of value to British Horticulture. Often it provides funds to enable research groups to secure long term strategic support from national funding streams (AHDB, DEFRA and trade and industry associations) to further their work as well as that of research students and post-doctoral fellows.
Research scientists and others benefit hugely from opportunities to present their work at international conferences and congresses. The Company offers travel bursaries to those scientists and research students whose work the Awards Council considers appropriate to the challenges confronting fruit production in the UK.
From time to time the Company, through the Awards Council, supports a scholar from the Nuffield Farming Trust who wishes to study a fruit related subject. The programme provides funds and opportunities to enable the scholar to travel all over the world to gather knowledge and information from international leaders in their study subject. The aim of a Nuffield Scholarship is to transform that worldwide experience into practical improvements for the UK Fruit Sector.
To apply for a scholarship, visit www.nuffieldscholar.org.uk.
In the Company’s support of Education the Awards Council currently offers financial support to:
Fruit Industry employees who are participating in the Fruit Supervisory and Management Course at Hadlow College.
Fruit growers who wish to attend a recognised Cider Making course.
The Company awards prizes annually to outstanding undergraduate and Master’s students who have evidenced an interest in fruit (as defined botanically) and expressed a wish to develop a career in the fresh produce industry. Prizes are awarded through a competitive process. Students submit a personal statement and details of any relevant work, experience and /or interests in fruit and fruit products. Applications must be supported by a reference from the student’s course tutor. Applications are assessed by a group of experts including those from academia, applied research and the fruit and related industries.
The land-based colleges and universities participating in the scheme include Hadlow, Writtle and Kew and the Universities – Harper Adams, Cranfield, Nottingham, Royal Agricultural, Reading, Warwick and Greenwich.
Bramley Apple Teaching Pack
To celebrate the bi-centenary of the Bramley apple in 2009 the Company developed a programme of planting Bramley trees in the grounds of many inner London schools, City Farms, Community Association and Housing projects.
To accompany these plantings they developed a teaching pack so that children and disadvantaged people receiving the trees could learn about the trees and how to use the harvest they produce.