Boyd Douglas-Davies has been awarded the Charles Pearson Memorial Medal for his contribution and service to the horticultural industry.
Boyd, who is CEO of the Hillview Garden Centre Group, was presented with the accolade by HTA President, Adam Taylor, at the HTA Garden Futures Conference held at Heythrop Park on 4 October.
Douglas-Davies’ career in garden retail spans over 30 years and he started the Hillview Garden Centre Group in 2011 which has 11 stores across the country.
Douglas-Davies is also renowned for his charity work in the industry and joined the Greenfingers Board of Trustees in 2014. He is the founder of Garden Re-Leaf Day, a cross industry fundraising event. Through the 24-hour Plant-a-thons, quiz nights, sponsored walks and cake sales, Garden Re-leaf has raised over £500,000 for Greenfingers which has helped to create gardens for children’s hospices all over the UK.
Douglas-Davies said: “I was totally shocked and for once utterly lost for words when the announcement was made. I feel incredibly honoured to be the recipient of this year’s award and to be included in a list of people for whom I have such huge respect and admiration is a genuine privilege.
“This is such a wonderful industry and to have been part of it for the last 33 years is brilliant. I hope this doesn’t mean anyone’s expecting me to hang up my boots anytime soon!”