Nurseryman Chris Lane wins Plant Heritage honour

Plant Heritage has conferred its most prestigious honour, The Brickell Award, on Chris Lane.
Chris has held his National Collection of Hamamelis since 1997 and runs his own nursery, Witch Hazel Nursery, in Sittingbourne, Kent.
The Brickell Award for Excellence in Cultivated Plant Conservation is presented annually in recognition of outstanding work being undertaken by a National Plant Collection Holder with Scientific status.

Plant Heritage Conservation Officer Mercy Morris said: "I am thrilled that Chris lane has won the Brickell Award, he has one of the most well-developed and researched collections, and is truly dedicated to spreading his enthusiasm and knowledge of the genus to others."

Chris was delighted with the news and said that being a National Plant Collection holder was not just about being a steward for conservation through preservation. He believes a holder should embrace conservation and rise to the challenges and opportunities afforded to him.
“His work on his chosen genera is outstanding, and will contribute substantially to ongoing research into both the cultivation and propagation of woody plants. To hold four National Collections and carry out so much research and development is a huge achievement. I think he would be a very worthy winner,” added Mercy.

Chris holds four National Plant Collections Hammamelis, Wisteria, Amelanchier and Parrotia. He is a professional nurseryman specialising in woody plant propagation. He is an extremely knowledgeable plantsman and serves on the Woody Plant Committee of the RHS.

He has published the Definitive Guide To Hammamelis: Witch Hazels Plant Collectors Guide (2005), and is always very willing to host tours of his Collections.
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