Connie Hudson: Adam Greathead Award Trainee

Striving horticulturalist, Connie Hudson has been granted the ‘Adam Greathead Award’ by John Massey and the Ashwood Nurseries team.

Horticulturist John Massey and new Adam Greathead Award Trainee Connie Hudson in Massey's Garden at Ashwood Nurseries
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The Adam Greathead Award is sponsored in part by the Ashwood Charitable Trust and aims to teach good gardening practices and a love of plants. Adam Greathead was head gardener to Ashwood nursery owner and renowned horticulturist, John Massey from 2014-2017. Unfortunately, Greathead passed away suddenly aged 27 in 2017, a young life cut tragically short and great loss to horticulture.

Honouring Greathead, the award provides a young horticulturist the incredible opportunity to spend twelve months working and learning in two of Britain’s much-loved gardens; John’s Garden and Great Dixter.

Massey announced that Connie Hudson is their new chosen trainee. The talented cyclist and aspiring horticulturist, will spend the next six months working in Massey’s garden at Ashwood Nurseries after which she will train with Fergus Garrett at Great Dixter in Sussex.

Last year’s award recipient, Matthew Padbury “has gone from strength to strength and has been kept on for an extended period at Dixter”, explained Massey.

Hudson will be writing a regular blog about her experience as the new trainee.