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Forest Garden Win King’s Award for Enterprise

Worcester-based Forest Garden have been honoured with the first ever King’s Award for Enterprise – for Innovation. The highest and most prestigious award possible for UK businesses.


Founded in 1974 Forest Garden, which employs over 500 people is the leading manufacturer and distributor of wooden buildings, fencing and structures for residential and agricultural gardens.


The prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise is for Forest Garden’s innovation of a world-first fully automatic high-speed fence panel manufacturing process.


Forest Garden CEO, Guy Grainger, said: “Whilst innovating the manufacture of fence panels may not seem particularly exciting, in our sector it has been nothing short of revolutionary.


“To have successfully introduced a new panel suitable for automation into our market, alongside replacing a traditional manufacturing process with ground-breaking high-speed automation, are achievements of which we are particularly proud.”


By fully automating the manufacturing process, the company has reduced panel production time by almost 70%, improved production margins, and enabled their UK-sourced and manufactured products to compete with imports.


Automation has also delivered a more uniform, quality product and increased the business’s ability to meet storm-driven surges in fencing demand.


Using only sustainable British timber, Forest Garden are part of the Forest Garden Group whose operations across Worcestershire and Scotland include sawmills and manufacturing plants.


Forest Garden are one of 148 organisations nationally to be recognised with a prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise. Announced today (Friday 21 April), Forest Garden has been recognised for its excellence in Innovation.


The King’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the UK. The awards were first established in 1965 and since then over 7,000 companies have achieved a King’s Award.


2023 marks the first year of The King’s Awards for Enterprise, reflecting His Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II by recognising outstanding UK businesses. The awards celebrate the success of exciting and innovative businesses which are leading the way with pioneering products or services, delivering impressive social mobility programmes, or showing their commitment to excellent sustainable development practices.

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For interview requests / images etc – please contact John Warburton: 07970 681318 [email protected] ABOUT FOREST GARDEN Forest Garden is the UK’s leading and most trusted manufacturer and distributor of quality wooden garden products. Established nearly 50 years ago, the British values-driven brand offer garden buildings, fencing, sheds and decorative structures which are available to buy online and from more than 3,000 retail stores across the UK. A proud advocate for the British manufacturing industry, Forest combines practicality with aesthetics to create better outdoor spaces – regardless of size. What’s more, Forest is a carbon-neutral company and is proud to use sustainable, British FSC-certified timber, predominately grown and felled from managed forests across Scotland. Making British gardens great. For more:

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