Wyevale Nurseries product development co-ordinator Ben Gregory has won the International Plant Propagators Society (IPPS) International Exchange Award.
The 23-year-old is now in America as part of the award, joining the IPPS international tour visiting some of the most innovative nurseries and research stations in the US.
"I'm ecstatic to have won the IPPS International Exchange Award," Mr Gregory said. "It's an amazing opportunity for me as the IPPS tour is attended by growers, researchers and business owners from across the world. It will be a fantastic platform for me to network and share knowledge, techniques and experience."
Vice-President of IPPS European Region Tim Lawrance-Owen, who was on the panel that interviewed the applicants added: "Ben showed himself to be highly motivated, with a desire to develop a career in the industry...He will gain greatly from his experiences visiting nurseries in the Southern USA and apply them in his work."