Graham joined East Malling as Farm Manager in 2008, taking on a post at the forefront of UK fruit growing. His role involves innovating, adopting and adapting scientific and agronomic advances from EMR or other parts of the world, and applying them to commercial growing situations, on the 220ha site, to challenge the status quo. In 2009, Graham established the Concept Pear Orchard at EMR, an innovative intensive orchard comparing three Dutch systems against a traditional system which is proving invaluable as an educational and training tool for growers contemplating future plantings.
Graham started his horticultural career as a fourth generation grower on the family’s mixed farm near Sandwich in Kent. Following an agricultural course at Writtle College, Graham developed the family farm, investing in specialist fruit storage and packhouse facilities. Graham has also represented growers’ views on associations, PO’s and NFU committees.