Robert Hillier is Chair of Hillier Nurseries Limited, the foremost grower of trees and shrubs in the UK. As the fourth generation of the family business founded in 1864 he has overseen the changes and investment necessary to thrive in an increasingly competitive international market.
In 2008 the Hampshire based nursery secured the contract to supply over 4,000 semi-mature trees to the Olympic Park. In 2010 Robert Hillier was awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour for outstanding achievement by the Royal Horticultural Society.
‘When the tender for the Olympic Park trees came out we were determined to win it for the UK. We took a risk by containerising the stock in advance of winning the order. The ODA partners could see the trees and our commitment.’ Robert Hillier