Adrian Scripps played a central role in topfruit industry initiatives and laid the foundations for the eponymous producer, which today farms 750 hectares in Kent

Adrian Scripps has died aged 86

Adrian Scripps has died aged 86

Adrian Scripps, one of the most important growers of apples ever to the farm in the UK, died last weekend aged 86.

“It’s very sad news,” Adrian Scripps Ltd managing director James Simpson told the FPJ. “Adrian Scripps was a topfruit pioneer in the UK and a real force behind many industry initiatives over the years.”

In an official statement, the company said: “Adrian Scripps started farming in 1956 and built the foundations of the business as it is today. He was for so many years the energetic driver of the business, an innovator, and very much a pioneer within the industry. He will be greatly missed by colleagues, friends and family.”

Adrian Scripps farms some 750 hectares in Kent and is one of the UK’s largest growers of apples, blackcurrants, and grapes.