Marion studied Botany before joining the family farming business, Hugh Lowe Farms Ltd, which she now owns and runs with my husband Jon. Established in Kent, UK in 1893, Hugh Lowe Farms now grows over 5,000 tonnes of strawberries, raspberries and blackberries in substrate under tunnels and glass. They focus on their customers’ needs for quality, season extension, provenance, environmental sustainability and ethical employment.
Marion is a Director and former Chairman of Berry Gardens, the UK berry marketing cooperative with 50 members and a turnover of £300m. She has served as a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Soft Fruit Chair of the UK Horticulture Development Board and currently is a Trustee of the East Malling Trust for Horticultural Research. In 2014, Marion was recognised for her services to the fruit industry by being awarded an MBE.
Marion has a particular interest in the rapid adoption of new technology by sustainable, commercial horticulture, the promotion of fresh produce to consumers, and in finding the best routes to market for producers.
In 2012 Marion and Jon joined forces with Kate & Stewart Sutherland to set up Burlington Berries to produce berries in Tasmania. Both businesses partner with Driscolls in supplying berries to multiple retailers and wholesale markets.