Lower Saxony State Prize awarded to Jan-Dieter Bruns
The Lower Saxony State Prize for 2018 goes to the family entrepreneur Jan-Dieter Bruns and to the journalist and author Stefan Aust.
The ceremonial handover took place on the evening of 01 November 2018 in the Herrenhausen gallery building in Hanover.
Around 300 invited guests were present at the ceremony. The laudation for Jan-Dieter Bruns was held by Ronald Clark, Director of the Herrenhäuser Gardens, and the laudation for Stefan Aust by Dr. h.c., former Federal Minister of the Interior, Otto Schily.
The jury wrote about Jan-Dieter Bruns:
"In an ideal way, he embodies the "green" family entrepreneur of the agrarian state of Lower Saxony. Under his aegis, the traditional tree nursery has developed into a major international player. Jan-Dieter Bruns is not only a breeder and designer of sophisticated horticultural projects all over the world, but also a committed networker and promoter of art and culture in the Ammerland."
Chairman of the jury is Friedrich v. Lenthe, Chairman of the Board of the VGH Foundation.
Since 1978, the Lower Saxony State Prize has been awarded to personalities who have rendered outstanding services to the state through their exceptional work in the fields of culture, women, social affairs, science, the environment or business.