Archive for May, 2016


The hunt is back on for world-class innovators who wish to claim investment funding for their business. And this year, the amount on offer has been more than doubled to £250,000. Please follow the link below for info

The Future funding/structure of Research /Universities and transfer to Industry

Chartered Institute of Horticulture’s Young Horticulturist of the Year 2016 Grand Final News Release

Dear All

news release (705 downloads)

As you will see from the attached news release, we had a wonderful YHoY Grand Final weekend in Dublin in the capable hands of the CIH Irish Branch and their main sponsors Bord Bia. The late Percy Thrower’s daughter, Ann Kirkham, of the Shropshire Horticultural Society, presented the prizes.


We were also very privileged to be able to visit the garden of Helen Dillon on the Sunday – not to be missed.


Lawrence Wright, the South East Branch contestant, won by a close margin and will go on to use his £2500  travel bursary to further his career.


Our Northern Branch contestant, Sally Newbrook, took sixth place at her first attempt and we look forward to her competing again in 2017.


I would like to thank our Regional Sponsors, the North of England Horticultural Society and Stockbridge Technology Centre for their continued support and we can now look forward to the 2017 competition that will be launched in the autumn.


Please feel free to forward this news release to your own contacts.


Best wishes


Graham Porter FCIHort

(YHOY Northern Branch organiser and YHOY National Action Group Vice-Chairman)


Defra Great British Food Unit

Five minutes with: Tim Render, Deputy Director of Defra’s Great British Food Unit – 

Using Digestate on Farmland Driffield, 17. June 2016

AD digestate can be used as a low-cost, sustainable source of crop fertiliser and organic matter. This half-day workshop will explore the issues and latest developments around using digestate on farmland, followed by a networking lunch and optional tour of the GWE Biogas facility. The event is organised by the AD Special Interest Group, which is open to members from across the sector focusing on plant operation and efficiency. Please find the programme details and tickets on Eventbrite