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Delivering More Crop Per Drop Conference

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Horticulture: Building an industry for the future, IoH Conference & AGM

Horticulture: Building an industry for the future

IoH Conference & AGM

Saturday 6 October 2012

Capel Manor Gardens, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, EN1 4RQ

The Institute of Horticulture’s Conference and AGM are taking place at the Capel Manor Gardens – 30 acres of richly planted themed gardens and landscapes surrounding a Georgian Manor House and Victorian Stables. New this year are the Melbourne Botanic Garden, ex-Chelsea Gold Medal winning garden, and the Ecopark Recycled Garden.

Lord Taylor of Holbeach CBE, Parliamentary Under Secretary Defra, will present the James Bruce Memorial Lecture – Growing commercial horticulture in the UK – as part of the morning programme.

We are delighted to announce that Phil Askew will be our After Dinner Speaker.

The Olympic Park was a star of the Games and Phil, who first spoke about the plans for the Park to our conference delegates in 2010, will  tell us about his work as Project Sponsor Parklands & Public Realm, at London Legacy Development Corporation, transforming the park post Games into a new public park for London.

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LED Opening Selby Times Article

Click here to view the recent article in the Selby Times regarding the opening of our new LED 4 Crop facility.

BPOA Growers Look Ahead Conference on 11 October

It is the only grower-focussed conference where you can see presentations on the technology and trends to enable maximisation of production, cost efficiency, sales potential and profit, and hear the latest about the important issues that growers of seasonal ornamental plants face.

The conference will be held on Thursday 11 October (9.15am – 4.15pm) at the NFU Conference Suite, NFU Agriculture House, Stoneleigh Park CV8.


The programme includes the following speakers

  • Julian Wilson – Commercial Director at Floranova/Vegetalis
  • Peter Burks – Chairman of the Garden Centre Association
  • Andy Bunker – Director, Alton GC
  • Mark Heath – Senior Trials Manager at the RHS
  • Guy Moreton – Founder and Director, More People
  • Laverstoke Park
  • Hayley Campbell–Gibbons –  Chief Horticultural Advisor, NFU
  • Dr Paul Sopp & Joshua Burnstone – Fargro
  • Ivan Moss MRTPI MRICS – Planning Policy Advisor, NFU
  • Kate Wright – Horticultural Technologist, J Sainsbury plc


The full programme listing speakers and what they’ll be talking about is available here.


Refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided. Places are limited, so to book your FREE place on the first BPOA Growers Look Ahead conference all the BPOA office on 01243 784699.


Limited spaces for trade stands are available at a cost of £100 + vat (lunch and refreshments included) – to book, please call the BPOA office.

RT Hon David Willetts opens LED4CROPS

The Minister for Universities and Science officially opened the LED 4 Crops facility at STC on July 19 th.



Following his tour of the facility the Minister said ‘I can see how this facility will allow revolutionary changes to be made to future horticultural production’ ‘ I am particularly pleased to see that STC have been able to build a total partnership incorporating Lancaster University , Philips Lighting world experience , Cambridge HOK construction  and STC technology transfer skills , to create a seamless knowledge route to growers ‘’ The Fellowship Award gives a base to build the work programme .

The guests enjoyed some real sunshine !



The Minister addressing guests.



Mr David Piccaver (STC Research Foundation Director) in debate over applied research funding with Mr Neil Bragg (chairman of HDC) awaiting to put his views .