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UK Innovation Survey results

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‘No substrates at all in commercial UK tomato greenhouse’

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NHS tribute: David Jones and his Arable Farm team

Please follow this link to watch the movie! Very creative! 

Northern Chartered Institute of Horticulture Dates for the Diary – Northern Branch

Wednesday 27th November, 7 for 7.30pm. Talk: Charles Lane, FERA. Biosecurity & Plants, Askham Bryan College Conference Centre

In readiness for the UN International Year of Plant Health in 2020, we are delighted to welcome Charles to speak to members and friends on this topical subject.

Suggested donations of £5 to go to Charles’ nominated charity of CMM Sisters of Africa.


Thursday 5th December, 1-4pm. Visit: Plant Health Laboratories, FERA, Sand Hutton, York

Following on from Charles’ talk in November, we are being shown around by new CIoH member Ginette Alexander (Mycology Diagnostician) and the Plant Health team at the Food & Environment Research Labs.

This event is free, but because of security at government facilities, you MUST book a place beforehand, and please bring photographic ID.


Tues 21st-Thurs 23rd January 2020 – British Turf Management Exhibition (BTME), Harrogate International Conference Centre, Harrogate. Network meeting

We plan to have a members meet up at this FREE trade show. Details to follow.


Wednesday 29th January 2020, 9-4pm. Conference: Horticulture Conference. Askham Bryan College Conference Centre

ABC’s fourth annual horticulture conference, with a number of guest speakers and stands from industry partners including the National Trust, Johnson’s of Whixley and the RHS. The conference is arranged for students, and we hold our Young Hort of the Year heat during the day, but CIoH members are welcome to attend for a nominal £5 charge. If you have a business that would like to exhibit, please contact Sarah.


CIoH Branded Items

Following requests from members, and positive feedback from visitors to the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show Advice Stand, where we wore pale blue branded polo shirts, we have sourced a small range of branded items, which will be launched at the November talk.



We are fortunate enough to have a growing number of student members in the Northern branch, who from time to time ask for mentoring advice. If you are happy to take a phone call or email from a member who is starting their career, please let us know. Thanks to Ian & Sue Barnes (Barnes Associates) and Clive Parker (Amey) who have already volunteered advice to young arborists.

Please book your places on these by calling Sarah Owen-Hughes on 01904 772277 ext1116 

National Food Strategy – Call for Evidence

On 27 June, Defra’s Secretary of State commissioned Henry Dimbleby to conduct an independent review to help the government create its first National Food Strategy for 75 years.

The purpose of the review is to address the environmental and health problems caused by our food system, to ensure the security of our food supply, and to maximise the benefits of the coming revolution in agricultural technology.

The National Food Strategy will examine activity across several departments of state, building on the flagship Agriculture Bill and Fisheries Bill currently before Parliament, the Industrial Strategy, the Childhood Obesity Plan and the upcoming Environment Bill.