StockbridgeOnline is a new information and communication portal for the UK Horticultural Industry. 

StockbridgeOnline aims to become the ‘one-stop’ shop for horticultural professionals. It will be regularly updated by industry specialists, providing up-to-date commercial industry information on a variety of generic topics such as pesticide legislation and policy issues affecting horticulture and more specific information on individual commodity sectors e.g. outdoor & protected vegetables, salads, fruit and ornamentals and will include pest, pathogen & weed control issues. The primary purpose will be to enhance the economic vitality of the industry whilst sustaining environmental benefits and improving the quality of life for public good and our UK horticultural industry; in all its different guises.

Through StockbridgeOnline you will be able to access the latest scientific, health, nutritional, educational and political horticultural news and industry developments. Through effective collaboration and a wealth of industry partnerships StockbridgeOnline aims to provide topical up-to-date information, advice and practical solutions for the benefit of the horticultural industry.

Whether you’re looking to research new market opportunities, add further value to your current business, or are merely looking to identify new horticultural crop/product markets, StockbridgeOnline in conjunction with STC can help by offering step-by-step advice and provide essential support throughout development to ensure success.

StockbridgeOnline is easy to navigate to find up-to-date horticultural crop information and industry news, informing on good agricultural/horticultural practice, funding & grant streams (e.g. RDPE), new legislation and the potential effects of new regulation including:

  • Crop Sector Issues
  • Food Safety – Assured Food Standards
  • Crop Protection & Minor Uses (including Specific Off-Label Approvals (SOLAs)
  • EU Pesticide Legislation & Approval
  • EU Thematic Strategy for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides
  • UK Pesticide Registration
  • REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances)
  • Pesticide Approvals & Withdrawals
  • Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs)
  • Biological Control options & authorisations
  • Alternatives to Pesticides
  • Integrated Crop Management (ICM)
  • Plant Health 
  • EU Fruit & Vegetable Regime
  • Water Framework Directive
  • Nitrate Directive
  • Soil Protection Legislation
  • Catchment Sensitive Farming
  • Irrigation Best Practice
  • Crop Nutrition
  • Waste Management & recycling regulations
  • Packaging Waste recovery
  • Energy Management
  • Carbon Foot-printing, management and Climate Change
  • Changes in EU Marketing Standards
  • Health & Nutrition
  • School Fruit & Vegetable Regime
  • Retail prices – Commodity Prices – Wholesale prices
  • Breaking News
  • Local – Regional Weather

Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC) itself is an applied R&D facility wholly owned by the UK Horticultural Industry. Facilities comprise a high security ‘state of the art’ greenhouse complex, poly-tunnels, 75ha of grade 1 land for outdoor trials & demonstration purposes, applied plant science laboratories including a Plant Clinic facility  and an events & conference centre.. With ‘Official Recognition’ and GLP compliance STC is ideally structured to provide near market Research & Development (R&D) and supply commercially relevant scientific crop support, information and advice for the long-term benefit of the UK horticultural industry.

In addition to housing the main administrative functions of StockbridgeOnline the STC laboratories and ancillary facilities are specifically equipped for independent and, if necessary, confidential investigations on the control of  pests, pathogens and weeds,and includes evaluation of insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, plant growth regulators and bio-control products for both performance (efficacy) and crop safety (phytotoxicity).

To ensure we are leading the field in terms of UK industry support and advice we continue to work closely with the Horticultural Development Council (HDC) and many horticultural growers, marketing organisations, crop associations such as the Brassica Growers Association (BGA), farming organisations such as the National Farmers Union (NFU) and the Horticultural trades Association (HTA), and in close collaboration with various science partners including the Central Science Laboratory (CSL/FERA), various university groups including Warwick-HRI, Lancaster, York & Newcastle.. We are continually engaging and working with the main UK retailers; the Environment Agency (EA), Natural England, NGO’s such as Pesticide Action Network (PAN), Governments such as DEFRA and the Department of Health on development of the School Fruit & Vegetable Scheme representing the industry and promoting consumption through education and awareness and supporting 5 A Day and Healthy Start on behalf of the horticultural industry.

Stockbridge Online will deliver a site for research and innovation references but also add the spice of politics. We found during the recent EU pesticide debate there was no easy access for growers in one place so we believe this new development will bridge that gap. Science is essential but politics severely affect transfer and progress, one needs knowledge of both to progress. Stockbridge Online should be on all growers and horticultural researchers favorites’ Graham Ward, Chief Executive STC

We all live and work in an increasingly complex world with ever more rules & regulations and it takes considerable time & effort to keep up-to-date with the various legislation. This is a real challenge for growers before they even start to grow or produce anything. Stockbridge Online should assist the industry to find relevant information quickly without having to trawl through masses of information.  As an industry-owned facility we hope that growers and consultants alike will help STC to ensure that Stockbridge Online becomes a driving force for horticultural knowledge’   Dr Martin McPherson, Science Director, STC

‘An important practical resource, this website will help to grow, shape and support Growers and the future of commercial UK Horticulture’….. Sarah Pettitt, a Brassica Grower and Chairman NFU National Board for Horticulture & Potatoes