Archive for the ‘PRESS & MEDIA’ Category

Natural England and Environment Agency, Defra are consulting on their future as part of the periodic Triennial Review of arm’s length bodies. The consultation places a straight forward choice between “enhanced” joint-working and better coordination of delivery (option 1) or a new, merged agency (option 2).

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Crop Protection Association appoint a new CEO

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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 .



Great Yorkshire Show School Gardens Winner

Some 80 primary schools participate in this growing competition . The children also have to keep diaries of their activities which are part of the judging. This year we introduced biodiversity and beneficial insects as part of the overall theme.

Judges deep in thought

The picture above shows the winning entry from Gillshill School ,Hull and the  judges Christine Walkden and STC Luke Tilley .


The competition is organised by Mike Prest  and is sponsored by STC  , Bulrush and NFU

Graham with Christine Walkden in front of produce. Note the small LED exhibit in the technical section of the stand



STC entomologist leads National Insect Week and meets HRH The Prince of Wales

Dr Luke Tilley, entomologist at STC, has coordinated a successful National Insect Week. The week’s initiative included over 200 events nationwide, including a bioblitz in the gardens of Clarence House. Dr Tilley accompanied HRH The Prince of Wales around the gardens to demonstrate the work of the entomologists and their primary school helpers. Click here for details.

STC is an official partner of National Insect Week and conducted eight bug hunts with schoolchildren over the week. The aim of these was to teach children about biodiversity and the role insects play in food production.

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