The National Plant Show seminars provide an added extra to the show. With a focus on plants (goes without saying!) this year’s seminar sessions include Plant Health Update, Phyto-Threats project update, Trends and predictions in point of sale and merchandising and an insight in to the ever-important issue of Sustainability.
Tuesday 18 June
10am – Britain’s natural and managed environments are under increasing threat from a broad range of plant-pathogenic Phytophthora species from around the world. These microscopic, fungus-like invaders are being brought into the UK in soil, water and tissues of a large number of plant species, causing damage to our plant industry and our natural ecosystems.
The Phyto-threats project team has been working with 15 partner nurseries over a 3-year period to find Phytophthoras. At each nursery they have sampled water sources and plant roots and by analysing the DNA present have been able to identify which Phytophthoras occur and where they are found on each nursery. You might be surprised to learn that mains water stored in an uncovered tank contained two Phytophthora species! Or that a single puddle draining from a mix of ground-based stock contained 11 species!
They are using this information to help businesses like yours to manage your Phytophthora risk. Their findings will also support nursery ‘best practice’ accreditation criteria.
They invite you to Stand 24 to hear more: find out how a few effective management measures can help to mitigate the risk of Phytophthora and protect your nursery stock from water-borne diseases.
11:00 am - New Plant Awards announcement, featuring our judging panel, this session will highlight our winning plants and give the background on why they won and how they can help the planterea offering.
1:00 pm - Alistair Yeomans, HTA Horticulture Manager will provide an update on the latest plant health issues and developments and implications for the horticultural industry.
Assurance schemes and biosecurity
Alistair will provide an overview of industry standards and their role in supporting responsible business practises. He will consider how the Plant Health Management Standard can help protect ornamental horticulture against pest and disease threats by using the British Ornamental Plant Producers quality assurance scheme as a case study.
2.30 pm - Sally Cullimore, HTA Policy Executive will provide an update on ‘Plastics in Horticulture’, recycling and the Taupe Pot.
Wednesday 19 June
10:00 am - The PHYTO-THREATS project findings so far – managing Phytophthora risk in nurseries. See Tuesday detail.
11.30 am - ‘What does sustainability mean to your business’ Presentations from My Power & QCR on what you can do to make your business more sustainable.
How to reduce your business costs AND tackle climate change
Energy costs have continued to rise, with many businesses seeing increases of over 30% in the last two years alone. This upward trend is set to continue. Join award-winning commercial solar designer and installer, Mypower, to find out how your garden centres and nurseries can take on cost and climate change challenges by generating your own clean energy with solar power.
1.00 pm - ‘Sustainability in Practice’ A presentation from HTA Utilities updating you with what you can do to make your business more sustainable.