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GMO Petunia illegally entered the supply chain.

Original report Following the recent reports from the EVIRA agency in Finland concerning the finding of GM Petunia there, Defra have issued the information shown below in the form of a letter to BPOA and all interested parties. As noted, all trade in the named varieties is prohibited and any plants produced from them may

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BPOA- the next 10 years.

PRESS RELEASE 21ST April 2017   Looking forward to the increased demand for Home Grown produce and promoting the importance of gardening as a life-style pursuit, enhancing mental and physical wellbeing. The BPOA recognised the need for a periodic review of its activities in December which it presents today. Greg Hill, chairman of the BPOA,

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Large yellow pack grown Pansy

The time is right for planting your summer bedding……..very soon.

Planting season Its Easter time and you would be forgiven for thinking that the time is right for planting your summer bedding. Its still quite cool so you can do lots of other things to prepare for the planting season. Don’t take on too large projects at once; you’ll remember spring time as a chore-

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Young plant nurseries such as this will continue to be exempt from business rates.

NFU Business rates success!

The NFU has had confirmation from government that agricultural exemptions from business rates will continue to apply to nursery growers and that the law will be amended as appropriate to ensure that there is no ambiguity around nursery grounds. Following discussions with the NFU, DCLG Minister Marcus Jones has announced that he will take measures to

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Bursary winner Gabor in the nursery

Gabor wins Peter Seabrook Bursary

Gabor Lukoviczki, who is studying at Myerscough College in Preston, Lancashire, received the £1,000 British Protected Ornamentals Association (BPOA) – Peter Seabrook Bursary. While studying Production horticulture level 2, Gabor is also working as a grower at Lovania Nurseries. Following his current course, he hopes to go on to complete level 3 and aims to

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BPOA Study Tour group

Home Grown Growers Study Tour USA & Canada

  DAY ONE (Monday 20th February) Growers study tour 2017 starts today with a visit to North West Horticulture on Mt Vernon WA, looking at their production of 4M Hellebores as US partner for Josef Heuger and showing the new variety ‘Ice n’ Roses -Red’. We heard today of the value of LEAN and how

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Peter and Adam Eastwood with one of this year's garden mum plants.

Fourth generation of growers win award

Peter Eastwood Plants of Ditchling in Sussex, was awarded the 2016 Home Grown Grower prize for their promotion of their Home Grown produce to garden centres all over the south east of England. Peter and Adam Eastwood are continuing the business set up by their grandfather just over a century ago and give their plants

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Connor at work on his project

Connor reports on his progress this year

DCF Report – Connor Deacon Nottingham Trent University I must start by thanking the David Colegrave Foundation for the scholarship award I received earlier this year. It has helped in a number of areas; from general student bills, as well as allowing me to participate in a number of events, further my education and broaden

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Jamie ‘S’ gives a first impression of Rakers Acres

First week at Rakers July 24, 2016 Leave a comment (Jamie- Bursary student from 2014 and Bright Spark Award winner from 2015 is working as an intern in Michigan prior to finishing his study in Edinburgh) Wow!! was my initial reaction on my morning tour. With 11 acres of climate controlled greenhouse and almost the same

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Home Grown at Great Yorkshire Show

Growers display Home Grown at the Yorkshire Show

This year, Home Grown growers are displaying their beautiful flowering plants at the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate. The display organised by the Yorkshire Growers group is combining the range of fine ornamental flowering plants with the produce from many growers throughout the country. In order to spread the word about the Home Grown initiative

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