BPOA Spring Conference 2018- Stratford upon Avon

Stratford Manor Exterior

Stratford Manor Exterior














This year’s BPOA conference will take place on 17th January at the NFU Conference Suite, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2TZ  (following the AGM and dinner held at the Stratford Manor Hotel and you can see the programme below: Download by clicking this link:


Spring Conference 2018 agenda v4

Technical Seminar Agenda 17/01/18

9:15-9:30 Welcome Minette Batters Deputy President, NFU
9:30- 10:00 Using greenhouse climate to improve shelf life and garden performance. Albert Grimm Production Manager, Jeffery’s Greenhouses,

Ontario, Canada

10:30- 11:10 Top crop monitoring and greenhouse management. Peter Kamp Priva.bv
Coffee 11:10- 11:30
11:30-12:00 Vendor Managed Inventory and production management. Albert Grimm Production Manager, Jeffery’s Greenhouses
12:00- 12:20 Current labour supply statistics Amy Gray NFU Horticultural Adviser –Ornamentals, Fruit and Glasshouse Crops
12:20-12:50 Labour Supply issues and resolving problems for the season. Sam Zubaidi Operations and Development Manager- Concordia
12:50- 13.10 Labour questions/ discussion
Lunch 13:15- 13:55
14:00- 14:20 Testing for water borne pathogens Tim Pettitt University of Worcester
14:20- 14:40 Plant trialling at RHS- Past, Present and Future Sabatino Urzo RHS

Trials Manager

14:40-15:00 What’s happening at BPPC this season Jill England ADAS
15:00- 15:20 Plant health threats to UK horticulture: Xylella and the RHS response. Gerard Clover RHS

Head of Plant Health

Meeting close  – 15:30

Albert Grimm of Jeffrey’s Greenhouses to open Spring Conference

We are delighted that the Spring conference 2018 will be opened by Albert Grimm, head grower/ production manager of Jeffery’s greenhouses, Jordan, Ontario. Jeffery’s is one of the largest producers of pot and bedding plants in this area and they send their plants across the border into the US. (This is one of the organisations that the AHDB / BPOA pot plants study tour visited in October).
Albert will speak about the production of plants to supply this competitive market and how they deal with marketing over long distances, vendor managed inventory (VMI) and, in a separate talk, how they manage greenhouse environment to produce top quality plants for their market.
You can read more here http://www.jefferysgreenhouses.com/about-us/
In addition we are going to hear from speakers on a range of topics including Labour supply and management, Xylella, Glasshouse environment management; Testing water for pathogens and variety testing with the RHS.