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Zuidbaak was showing here the ability to handle packs taken directly from the floor.

Automation Study Tour Holland- September 2019

Following on from the Automation Tour on the 17th & 18th September, I thought it would be good to share some of the automation we’ve seen- Vas. Baas Stand alone packing robot, looked futuristic but was in commissioning phase so we did not get to see it run unfortunately. It should be able to produce

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Will Healy, of Ball Horticultural told the audience exactly how to control losses from inaccurate and excess watering to create greater uniformity in plug trays.

BPOA Spring Conference 2019 – a great success!

BPOA Spring Conference 2019   ‘Optimising your own cutting and seedling propagation’ Tuesday 15th January NFU Agriculture House, Stoneleigh Park   Speakers presentations: With such a strong collection of speakers and important details to impart it was quite a task for Chris Need and Mike Smith, chairing the sessions, to keep to the schedule and

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Latina Study Tour party

Poinsettia Study Tour – Latina

The poinsettia growers selected the area of Latina, 80km south of Rome, for this year’s study tour (12th – 14th November 2018). This rural area is a centre for all kinds of horticultural production and its edible and ornamental produce are distribute all over the country and exported to northern Europe. Lazio Province The province

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Stuart Halman addresses the study group about the change to diffuse light screens.

BPPC North West Study Tour

The BPPC has taken up the challenge of engaging with growers throughout the UK and arranged a study tour of the North-West growers, traditionally a very strong area for horticulture and bedding in particular. The tour followed on the North-West’s (and national) favourite annual trade show at Four Oaks Nurseries near Macclesfield and visited two

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Minette Batters, NFU President, visits the prize-winning stand at the Gt Yorkshire Show.

Home Grown display wins a prize at the garden show in the Great Yorkshire Show.

Minette Batters, NFU President, visited the prize winning stand on Tuesday to see the combination of edible and ornamental horticultural produce and chat with the builders of the display which was lead by Mike Prest. The object of raising the profile of new plant introductions from BPOA members was discussed as well as the new

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Press Day- trials on view at Grange Nurseries

15th Meadow Croft Festival stays up to the minute!

The 15th Meadow Croft Viola and Pansy Festival opened last week with a Press Day and the welcome return of the evening event, organised by Mike Smith, with a stimulating programme of speakers. The bedding industry is fortunate to have people and companies that are committed to promotion of what they do and the greater

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Meeting for the Conference Dinner

Spring Conference – Great Speakers, Great Event!

The Spring Conference for BPOA, sponsored by Bulrush and Cambridge HOK, took place last Wednesday (17th January) in the NFU conference centre at Stoneleigh Park. The programme of speakers was a superb mix of technical, business and scientific experts who were fully committed to getting their messages across. All nine presentations were worth the time

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Stratford Manor Exterior

BPOA Spring Conference 2018- Stratford upon Avon

                        BOOKING FORM 2018 SPRING CONFERENCE 2018 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

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Keep your poinsettia for weeks!

Mexican native Wild in the highlands of Central America, reaching a height of up to five metres, grows a vibrant plant known as Flores de Noche Buena – ‘Flowers of the Holy Night’. Treasured by Mexico’s people, it was first put to use by the Aztecs, adorning temples with its intense symbolism. Steeped in legend,

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traditional Polish cottage garden- polski ogrod

Polski ogrod jaki znamy

Polski ogrod jaki znamy Pewnego leniwego niedzielnego popoludnia odpoczywalam w ogrodzie z moja mama, ktora odwiedza mnie tutaj w Anglii raz do roku. Wyciagajac sie na lezaku zapytalam ja czy moze podlac kwiaty w doniczkach? Moja mama nie zwazajac na upalny dzien wziela sie do pracy. Po chwili zapytala, “dlaczego masz tyle kwiatow w donicach

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Home Grown, Great plants, great growers

Home Grown, Great plants, great growers

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