Alternative Growing Media

Growing Media Workshops 2021/2

BPOA/Bedding and Pot Plant Centre Technical Workshops

Managing peat alternative products in protected ornamental crops

Hills, Lagness Road, Runcton, Chichester, West Sussex PO20 1NL 4th  November 2021

Covid Precautions: Please note that there will be limited availability at the Growing Media event at Hill’s Chichester and only one participant per grower/ levy payer can attend.

Earley Ornamentals Ltd, York Road, Thirsk North Yorkshire YO7 3AA

The workshop event at Earley Ornamentals in Thirsk will be held on Wednesday February 9th and will follow the same agenda as shown below.

 Based on various materials or blends of materials including coir, wood fibre and bark, peat-reduced and peat-free products are now available from all the major growing media manufacturers. Trials have shown most of these products can perform as well as peat-based media if they are managed appropriately.  Understanding the cultural management requirements of these products is therefore key to getting the most from them.  These workshops build on the Defra/AHDB/industry-funded five year project CP138 ‘Transition to responsibly sourced growing media use within UK horticulture’ and form part of the AHDB-funded Bedding and Pot Plant Centre project output. Delivered by ADAS Horticulture and facilitated by the BPOA, they offer practical advice on managing peat alternative products in propagation (Earley Ornamentals) and pot plant crops (Hills). 

Event Agenda

09.30 Registration tea, coffee and biscuits 
10.00 Introduction and nursery overview. Chris Need (Need Consulting Ltd) 
10.15 Adopting responsibly sourced growing media blends. Chloe Whiteside (ADAS Horticulture) 
11.00 Alternative growing media use in propagation/pot plant production. Chloe Whiteside (ADAS Horticulture) 

Reduced-peat and peat-free media: a supplier’s perspective. Andrew Wilson (ICL) / Paul Alexander (Bulrush) 
12.00Using reduced-peat and peat-free growing media: a grower’s perspective. Tour of trial. Mike Martin (Earley Ornamentals) / Luke Lloyd (Hills) 
12.30Q & A session 
14.00Tour of the nursery 
15.00 Refreshments and depart 

To book a place

To book a place on the workshops please e-mail Please include business name, job role/title and a telephone contact number and the workshop you wish to attend. Confirmation of your booking will be by email. Note that you may not receive a confirmation of your booking immediately as it is not an automated system. BASIS points will be sought for both workshops.

Please note some Covid restrictions may still apply at the time of the events.


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