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DEFRA Peat Exemptions

The new BPOA Technical Committee Propagation Subgroup are interested if you have any evidence you would like to share as part of a proposal to request a peat exemption for propagation. The BPOA believe there is a strong case for exemptions, we need to show where and why exemptions are needed. We are currently looking…

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DEFRA Peat Consultation

Ending the retail sale of peat in horticulture in England and Wales consultation is available online and it is vital your views are heard.Please have your say, every opinion counts Please note that DEFRA has asked for as many individual responses as possible. A BPOA response on behalf of our members only counts as one…

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Conference 2022

Spring conference 2022 3rd February We have taken the decision to make this year’s BPOA Spring conference online only. We feel the risk of spreading COVID is too great at this time and we need to act responsibly to ensure our members and participants are kept safe and our businesses can remain open through this…

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Tracker update

With many poinsettia crops at or near pinching, now is the time to set up graphical tracking. Graphical tracking allows growers to monitor growth against pre-set growth curves and adjust growing regimes to suit to ensure crops meet target specifications Finished poinsettia at Pinetops Nursery, Lymington One tool that can be used is the AHDB…

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New additions for the committee

BPOA is delighted to announce that, following a management committee meeting,Derek Jarman has been co-opted as a member of the committee and will become chairmandesignate. His position will be confirmed at the AGM in January next. Derek Jarman Chairman elect Derek has been a Director of Hayloft Plants Ltd since 2007. Hayloft is a multichannel…

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Growing with ‘peat alternatives’

Hills plants Workshop 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…

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Great Yorkshire show 2021

Back again after a break due to the pandemic and we are pleased to be involved again showing the best of Home Grown plants and some new cut flower introductions. GYS 2021 Silver gilt medal Today, we have won the silver gilt medal for our display at the show and spoken to many visitors about…

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Hyde hall Pansy trial 2021

Join Peter Seabrook in the Floral Fantasia garden at RHS Hyde Hall in Essex for a guided tour of the 270 commercial varieties of pansies and violas that are flowering now. This trial is a continuation of the commercial planting from Meadow Croft Garden Centre that has been producing these plants for many years and…

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