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Finished plants and trees growers from Belgium, China, The Netherlands and the UK are contenders for the AIPH International Grower of the Year Award (IGOTY) 2017.

Read more: Belgium, China, The Netherlands & UK Are Finished Plants & Trees Finalists

SALTEX College Cup puts student turf managers on the big stage

The SALTEX College Cup made its debut this year at SALTEX 2016, in which a number of sports-turf students demonstrated excellent academic abilities. With five colleges participating, the competitive event highlighted that the industry is certainly in more than capable hands.

Read more: SALTEX College Cup puts Student Turf Managers on the Big Stage

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It has been a huge honor and a privilege to serve as your President for the past two years. I have had the opportunity to work with many excellent people in the Institute, and my sincere thanks for all the help that I have received.

Read more: Letter from the President of the CIOH

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World's Leading Fair Presents Current Trends and Excellent Info Programme

From January 24 to 27, 2017, the international green sector will be guests at Messe Essen. At IPM ESSEN, horticulture will find not only innovative technology, soils and substrates for efficient production but also the unique possibilities of establishing important contacts to market-leading plant breeders from all continents as well as marketing organizations and placing orders centrally in one place.

Read more: IPM ESSEN 2017 is an Obligatory Date for International Horticulture

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Cut flower growers from Colombia, The Netherlands and Russia are in the running for the AIPH International Grower of the Year Award (IGOTY) 2017.

Read more: Colombia, The Netherlands & Russia Are Cut Flower Finalists

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International Statistics – Flowers and Plants 2016 is now available. The latest volume contains the currently available data on the global production and trade of ornamental flowers and plants.

Read more: Aiph and Union Fleurs Launch International Statistics – Flowers and Plants 2016


The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) invites growers and industry associations from around the world to join its discussion on the plant health challenges facing growers in different countries. 

Read more: Aiph Opens Global Plant Health Debate

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The Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) and the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) have joined forces to purchase the garden industry’s leading media-facing event, The Garden Press Event.

Read more: GIMA and HTA join forces to purchase The Garden Press Event


2016 Winners and Finalists 

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New Wild Garden

Read more: Winners of The Garden Media Guild Awards: 2016

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According to an article, Liquidity Crisis, on water scarcity in The Economist (Nov 5th) the water used by farmers to ‘grow huge amounts of food in places that would otherwise be too dry to do so,’ is a key contributor to a food production system that is ‘unsustainable.’

Read more: The Critical Role of Water in Feeding 10bn

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CAFRE students Shea McFerran, from Larne, and Jonathan Long, from Donegal, will compete in the National Final of the Worldskills Landscape Gardening Competition in the NEC, Birmingham this week. The students won their places in the final of this prestigious competition when they built top class show gardens at the RHS Flower Show in July.

Read more: Landscape Gardening Students From NI Competing to be Crowned Best in the UK


Strong cooperation promises good chances for the future: FlowersExpo, the most important sectoral platform in Russia, and IPM ESSEN, the world's leading fair for horticulture, will come together under the new fair title FlowersExpo powered by IPM ESSEN.

Read more: FlowersExpo Powered by IPM ESSEN 2017

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EXPERTS in Japanese knotweed remediation are urging the industry to subscribe to the Invasives Code, following its recently announced renaming. 

Formerly known as the Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) Code, it is set by The Invasive Non-Native Specialists Association (INNSA) to provide quality assurance and set industry standards, which are independently assessed. 

Read more: Plant Experts Call for Industry-Wide Adoption of Invasives Code


Nine ornamental growers, from Belgium, China, Colombia, Denmark, The Netherlands, Russia and the UK, have reached the finals of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) International Grower of the Year Awards (IGOTY) 2017.

Read more: Finalists Are In For Aiph Igoty Awards 2017

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Pellenc has announced the launch of a new battery - the ULB1500, which gives users 50% more stored energy when compared to the existing largest battery on the market, allowing for a full day’s work without having to recharge.

Read more: A New Era for Pellenc Battery-Powered Tools


On the morning of 3rd November, the British High Court ruled that Theresa May cannot trigger Article 50, the legal route to Brexit, without parliament first having a vote. Given the opaque nature with which exit negotiations have so far been conducted by the prime minister, this ruling presents a significant setback.

Read more: British Court Rules That Brexit Must Face a Parliamentary Vote

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Nurseryman, lecturer, author, and photographer Raymond J Evison OBE VMH, was presented with the HTA Pearson Memorial Medal at the HTA Garden Futures Dinner which took place on 12 October at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire.

Read more: Clematis Champion Raymond Evison Awarded Pearson Medal at HTA Garden Futures Dinner


The European Nursery stock Association plants trees in cities all across Europe to celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary.

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The European Nursery stock Association will plant 25 trees to celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary. Trees live themselves and give us the means to live, these 25 trees also symbolise the billions (yes, billions!) of plants produced by European nurseries in the last 25 years.

Read more: ENA Celebrates 25 Years

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With a focus on business agility in a disruptive world, HTA Garden Futures Conference and Dinner, sponsored by Hozelock and Scotts Miracle-Gro took place at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire on 12 October. Brexit, the 2017 shopper, tomorrow’s garden centre, adapting to climate change, eLearning and the Energy Garden project were high on the agenda.

Read more: HTA Garden Futures Challenges the Industry to Capitalise on Opportunity by Embracing Change

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It’s official. SALTEX 2015 is the UK’s largest turf management event. The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) has revealed the independently audited attendance figures for SALTEX 2015. Significantly exceeding expectations, the figures confirmed that SALTEX is the largest turf management exhibition in the UK.

Read more: Look Back at SALTEX 2015 - Look Forward to 2016

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EFSA is to release the raw data used in the recent EU safety evaluation of glyphosate, as part of its commitment to open risk assessment.

The information will be shared with a group of MEPs following a public access to the document request.

Read more: Glyphosate: EFSA to Share Raw Data | European Food Safety Authority

New John Deere PRO 53MV commercial walk-behind mower

John Deere is expanding its range of commercial walk-behind mowers with the launch of the new PRO 53MV model, which will be shown in public for the first time at SALTEX 2016 at the NEC in November.

Read more: John Deere Shows New Commercial Mowers at SALTEX

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The ongoing review of emerging countries within a project looking at an ‘international vision’ for ornamental horticulture was a focus for members of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) attending their 68th Annual Congress in Antalya, Turkey on 26 September to 1 October.

Read more: 68th Aiph Annual Congress Broadens Industry Knowledge for Members

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Zwaagdijk, Netherlands – The third edition of Seed meets Technology took place at the grounds of Proeftuin Zwaagdijk from September 27th until September 30th. Under the impulse of a bigger exhibition space, the introduction of the ‘Vegetable Trials’ and an interesting program, the number of visitors has increased again.

Read more: Seed Meets Technology 2016


Etesia UK will be exhibiting at this year’s IOG SALTEX on stand E055 which will be dedicated solely to a range of environmentally friendly, lithium-ion battery powered tools from Pellenc including four new products.

Read more: Etesia UK Choose SALTEX as Platform to Launch New Series of Pellenc Products


Ireland’s food, drink, and horticulture industry will for the first time enjoy unrestricted access to the latest global trends, research, consumer insights and industry innovations thanks to a new integrated, state-of-the-art consumer research and market insight centre launched by Bord Bia at its headquarters in Dublin yesterday.

Read more: Bord Bia launches state-of-the-art Consumer Research Centre

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ICL will be featuring a number of exciting new products for both the turf and landscape/industrial sectors on stand H030 at SALTEX 2016.

Leading the way in offering the very best in product innovation, ICL will be showcasing new products in their Vitalnova range of biostimulants and turf conditioners.

Read more: ICL to Feature Exciting New Products at SALTEX 2016

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Complete Weed Control, the UK’s largest weed control contractor, will be at SALTEX 2016 (stand E053) and visitors will not only be able to find out more about the company’s extensive range of specialist services but will also be left astonished by a world-class magician and mind-reader.

Read more: Complete Weed Control Brings Magic to SALTEX 2016

Glee 2016

The doors have just closed on the 2016 Glee exhibition (12th – 14th September, NEC Birmingham). The show delivered another unrivalled platform for the growth of the garden retail industry, with full-to-capacity exhibiting space, a positive, business-building atmosphere and the launch of hundreds of exciting new product innovations.

Read more: Glee 2016 Review


Equip yourself for success at GrowQuip 2016 – the major new international conference, dinner and exhibition brought to you by Commercial Horticultural Association (CHA)

Impressive final roll-call of speakers announced; key sponsors and exhibitors support new industry event

The final roll-call of speakers taking part in GrowQuip 2016 has now been announced.

Read more: GrowQuip Speakers Announced for New UK Horticulture Trade Event


The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) has announced that the winning students of SALTEX 2016's new College Cup Competition will be given an opportunity to be volunteer groundsmen for the 2017 FA Cup final pitch preparation at Wembley Stadium.

Read more: SALTEX College Cup Winners to Work at Wembley

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