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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

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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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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

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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


The latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel indicate a significant upturn in the fortunes of the organic sector in the Irish grocery market. Building on the momentum of last year’s growth of 6.9%, the figures published to August 14th this year indicate an increase of 23.7% which equates to a total value of €142m of grocery sales.

Read more: Organic Grocery Market is Flourishing


To mark the RHSI’s two hundred year contribution to horticulture, arboriculture and floral art in Ireland, a Gala Celebration, the high point of our Bicentenary events will take place on FRIDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER 2016.

Read more: Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland Bicentenary Gala on 30th September - Top Class Speakers


It’s been on the cards for a while, and now a recent study from Ofcom of 2,025 adults and 500 teenagers, strongly indicates how the on-line lifestyle is adversely affecting our personal and working lives. Internet addiction, sleep deprivation, anxiety levels at an all-time high - technology is finally taking its toll.

Read more: The Great Switch Off


Everyone in England could be recycling the same set of core materials1 by 2025 no matter where they live in the country, if a new framework is adopted. 

The ‘Framework for Greater Consistency in Household Recycling for England’ developed by an advisory group of representatives from across the sector2, and supported by Defra and DCLG, offers the opportunity to increase recycling, improve the quality of recycled materials and offer a comprehensive service to householders.  

Read more: New Industry Framework Set to Help Increase Recycling

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The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) has announced that a new unique feature called Pathology & Science LIVE will be coming to SALTEX 2016, which will be held at the NEC, Birmingham on the 2 and 3 November.

Read more: Pathology & Soil Science LIVE Comes to SALTEX 2016

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THE GARDEN Centre Association (GCA) revealed its Scottish and Northern Irish regional winners at a presentation recently at Creative Gardens Galgorm Castle.

Simpsons Garden Centre was awarded Best Garden Centre in the Destination Garden Centre category (DGC) and Garden Wise – Dumfries won in the Garden Centre category (GC) in Scotland. Creative Gardens Donaghadee scooped Best Garden Centre (GC) in Northern Ireland.

Read more: Scotland and N.Ireland Winners Unveiled by GCA


Abu Ward ran the last garden centre in war torn Aleppo. He was assisted by his devoted son Ibrahim.

Channel4 News covered their story as part of a documentary of life in the besieged city.

Read more: Aleppo Garden Centre Destroyed by War


LEARNING LIVE, the all-encompassing education programme designed for all sectors of the groundscare industry, has now been finalised and is set to be a major attraction at SALTEX 2016 on the 2 and 3 November at The NEC, Birmingham.

Read more: Expanded LEARNING LIVE Educational Sessions Announced for SALTEX 2016

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The Nannup Flower and Garden Festival is held every year in the southwest of Australia during the third week of August. This year was the first year that the festival introduced show gardens constructed by both local organisations and landscape designers to provide the consumer with new ideas and solutions.

Read more: Nannup, Western Australia Stimulates Ideas for the Future - John Stanley


The use of ‘living green’ as a vital component of city development will be demonstrated at the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) International Green City Conference to be held at the Congress Centre, Expo 2016 Antalya, Turkey on 27 September 2016

Read more: AIPH - Making Cities Greener and Healthier

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There is no proof that multiple types of Xylella fastidiosa are present in Apulia, southern Italy, according to recently available scientific evidence examined by EFSA.

The opinion from EFSA’s Panel on Plant Health is the last of three outputs addressing a number of questions from the European Commission on X. fastidiosa in Apulia. In this one the Panel addresses the question of whether different types of X. fastidiosa exist in Apulia, where a disease outbreak is affecting olive trees and other plants.

Read more: Xylella in Apulia: Review Finds no Evidence of Multiple Types - European Food Safety Authority


For years, GrootGroenPlus has worked on the content side of the visitor's program. And that is also the case this year. However, the participants will also get a stronger, more central position this year, both when it comes to PR and at the trade show itself. Participants will get the opportunity to present themselves even better, and making a lot of valuable contacts in just a few days will be made much easier.

Read more: Participant Plays Central Role During GrootGroenPlus 2016

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Coöperatieve Rabobank De Zuidelijke Baronie U.A. in Zundert has renewed the sponsorship agreement for another three years. This had already been announced during the anniversary edition of GrootGroenPlus 2015. On Wednesday 5 October, during the 27th edition of the trade fair, John Oostvogels (Rabobank), David Bömer, and Wendy Vervaart will officially sign all the related documents.

Read more: Rabobank Renews Sponsorship Agreement GrootGroenPlus


Britain’s vote for Brexit has not lead to any significant slowdown in consumer spending according to a recent report published this week by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and KPMG. While GfK have recorded consumer confidence falling to its lowest point for more than 26 years in July, the immediate impact of this on UK consumer purchasing behaviour has been slight according to the BRC.

Read more: Consumer Spending Remains Stable in the UK

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THE GARDEN Centre Association (GCA) has recently revealed its area award winners during presentations held at member garden centres.

Awards were presented to garden centres in the North Thames, North West, South Thames, Wales & West, Midlands and North East regions with the winners in Scotland and Northern Ireland to be announced on August 31.

Read more: Garden Centre Association Announces UK Area Award Winners

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SALTEX 2016’s all-encompassing and free-to-attend LEARNING LIVE programme is set to explore what impact leaving the European Union will have on the industry, when the exhibition opens its doors at the NEC, Birmingham on the 2 and 3 November.

Read more: SALTEX to Address Brexit Impact on Industry

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Massey Ferguson, a worldwide brand of AGCO (NYSE:AGCO), reports that enthusiastic crowds turned out to see the historic ’70 Tractors for 70 Years’ parade through the streets of the City of Coventry on 30 July.

The cavalcade and display of machines old and new was staged by Culture Coventry to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the start of production of the iconic Ferguson TE20 tractor. In July 1946, the first Ferguson TE20 tractor, affectionately known as the ‘Little Grey Fergie’, rolled off the assembly line at its former Banner Lane manufacturing plant in Coventry in the UK.

Read more: Spectacular Pageant of 70 Tractors Marks 70th Anniversary of the Coventry Produced Ferguson TE20

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Over 1,000 nurserymen, garden centre operators, landscapers, groundsmen, arborists and other professionals from the leisure horticulture industry gathered at the annual GLAS horticulture trade exhibition, held at Dublin’s Citywest Convention Centre.

Supported by Bord Bia, GLAS showcased the best in leisure horticulture, plants, products, machinery and services.

Read more: GLAS Horticulture Trade Show Growing Rapidly

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