They visited Kenilworth Castle, where there was a reception with flowers by Flowers from the Farm designed by Carole Patilla and Penny Sowters.On the second day, the NFU tour visited Baginton's, where Will Lamb explained the history of the business and its move towards contract-only production of bedding plants, hanging baskets and planted containers. As the home of the National Bedding & Pot Plant Centre, delegates were also shown around some of the trials being undertaken by AHDB Horticulture's Debbie Wilson.
The second visit to Young Plants coincided with their annual FLORAFEST show. Led by Kersten Catella, the group was able to look around their showcase of their bedding, perennials, shrubs and trees, exploring their new lines and thematic displays based on colour and style.
Guests had lunch at the National Trust-owned public house, The Fleece Inn at Bretforton.
After lunch, the third visit took the group to Bordon Hill Nurseries, which was led by Malcolm Tanner and Russell Woodcock to look at the production of young plug plants.
The final nursery visit was to Ball Colegrave, which was holding its annual Summer Open Day. Stuart Lowen guided the delegates around the site.
The visit ended at NFU HQ on the final day, which was an opportunity for the working group to discuss a number of issues affecting the sector both in this country and across the European Union.