An industry collaboration between the British Protected Ornamentals Association (BPOA), Horticultural Development Company (HDC), ADAS, Baginton Nurseries and other growers could help to develop new products and solve production problems.
The new Pot & Bedding Centre will be at Baginton Nurseries in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, near the National Agricultural Centre.
The move follows discussions at the BPOA technical committee and a formal bid process with the HDC. The centre, which will be a trials and demonstration nursery for the industry, will be run in a similar way to the National Cut Flower Centre.
Dr Jill England of ADAS, which is coordinating the centre, said: "This is a very exciting venture. It's a chance to develop a facility with a programme of work designed to support the bedding and pot plant sector." She is a consultant on the BPOA technical committee.