IPPS rebrands to broaden appeal

The International Plant Propagators' Society (IPPS) has rebranded to broaden its appeal.

The society was set up for plant propagators but is now open to anyone producing or cultivating plants in the ornamental, fruit, vegetable and amenity sectors.

IPPS international director David Hide said: "The new logo reflects the broader scope of the IPPS, beyond propagation of ornamental plants to include the entire range of plant production activity."

He added: "For some time the IPPS membership has included not just propagators but growers, plant retailers, staff of public and private gardens, plant breeders, students, researchers and advisers."

IPPS has some 2,000 members around the world, around 400 of whom are in the UK. The aim of the society is to advance the art and science of plant production and cultivation by freely sharing knowledge and expertise. Meetings and training workshops are held at a local, national and international level.

Hide said: "The IPPS is evolving into a major global organisation. It offers a great way to meet like-minded people who all have something to share to help each other develop their careers and businesses."

Nurseries run by or employing IPPS members will be encouraged to use the new logo on their own stationary and promotional materials to show their support for the IPPS. The society's legal name will not change and the grafting-hands symbol will remain for ceremonial uses.

The latest IPPS workshop on 9 December focused on plant production from seed. Over 25 delegates attended the event at the Millennium Seed Bank. Seed conservation assistant Frances Stanley gave delegates a tour around the high security vaults and a detailed insight into the project, which now contains more than 90 per cent of British flora and 18,000 species from around the world.

The theme of the day was the conservation of wild species in the UK and around the world. Presentations were also given by NIAB chief seed officer Jane Taylor and the Forestry Commission's seed unit manager Corinne Baker.

- Readers can find out more about IPPS membership benefits by contacting secretary Wendy Staniforth on 01483 476251 or emailing ipps@paston.co.uk.

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