Southern Growers Exhibition 2009: Seminars to tackle peat and recycling issues

This year's Southern Growers Exhibition seminar programme will cover the hot industry topics of peat and recycling.

HTA director of business development Tim Briercliffe will kick off the seminars with his session entitled Peat Free by 2010?, which will look at how close the industry is to achieving this goal and how composts have developed in recent years.

At 2pm Shelaine Weller from the West Sussex County Council Sustainable Business Partnership will look at recycling, using Roundstone Nurseries as a model. Weller will also talk about how recycling can help growers to cut costs.

Owner Simon Davenport of exhibitor Hollyacre Plants said that the seminars boost the appeal of the show. "They add to the number of reasons for people to visit. If they are genuinely useful, then they make all the difference when it comes to deciding whether or not to attend."

On the seminar topics, another exhibitor, Botany Bay Nurseries plant centre manager Jamie Ratcliffe, added: "The Save Costs — Recycle seminar looks to be interesting as there's not enough done in the industry in this regard. As for Peat Free by 2010?, I think the industry is doing all it can to reduce peat use. It's not our industry that most needs to make reductions, but power stations and the like."

Those wanting to attend the seminars can book a place by emailing Emily Jeffrey at


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