BPOA grower conference to tackle key issues

Horticulture Week is to be a media partner for the British Growers Look Ahead (BGLA) conference organised by the British Protected Ornamentals Association (BPOA) at the NFU's offices in Stoneleigh Park on 11 October.

Speakers include the NFU, Garden Centre Association, Floranova/Vegetalis, Alton Garden Centre, RHS, MorePeople, Laverstoke Park, Fargro and Sainsbury's.

BPOA chairman Ian Riggs said the free to attend conference has come in response to growers and the success of other BPOA events. There is a real desire for information and growers are happy to exchange experiences.

"We have chosen the speakers having listened to members about what they want to hear.

He added: "That's why we have a talk on planning issues and recruitment succession planning. There will be a session on bio-pesticides and peat-free.

"No one is there to sell anything and it's an information-led conference to help growers make informed choices.

Riggs added that the BPOA is looking forward to getting involved in the Grower of the Year Awards, where it will be helping to promote the protected ornamentals category, which will now be named the BPOA Protected Ornamentals Award.

For details of the BGLA event, call 01243 784699 or see www.bpoaonline.co.uk. Applications are currently open for the Grower of the Year Awards. See www.groweroftheyear.co.uk.

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