Environment takes a centre stage at Dorset trade show

Environmental issues rise up as key issues at 10th annual Golden Acres Nursery Exhibition

Environmental issues were the key feature of the 10th annual Golden Acres Nursery (GAN) exhibition. The trade show, held in Bournemouth last week, highlighted the use of peat and coir and the efficient nursery distribution of water. Sinclair professional products division technical manager Mike Daly said there could be costly issues for growers surrounding coir following the Asian tsunami. “Many providers will have suffered flooding and the coir will need treatment before it can be transported. Salt contamination would kill plants and buyers should be certain of their sources and the quality of the product before purchase.” Co Tyrone-based supplier of peat products Clover attended GAN for the first time. Sales manager Andrew Mather was ready for any tricky questions on peat, following the recent debate in HW. He said that although alternatives were becoming more accepted, peat was still the preferred option for most growers. “Less than one per cent of extracted peat is used by the horticulture industry, which is miniscule compared to what is used by forestry and other industries,” he said. Visitor numbers were 10 per cent up on 2004. Managing director Paul Richards said: “This was the best show so far and very fitting for our 10th anniversary.”

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