BPOA Spring Conference 2021

20 Jan 2021
British Protected Ornamentals Association



Welcome & Opening address- James Alcaraz- Chairman BPOA  
Theme One- New Gardeners- New Markets  
10:00 Hope Plants- a Covid Start-up  Matt Skinner, Hope Plants
10:20 ‘New gardeners, new gardens- the drive thru’ experience’ Natalie Porter, Happy Plants
10:40 A grower’s experience of direct sales Graeme Edwards, Woodlark Nurseries
11:00  Coffee Break & Breakout conversation- new markets
Theme Two- Old threats from New thrips  
11:20 Not all thrips are WFT Gerben Messelink, Wageningen University
11:40 Optimising thrips monitoring in ornamental crops. Jude Bennison & Clare Sampson, Russell IPM
12:00 Conversation  
Theme Three- Growing your workforce  
12:20 “YPHA- Uniting, Inspiring and Empowering Young People in Horticulture” Natalie Porter, Happy Plants
12:40 Recruiting and retaining talent Martin Brown, Henderson Brown
13:00 Conversation  
13:20- 14:00   Lunch & Networking time (breakout sessions, view sponsors booths, P&D Quiz, new product showcase,  distributor showcase)
Theme Four- “Carbon- problem or opportunity?”  
14:00 New audit systems for measuring carbon footprint Martin de la Harpe, delaharpe.co
14:20 Taking the first steps to Net Zero Jon Swain, NFU Energy
14:40 Conversation  
Theme Five- Top tips for Spring crops  
15:00 Crops for spring production  Eric Forschelen, Green4ce
15:20 Effective nursery trials Chloe Whiteside, ADAS
15:40 Developments with primrose Wouter de Meester, Rudy Raes
16:00                           Tea and chat (conference closes)

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