Horticulture Wales to run diversifying into ornamentals event

Farmers and landowners in Wales are being invited to attend an event later this month to find out how diversifying into ornamental plants could help their business.
Supply chain efficiency project Horticulture Wales is teaming up with Farming Connect to host the session, which will be held at Derwen Garden Centre in Guilsfield, Welshpool, from 7pm-9pm on 18 February.
With many Welsh farmers set to be affected by major upcoming reforms to direct payments made through the Common Agricultural Policy, the event aims to showcase the potential business benefits on offer to landowners that branch out into ornamental horticulture.
Andy Joseph, Chris Andrew, and Dafydd Joseph of Dingle Nurseries will be on hand to outline the opportunities there are for farmers to diversify and supply local garden centres and nurseries.
The evening will also include an informal question and answer session with a panel including Andy Joseph, ADAS horticulture consultant Chris Creed, and a number of local ornamental growers.

Horticulture Wales project officer Karen Rodenburg said: "Farmers already have the land and much of the machinery required to diversify into horticulture, in this instance ornamental plants, and doing so can often lead to significantly higher yields and financial returns when compared to other forms of agriculture."
Andy Joseph of the Dingle Nurseries added: "We buy in about £3 million pounds worth of plants annually from outside this area, of which, practically all could be grown here in Mid Wales. The returns per acre are very good, and new growers would have an almost guaranteed market."
For more details or to reserve a place email: adam.watkins@menterabusnes.co.uk.

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