Nine Irish nurseries have achieved Bord Glas quality awards and six more have been awarded certificates of merit.
Bord Glas is the Irish horticulture board and the awards are part of its 2003/04 hardy nursery stock quality programme, which also targets bedding and pot-plant nurseries. Each nursery gets two announced inspections over a 12-month period.
Those who score 75 per cent or more in the audit receive a quality award and a certificate of merit goes to those who score between 60 and 74 per cent.
Irish Hardy Nursery Stock Association chair Gwen Byrne said: “Participating in the Bord Glas quality programme strengthens our businesses and allows us to standardise our approach to quality control throughout the nursery industry.
“The awards also allow us to promote our industry as a professional group of producers focused on excellence in our staff, our plants and our business practices. I am not aware of any other quality programme in Europe so focused on the generic needs of our industry.”
Award winners were: Glenbrook Nurseries of County Clare; Uniplumo (Irl) of County Dublin; Coilog Nurseries, Flannery’s Nurseries, Flip Schram Nurseries, L&K Dunne Nurseries and Rentes Plants, all of County Kildare; Sunhill Nurseries of County Kilkenny; and SAP Nurseries of County Tipperary.
Certificates went to: McLysaght, County Dublin; Tully Nurseries, County Dublin; FitzGerald Nurseries, County Kilkenny; Spring Nurseries, County Cork; and Green Avenue Nurseries and Windemere Nurseries, both of County Kildare.
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