Nursery employees benefit from sponsorship scheme

Two young employees at John Woods Nurseries were recently sponsored to attend the International Plant Propagators Society (IPPS) regional conference in Ipswich, as part of the Six Pack sponsorship scheme.

Nursery craftsman Matt Smith and trainee leader Robert Canham were accepted onto the newly launched scheme, which operates like an internship. Participants helped out at the conference and joined trips to other nurseries.

Smith said: "It was a great experience to meet new people. We saw other nurseries and it was interesting to see how they operate."

Canham added: "It went really well. We had a good time and I enjoyed going to other nurseries and seeing how they do things."

IPPS delegates visited various nurseries, including John Woods, where they planted a tree on site.

John Woods Nurseries managing director John Lord said: "As one of the leading nurseries in the east of England, we are delighted to strengthen our links with the IPPS by welcoming conference delegates to the region."

The three-day conference featured speakers from across the industry including Professor Jerry Cross discussing the use of pesticide sprays and John Adlam on cross-sector research and water legislation.

Dr Arnie Rainbow from Vital Earth spoke on alternative peat products and various representatives from ADAS discussed liverwort control, cross-sector herbicide work and verticillium wilt.

Spence Gunn of the IPPS said of the conference: "It went very well and was very successful. They got a good attendance."

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