Riggs voted BPOA chairman

Ian Riggs has been elected chairman of the British Protected Ornamentals Association (BPOA).

Ian Riggs: New BPOA chairman
Ian Riggs: New BPOA chairman

Former Kings Seeds and Sakata representative Riggs was voted in without opposition to the role at the BPOA AGM on 7 February. He was previously the chairman of the marketing committee, and this role will now be taken on by Greg Hill from Chichester-based grower Hill Brothers.

BPOA membership increased by 24 per cent in 2011, and the membership is now the highest it has ever been, according to Riggs.

Many new members have joined to take advantage of the Home Grown scheme, which is free for BPOA members to use, and £100 a year for non-members.

Following successful trials in garden centres, Home Grown will enter its retail phase this year.

The AGM took place at the start of a two-day conference, which included marketing and technical seminars, covering issues such as the impatiens downy mildew outbreak, the state of the garden centre market and water and energy efficiency.

Former Garden Centre Association chairman and Squires managing director Dennis Espley was the guest speaker at the Chairman’s Dinner.

At the dinner, awards presented included the Trumpet Blower award, which went to nursery owner Derek Smith, the Alan Hendy award, won by Blue Ribbon Plants sales manager Philip Sanders, and the Bright Spark award, presented to Beekenkamp UK and Ireland sales manager Sirekit Mol.

A special award was also given to out-going chairman Sarah Fairhurst.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Read These Next



Showy spikes, lush leaves and sweet scent all help to sell these appealing plants, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Get set for the National Plant Show 2018 - show preview

Get set for the National Plant Show 2018 - show preview

Growers will be aiming to take orders and increase sales by showcasing latest varieties at the National Plant Show. Matthew Appleby looks ahead to the event.

Crop protection: Ornamentals armoury

Crop protection: Ornamentals armoury

What can ornamental plant growers do to meet increasing pressure from the industry and consumers to become more sustainable? Sally Drury investigates the available product options.

Opinion... How to increase UK plant supply

Opinion... How to increase UK plant supply

Why don't UK growers produce more of the plants that the UK market demands?

Opinion... Co-operation is industry's best card

Opinion... Co-operation is industry's best card

What a great trade this is when one of us needs help. "The Container Revolution" co-operative exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a good example.

Opinion... Bridges needed across the sectors

Opinion... Bridges needed across the sectors

Horticulture Week's careers guide (HW, April 2018) is a revealing insight into what constitutes "a horticulturist". Horticulture is a coherent discipline.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Top 60 Ornamentals nurseries

See our exclusive ranking of ornamentals nurseries by annual turnover. 

Tim Edwards

Boningales Nursery chairman Tim Edwards on the business of ornamentals production

Read Tim Edwards

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world

Read more Peter Seabrook articles