SEEDA puts Lowaters Nursery production director in charge of six-month water research

Lowaters Nursery production director Charles Carr has been appointed to the role of water champion by the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA).

Carr, who is chairman of ProVar and is on the HTA's technical committee, will investigate water capture, storage and application methods over six months. He will study current legislation and visit UK and Spanish growers and technology stations to provide case studies, review harvesting methods and investigate application techniques.

Carr said: "The reason I am doing this is because it fits alongside a fairly large rain-harvesting facility we are installing."

He was involved in the recently concluded HortLINK project looking at irrigation, with Lowaters trialling the use of evaposensors in propagation. The nursery purchased evaposensors after the trial found a 12 per cent boost in success rates.

Carr will report on his findings to SEEDA at the end of March and growers will be able to visit the nursery to review its projects. Lowaters is one of only two ornamental growers in the country to be accredited with environmental management standard ISO 14001.

The water research follows the company's investment in new heating and waste management practices and is, according to Carr, a key issue for the future of the company.

It is based between Southampton and Portsmouth, where there are plans for large-scale housing developments.

"It will be interesting to see what I discover over the next few months from visiting growers," said Carr. "There is a lot of amazing technology out there that is already being used by forward-thinking people."

- To contact Carr call 01489 582584 or email


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