Stockbridge conference looks at future of growing media for gardeners

Plantswoman and broadcaster Christine Walkden will deliver the keynote address at a conference next month on the future of growing composts for gardeners.

The conference, which takes place on 16 February, is hosted by horticulture research leaders at Stockbridge Technology Centre. It will include visits to glasshouses at the Yorkshire site where trials of commercial growing media are taking place, as well as presentations from suppliers Vital Earth and Bulrush.

Other sessions include a presentation by Emily Nichols from the Association for Organics Recycling on quality systems for green materials and an overview by Stockbridge head of science Martin McPherson covering some of the dangers from municipal green compost.

The conference will close with a debate chaired by Horticulture Week editor Kate Lowe that will address issues such as how gardeners can identify reliable growing media. For further details call 01757 268275.

- Stockbridge Technology Centre chief executive Graham Ward has been presented with an Associateship of the Royal Agricultural Societies for his work on helping to transfer horticultural knowledge and applied research to growers.

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