Talk focuses on labour savings

John Woods Nurseries director of production Chris Bowman spoke to delegates at the conference about his experience using labour-saving machinery.

Noting the benefits, he said efficient labour savings had been made through the installation of various kit in the potting process.

"One of my first remits at the nursery was to see whether there was a means for us to create automation and to drive down the labour force and use the machinery to a better extent, without jeopardising our quality and customer service," he explained.

"There's been a labour reduction by doing this and we can continue potting during the busy spring period with a limited workforce - the old system needed six to seven people but the new system only needs three to five people."

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