UK: Plant health focus at National Plant Show

In a bid to keep retailers up to date with the key factors concerning plants today, ‘plant health’ has been added to the seminar programme of the HTA National Plant Show, taking place next month on 21 and 22 June at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.

Retailers need to be aware of where they are getting plants from through all stages of growth. This is the best way to protect the UK and themselves from diseases such as Xylella Fastidiosa.

Raoul Curtis-Machin, Head of Horticulture will cover this subject and explain more about the increased obligations on retailers to protect the UK and their businesses, at the show at 12pm on Wednesday 22 June.

As well as this focussed seminar session, the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) will also be at the show on stand 159.

APHA is an executive agency of Defra. It works to safeguard animal and plant health for the benefit of people, the environment and the economy.

Its stand will communicate the importance of plant biosecurity best practice and inform about new and emerging plant pests and diseases. Staff will be available to discuss plant health legislation.

Other seminars taking place at the show are:

Tuesday 21 June
  • 10am Growing Media Spotlight
  • 10.45am Home Grown 'Retailer' Award presentation
  • 11am New Plant Awards, with Andy McIndoe and the New Plant Award Judges
  • 12pm Michael Perry, Plant Hunter, Thompson & Morgan
  • 2pm Tried, tested and hidden from sight, David Gillam, of Abercorn Garden Centre and National Dahlia Society Chair
Wednesday 22 June
  • 10am Growing Media Spotlight
  • 12pm Plant Health Focus
  • 2pm The Greatest Plant Retailing Awards, with Garden Trade News
For more information:
www.gov.uk/apha
www.nationalplantshow.co.uk

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