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Island Horticulture -‘Life after Brexit’


This year, on 3rd October 2018, the Chartered Institute of Horticulture (CIH) will be holding their annual Conference in London, at the Farmers’ and Fletchers’ Livery Hall, 3 Cloth Street, London, EC1A 7LD.

Island Horticulture – ‘Life after Brexit’ is this year’s Conference theme. The CIH are delighted to welcome distinguished speakers from both the UK and the Netherlands, discussing a range of topics pertinent to horticulturists in all sectors.

John Adlam, Principal of Dove Associates, will be delivering the James Bruce Memorial Lecture; focusing on ‘Growing a Horti Culture’. Alongside John is Jacob Kolff, Owner of Kolff Plants and one of the largest exporters of hardy plants in the Netherlands. Jacob will discuss UK imports of hardy nursery stock, both now and in the future. Joining them is Jeroen Van Buren, from Delphy BV, Netherlands. Jeroen’s subject is the ‘Digital Revolution’ and how this impacts on the largest Horticultural consultancy in the world.

From the UK, Dr Ed Moorhouse addresses the challenges and opportunities facing salad and vegetable growers post Brexit, given that a significant amount of our fresh produce is sourced from overseas. The success story of Berry Production in the UK will be delivered by Alastair Brooks, Chairman of Berry Gardens and owner of BR Brooks and Son. Berry production is the huge success story of British Horticulture and Alastair will be sharing his thoughts on breeding, growing and the public desire for berries. Jack Ward, CEO of the British Growers Association will be sharing the current mood of his growers and their success stories, the challenges and the growing climate immediately post Brexit. Finally, Graham Spencer, Director of Plants for Europe, will be asking ‘Where are we now and what should you do?’ Graham is in the unique position of serving on many European Committees at breeder, grower and agent levels and will be sharing the impact of Brexit on Breeding, Plant Varietal Protection and Royalties across borders European and other continents.

All sectors of Horticulture are represented this year, from Ornamentals, Fresh Produce, Soft Fruits and Field Vegetables to Plant Breeding, Consultancy and Advisory.

The conference location is a minute’s walk from the Barbican Tube Station and 5 minutes from St Paul’s tube station. Maximise networking opportunities whilst enjoying a hot fork buffet lunch.