Healthy Plants, Healthy Business 

Book now for this essential one-day conference for anyone involved in the production, trading and retailing of plants in the UK. Speakers include Professor Nicola Spence, Defra’s Chief Plant Health Officer.

Taking place on Tuesday 29 January 2019 at Horticulture House in Oxfordshire this event is aimed at growers and their customers (retailers, landscapers and garden designers, architects and public procurement) and key stakeholders. It will provide a great opportunity to ensure that your business is equipped with the latest information on plant health matters including information on cross-sector initiatives aimed at protecting UK biosecurity and the launch of a new self-assessment tool for any business to calculate how biosecure its production and sourcing systems are.

Key topics to be covered include:
  • Current plant health situation
  • Plant Health Biosecurity Alliance
  • Plant Health Management Standard
  • Plant Healthy self-assessment
  • Plant importing post-Brexit


Programme to include

Setting the scene/ importance of the issue for Government  - Lord Gardiner of Kimble – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity         

Latest plant health update - Defra Chief Plant Health Officer - Nicola Spence   

Plant importing post Brexit - Derek Grove MRSB SPHP, APHA Plant & Bee Health EU exit manager     

PHAS and Plant Healthy Self-Assessment - Alistair Yeomans, HTA Horticulture Manager

RHS perspective on plant health - Gerard Clover, Royal Horticultural Society

Plant health – grower perspective – Jonathan Whittemore, Johnsons of Whixley

Plant health – wholesaler/importer perspective – Richard McKenna, Provender Nurseries

Plant health – retailer perspective – Andy Bunker, Alton Garden Centre       

Plant Health Professional Register – Celia Knight                                                                                                                                                                             

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