22 March - 24 March 2013

Horticulture in Devon and Cornwall

Organised by:

SCI's Horticulture Group in associaiton with the Professional Horticulture Group South West


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A meeting organised by the Professional Horticulture Group South West. Speakers will cover a variety of topics, demonstrating progress being made in key areas of South West Horticulture.


Event Schedule
Chairman's Introduction - John Lockwood
The Cider Industry in the South West – Liz Copaz, National Association of Cider Makers' Orcharding Advisor and Field Trial Officer Liz Copaz is a major consultant to the expanding small volume Cider Industry in the South West. She brings many years of experience in husbanding cider apple orchards and in making cider itself. She worked originally in the Cider Department of Long Ashton Research Station (LARS) and then branched out as an independent consultant when Long Ashton was closed. There are few greater experts on this topic.
Education development at Rosemoor - Sarah Chesters, Principal Education Officer, RHS Garden Rosemoor The Education and Training programme at RHS Rosemoor goes from strength to strength under the guidance and expertise of Sarah Chesters. Kew-trained she has a deep understanding of horticulture and uses this to instil knowledge and competence into her students. She will provide an overview of education and training provision at Rosemoor, its relevance for the students and opportunities for the industry.
Cauliflower and other Brassica trialling in Cornwall - Bill Herring, Coordinator of National Brassica Variety Trials Brassicas in particular the cauliflower crop are vital parts of the Cornish rural economy. Finding suitable cultivars capable of cropping satisfactorily is essential and Bill Herring, now Head of Horticulture at Duchy College, has for many years taken special interest in fulfilling this task. His work is funded now by the Horticultural Development Company (HDC) producing annually recommendations of new hybrid cultivars for growers’ use. He will describe this work with all its successes and problems.
Sandwich Lunch
End of meeting
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Venue and Contact

XL Horticulture Ltd,

Bridgwater Colllege Cannington Centre
Rodway Hill, Cannington, Bridgwater 
Somerset TA5 2LS
Please click here for a location map.

Peter Grimbly

Tel: 01926 612981

Email: petergrimbly@btinternet.com


£12 full rate

£6 student rate

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Exhibition and Sponsorship

An exhibition will take place alongside the conference for companies and related organisations who may wish to exhibit. Please email conferences@soci.org for further information and prices. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.