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Published: 13 Sep 2012 15:000 comments

A major event for those engaged in horticulture takes place at Greenmount Campus next Wednesday, September 19.

The Walled Garden at Greenmount.

Horticulture 2012, will involve a programme of technical and business seminars, a trade exhibition, tours and working demonstrations.

The event will cover all types of horticulture, both commercial and amenity. The event will showcase the latest machinery available from local dealers and suppliers for renovation (verti draining, sand grooving, top dressing and scarifying), drainage and fine turf aeration. There will also be a demonstration to measure pitch performance standards, including the operation of an innovative laser line marker on playing pitches.

Greening of urban areas is a vital component of modern amenity management and at Greenmount, visitors will be able to see a demonstration 'living wall' and areas of wild flower planting as fine examples of environmental sustainability and biodiversity.

The Richardson's Walled Garden which was redeveloped just over 10 years ago will be open and the scheduled tours will allow vistors to explore this beautiful and unique resource with the staff responsible.

People will also be able to attend a programme of technical and business seminars targetted at those working in the commercial horticulture, landscape and amenity sectors. The associated trade exhibition offers a tremendous opportunity for visitors to meet suppliers and service providers, from a large number of local and national companies and organisations.

Other tours and demonstrations, scheduled at intervals throughout the day, around the Campus include super fruits, arboriculture, cut flowers, floristry demonstrations and landscape and production facilities.

The 'Horticulture 2012' event runs from 11am. until 9pm on Wednesday, September 19 2012.

One of the main speakers is Sarah Dawson, Chairman of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Board for Horticulture and Potatoes will present a seminar on the very significant NFU publication, Catalyst for Change - Better ways of doing business in the horticulture and potatoes sector.

Sarah is highly qualified to speak at the Horticulture 2012 event. As the Technical and Business Development Manager for F. Pettitt and Son, growing over 200ha of brassicas, some cereals and rotational legumes in Lincolnshire, Sarah and her brother are the fourth generation on their family farm. Sarah is an experienced food industry and horticultural food chain specialist, having worked in a diverse range of senior technical and business development roles. Passionate about horticulture Sarah thrives on helping the industry develop commercially and sustainably in a constantly changing and ever challenging market place.

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