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August 2021

British Leafy Salads Association Demonstration Day 2021

By Industry News

The British Leafy Salad Association is pleased to announce the Demonstration Day is back for 2021

The 2020 event had to be held virtually due to the pandemic, but we are pleased to announce that this year’s event will take place in person.

The 2021 demonstration event is kindly being hosted by G’s on Thursday 16th September near Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Building on the success of the previous Demonstration Days, this year’s event will host:

Weeding demonstrations from

  • Already confirmed: Naoi, Wedding Tech, Campeys, K.U.L.T, Robotti, Stekette and Zasso.

Bio stimulant trials

  • Confirmed Dejex and CropTechIQ

AHDB’s Peat Free Propagation trials

Exhibition area

The event will attract support from the whole leafy salad industry to provide a great interactive opportunity for those who attended.

Entry is free of charge and refreshments will be provided. The event is registered for both BASIS and NRoSO points which will be available on the day.  Register  here

For more information on attending or exhibiting please contact

LSA 2022 Fellowships Application Window Opens Soon

By Company News, Industry News

The fourth intake for the Fellowship opens for applications on the 1st September 2021 to applicants who are developing their careers within Horticulture.

The Fellowship aims to develop the future leaders of the commercial horticulture industry and is being supported by the National Farmers Union, British Growers Association, The Horticultural Trades Association, the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board.

“The Fellowship provides an excellent opportunity for up-and-coming executives in the horticulture industry to widen their perspective, create a network and equip themselves for a future role in leadership of the industry. These are exciting and challenging times for horticulture, and the LSA Fellows will be vital in shaping our sector for the future.” The Managing agent for the Scheme, Coral Clark commented.



  • Increase your understanding of the commercial horticulture industry and the role that trade bodies play in the development of industry strategies.
  • Our two-year scheme increases your knowledge of current research and wider industry issues.
  • Opportunity to attend meetings and study tours across the horticulture sector, covering technical, strategy and marketing.
  • Chance to experience the entire horticulture industry from Lettuce production to Hardy Shrub production.
  • You will be awarded a bursary of up to £3,000 which you can draw down on to cover your activities within the scheme.


Lucille Gilpin, Horticultural Technologist at DAERA and started the scheme in 2019, she encourages others to apply for the scheme.

“Applying to the LSA Fellowship was a no-brainer – between invitations to high quality events and meeting likeminded horticulture young people, I am glad I did apply.

Even throughout covid we have had a busy schedule, meeting and discussing with central industry people online. Pre covid, my favourite event was at SmartHort, I gained a lot of knowledge from this event to bring back to my workplace.

Since being on the scheme, I am a lot more confident to discuss industry issues in my workplace with also further confidence to talk to other growers about the latest technologies.

For new applicants, I would thoroughly advise to join our group, I have learnt a lot and will continue to do so along with the horticulture friends I have made.”


For more information on the scheme please visit the website or contact Coral Clark at British Growers on or 01507 602427.

British Protected Ornamentals Association joins British Growers Association

By Company News

British Growers is pleased to announce that British Protected Ornamentals Association (BPOA) has chosen British Growers to take over their administration and official office. They will be joining 13 other specialist crops associations which make up the British Growers membership.


The British Protected Ornamentals Association (BPOA) was founded in to promote the interests of the UK bedding plant industry.  It‘s membership is drawn from growers and the allied trade within this specialist and growing sector of horticulture.

Coral Clark, Crop Association Executive, commented ‘We are absolutely delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with BPOA. The British Growers mission is to support growers, to do what they do best, by providing a shared administrative and accountancy provisions.  Our unique shared services model will allow BPOA to access the skills they need to function effectively, whilst they retain their own strong identity”.

The Association’s primary aim is to support the needs of growers particularly in R & D, marketing and wider sector representation. By helping the bedding plant and pot plant, cut flower and other ornamental plant growers to work together, the Association aims to achieve common goals enabling all growers to move forward in an ever-changing marketplace.

Please visit to find out more about BPOA.


James Alcaraz, Chairman of the Association said ‘BPOA works to support growers through its technical committee activity, the promotion of ‘Home Grown’ and other marketing initiatives which support members’ plant sales and to give a voice to the membership on political issues


James went on to say that he is “delighted to be working with Coral and all the team at British Growers. Adding that the Association would like to take this opportunity to thank Simon Davenport for his long-standing service to the Association as the Executive Officer and the British protected ornamentals industry.

British Growers Upcoming Events.

By Industry News

As covid restrictions are now lifted and we are on the journey back to normality, the British Growers team are pleased to announce the upcoming opportunities to reconnect with our members:



16th September              The British Leafy Salad Demonstration Day is kindly being hosted by G’s. There are opportunities for weeding demonstrations, bio-stimulant trials and exhibitor opportunities.  For more information please email


7th October                      The British Carrot Demonstration Day, in association with AHDB is back for 2021. Kindly hosted by Hobson Farming, the event is being held Nr Malton, Yorkshire. There are opportunities to exhibit at the event, for more information or for the booking form please visit our website: BCGA Demonstration Day | Great British Carrots




19th January                    The long awaited Brassica and Leafy Salad conference is back. After a 3 year hiatus the event is back in a new venue, East of England Showground. There are still sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities available, for more information please visit the website, Sponsors | Brassica and Leafy Salad Conference or  Exhibition | Brassica and Leafy Salad Conference.


9th February                    The British Leeks Agronomy day in partnership with NIAB is being held in Marston, Lincolnshire. Exhibition opportunities are available for the event, if you would like further information please contact Pauline at


As always we continue to offer advertising and editorial opportunities to the industry in our various Crop Association Newsletters. If you would like more information please contact

Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference

By Industry News

The Brassica & Leafy is only 6 months away!  Following Covid restrictions easing, the long-awaited Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference is returning after 3 years.


To date we are pleased to announce two of our Sponsors:


  • The Brassica Technical session is being kindly sponsored by Syngenta.
  • The Evening Dinner is being kindly sponsored by Sakata EU.


Our exhibitors include Clause UK Ltd, Hazera Seeds UK Ltd, Sakata UK Ltd, Tozer Seeds and Bayer Crop Science.


We owe a massive thanks to the companies that support our event through sponsorship or by exhibiting. Without their generous contributions we would not be able to host our prestigious event.

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities for the industry-leading event are still available, please contact for more information or visit our website


A new and exciting venue has been chosen for the event and we are pleased to announce that the 2022 Conference will be held at the East of England Showground & Events Centre.  This venue boasts superb conference facilities which will allow us to showcase more exhibitors and more machinery than ever before.


On behalf of the organising committee, we look forward to welcoming you to the Brassica & Leafy Conference on Wednesday 19th January 2022.