BOPP – Celebrating 21 years of certification

by | May 9, 2017 | Community, News | 0 comments


To celebrate the 21st anniversary of BOPP (British Ornamental Plant Producers? certification scheme) a special event for the ornamentals sector is being held on Tuesday 18 July at the HTA offices at Chilton in Oxfordshire.

This one day industry seminar will inform members on current industry issues, discuss the importance of certification in the sector and mark the milestone in BOPP?s history.

A two-course celebratory lunch will also be provided at the new headquarters of the HTA, which is the home of the BOPP Certification Scheme.

Confirmed speakers include Ed Birchall from APHA, Dr Gracie Barrett a AHDB Fellow at RHS Wisley and John Adlam.

Ed Birchall will provide an update on the current threat of Xylella outbreaks in the UK, as well as highlighting other relevant non-native species threats and the work of APHA to protect the UK.

Dr Gracie Barrett has been undertaking a AHDB Fellowship at RHS Wisley to look at Sustainable Resource Use in Horticulture (CP095). The project has taken a systems approach to delivering high quality plants grown in sustainable substrates, with efficient water use and novel nutrient uses. The presentation will provide an update on the project.

John Adlam from Dove Associates is a well-known figure in the horticulture industry and will be explaining to members how to develop a water management plan, which is one of the BOPP requirements. He will also explain recent changes in water legislation.

Also, joining the programme of speakers are Catherine Dawson from Melcourt Industries Ltd, and Raoul Curtis-Machin, HTA?s director of Horticulture.

Catherine Dawson is the technical director of Melcourt Industries Ltd, one of the UK?s leading manufacturers of sustainable growing media and bark products. She will provide an update on the Responsible Sourcing of Growing Media Scheme (P4).

Raoul Curtis-Machin will explain to delegates the recent activity to develop a Plant Health Management Scheme, as well as providing a policy update on neo-nicotinoids and other relevant issues to members.

The afternoon session will focus on the past, present and future of the BOPP Certification Scheme. A brief history and testimonials from members will be presented to mark the anniversary event.

The afternoon session will conclude with a motivational presentation from adventurer and personal trainer, Jason McKinlay. Jason will draw on the diverse range of endurance challenges and adventures he has taken on, which range from the Jungle Ultra Marathon, to the Mount Everest Marathon, Marathon des Sables in the Sahara, and most recently, his record breaking 2000-mile non-stop row around the British Isles.

Book now at

BOPP / HTA Member rate ?20 + VAT, Non-Member rate ?50 + VAT.

more latest news ➡

GCA Barometer of Trade figures 'very good'

March BoT figures show a ‘very strong month’ says GCA

The Barometer of Trade (BoT) figures from the Garden Centre Association (GCA) for March 2024 have been revealed and are ‘very strong’ when compared with the same month last year. According to data submitted by the organisation’s member garden centres, none of the...

Rajesh Gupta joins DObbies

Dobbies Garden Centres appoints Rajesh Gupta

Dobbies further strengthens its senior leadership team with the appointment of Rajesh Gupta as Strategy and Business Development Director. Rajesh qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and has 20 years’ experience in retail working in strategy, business...

Marcus Eyles leaves Dobbies

Marcus Eyles departs Dobbies after seven years

Marcus Eyles has decided to move on from his role as Horticulture Director at Dobbies to pursue a new chapter in his illustrious 40-year career. Marcus joined Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, in 2017 as Head of Online, before progressing to...

One4all and Dobbies enters partnership

Dobbies partners with One4all gift cards

One4all Gift Cards, is excited to announce its partnership with Dobbies Garden Centres, the UK’s largest garden centre retailer with 77 stores nationwide and nearly 160 years of expertise. Dobbies Garden Centres champion garden living all-year-round offering...

Ben Harrison announced as GCA chairman elect

GCA announces Chairman Elect for 2024/2025

The GCA has announced its Chairman Elect for 2024/25. Ben Harrison, who is Operations Director of Haskins Garden Centres, is stepping into the role and will become Chairman at the GCA’s annual conference in January 2026. Ben says: “I’m delighted to be taking on...

Notcutts celebrates at annual awards

Notcutts annual awards highlights team success

The family-owned garden centre group, Notcutts, gathered at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth on March 14th to celebrate the successes of its colleagues across all 19 garden centres nationwide. The event, attended by over 140 colleagues, family members and...

Read GCR's latest edition!

Subscribe ToThe Wednesday Word

Subscribe To
The Wednesday Word


Get all the latest news, events & more straight to your inbox every Wednesday.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This