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Irish Grass Machinery Live 2015

Irish Grass Machinery Live 2015

Open Invitation To All Sports Clubs, Local Authorities, Contractors and Groundsmen.
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UK Strawberry Season Going Strong, Despite the Weather

It is strawberry season in the UK, but the British weather is doing its best to put a damper on things, but it is not as bad as would be expected.

Laurence Olins, Chairman of British Summer Fruits, which represents 90 per cent of berries supplied to UK supermarkets, said "There is ample supply of British strawberries now and for the rest of the summer."

"20 years ago the crop would have been decimated by the inclement weather over the past few months but thanks to two decades of investment in protective covers this summer’s crop has been safeguarded from the recent weather problems. There are in fact more strawberries on supermarket shelves than this time last year and we will not be importing fruit as we have plenty of British strawberries available."

According to Andrew Grantham from SA Produce this year's strawberry season in the UK is "interesting".

But despite reports of major flooding and disease in the sector, the production is, "not too bad, the weather is having a big impact and certain crops are lagging, but as we grow totally under cover and table top we have not been affected by floods or the cold."

He goes on to say that prices in the supermarket are around normal for this time of the year at around £2 for 400g.

2011 was a bumper year for British strawberries and the earliest season ever due to a very warm April which brought the crop forward. 4,969 hectares of strawberries were grown, up 45% since 2001 (DEFRA).

Last year 49,591 British strawberries were sold in supermarkets – up 20% yoy and berries topped supermarket fruit sales in August 2011 – beating apples and bananas for the first time.

British berry sales have more than doubled in 10 years, 2011 sales reached £277K. The British strawberry season is likely to last until October.

Source: Fresh Plaza - UK Strawberry Season Going Strong, Despite the Weather

Featured Event


21 October 2015

@ Abbotstown, Dublin, Ireland

Irish Grass Machinery Live 2015

Irish Grass Machinery 2015 Live event at the National Sports Campus in Blanchardstown.

Open Invitation To All Sports Clubs, Local Authorities, Contractors and Groundsmen

Irish Grass Machinery are holding our 2015 Live event at the National Sports Campus in Blanchardstown. This is a unique event which will allow sports
clubs and groundsmen test drive the very latest in grass cutting and maintenance machinery. It will also have a element of education with leading experts in pitch construction , renovation and maintenance available throughout the day to share their experience and knowledge.irishgrassmachinery-image

The National Sports Campus is a 500+ acre site in Blanchardstown Dublin 15. It currently headquarters over 20 national sports bodies including, The Football Association of Ireland, National Sports Council. All major field sports bodies are locating their centres of excellance at the NSC. The GAA are currently constructing their centre which will include 5 state of the art pitches,

The FAI have constructed 6 new pitched and have based all international teams at the NSC. The IRFU are also building their Centre of Excellence and it
will be the base for all their International teams. So this really is the future of Irish Sport and it a great opportunity to see it while all this development is going on. There will be tours of the campus throughout the day.

Test drive the full range of Kubota ride on mowers and tractors.
• Use the range of Trimax wide area mowers.
• See the range of Wiedenman Pitch Maintenance
Equipment from natural and artificial surfaces.
• Full range of Vermeer Wood Chippers, Stump
Grinders and Mini Skid Steer Loaders.
• Meet the Pitch builders
• Tour of National Sports Campus
• Lunch
• Prize Draw

To Reserve Your Place At This Unique Event Call 01 899 1212 or Book On Line at www.irishgrassmachinery.ie
This is a free event but places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment

Featured Event


28 January 2016

@ Messeallee, 45131 Essen, Germany

AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards 2016

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) is pleased to announce that FloraHolland is to be the Headline Sponsor at the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards 2016.

FloraHolland is a co-operative organisation of and for growers of horticultural products, and brings the floriculture chain together in several ways. It is an open marketplace where suppliers of floriculture products and their customers can meet to do business. With its new strategy ‘Flowering the world together. Planting seeds of opportunities for all our members.’ it creates opportunities for our industry to encourage the consumer to spend more money on more flowers and plants. It provides benefits to its members and their customers by contributing to their margins by optimising its own logistics and taking control of floriculture standards.

AIPH Secretary General, Tim Briercliffe, commented, “FloraHolland is a major business in the ornamental horticulture industry. As an increasingly international organisation the partnership with the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards is the perfect match and I am very much looking forward to working with them to promote to the world the very best ornamentals growers”.

Floris Olthof, Manager Cooperation & Communication, FloraHolland, comments, “FloraHolland has been a member of AIPH for years. The cooperative also supports the Horticultural Entrepreneur Award where the most innovative and enterprising company from the horticultural sector is awarded. Winners of this competition are also recommended for the International Grower of the Year Award. We feel strongly about promoting innovation and successful entrepreneurship in this sector and warmly support both awards”.

The Awards which recognise best practice in ornamental horticultural production from all over the world, organised with founding partner FloraCulture International, invite growers of ornamental crops anywhere in the world to enter.

The Awards Gala Dinner will take place at the Messe Essen on Thursday, 28 January 2016. They will be hosted during IPM Essen in Germany, the world’s leading trade fair for horticulture.

For more information visit: www.aiph.org/groweroftheyear



Tim Briercliffe, AIPH Secretary General
Email: sg@aiph.org Tel: +44 (0) 118 9308956 Mobile: +44 (0) 7885 750324
Website: www.aiph.org
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