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Irish Grass Machinery Live 2015 - National Sports Campus

Irish Grass Machinery Live 2015 - National Sports Campus

Open Invitation To All Sports Clubs, Local Authorities, Contractors and Groundsmen.
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John Lord - 'I Got a Batch of Betula Pendula' - Birch Misidentification

I got  a batch of Betula pendula, the silver birch,  last year and once again , surprise, surprise, they turned out to be Betula pubsecens, which is the downey birch. It might seem to some nit picking on my behalf but there are significant differences   between the two species as they mature.

The “true” silver birch is far superior as a landscape plant. It has better bark, foliage, and above all shape. It is sometimes called “lady of the woods” for its delicate outline and gracefully pendulous branches. Of course this pendulous habit does not occur on young vigorous trees, but only as they start to slow down with age  – a bit similar to us humans!.

The problem is, if Betula pubescens is planted – as it often is in this country - mistakenly for Betula pendula - it’s often a bit late to do anything about it 20 years down the line.

It’s important to be able to identify the difference between the two, particularly as young plants.

Firstly the downy birch has downy twigs, this down is very short and fine and gives them a matt effect.  The silver birch on the other hand has shinier twigs as it lacks the down covering, but the twigs are warty and rougher to the touch.

The leaves of the silver birch are almost triangular, as against the more rounded leaves of the downy birch.

When mature the down birch has a more rounded outline, its bark is duller, with horizontal black banding – on the silver birch this banding is replaced by diamond shaped markings.

Another give away is that the downy birch is invariably festooned with bird’s nest like “witches brooms”, even from quite a young age. But it has its uses. It’s a great quick growing tree for heavy wet soil.

However, if you order a greyhound from the pet shop and they send you a Labrador, the Lab may be a nice dog, but it’s not what you wanted, and it will win no races!

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21 October 2015

National Sports Campus Development Authority @ Abbotstown, Dublin, Ireland

Irish Grass Machinery Live 2015 - National Sports Campus

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 Register Here for Event.
This is a free event but places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.


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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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