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Impact of the Decision To Leave the EU

Impact of the Decision To Leave the EU

It is now clear that the British people have made the choice to leave the European Union. The countr...


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HortiTrends Weekly News & Comment - A week Full of Events - 25th Nov 2013

We have caused a stir with the announcement of the new Print Magazine Launch. We are getting positive feedback for what I call our 'Vanity Project'. Please don't forget to sign-up to recieve your free launch copy of HORTICULTURE CONNECTED. We have some great writers lined up with lots of exclusive news and trends. If you want to advertise please see our rate card for some great value launch offers. Some advertisers are taking a wait and see approach, whilie others are diving in as as print becomes a very viable opportunity when offered in tandem with Web and Social.

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The Sodshow Meets Aoife Cox of The Daily Spud

The SodShow, Dublin's only garden radio show. Live every Friday @ 3pm – or after tea-time in podcast.

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The Sodshow Meets The Community Garden Network and GIY Ireland

The SodShow, Dublin's only garden radio show. Live every Friday @ 3pm – or after tea-time in podcast.

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Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Opens

Applications for the 2014 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme has opened recently.  Run in partnership with The Heritage Council, the amount of funding being made available by the Department of Agriculture in 2014 is €600k. According to the department, farmers who are participants in the REPS 4 scheme and who are due to receive a REPS payment in respect of 2014 are eligible to apply and the grants will range from a minimum of €4,000 to a maximum of €20,000.

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The Sodshow Meets Carl Jones of Jones Garden Centre

The SodShow, Dublin's only garden radio show. Live every Friday @ 3pm – or after tea-time in podcast.

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Eucalyptus Trees Help Find Gold Deposits - Philip Voice

Researchers in Australia have discovered that it is possible to detect underground gold deposits by analysing the leaves of trees that are growing above. It is thought that Eucalyptus trees may translocate gold from mineral deposits below, leaving tiny deposits in their foliage.

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Caitriona Redmond Meets The Sodshow

The SodShow, Dublin's only garden radio show. Live every Friday @ 3pm – or after tea-time in podcast.

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The Sodshow Meets Joy Larkcom

The SodShow, Dublin's only garden radio show. Live every Friday @ 3pm – or after tea-time in podcast.

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HortiTrends Weekly News & Comment - Food & Drink Awards 2013 Winners - NEW PRINT MAGAZINE Horticulture Connected Ireland On Schedule - 19th Nov 2013

FOOD & DRINK AWARDS
We had a great night out last Thursday at the Food & Drink Awards. Keelings came out on top for development of the Keelings Soft Fruit Brand. Ornamental horticulture has access to many of the branding opportunities that Food & Drink have, such as the very successful 'Brand Forum' run by Bord Bia. A visiting Spanish intern at the event was amazed that the minister for agriculture Simon Coveney was not surrounded by bodyguards or handlers and was so accessible to the public.

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HortiTrends Weekly News & Comment - New Print Magazine HORTICULTURE CONNECTED Ireland to Launch in December - 5 of the Best Garden & Lifestyle Centres Make it into Top 50 Stores in Retail Excellence Awards - 11th Nov

Congratulations to Ireland's best retail garden stores who made it into the Top 50. We will let the news and headlines do the talking this week. Back to full editorial next week including update on FloraHolland, IFTF and IHTF shows plus next weeks winners at next weeks Bord Bia Food and Drink Awards.

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Grocery Goods Sector by Numbers

A snapshot of information outlined in the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine‘s Grocery Goods Sector Report, entitled ‘Increasing equity and transparency in producer-processor-retailer relationships’, which was published this morning.

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HortiTrends Weekly News & Comment - Teagasc & NAD Partner in IPM Seminar - Forestry Awards - International Hort Week 2103 - 1st Nov 2013

We will be on the road again next week for the International Hort Week in Holland minus of course Hortifair. The plug was pulled on that show earlier in the year for a variety of reasons, although work is already underway on its repalcement called 'HortiTech 2014'. I always get asked if any of these shows are good for our buiness by way of advertising. The short answer is no, but they do give us an opportunity to spot and highlight new products, services and trends for you our customers. It will be our last international trip of the year until IPM Essen in January 2014.

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HortiTrends Weekly News & Comment - Landscaping Included in Finance Bill - Full Winners List for IFG Florist of the Year - ITB Horticulture Open Days - 26th Oct 2013

The Restaurants Association and the ALCI now have something in common. They were both able to lobby strongly enough, so that the recent 2014 budget would be beneficial to their members. In the case of the powerful hotel/restaurant lobby (politicians have to eat) it was retention of the lower vat rate and for the ALCI it was to get Landscaping Included in 'Finance Bill' Construction Boost Measures. No small feat for the landscape sector, as politicians would not fear huge vote or funding losses.

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HortiTrends NEWS & WEEKLY COMMENT - 20th October

Congratulations to all of the ALCI 2013 Landscape Award Winners. There was a large turnout for the event which could be partly put down to the new lunch-time cost effective format, along with the feeling that the sector is seeing a small lift in business. Speaking with members of the association at the event, the consensus was, that they are seeing improvements in their business. That said, tendering for existing or new contracts is still ultra competitive.

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HortiTrends Weekly News & Comment - UK IRL Mushroom Conference Exhibitors - ALCI Awards - GLDA Seminar - Donnybrook Landscape Co Awarded Major New Contract - October 11th

Its a busy week ahead for the horticulture sector. Starting tomorrow at Kildalton College will be the GLDA - Noel Kingsbury Workshop and seminar - The Rabbit's Eye View. There are still limited places available for the event and payment can be made at the door for the last minute decision makers. Its great to see the GLDA taking this event out to a learning seat of horticulture. The more interaction there is between education, students and the working industry the better. What we are hearing from most businesses that we talk to is, they want students who are coming out with more theory and practical horticulture skills versus, how to run a business knowledge. I am inclined to agree in some ways that the focus on business skills is diluting the the core horticulture knowledge that is coming from the colleges. The areas of how to run a business are more than adequately catered for across the whole education sector in general and could be added on, as a part or full-time follow on year if students want to go straight into running a business.

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