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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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DIY Week

Wheelbarrow Booster Scoops First Million Despite Dragons Den Rejection

A product which increases the capacity of a wheelbarrow by up to 300% has made its inventors more than £1.3m in its first year on the market, despite the entrepreneurs rejecting an offer from two Dragons' Den millionaires. 

Read more: Wheelbarrow Booster Scoops First Million Despite Dragons Den Rejection

Black Opal

Tomato ‘Black Opal’: New Black Cherry Tomato from Dobies and Suttons

More veg growers are now taking an interest in "black" tomatoes. Their flavour is distinctive and they add to the colour palette of summer salads, but the texture can be poor and the skins can be prone to cracking.

Read more: Tomato ‘Black Opal’: New Black Cherry Tomato from Dobies and Suttons

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Interflora Florist of the Year and Florist of the Future Heats

 
A number of Interflora florists up and down the country are preparing to compete in our Florist of the Year and Florist of the Future regional heats. Following the success of our prestigious Grand Final at last year's RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, next month will see the start of a new set of competition heats to find our 2013 finalists.

Read more: Interflora Florist of the Year and Florist of the Future Heats

UK Ash Dieback 'Beyond Containment'

The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson will host a summit on ash dieback today. The meeting, involving tree health experts and other "key stakeholders", will provide updates on the problem and what is being done to tackle the infection.

Read more: UK Ash Dieback 'Beyond Containment'

Organic Trust

Organic Trust 2012 AGM & Conference Resounding Success!

The 2012 AGM & Conference of the Organic Trust which was held in the peaceful surroundings of the Camphill Community Organic Farm at Grangebeg, Dunlavin, Co Kildare, saw record attendance levels. The excellent facilities provided in 'Colmcille' – the Grangebeg Community Hall – provided the perfect surroundings to conduct AGM official business early in the day.

Read more: Organic Trust 2012 AGM & Conference Resounding Success!

Shiela Gallagher

Why Sheila Gallagher Thinks GM Potatoes are a Bad Idea

"I think to even consider growing GM potatoes is outrageous. As we move into this new century, we have such an opportunity, on this island of ours, to become one of the world leaders in good healthy organic food. It is frightening to think that a small group of irresponsible people can have the power to destroy this.

Read more: Why Sheila Gallagher Thinks GM Potatoes are a Bad Idea

Coillte

Coillte's Clonbur Woodland Wins National RDS-Forest Service Award for Biodiversity

Clonbur Woodland is a 300 hectare woodland on the shores of Lough Mask in Galway and Mayo, which has been restored under joint Coillte and EU LIFE funding in recent years, and it won the top award in the Biodiversity Category of the RDS Forest Service Awards 2012, at a recent ceremony.

Read more: Coillte's Clonbur Woodland Wins National RDS-Forest Service Award for Biodiversity

HTA

HTA Encourage Growers to Complete Ash Survey

The HTA have invited all growers to complete a survey in order to capture more accurately the potential costs to growers of the Chalara fraxinea outbreak. The survey can be accessed at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/chalara

Read more: HTA Encourage Growers to Complete Ash Survey

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2012 RHS Photography Competition Winners

 

Congratulations go to Josie Elias for winning RHS Photographer of the Year 2012 for her image (pictured above) entered into the 'Gardens through the Season category'. She receives the coveted title and wins £1,000.

Read more: 2012 RHS Photography Competition Winners

Ash Dieback

Ireland Steps Up Ash Dieback Campaign

Forestry Minister Michelle O'Neill's 'Fortress Ireland' approach to the ash dieback problem affecting the UK is to step up its campaign. She is currently working with Dáil Forestry Minister Shane McEntee to prevent the fungal disease from reaching Ireland.

Read more: Ireland Steps Up Ash Dieback Campaign

DIY Week

B&Q and Homebase Websites Rank in Bottom Five for Online Shoppers

A survey of 96 shopping websites taken by more than 14,000 consumers ranked Homebase.co.uk and B&Q's DIY.com as 92nd and 95th respectively, revealed Which? this week. The rankings were based on customers' satisfaction the last time they shopped on the site, incorporating price, product stock, delivery, website usability and the returns process.

Read more: B&Q and Homebase Websites Rank in Bottom Five for Online Shoppers

REI Awards

Results from the Retail Excellence Ireland Awards 2012

Store of the Year 2013 – The Food Store, Ballyhaunis Road, Claremorris, Mayo
Best Store (under 1,000sq.ft) – The Irish Whiskey Collection, The Loop T2 Dublin Airport, Dublin
Best Store (1,000-2,500sq.ft) –McGovern's, Bedford Row, Limerick
Best Store (2,500-5,000sq.ft) – The Food Store, Ballyhaunis Road, Claremorris, Mayo

Read more: Results from the Retail Excellence Ireland Awards 2012

Teagasc

New Extension to Teagasc Advisory and Education Centre in Ballymote

The newly extended and renovated Teagasc advisory and education centre in Ballymote, County Sligo, was officially opened by John Perry TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Small Business, at the Department of Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation.

Read more: New Extension to Teagasc Advisory and Education Centre in Ballymote

Students Discover there’s No Waste with Horse Manure

During their studies on Estate Maintenance, the Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care students became curious to discover what happens to all the horse manure that is produced at CAFRE's Enniskillen Campus. The students embarked on the short journey to Maguiresbridge to visit Sue Prenter at Lady Muck organic manure.

Read more: Students Discover there’s No Waste with Horse Manure