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Seminars & Expert Panels 2023

Our thanks go to all the presenters and panellists who participated at the 51st Four Oaks Trade Show in September 2023. The line-up was widely acclaimed and the content well received by attendees.

Much of the content can be seen on video via HortWeek TV: HortWeek | HortWeek TV. Sessions were: 

Transitioning to peat-free: Technical seminar with Sean Whitworth & Jack Haslam (Fargro)

Re-thinking Your Growing Strategy: Technical seminar with Andrew Wilson (ICL)

Imports, exports & biosecurity: Leading industry figures discuss the challenges & issues, Chaired by Matt Appleby (HortWeek)

Jacob Kolff (Kolff Plants) Patrick Fairweather (Fairweathers) Bruce Harnett (Kernock Park Plants) Sally Cullimore (HTA)

Jason Pollock, Plant Health (Defra)

+ APHA surgery in the Educate, Collaborate & Innovate zone for one-to-one advice on import & export issues

What can horticulture businesses do to address the skills gap?: Leading providers share information for employers, Chaired by Rachael Forsyth (HortWeek)

Apprenticeships, training schemes & bursaries – Part 1 – practical advice for businesses

Martin Emmett (NFU) David Fisher (Lantra) Holly Youde (APL/ Urban Landscape Design Ltd) Rupert Keys (Task Academy) Wayne Grills (BALI)

How can horticulture businesses deliver sustainability?: Champions of sustainability in the sector share their experiences, Chaired by Peter Burks (Garden Centre Association)

Geoff Caesar (Allensmore Nurseries) Shaun Herdsman (SPJ Partnerships and Horticultural Packaging Consultant) Liam Cleary (Old Railway Line Garden Centre)

A world of opportunities: Graduates of industry schemes & scheme providers share their knowledge, Chaired by Sarah Want (YPHA/ More People)

Apprenticeships, training schemes & bursaries – Part 2 – practical advice for candidates

Kyle Ross (Wyevale Nurseries) Jack White (Allensmore Nurseries) Neil Gow (Colegrave Seabrook Foundation) Suzanne Moss (RHS)

+ YPHA surgery in the Educate, Collaborate & Innovate zone for one-to-one advice on applications & interviews

Transitioning to peat-free: Industry debate Chaired by Matt Appleby (HortWeek)

Neil Bragg (Growing Media Association & Bulrush) Andrew Dobson (Boultons Nurseries) Alistair Griffiths (RHS) Geoff Caesar (Allensmore Nurseries) Steve Harper (Southern Trident)


Sean Whitworth, Fargro  
Jack Haslam, Fargro  
Andrew Wilson ICL  
Matt Appleby, Hortweek  
Jacob Kolff, Kolff Plants  
Patrick Fairweather, Fairweathers
Bruce Harnett, Kernock Park Plants  
Sally Cullimore, HTA  
Jason Pollock, Defra  
Rachael Forsyth, Hortweek  
Martin Emmett, NFU  
Kevin Thomas, Lantra  
Holly Youde, APL/Urban Landscape Design
Rupert Keys, Task Academy  
Wayne Grills, BALI  
Peter Burks, GCA
Geoff Ceasar, Allensmore Nursery
Shaun Herdsman, SPJ Partnerships
Liam Cleary, Old Railway Line Garden Centre  
Sarah Want, YPHA/More People
Kyle Ross, Wyevale Nurseries  
JackWhite, Allensmore Nurseries  
Neil Gow, Colegrave Seabrook Foundation
Dr Suzanne Moss, RHS  
New Bragg, Growing Media Asso
Andrew Dobson, Boultons Nurseries
Alistair Griffiths, RHS  
Steve Harper, Southern Trident  

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