Courses and events for nursery stock, ornamentals and amenity horticulture

Courses and events in relation to nursery stock, ornamentals and amenity horticulture.

Selecting quality plants for better landscapes

This training course is based on the National Plant Specification promoted by the Horticultural Trade Association and is being held on the same day as the Growers NI Plant Fair.

When and where?

Tuesday 1 March 2016 from 10:30am - 12:30pm in the new Horticultural Training Building, Horticultural Development Centre, Greenmount Campus.

Details of the course

Delivered by James Coles & Sons Nurseries this course will examine the quality standards for hardy plants and how improved plant selection can enhance the quality of landscape schemes. This course is aimed at all those specifying, buying and planting hardy plant material including designers, landscapers and their staff.

It will help improve uniformity of schemes and ensure like for like supply of material throughout the year. Improved handling and storage of plant material can reduce losses and costs. 

Why do we have it?

  • standards, measurements and forms to grow and supply to
  • uniformity of supply specified with reference to measurable areas
  • is an aid to design and landscape works
  • like-for-like supply of material throughout the year - and year-on-year
  • quality standard system to select, price and supply stock to

Why is it important?

  • ensure stated and priced stock size is supplied
  • equal like-for-like quotes can be obtained from a range of suppliers
  • architects/designers can plan and design schemes with a range of height, form, density with confidence the selected stock will meet expectations
  • handling, transport, storage and planting can also be estimated based against experience and handling of a standard stock sized product
  • landscape works can be priced on density, size and number of trees required from agreed catalogue or supply rates, without the need to quote
  • undersized stock can be rejected as non-compliant to NPS or a “quoted and/or delivered size”
  • “value for money” supply to suit a budget for a design/scheme
  • project savings can be achieved by downsizing trees and reducing planting density
  • when and why to select a particular form and size

Applicants should also inform Greenmount of any special needs in regard to access to the training room or any condition or difficulty with learning before commencing training.

If you have any questions please contact David Kerr, Tel: 028 3752 9059 or mobile 07899 864343.

If you are interested in attending this training course, you can reply by email to developmentservice.admin@dardni.gov.uk or telephone 028 9442 6770.

Alternatively, please send your name, address, contact number(s), email address and the name of the course you wish to attend to:

Technology Administration
Greenmount Campus
45 Tirgracy Road
Muckamore
Antrim BT41 4PS

Improving your business productivity

When and where?

Tuesday 16 February 2016 from 10:30am - 3:00pm in the new Horticultural Training Building, Horticultural Development Centre, Greenmount Campus.

Improving productivity

Over the next 5 years, growers are likely to experience significant downward pressure on their margins. A major factor will be the impact of the rise in the national living wage but other factors such as pension auto enrolment and inflationary pressure on inputs will also impact upon profitability. It is unlikely this increase in the cost of production can be mitigated by an increase in the price of the finished plant and therefore increased productivity is vital if margins are to be maintained.

In this workshop, one of the UK's leading horticultural business consultants, Neville Stein will be exploring ways to strategically improve productivity and hence long term business profitability.

Neville’s enthusiastic approach will help you to critically think about your business and therefore allow you to devise an improvement plan relevant to your business and your markets.

Programme
Time Event
10:30 Coffe and registration
10:45 How to measure productivity or output of the business - you cannot manage what you don't measure
11:15 How to increase labour productivity
11:45 How to reduce input costs through a reduction in wastage
12:00 What resources exist in the market to help increase productivity?
12:15 Demonstrating new crops at Greenmount and how to add value e.g. Hydrangea
12:45 Lunch - can be purchased at Manor Restaurant
13:30 Product portfolio - how to manage your product portfolio so that you do not sell low margin products
14:00 What market should you be targeting to maximising your returns

How to innovate and develop new, higher margin products

14:45 - 15:00 Questions and discussion

Neville Stein of Ovation Business Consultants is well-known throughout a wide area, including Scotland, Ireland, China and Poland.

He is uniquely placed to give advice because of his experience in developing his own successful retail business of three stores. He can empathise with clients and he knows what it is like to finance and build up a business. An instinctive businessman, he can support his flair for building success with comprehensive experience and training.

As sales manager for Notcutts Nurseries, Neville generated growth during a recession, developed exports and managed a multi-million-pound annual order book.

He is self-motivated and energetic, with a proven ability to establish and grow profitable businesses, and trouble-shoot effectively for those in difficulty. 

Currently Neville has 5 board appointments including AHDB, Perennial and several commercial board appointments.

Applicants should also inform Greenmount (see reply slip under other information) of any special needs in regard to access to the training room or any condition or difficulty with learning before commencing training.

If you have any questions please contact David Kerr, Tel: 028 3752 9059 or mobile 07899 864343.

If you are interested in attending this training course, you can reply by email to developmentservice.admin@dardni.gov.uk or telephone 028 9442 6770.

Alternatively, please send your name, address, contact number(s), email address and the name of the course you wish to attend to:

Technology Administration
Greenmount Campus
45 Tirgracy Road
Muckamore
Antrim BT41 4PS
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