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Tyfu Cymru News Round-up

18th February – 24th February 2019

It’s been a busy week here at Tyfu Cymru HQ. Plans are underway for RWAS Smallholder and Countryside Festival, we hosted a Procurment training workshop, and have been out and about with a photographer capturing some of Wales’ hard working growers at work! So as the week comes to an end we have taken some time to bring you our favourite news items from the week…

Welsh Fruit Hitting the Headlines!

Has summer come early? We started this week with the news that South Wales based grower – Springfield’s Nurseries have won the race to supply the first new season British Grown Strawberries of the year. These strawberries will be stocked at the Bridgend Aldi store. The traditional UK strawberry season doesn’t typically start for another two months, but Springfield Nursery were able to deliver the fruit to Aldi thanks to advancements in glasshouse technology.

In other exciting news it was announced this week that the Denbigh Plum has been given regional protected status. It joins Pembrokeshire Earlies, Welsh Wine, Welsh Cider and Welsh Perry among other foods that has protected status. The Denbigh Plum originates in in the Vale of Clwyd and is the only plum variety native to Wales. The unique environmental and geographical factors in the Vale of Clwyd provide the perfect conditions for these plums to thrive. Congratulations and well done on all the hard work involved!

Bridgend branch stocks first British-grown strawberries of 2019, supplied by Springfield Nursery in south Wales...🍓

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) February 18, 2019

Congratulations and well done on all the hard work!

Welsh #denbighplum given regional protected status...

"This is the consequence of years of work by a group of volunteers from the Denbigh area to protect Wales' only native plum,"

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) February 19, 2019


Horticulture and the Environment

What impact is horticulture having on the Environment? In October 2018 Horticulture Week research found that 87% of councils would not recycle any plant pots. This led to the introduction of a horticulture industry scheme to replace hard-to-recycle black pots with taupe pots, which are easier to detect by recycling machines, but most councils have long-standing rules that they will not recycle any pots. Industry body the HTA has now announcing that it is working with a recycling charity to try and persuade councils and waste recyclers to recycle plastic plant pots from the kerbside.

Also in the news was waste products from the horticulture industry being recycled for new purposes. Environmentally-friendly de-icers have been developed and are turning waste into safe driving! A by-product of beet juice is one of the most common food-based de-icers. It is used in conjunction with rock salt, cutting down significantly on the amount of salt required and making it more effective at lower temperatures.

Following Valentine’s day last week, a new video has been circulated comparing the environmental impacts of imported flowers such as Roses for Valentines day with the much more eco-friendly British Grown flowers....

Industry body aims to encourage councils to recycle plastic plant pots from the kerbside...

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) February 21, 2019

From beet juice to Distiller’s Mash, these environmentally-friendly de-icers are turning waste into safe driving...

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) February 18, 2019


What is holding back CEA?

How far away are we from viable indoor farming? Energy, research and cash, have all been invested in to Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) over recent years. Yet for a range of reasons, progress towards widespread commercial take-up has been stuttering. A conference next month hosted by Agri-Tech East with the Association for Vertical Farming aims to take stock of the current Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) industry and identify how best to exploit the potential of the various technologies.

What is holding back controlled environment growing (CEA)?
High hopes, and lots of cash have been invested in the various formats of CEA over recent years. Yet progress has been stuttering. A conference next month hosted by Agri-Tech East will take stock.

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) February 19, 2019


Tyfu Cymru Fruit Network Round 3

Another excellent Fruit Network workshop was held this week at Copas Farms in Buckinghamshire. Copas Farms is a large pick-your-own (PYO) soft fruit business, spread over two sites which have been growing PYO fruit since the early 1970’s. A wide range of fruit, including raspberries and cherries besides a range of vegetables are grown over the two farm sites.

The workshop focused on agronomy, feeding and yield potential, alongside harvest costs, cultivar choice planting times/scheduling and IPDM regimens. The workshop also looked at how fruit can be grown and marketed towards the pick your own market, including cultivar choice, cultivation practice and marketing techniques.

Another excellent #FruitNetwork workshop this week. Focus was on agronomy, feeding and yield potential, alongside growing and marketing fruit towards the pick your own market, including cultivar choice, cultivation and marketing techniques.

Thank you @Copasfarmspyo for hosting!

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) February 22, 2019


Survey open to help make the supply chain fairer…

The Groceries Code Adjudicator’s (GCA) sixth annual survey is now open for UK producers to help make the supply chain fairer. The survey is an opportunity for farmers and producers to give their opinions to the GCA on retailer compliance with the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCoP) in the last 12 months. GSCoP covers the 10 largest UK supermarkets and is designed to help control practices that have a negative impact on suppliers and stifle supply chain innovation.

Survey launched to help improve producer and retailer relationship...

The survey is an opportunity for farmers and producers to give their opinions and help make the supply chain fairer...

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) February 22, 2019


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