Tyfu Cymru News Round-up

25th February – 3rd March 2019

History was made this week as Porthmadog recorded a temperature of 20.8C, which made it the hottest February day in the UK ever, as well as the hottest winter day- but was then beaten by an even higher reading later that day in London! What lovely weather to be out and about visiting growers and making plans for future training needs. As the week comes to an end we have taken some time to bring you our favourite news items from the week…

Calling commercial orchard growers in Wales…

We are looking forward to welcoming John Worle at Brooksgrove Farm, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1XR on the 6th March for a 100% Tyfu Cymru funded practical workshop on apple orchard maintenance. John has many years’ experience in the cider industry and in 2006 set up his own cider apple tree nursery in Herefordshire and since that time has grown over half a million bare rooted trees for growers who were mainly planting with new contracts to supply the large cider companies in Hereford and Somerset.

The workshop will cover: Sourcing and buying the right apple trees for your business, preparation and planting, pruning, disease control, managing trees and aftercare. Spaces are limited, register for your place here: Orchard Growers Workshop, but be quick as only a few spaces remain!

Are you a commercial orchard grower in Wales?

We are hosting a 100% funded practical workshop on apple orchard maintenance with John Worle at Brooksgrove Farm, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1XR on Wednesday 6 March.

For more info and to register: https://t.co/2ZIRK0A5Sf pic.twitter.com/uFPKKEhBIu

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) 25 February 2019

This event with John Worle is next week and spaces are limited - please book soon to avoid disappointment @TyfuCymru @WelshCider https://t.co/0zSPHwQ6lF

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) 27 February 2019


What’s in store for farming in 2040?

A report by NFU says population growth and climate change mean we need hi-tech to boost crops. So does this mean virtual fences, robot workers, stacked crops? The report paints this picture of farming in 21 years:

It is 2040 and Britain’s green and pleasant countryside is populated by robots. We have vertical farms of leafy salads, fruit and vegetables, and livestock is protected by virtual fencing. Changing diets have seen a decline in meat consumption while new biotech production techniques not only help preserve crops but also make them more nutritious.

What do you think? Is this the future? Or are these predictions way off?

Virtual fences? Robot workers? Stacked crops? This is the picture of farming in 2040 in a report which attempts to sketch out what British food and farming will look like in 20 years’ time.

Where do you think Welsh Horticulture will be in 2040? https://t.co/CSrLfo0ylT

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) 25 February 2019


Soaring Sales in Soaring Temperatures…

This time last year we were in the midst of the #BeastfromtheEast, a year later and we have just seen a February heatwave! I know which we would rather! It was reported this week that the February heatwave has caused garden centre sales to soar - YouGarden’s Peter McDermott said sales were up 50-60% on last year, helped by the weather. But does this come at a price?

There have been warnings that primroses and daffodils could run out by Easter! It was announced that people have been warned to expect a shortage of daffodils this Easter as the mild February weather triggers the flowers to sprout early and causes a surge in demand. Welsh growers have seen a 12 per cent year-on-year uplift in the numbers of daffodils supplied to Asda, as well as an earlier ‘picking’ time.

Warm temperatures have resulted in huge demand for daffodils...

Will this cause a shortage come Easter?https://t.co/E35vo6qkmM pic.twitter.com/Dw2zL9ZCmi

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) 25 February 2019

Garden centre sales soar in unseasonably warm weather...

A February heatwave, in a stark contrast to this time last year when the Beast from the East gripped the country with snow, has led to garden centre sales taking off early.https://t.co/DfnhHX2EjF pic.twitter.com/If4fUPdL6w

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) 27 February 2019


Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!

Happy St David’s Day! What is your favourite emblem? The daffodil or a leek? According to legend on the eve of the battle against the Saxons St David advised the Britons to wear leeks in their caps so as to easily distinguish friend from foe, and rumour has it that the daffodil became an emblem of Wales as there was confusion between the Welsh name for leek – Cenhinen and the Welsh name for Daffodil – Cenhinen Pendr, but it could more likely be due to the fact Daffodils traditionally bloom in March!

Our social media streams where full of colourful daffodils and leeks this Friday, with lots of exciting and interesting stories. Below are just a few of our favourites. Did anyone spot the giant inflatable Daffodils in Cardiff? Or snap a shot of the portrait of St. David made from 1,000 real at St Davids Bishop's Palace, Pembrokeshire?

More than 400,000 bunches of daffodils have been supplied to Asda by Puffin Produce – and due to this year’s warm weather, Welsh growers have seen a 12% increase in numbers.Daffodils grown in Welsh fields, by Welsh farmers - as authentic as can be!https://t.co/XvG37SrqUe

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) 1 March 2019

Giant inflatable #daffodils will be popping up across Cardiff over the week. The massive flowers, which are six metres in diameter will appear at iconic locations across the Welsh Capital!#TheDaffTrail.https://t.co/gGC1RwOT8V pic.twitter.com/Je7NwPQ5fl

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) 26 February 2019

A portrait of St. David made from 1,000 real daffodils and garden bark has been created in the central courtyard of St Davids Bishop's Palace, Pembrokeshire, to mark St David's Day.https://t.co/IQdpdZMWlI pic.twitter.com/CLJPKzAgML

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) 1 March 2019

#DyddGŵylDewi Hapus! Happy #StDavidsDay! pic.twitter.com/w2byVy0UCb

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) 1 March 2019


Six trend themes central to British gardening habits for 2019…

Wyevale Garden Centres has introduced six trend themes they say are central to British gardening habits for 2019. Wyevale said: "In times of uncertainty, Brits are turning to what they know and what comforts them, but this nostalgic nod to tradition is far from outdated. Today’s intrepid, savvy gardeners are breaking the boundaries with how and where they grow their plants”.

Some highlights from the research include:

  • 59% use potted plants in the front garden.
  • 45% use plants and trees to dress their front door.
  • Hanging baskets and pre-planted pot sales are up 32% since 2016.
  • Alpines were 15% of perennial plant sales in 2018 and there will be rockery zones in Wyevales in 2019.
  • 50% try and buy British, with 59% 55-64 year olds and 35% 25-34s.

Wyevale Garden Centres launches trends report...

Wyevale Garden Centres has introduced six trend themes the group says are central to British gardening habits for 2019.https://t.co/O3JIQy6H4r

— TyfuCymru (@TyfuCymru) 1 March 2019


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