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Plant Health for Plant Nurseries is a one-day information and training event on plant health and biosecurity.

This event is aimed at plant nursery staff and will focus on providing solutions for the continual improvement of plant health and biosecurity on the nursery.

Forest Research scientists, supported by RHS colleagues, will demonstrate the scientific evidence underpinning nursery best practice based on recent research studies of Phytophthora pathogens in nurseries across the UK and overseas.

On the agenda is a morning session covering:

  1. An overview of the Plant Health Management Standard by scheme manager, Alistair Yeomans.
  2. Forest Research scientists will present on the key symptoms of ill health in plants to look out for and how to get a diagnosis.
  3. Research evidence for better water management and some simple steps you can take to reduce pathogens in your water systems.
  4. Why organic waste can be a risk to your business and solutions for waste management.
  5. The importance of knowing what is in your growing media and avoiding risky practices.

In the afternoon there will be plenty of opportunity for additional discussion as attendees tour RHS Wisley gardens and nursery and staff demonstrate the steps they are taking to improve their nursery management.

The event will round-off at 15.30 with refreshments, final discussion and closing remarks, and finish at 16.00.

Spaces are limited so early registration is advised. Once registered, more information will follow, including details of how to pay, travel and park.

Please note: There will be a charge of £25 for the event to cover morning and afternoon refreshments and a sandwich lunch bag.

Event details

RHS Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB.
Thursday 5 October 2023