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Greenworld – Summer 2016-2017

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(Left to right) Gary Eyles fromAT Eyles and Sons, NSW and Chairman of the nursery industry's Future Structure Committee with Deputy

Chairman Glenn Fenton from NationwideTrees,Vic and committee members Carl Heyne, Heyne'sWholesale Nursery, SA, and Gena Campbell,

Redcliffe Garden Centre, Qld.

Briefings

Tenders for green research projects

Horticultural Innovation Australia Ltd is

calling for tenders to undertake two green

research projects: ‘Researching the benefits of

green roofs across Australia’ and ‘Investigating

the impact of green space on early childhood

development’. The studies are planned to

identify market opportunities for growers

and increase community understanding of

the scientific benefits of green roofs in the

community and of green spaces in early

childhood. The closing date for responses to

the green roof project is January 30, 2017. The

closing date for responses to the green spaces

project is December 20.

Grow Me Instead

seeks input

The steering committee for

Grow Me Instead

is

seeking suggestions for alternative plants for a

new edition of the

Grow M

e

Instead

booklet,

which suggests safe planting alternatives for

weeds. One group of weeds that is causing

concern in bushland areas is cacti. The

Grow

Me

Instead

committee is hoping to find a

garden alternative for prickly pear or other

opuntioid cacti and welcomes suggestions from

horticulturists and nurseries.

Baiting for soil-borne disease

A Nursery Paper explaining the use of

baiting techniques to identify the presence

of phytophthora (

Phytophthora cinnamomi

)

was released by the Nursery and Garden

Industry Association in October. The paper

is the result of research by the Queensland

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

and received nursery levy funding. Lupin is

suggested as bait as this plant quickly shows

signs of infection, is quick and easy to grow

and is cheap and reliable. It can be used

to monitor for phytophthora in water and

growing media. A copy of the report can be

downloaded from the NGIA website at

www.ngia.com.au

, which explains how to

conduct baiting. It is recommended that a

diagnostic laboratory confirm the presence

of the disease.

Competition winners

Congratulations to the winners of our

competition to win a copy of the new indoor

plant book,

Loose Leaf

by Wona Bae: Anne

Briggs, Toni Salter, Liane Morgan, David Brando

and Charlotte Harrison. To find out more about

this issue’s Win this! competition see page 39.

NGIA releases restructure plans

After 10 months of review and consultation, the

NGI Future Structure Committee has handed

down its 195-page report on the restructuring of

the Nursery and Garden Industry Association.

Nurseryman Gary Eyles chaired the committee.

The review was carried out against a background

of declining membership and problems within

some state bodies.

To consult with the nursery industry the

committee held regional meetings and also

distributed a survey to all stakeholders. They also

considered the structure of similar national and

international not-for-profit organisations.

In the report forward Gary Eyles said: “The

survey developed and circulated by Down to

Earth Research was invaluable to our process. The

findings highlighted the good and bad parts of the

current structure and gave us a platform to work

on for the future.”

The committee has recommended that the NGI

associations move to a national structure with a

strong regional delivery team responsible for service

delivery at a local level.

The committee has also recommended a single

governing board, a national advisory council and

a regional structure for service delivery. Further

recommendations are one constitution, a board

elected from general membership with two

independent directors, one national fee structure

and one strategic plan.

The full report titled

The Nursery & Garden

Industry Structure Review

can be downloaded

from the NGIA website. It is now open for

stakeholder comment.

Bunnings announced opening of first store in UK

In February 2016 the Australian company

Bunnings took over the UK-based DIY store

Homebase for £340 million (around $560

million). Homebase is the second largest DIY

and gardening chain in the UK.

Since the takeover the Australian company

has been investing in transforming Homebase

stores into Bunnings Warehouse stores.

The first pilot store is set to open in

February 2017 at Hertfordshire with what

the UK and Ireland Managing Director for

Bunnings Warehouse says is a wider product

assortment than is currently found in UK

DIY stores.

“The first Bunnings Warehouse pilot store

will open in mid-February at our existing site

in St. Albans Griffiths Way,” says company

spokesperson Sarah Gordon.

“As we announced earlier this year, we plan

to open at least four pilot stores by the end

of June 2017 as we continue to learn how to

combine the best of the UK and Ireland with

the best of Bunnings.

“In order for the work on the new store to

start, the current Homebase store closed at

the end of November but customers are still

able to shop at the nearby St. Albans Hatfield

Road store.”

Homebase has 265 stores, which Bunnings

expects will take five years to convert to full

Bunnings stores. The company also expects

to build new stores in parts of the UK.