Greenworld – Summer 2016-2017
(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.
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
The steering committee for
Grow Me Instead
seeking suggestions for alternative plants for a
new edition of the
which suggests safe planting alternatives for
weeds. One group of weeds that is causing
concern in bushland areas is cacti. The
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 (
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 atwww.ngia.com.au
, which explains how to
conduct baiting. It is recommended that a
diagnostic laboratory confirm the presence
of the disease.
Congratulations to the winners of our
competition to win a copy of the new indoor
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
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
“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
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.