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Hossein Arshadi from Hillier Nurseries on the need for tighter biosecurity measures in the UK which will work in practice

Hossein Arshadi is a divisional director at Hillier Nurseries. Here, he discusses why existing biosecurity initiatives will not work in practice and what is still needed from the government, the media and the public to prevent a very costly breakdown in biosecurity.

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Plants on table at Glee 2019 

The horticultural heart of the exhibition, Glee Plants, showcases an extensive range of plants, trees and shrubs from UK and international suppliers. To date a host of brands – of all sizes – have confirmed their presence at the September show (10th – 12th September, NEC Birmingham), bringing with them the best new plant varieties for the season ahead.

Look out for key suppliers such as Laurica Plants, Javado, Florna Plants, Strawson Woodland, H.S Hommes & Sons, Key Essentials, Leybaert BVBA, and The Christmas Cabin. Together these brands – along with a host of yet to be confirmed names -will be showcasing an exciting mix of nursery stock, bedding plants, house plants, cut flowers, trees and shrubs, herbs and florist sundries.

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Large tree

Around 16% of all tree work accidents involve working at height according to official government statistics. The due diligence required for this type of work however is applicable to all gardeners, not just tree surgeons and those involved in working at height in trees. Tree surgeons often work at height when they are carrying out the maintenance and management of trees, shrubs, vines and other perennial woody plants. Working at height involves using the correct machinery to do so, therefore, tree surgeons need to be aware of the dangers associated with this machinery and what they must do to remain compliant and safe. 

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J. A Jones & Sons director Mike

J. A Jones & Sons was established in Southport in 1900, and has earned a reputation as a high quality tree and shrub nursery.  We currently grow in excess of 100 acres of field grown trees, ranging in size from hedging transplants to semi-mature and multi-stem trees.  Grown on Southport’s inherently fertile soil, excellent fibrous root systems are developed, which when combined with our strict growing regime, produce strong healthy trees.  Our trees are lifted strictly to order to ensure they arrive `nursery fresh`.  For those projects taking place outside the `traditional` planting season, we grow over 7000 container and air pot trees, enabling us to maintain continuity of supply.