Webinar to address horticultural industry peat use and developing Sustainable Growing Media

DIDCOT, UK: Find out what the global industry thinks and join in the conversation on 18 May in the ‘Sustainable Growing Media’ webinar from 3pm to 4.30pm CEST. Register, free-of-charge today http://bit.ly/GrowingMedia.

FloraCulture International (FCI) magazine, supported by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), invites all those in the ornamental horticulture supply chain to discuss the path towards sustainable growing media.

The use of peat in horticulture is increasingly challenged by governments and NGOs around the world as part of the battle against climate change. The horticulture industry requires good quality, consistent growing media that is available at a good price. For many years, peat has ticked these boxes while at the same time growing media producers and researchers have been investigating alternatives.


The webinar will begin with a presentation from Mr Marko Pomerants, President of International Peatland Society (IPS), who will provide the current global perspective on the use of peat in horticulture and what IPS is doing to support and address sustainability concerns.

This will be followed by a presentation from Ms Cecilia Luetgebrune of Growing Media Europe who will discuss how growing media suppliers are tackling the issue of sustainability. She will explain more about the barriers to change and how these are being overcome in different countries.

Ms Catherine Dawson of Melcourt Industries Ltd, UK, will discuss the establishment of the Sustainable Growing Media Sourcing scheme in the UK and how the supply chain is achieving sustainability against the backdrop of strong environmental lobbies.

There will also be a panel session with Mr Ted Vollebregt of Klassmann Deilmann, Mr Hein Boon of RHP and Mr Jan de Smet, director of Forteco, part of the Van der Knaap Group. Webinar participants will be able to pose their questions and join the debate.

Facilitated by experienced webinar organiser Jungle Talks, the webinar is supported by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH).

This webinar is free of charge, in line with our ethos to provide the best possible information and guidance for growers.

To attend the free webinar, register at http://bit.ly/GrowingMedia

We are grateful to our sponsors for this event ICL Specialty Fertilisers.

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