THE PLANT Heath Coordinator at one of the UK’s leading nurseries has created an information pack on biosecurity to help address the recent concerns related to the topic within the industry (March, 2018).
Kyle Ross from Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford has created a Plant Health Information Pack to hand out to customers to raise awareness of potentially damaging pests and diseases that are currently threatening the horticulture industry.
Twenty-four-year-old Kyle explained: “We feel it is important that businesses working within the sector are aware of these threats and how we can minimise the risk of these entering the country.
“There are various pests and diseases spreading across the world as a consequence of our mobile lifestyle. In recent years Xylella fastidiosa has become a high-risk disease and one we all need to work together to keep out.
“Our Plant Health Information Pack contains information on Xylella fastidiosa, Xanthomonas arboricola var. pruni, Phytophthora ramorum, Longhorn Beetles and Fireblight. We hope our customers find the pack helpful and informative. I am also on hand to answer any customer queries regarding plant health and would be happy to chat to our customers over the phone if needs be. I spend a significant amount of time giving talks to both customers and our own staff on these hot topics.”
Kyle joined Wyevale Nurseries in 2016 as part of Wyevale Nurseries’ Management Trainee Scheme after completing a degree in horticulture at Worcester University. After 14 months Kyle entered in to his role as the company’s Plant Health Coordinator. Within this role he focuses on all aspects of biosecurity, pest and disease and plant quality.
Kyle added: “My day consists of keeping up-to-date with any pest and disease outbreaks in Europe and further afield, as well as any advancements in technology or practices in the industry that could enhance production.
“Wyevale Nurseries is also part of a group of nurseries organised by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) to design and implement a nationwide Plant Health Assurance Scheme (PHAS), which is designed to mitigate the risks of potentially harmful plant health incidents.
“I was nominated as the coordinator for Wyevale Nurseries participation in this scheme. I collected all the appropriate evidence in preparation for an audit and amended existing protocols to further strengthen our stance on biosecurity.”
If you would like a copy of the Plant Health Information Pack, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The product selection available from Wyevale Nurseries is enviable across the industry and the talented team regularly introduces new, award-winning plant varieties.
Its main business is to supply garden centres, landscape contractors, local authorities, foresters and landowners with a comprehensive array of trees, shrubs, hedging, herbaceous and specimen plants.
For further details about Wyevale Nurseries, which is based in Hereford, please call 01432 845 200, visit www.wyevalenurseries.co.uk, follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WyevaleNurs or log on to www.facebook.com/WyevaleNurs.
SOMERSET brides-to-be can get crafty during a hen party with a difference at a shop in the county and learn the basics of chalk painting, so they can upcycle their own furniture at home (2018).
The Emporium Somerset in Wellington says its chalk painting workshops are a great, crafty alternative for hen parties.
Cato Cooper, Co-owner of The Emporium Somerset on Mantle Street, which includes more than 50 different shops across three floors, selling thousands of home and gift items, said: “These days brides-to-be and their hens are looking for something a bit different to a night out on the town and we think our chalk painting workshops are a great idea for crafty brides and their bridesmaids, family and friends.
“During our workshops hen parties can learn the basics of using Autentico Chalk Paint and waxes. I will teach them how to paint a piece of furniture from start to finish with useful handouts and tips included.
“I will provide wooden boards with some detailing, so that attendees can try out the different paints and we will cover distressing techniques, as well as layering. Everyone in the group will be able to compare their works, help each other out and sip on a complimentary glass of fizz to make the occasion extra special.
“Everyone who comes along will then be able to take their new skills home with them and go on to makeover and upcycle any old and tired furniture they might have at home.
“Materials such as paints, brushes, boards to paint, waxes, an apron and gloves will be provided in the workshop price as well as a picture frame for attendees to paint and take home.”
The workshops are suitable for beginners and will cost £40 per person. A maximum of seven people can attend and there will be a discount for groups of five or more. Booking is essential and payment is required up-front before the workshop takes place. To secure your spaces, please call The Emporium Somerset on 01823 660076.
Cato added: “Our workshops are the perfect opportunity for members of the bridal party to spend some quality time together, learn a new skill and have some fun.
“Upcycling is a great skill to learn as you can give a piece of furniture such as a table, sideboard or cabinet a new lease of life. Recycling what you already have is a great way to save money, something newlyweds are keen to do!”
Housed in a Victorian chapel, The Emporium Somerset stocks cards, home accessories, furniture, home and garden wares, knick-knacks, plants, fresh flowers and a small selection of children’s toys.
Cato added: “Our store is fresh, vibrant, light and airy with lots of inspirational, contemporary items, as well as traditional and vintage ones.
“Most of our shopkeepers’ products are either handmade here in the Westcountry, sourced from other British craftspeople and makers, or from ethical and Fairtrade companies. So, there are plenty of unusual items here for people to have a look at and they are reasonably priced too. By buying from us, shoppers are supporting the very backbone of the nation’s economy – small, independent, local businesses.”
As well as running the store, Cato also specialises in restoring furniture and runs a paint and home accessories studio and workshop in-store.
For further details, please call The Emporium Somerset on 01823 660076, email email@example.com or visit www.theemporiumsomerset.co.uk.
We’re assisting one of Bridgwater’s newest and leading restaurants with its PR activity this year (2018).
We’re helping raise awareness of The River Parrett Restaurant, which opened in November 2017 and offers a modern British brasserie feel, offering informal, high-end food with the focus on providing a quality customer experience.
Our MD, Rachel said: “We worked with the talented team for the launch of the restaurant and are now working to further enhance its reputation and to make sure everyone in the area, and people further afield, know what it has to offer whether via food photography, general social media activity or press coverage.”
Owner of the Salmon Parade business, Mariusz Muskietorz, who also owns the Maja Delicatessen in Bridgwater, said: “Porcupine PR has an excellent proven track record in our industry and always comes highly recommended by other clients, so we’re really looking forward to all we can do together in 2018. Exciting times ahead!”
The restaurant offers a seasonal menu using fresh, British produce. It provides a choice of lunchtime and evening dishes. All its food is freshly prepared on the premises and its ingredients are sourced locally.
For more information, please call The River Parrett Restaurant, which is located at 11, Salmon Parade, on 01278 451807, visit www.theriverparrett.co.uk follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/River_Parrett or log on to www.facebook.com/TheRiverParrettRestaurant/.
A PORTISHEAD restaurant has this month (February, 2018) launched a new menu designed to help combat food wastage.
Venga tapas bar and restaurant on the High Street is reducing the ingredients thrown away from its kitchen on a daily basis by introducing a strictly no waste policy.
Manager, Scott Pearce explained: “One of the hottest topics around at the moment is food waste and it’s fast becoming an important issue for our customers wishing to be more environmentally savvy, and to do something to help.
“So, here at Venga this year we’re doing our bit too and our new menu focuses on fresh produce, as always, but also shows a respect for the ingredients through our ‘no waste from the kitchen’ initiative, which means we use every part of each product and reduce the waste from our premises significantly.
“The menu has an emphasis on fresh and healthy exciting dishes such as cauliflower couscous with almonds, pine nuts and pomegranate and squid ink paella.
At the same time, we’re also launching a new cocktail menu.”
According to WRAP, the waste and recycling advisory body, each year in the UK about 10 million tonnes of food is thrown away.
The United Nations says the amount of food lost or wasted every year worldwide is equivalent to more than half of the earth’s annual cereals crop.
Roughly a third of all food produced, according to the UN, is wasted. However, hundreds of millions of people still suffer from severe hunger and malnutrition.
Scott added: “These stark realities form the bigger picture, but, for restaurants like ours, there are lots of small but highly effective ways to embrace waste management and sustainability.
“The main thrust of our policy is to know our customers. Our menu is designed to attract an audience with an educated palate who value provenance. Preparation excess is, where appropriate, composted or recycled into bases for sauces and stocks and for staff meals.”
The Venga restaurant and tapas bar opened in 2013 under the ownership of husband and wife team, Chris and Mike Yeatman, drawing on many Mediterranean influences for the menu including dishes from Barcelona, Madrid and Granada.
For further details, please call Venga, which is on the High Street in Portishead, on 01275 814391 or visit www.vengauk.co.uk.
Porcupine PR team