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MPS supports new direction of Royal FloraHolland: on the path to 100% certified ornamental horticulture

On 28 March, Royal FloraHolland announced that from 1 January 2026 the majority of members and suppliers of Royal FloraHolland will be certified in accordance with the requirements of the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI basket of standards), working towards being fully FSI compliant in 2027. MPS supports this initiative as a key step in making the ornamental horticulture industry more sustainable.

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Yuverta Digital Nomad: "We follow education everywhere

That following education can also be done differently, the Yuverta Digital Nomads prove during their third edi-tion. 25 Yuverta mbo students travelled through several European countries from 26 February to 28 March 2024 with the aim of showing that learning can be done anywhere. The students discovered a way of learning that gives you much more than just knowledge.

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Royal FloraHolland, after one-off major loss of 17 million euros, expects black figures in 2024

The year 2023 was difficult and unpredictable for many growers. Volume was 3.2% lower than in 2022. The average price, at 2.2%, was slightly higher than in 2022, but well below the inflation faced by the whole sector. Margins were under pressure throughout the floriculture chain. Royal FloraHolland's operating profit, after tax, was a loss of 17 million euros. At the same time, this was the year with many successfully implemented milestones and historic cooperative changes. This made 2023 a year with two faces.

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Dynapods provides energy optimisation at Oostvogels Nursery

The energy transition is in full swing and more and more companies are opting to install solar panels. 'However, the disadvantage of solar panels is that they are switched off by the grid operator when the grid is in danger of being overloaded,' is the experience of nurseryman Luchiard Oostvogels in Achtmaal. 'That's why we recently invested in a new battery storage system and associated software from Dynapods. As a result, we now have our own power plant on our nursery.'

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FRENCH ARBORICULTURE SECTOR MOVES MORE ABROAD

Production in countries like the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark has always far outstripped domestic demand, and these countries have long been forced to find outlets outside their own markets. This is why producers in northern European countries have for decades established effective commercial and logistical links with neighbouring countries. but French tree growers are now turning their attention somewhat abroad, writes our French correspondent Brand Wagenaar.

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València celebrates its title of European Green Capital 2024 in style

In this article, we pay attention to greenery in the city. And our correspondent for Spain and Portugal, Chris Vos looked at Valencia before that. The European Green Capital award, presented by the European Commission, recognises a city's efforts to improve the environment and quality of life for its citizens and visitors. It takes into account factors such as the many green spaces and sustainable mobility initiatives a city's residents can enjoy.

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Nature restoration regulation: hefty task; long-term gains

A strengthening and broadening of current policy is needed to meet the objectives of the European Nature Restoration Regulation. This is the conclusion of a so-called impact assessment, an external independent advice in preparation for the implementation of the regulation. This is in line with what many other reports already showed, namely that major steps are still needed in the Netherlands in the areas of nature, nitrogen, water and climate, the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture reports.

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MPS and Fairtrade sign co-operation agreement

Last edition of the IPM Essen in January, MPS and Fairtrade signed a cooperation agreement. The cooperation is aimed at better understanding the climate impact and other environmental performance of floriculture growers participating in both MPS-ABC and Fairtrade. It further explores how it can become easier to obtain both Fairtrade and MPS certificates.

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Italian nursery stock organisations sign historic agreement for joint European approach at MyPlant&Garden

On 22 February, the Associazione Nazionale Vivaisti Esportatori and the Associazione Vivaisti Italiani at Myplant & Garden signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly promote the development and appreciation of Italian and European nurseries.

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Tree planting campaign in Frankfurt city forest: 'Mother Earth is our religion'

400 people plant new trees in the Frankfurt city forest near Zepplinheim. For a healthy urban forest and to combat the effects of climate change.

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All-America Selections and National Garden Bureau announce organizational merger

National Garden Bureau (NGB) and All-America Selections (AAS) have merged the two nonprofit organizations into one, with NGB the parent organization and AAS the plant trialing program under NGB.

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Marco van der Sar new chairman of MPS board

On 1 April 2024 the MPS board welcomes Marco van der Sar as new chairman. With the experience he gained while working for various organisations in the green sector, he is no stranger to the industry.

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WOODLAND AND HEDGE PLANTS: AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE DUTCH NURSERY STOCK INDUSTRY

The cultivation of woodland and hedge plants in the Zundert region has a tradition dating back to the 19th century. This group includes one to three-year-old, mostly native shrubs and trees such as hawthorn, spindle, hazel, dogwood species, guelder rose, oaks, alders, as well as conifers like Scots pine and Douglas fir used for planting forests, hedgerows, or woodlands. It is a crucial crop group for the nursery stock industry.,

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ARE TREES TRULY INDISPENSABLE?

Trees are indispensable. We hear it regularly. And while it will undoubtedly be challenging to find someone who doesn’t love trees, it’s certainly interesting to take a closer look at what trees really yield, beyond providing a pleasant view. In this Nursery Gazette, we explore the (in)dispensability of trees, not limiting ourselves to sentiment but also delving into hard numbers.

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Unlocking the Potential: Challenges Faced by Greek Nurseries in Europe market

Greece has always had a tradition of growing and producing a wide range of plants (trees, ornamental plants, etc.). Weather conditions are favourable for plant growth, both outdoors and in a greenhouse. Let us take a look at the current 'state of the art' in the Greek nursery industry

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Production value of nursery stock in Italy up almost 5%

How is the italian nursery stock sector currently doing. Italy is not only a leading ornamental plantation country but also an important trading partner. According to the ISTAT report included in the dossier for the 'Legge sul Florovivaismo' (Law on Ornamental Horticulture) to be approved by the Italian Parliament in the near future, the production value of the ornamental horticulture sector in Italy reached €2.8 billion in 2021, an increase of 5% compared to the previous year, and represents 4.6% of the production of Italian agriculture.

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Greenwood Plants wins AIPH International Grower of the Year Award

Greenwood Plants from Yapton, Arundel, UKw on three awards, including overall ‘International Grower of the Year’ at the annual AIPH awards, held at IPM Essen, Germany on 24th January 2024. The sustainable nursery was entered into the international award following its HTA ‘Peat-free Grower of the Year 2023’ win back in October. Greenwood was shortlisted for the prestigious AIPH awards alongside nine other global commercial growers, from countries such as China, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Portugal.

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IPM ESSEN donates over 1,000 trees to its exhibitors for anniversary

For the 40th edition of IPM ESSEN, the Essen Trade Fair has come up with something special for exhibitors at the world's leading horticultural trade fair: Each booth received a voucher for tree planting on the first day of the fair. The codes can be redeemed online on the Treedom web platform, which collaborates with small farmers in Africa, Central and South America, as well as South Asia.

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Pyracantha coccinea ‘Orange Star’ wins IPM Novelty Award 2024

Two new introductions represented by Plantipp were awarded Best Plant at IPM Essen 2024: Pyracantha coccinea 'Orange Star' PBR, the world’s first thorn-free Pyracantha, and Mangave Mad about Mangave 'Praying Hands' PBR, the latest addition to the Mad about Mangave series.

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MPS and Certifeye make growers’ sustainability efforts more visible

Over the past few months, a lot of work has gone into creating a link between MPS and Certifeye. With both organisations in attendance at IPM Essen 2024, this was a good opportunity to confirm the cooperation on MPS’s stand.