The Growing Media Association and the HTA will launch the pilot ‘Responsible Sourcing Scheme for Growing Media’ at the National Plant Show this week.
Paul Alexander, head of Horticultural and Environmental Science for the RHS and Neil Bragg, director of Bulrush Horticulture will speak to manufacturers and retailers on the issues surrounding sourcing.
The purpose of the scheme is to steadily introduce and increase an awareness of manufacturers’ impact upon the environment as a result of choices made regarding the components used in growing media.
For those wishing to participate, this scheme will enable the ability to measure the components that make up particular products. These results can be entered into a calculator, which will then inform the manufacturer of their environmental impact.
Growing Media Association
GMA chairman Steve Harper said: “We are launching the pilot scheme at the HTA National Plant Show. This is to give everyone the opportunity to come and talk to us and to be kept informed about the scheme as it progresses.
“The pilot scheme itself is a very gentle first step in understanding what the situation is within the industry. It gives those who want them the tools to scientifically analyse the components within the volume and type of growing media. The long term ambition is that manufacturers and retailers take steps to reduce their own footprint and join the audited scheme.”
Horticultural Trades Association
Raoul Curtis-Machin, Chair of the Growing Media Initiative, comments
“This scheme represents a step-change for the horticulture industry. It enables us to measure how well we are sourcing our production materials in growing media, in ethical human and environmental terms. It is a proud moment for everyone involved in making our industry more sustainable.”
The collated results will be analysed by the Steering Board of the Responsible Sourcing Scheme to understand the industry’s use of diluents in growing media. The launch will call on manufacturers and retailers to sign-up to learn more about the scheme at the stand.