The 2013 Open Day will be held on Thursday the 1st of August.

HDC/Cut Flower Centre Open Day     

1 August 2013

5.00pm – 9.00pm

J A Collison and Sons, Tuxhill Farm, Hay Green, Terrington St Clement, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE34 4PX and the National Cut Flower Centre, Rookery Farm, Joys Bank, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE12 8SG  

With a further five years of HDC funding in place the Cut Flower Centre (CFC) is now able to move forward with a wider remit than in previous years.  The new product development role, remains as an important aspect of the trials plan but will now be complemented with problem solving work in established mainstream crops.   As part of this wider role there are a number of trials that are being conducted on growers holdings (under the management of the CFC) including: a column stock variety trial, column stocks Fusarium susceptibility trial and a spectral filters demonstration trial.  This year’s open day has been timed to enable the column stocks trials at J A Collison and Sons to be viewed prior to viewing the trials at the CFC.   Trials at the main CFC site include a fully replicated trial of the new ‘Breathus’ and ‘Solomio’ carnations that generated a lot of interest at last year’s open day, demonstration plots of various perennials (including a blacked out Aster ericoides trial), and variety trials for bloom asters, lilies and sunflowers along with plots of ‘Katz’ column stocks.  New product trials in 2013 include: basil, Cosmos, lupin, Trachelium and Zinnia.   This event will provide growers with a good overview of the HDC funded work in progress within the CFC project in 2013 as well as an important opportunity to contribute to the planning for future work within the cut flower sector.  The programme starts at J A Collison and Sons (Tuxhill Farm) at 17.00 to view the stocks variety and Fusarium susceptibility trials and will then move to the main CFC site at Rookery Farm for an update on the wider range of work within the project.   We will also round off the event with a hog roast and an opportunity to have an informal discussion about the CFC as well as the industry in general.
Event Programme

Time Presentation Speaker
17.00 Meet at J A Collison and Sons to view column stocks trials
18.00 Coffee and registration at CFC site (Rookery Farm)
18.30 Column stocks herbicide trial Angela Huckle, ADAS
18.45 Column stocks bark incorporation trials (2013) PO 005a and CFC trials overview (2013) Lyndon Mason, project leader
19.15 Tour of CFC trials
20.00 Hog roast refreshments and depart

For further information, directions and to register for this event please click on the ‘more information’ button or contact Caroline Bloodworth, HDC Communications & Events Officer at or on 024 7647 8677.