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Environmental auditing for the Hardy Nursery Stock industry - HH1945

The hardy nursery stock industry in the UK is important as it supports the garden centre sector with a range of UK produced plants. However as a sector it is quite fragmented with a few large growers and many small enterprises often specialising in one or two species only. Margins are tight in these small enterprises and they often find it hard to keep up to date with current developments in best practice, science & technology and legislation etc. Environmental protection and sustainability have low priority. What is proposed here is a simple paper audit using the outline of Integrated Crop Management modified to be of particular relevance to the industry. This would be accompanied by a self audit assessment system to allow growers to assess themselves on their environmental performance. There would also be a set of notes and guidelines for best practice to accompany the audit questions. The project will trial the pack and evaluate the audit results.

1. To develop, from existing UH IPR, an environmental audit and guidance note package (hardcopy) for the hardy nursery stock industry.

2. To pilot and trial this package with 6 to 8 suitable organisations and evaluate the findings.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Environmental auditing for the Hardy Nursery Stock industry   (369k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2001

To: 2002

Cost: £9,969
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Hertfordshire
Hardy Nursery Stock              
Natural Resources and Labour              
Technology Transfer              
Fields of Study