Professional Associations and Representative Bodies
Commercial Mushroom Producers
Newgrove Industrial Estate
Ballinode Road, Co Monaghan
Ph: (047) 38733
Fax: (047) 84832
Commercial Mushroom Producers (CMP) Co-Operative Society Ltd is the principal Producer Organisation (PO) in Ireland, representing circa 90% of Irish mushroom growers.
Currently, there are in excess of 100 members situated throughout Ireland, Northern Ireland and mainland UK. As a leading producer group in Europe, our business is focussed on the long term support, development and competitiveness of our grower members. CMP is characterised by our passion for excellence and determination to achieve a sustainable future for those involved with the Irish mushroom industry. CMP offer a broad array of valuable services to our grower members, including the packaging provision scheme, specialised workshops, assistance with on farm investment and specialist advisors to name but a few.
Garden and Landscape Design Association
Administrator: Annette McCoy
P.O. Box 10954, Dublin 18
Ph: (01) 294 0092 Fax: (01) 294 8043
Chairman: David Shorthall
Tim Austen Colm Doyle
Jane McCorkell Gary Foran
Peter Fitzpatrick Sheena Vernon
The GLDA is an association of qualified and experienced garden designers and landscape architects who are also plant experts, which was formed in 1995 to set and maintain the highest professional standards in the field. The founders believed there was a need for a truly professional umbrella organisation, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, and that such an Association would bring immense benefits and security to the public, the designers and the future of garden-making and landscaping in Ireland.
Before becoming a Full Member, each applicant is rigorously assessed by an external panel of professionals, made up of acknowledged experts from the design, horticultural, and academic sides of the profession.
) To set standards for garden and landscape design.
) To raise public awareness of garden and landscape designers and the services they have to offer.
) To liaise with relevant organisations in order to provide comprehensive education and ongoing training for members.
) To facilitate the exchange of information between members, suppliers and the public.
International Plant Propagators Society
Irish Area Secretary:?Therese Duffey, Nightpark Nursery. Ph: (045) 403225
Assistant: David Kerr DARD, Armagh. firstname.lastname@example.org
IPPS is an international association of plant production professionals whose primary purpose is to advance the art and science of growing plants, and to disseminate knowledge throughout the global community from and to those engaged in plant production. IPPS has a worldwide membership of more than 2000.
Currently, the membership is organised into eight geographic regions (around the world.) From its inception in 1951 when a group of 70 plant propagators met to share their knowledge and form the Society, IPPS has broadened into an international forum for sharing knowledge, information, skills, and resources that improve the productivity and professionalism of its members right across the globe.
Our eight regions are Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa, Eastern and Southern Regions North America, Western Region (USA and Canada) and Great Britain and Ireland. (GB&I) IPPS member benefits include invitations to society tours, meetings, workshops and conferences.
Book of proceedings and CD format of papers presented at conferences and meetings, including conference archives.
Links and networking with other organisations and professionals.
Periodic newsletters and regular updates from your regional office.
Opportunity to communicate with those who wish to freely share their knowledge with others, and to teach skills they have learned, both within their own countries, regions, or on a global scale.
Access to the members area of the IPPS website.
Develop long lasting friendships
with like-minded members.
Irish Specialist Nursery Association
Committee members for 2011 (tbc):
The Irish Specialist Nursery Association is a grouping of some of the country’s best small, independent nurseries and plant growers, whose aim is to promote the home grown plants produced by its members. ISNA members exhibit at most major Irish flower shows during the year, as well as one day plant fairs, including some arranged by ISNA in conjunction with significant sites of horticultural interest.
With many award-winning nurseries in the group the public will have access not only to top quality plants, but also to the gardening knowledge and experience of these plantsmen/women who are only too willing to advise on suitable plants for problem areas. These nurseries offer a wide variety of plants, services, and advice much of which was not previously available to the general Irish gardening public.
They usually have a wide selection, ranging from the common species to the more rare and obscure cultivars, not often found in the bigger retail outlets in Ireland.
South East Growers
The South East Growers group of Irish wholesale nurseries, garden centre resellers, located in southeast Ireland, exports to UK and the Continent
South East Growers is an import/export and wholesale group composed of eight gardening nurseries located in South East Ireland. The group produces a very wide range of plants, with each nursery specialising in some of the following: camellias, ericaceous stock, azaleas, bamboos, climbers, ornamental trees, fruit trees, shrub liners and conifer liners, since 1995.
The Association of Landscape Contractors
Ross Carew:?Executive Secretary
2 Martello Terrace, Sandycove,
Ph: (01) 2479037. Fax: (01) 2475804
Mobile: (087) 2235867
The Association of Landscape Contractors of Ireland (ALCI) was founded in 1971 in response to the need for a representative voice for the developing landscape industry. The ALCI represents landscape contractors all over Ireland who are dedicated to providing excellent quality and service to their customers. ALCI, through its members, is committed to the development of the landscape industry by ensuring quality of workmanship, best practice, reliability and an emphasis on training.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:
1. To improve and maintain the standing of the Landscape
Industry, through the strength of corporate representation
2. To formulate and recommend contract procedures for the
guidance and common use of all Members
3. To maintain regular high standards of quality and workmanship
4. To encourage regular meetings
at both regional and national
5. To raise the efficiency and profitability of the industry by
encouraging progressive methods of management.
6. To promote and protect the interests of the Association and
generally do all such things as may be conducive to the general welfare of the Association and its members
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of Ireland
Ph: (053) 9158606
Mobile: (087) 6260889
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of Ireland (GCSAI) aims to promote the turf profession in Ireland. They organise education days throughout the year and create opportunities to its members to network.
If you are working in the sports turf sector, be it golf courses, football pitches, or landscaping you are more than welcome to join as a member. Log on to the GCSAI website www.gcsai.org where you can download a membership application form.
The GCSAI produces a free full colour quarterly trade publication called GREENSIDE which has lots of information and articles relating to the turf industry. During the first week in March the GCSAI hold their annual conference where key speakers are brought in to discuss topics relating to the sportsturf industry.
The Irish Christmas Tree Growers
P.O. Box 8581, Glenageary, Co Dublin.
Ph: (01) 2304973
The Irish Christmas tree Growers represents the major body of producers and suppliers of top grade Christmas Trees in Ireland.
What We Do:
Ireland’s temperate climate and soils are perfectly suited to the production of top quality Christmas trees. Our favourable mild winters and cool summers, together with high levels of rainfall and free draining soils enables Irish Christmas tree growers to produce some of the finest trees in Europe.
Ideal planting sites for Christmas trees should be well sheltered in relatively fertile and free draining soils. Christmas tree growing is an all year-round operation, involving specialist attention from the initial site preparation to the ongoing maintenance of the crop. Noble Fir (Abies Procera) is the most preferred tree because of its distinctive blue to green shading and its ability to retain its needles. The annual maintenance programme encompasses a broad range of husbandry activities from weed control, crop fertilisation, tree training and harvesting. On average it takes 7 – 10 years for a Christmas tree to grow to a minimum height of two metres.
We provide Christmas trees both for export throughout Europe and on the home market. With over a hundred producers throughout the country we can guarantee an extensive variety of Firs - Nordmann, Noble, Korean. We also have available Lodgepole Pine and large Norway Spruce (up to 50 ft) for outdoor and Corporate use.
The Irish Landscape Institute
P.O. Box 11068, Dublin 2
Ph: 01 6627409
The Irish Landscape Institute, as the professional body representing landscape architects in Ireland, has a Constitution and a Code of Professional Conduct. The Institute has a membership of 160, made up of full members, graduate members, student members, and well as honorary members and Fellows.
The ILI aims to:
) Set standards of excellence in the fields of landscape planning, landscape architecture and landscape management.
) Encourage and facilitate the Continued Professional Development of its members.
) Increase public awareness of landscape professionals and their work.
) Support the interaction of landscape architecture with related disciplines such as engineering, architecture and planning.
) Support the development of landscape education at all levels in Ireland.
In promoting knowledge of the profession, the ILI run a lecture series, which is generally free and open to non-members and associated professionals. Conferences take place biennially as do the ILI Awards which honour excellence in the fields of landscape planning, landscape design and landscape management.
The Kildare Growers Group
Kieran & Laurance Dunne
L & K Dunne Nurseries
Rentes Plants Ltd.
Flip & Marian Schram
Schram Plants Ltd.
Woodstock Trees & Shrubs
The Kildare Growers Group was formed in 1984 in what was a fledging time for the development of the Irish Hardy Nursery Stock industry. Production was changing from the traditional method of open ground, to a modern containerised model presenting new and exciting opportunities for growers of nursery stock.
The ten member nurseries that formed the original group had recognised that working together was to be far more fruitful and rewarding than operating in isolation. The group organised winter seminars, open-days on member nurseries and established the Kildare Growers Show, which ran for twenty four consecutive years from 1986 to 2009 — the legacy of which is GLáS, the new national show on July 14 2011 with the full backing of Bord Bia (see page 4).
Marketing and innovation have been key factors in keeping the group strong and viable, alongside continuous development of the Kildare Show, the group was successful in developing a range of plants grown on member nurseries, packaged with bespoke labels and marketed exclusively as ‘Kildare Plants”’. The pilot scheme ran successfully for three years and has lead to the development of individual brands within the group.
The group is now entering a new phase. There are new challenges and therefore new opportunities ahead. The Kildare Growers are committed to developing the new National Trade Show in partnership with Bord Bia for 2011, while lending continued support to other marketing initiatives including IFA Trolley Fairs and Bord Bia’s Bloom in the Park.
Meanwhile the Kildare Growers continues to remain true to the core values of assisting and co-operating with each other for the benefit of members and the industry at large.
The Irish Hardy Nursery Stock Association
c/o The Irish Farmers’ Association, Irish Farm Centre, Bluebell, Dublin 12. Ph: 01 4500266 F: 01 4565146
IHNSA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2011:
Chairman: Kieran Skelly,
K & M Nurseries, email@example.com
Vice Chairman:?Val Farrell,
B & V Nurseries firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Stam, Stam’s Bamboo Nursery
Gwen Byrne, Coilog Nurseries
Ivan Curran, Woodview Nurseries
Pat Doody, IFNA, Coillte
Rosemary Flannery, Flannery’s Nurseries
Martin Tully, Tully Nurseries
Elmer Dool, Sunhill Nurseries
Tim Schram, Schram Nurseries
The Irish Hardy Nursery Stock Association (IHNSA) is a commodity sector within the Horticultural Section of the Irish Farmers’ Association and is the representative body of nursery stock producers whose main objective is to advance and protect the interests of primary producers of hardy nursery stock.
A member of the European Nursery Stock Association (ENA), IHNSA provides representation and liaison at all levels, national, European and International as well as with similar associations, local authorities and scientific and educational institutions. IHNSA also organises trolley fairs each year to assist producers in showcasing their produce to potential buyers.