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GLAS 2023 has arrived!

The horticulture trade event of the year returns!



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20 July 2023

Proudly supported by Bord Bia, the Garden Landscape and Amenity Sportsturf (GLAS) trade show returns today at the National Basketball Arena in Dublin.

The one-day trade show, which runs from 9am to 5pm, offers a unique networking opportunity for both buyers and sellers in Ireland’s horticulture, sportsturf, and related industries.

As always, there is much to explore at GLAS. This year’s show features exhibits, displays and demos from more than 80 of the industry’s leading suppliers – both indoors and in our newly expanded outdoor area.

Bord Bia

As the headline sponsor of GLAS, Bord Bia will be on hand to showcase the latest insight reports for the amenity sector. Bord Bia’s Thinking House offers unrivalled support and industry insight to members of the trade. Today, Bord Bia staff members will be on hand to demonstrate the facilities available to the industry – to obtain the latest research, global trends, consumer insights and industry innovations – on touch screens formatted especially for the occasion.

“It is great to see the GLAS tradeshow back this year and building on the success of the returned show in 2022,” said Mike Neary, director of horticulture, Bord Bia. “It is the go-to event for the nursery stock and amenity sector, where the opportunity to network and do business is unmatched. Bord Bia have been a proud sponsor and supporter of the show for many years and we see it as critical to the ongoing development of the sector, particularly at a time when the industry has many challenges but also opportunities to build upon.”

Bord Bia Learning Theatre

The Bord Bia Learning Theatre returns to GLAS today featuring free talks from leading experts on some of the hottest topics in our industry, including:

New Apprenticeships in the Horticulture sector 2023

Time: 10 am

Presented by: John Mulhern, Teagasc

John Mulhern, Teagasc will address the new Horticulture apprenticeships that have been recently validated by QQI. Teagasc and the Horticulture sector have collaborated to design new apprenticeship programmes that would be suited to present employees with experience and new applicants to the sector. The new model of “earning and learning” for people in the sector is the re-imagining of tried and tested pathways of training for new entrants that the sector badly needs.

Plant Health – Finding Oak Processionary Moth in Ireland

Time: 10.30am and 2.00pm

Presented by: Joe McNamara, The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)

This talk will give an update on the recent findings of OPM in Ireland, action taken by DAFM and future action.

The National Strategy for Horticulture 2023-2027 and the early-stage Producer Organisation scheme for the amenity sector

Time: 11.15am and 3.15pm

Presented by: Tamsen Harward, The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)

This talk will give an overview on the recently launch National Strategy for Horticulture 2023-2027 and separately the details of the early-stage Producer Organisation scheme that the amenity sector can avail of.

Greening The City – Emerging Practice

Time: 11.45am

Presented by: Daibhí Mac Domhnaill, a Landscape Architect and Urban Designer with a specialist interest in urban greening, nature-based solutions and future proofing cities for climate change.

In 2009 he founded Áit Urbanism + Landscape, a multi-award-winning landscape architecture practice in The Liberties, Dublin. From 2016-2022 Daibhi was with Cairn Plc., Ireland’s largest house builder and established Cairn as an industry leader in implementing biodiversity friendly designs; advising them to become a Business Supporter of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan and kick-started a Biodiversity NetGain programme, a first for an Irish developer. Daibhí also guest tutors in Nature Based Solutions in University College Dublin.

GLAS 2023 Awards

Our awards are always worth looking out for too. Today our esteemed judges will be crowing the winners of the Supplier of the Year award, the New Product New Plant showcase and Best in Show Awards. Stick around to see who takes home gold!

Careers Hub

Strike a balance between work and education with Teagasc’s Careers Hub at GLAS. Hosted by Teagasc, the Hub will highlight the value of upskilling those currently working in the industry, as well as the role final year students, graduates and alumni can play in your organisation.

GLAS is for practitioners in the horticulture, garden retail, sportsturf, grounds maintenance and related industries. Admission is free by registration at the door. The show kicks off at 9am, with free parking at the National Basketball Arena.

Follow us on social media to keep up to date with all of the action from GLAS 2023: @glasireland and @growtradeirl

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