Horticulturists in the North West now have a voice on the NFU's
national horticulture board.
Sarah Fairhurst, 28, a pot and bedding plant grower from Formby
near Liverpool, is the NFU's North West horticulture board chairman.
She has been selected to sit on the national horticulture board
which currently has 11 members.
The NFU's national horticulture board selects its representatives
depending on their levels of experience, expertise and enthusiasm
- so Sarah
is delighted that she has been chosen. She becomes the first
person from the North West of England to sit on the board.
Sarah said: "I'm looking forward to the challenge. At the
first meeting I attended we discussed issues including the levy
boards, supply chains, public procurement, climate change and
polytunnels so there's a lot for me to get my teeth into."
Sarah started working for Porters Horticultural Ltd in Merseyside
in 1999 as a modern apprentice. Porters is a family run business
which employs 27 full time staff and produces pot and bedding
plants, mainly for the multiples.
Her role within the business is to maintain the management standards
currently in place including health and safety and human resource
Sarah has been chair of the NFU North West horticulture board
for the past two years. She also sits on the BBPA (British Bedding
and Pot Plant Association) technical committee and as part of
that role has a particular interest in driving forward work on
The next national NFU horticulture board meeting will take place
on Tuesday 16 May. Any North West horticulturists who'd like
to highlight a problem or concern that they believe needs discussing
at this board meeting, should contact Sarah Fairhurst via the
NFU's regional office on 01695 554900.
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