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Dutch Agricultural Counsellor for the UK and Ireland visits Tangmere

Tangmere was also pleased to welcome LEAF’s new Director, Technical, Vicky Robinson, who arranged the visit to the program and will play a pivotal role in delivering the LEAF Marque certification and promoting knowledge exchange across the industry.

During the tour, the guests saw some of the practical applications of LEAF’s Integrated Farm Management (IFM) principles in the glasshouses and the investments made in climate-smart solutions to conserve water and reduce energy use.

(L-R) Mark Knight, Philip de Jong, Gerard Vonk, Vicky Robinson & Martijn Bergmans.

Tangmere Airfield Nurseries’ General Manager, Gerard Vonk, and Technical Crops Manager, Mark Knight, explained Tangmere’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to protecting the crop using insects and how the system has evolved since the nursery started production in 1989. They also shared how the LEAF certification process has provided a framework to formalize and build on the sustainable actions being made on site.

The visit, which took place on ‘Earth Day 2022’, befitted the group discussions and shared experiences around the current challenges affecting the global food and farming industry. In particular, the benefit of cir­cu­lar agri­cul­ture – with more efficient use of resources and waste reduction, in shaping the future of sus­tain­able farm­ing.

LEAF, Director, Technical, Vicky Robinson, said: “It was fascinating to see your whole process from growing through to packing while hearing about the values and principles that underpin your approach. You could not have set a higher bar for me as a first-time visitor to a glasshouse operation and LEAF Demonstration Farm.”

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