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Today is Plants For Europe Limited’s fifteenth birthday! Niki has baked cakes to celebrate and brought in a bottle of champagne. We all extend our thanks to all the breeders and growers of our fantastic portfolio of plants for helping us to successfully reach our anniversary.

Fifteen years!

The PFE office will be closed from lunch time on Thursday 21 December and will reopen on Wednesday 3 January. During that time, calls and emails will be monitored but may not be answered until the office reopens.
We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy, peaceful, prosperous and plant-filled 2018.

Graham, Hels and Niki

Helleborus Walberton's Rosemary WALHERO

Helleborus Walberton’s Rosemary WALHERO

We’re delighted to announce that Niki Cornell has joined Plants For Europe.

Niki is now working in our office part-time to help us with contract and royalty administration. She will also be working on promotion of plants in the PFE portfolio to growers, retailers and the wider world.

When she isn’t in our office, you’ll find Niki enjoying the local countryside with her family and dogs, or getting to grips with her new-found hobby of gardening.

Welcome, Niki!

Niki Cornell

Due to continued growth, we are looking for a part-time administrative assistant, with some bookkeeping. 10 to 12 hours per week worked flexibly (hours could be scheduled to fit around school times).
You will be a confident communicator with good computer skills, with database and Microsoft Office experience. An interest in plants and gardens will be considered an advantage.
Hourly rate will depend on experience.
Email your CV with a covering note to graham@plantsforeurope.com
For further information, contact Graham or Helen on 01825 731831.
Applications should be made by Friday 6 October 2017


UPDATE: we’ve found a great person for the role – more details to follow! Thank you to everyone who applied.

Ranunculus Rococo acid yellow

Ranunculus Rococo acid yellow

We are absolutely delighted to announced our first open house event to showcase the launch of our exciting new Rococo Ranunculus product line.

The Open House will be held on Tuesday 2nd May from 1pm to 7pm. We are very grateful to the National Cut Flower Centre in Holbeach St Johns, near Spalding, for hosting this event.

The Rococo Ranunculus are an exciting new line of hardy Ranunculus that are suitable for cut flower production, container production for garden centre sales and for mail order sales.

The Open House will feature the first four varieties in the programme – peach, pink, orange-red and acid yellow. Many more colours are in development.

The Rococo Ranunculus offer stem length of 60cm to 70cm. Each stem carries several flowers with a diameter of 6cm to 7cm. Vase life for cut flowers is 10 to 14 days.

The Open House will offer the opportunity to meet with the breeder, John Fielding, who has spent many years working with Ranunculus to develop this excellent new product line that can be grown in normal British garden conditions. Visitors will have the opportunity to talk with John about future developments in the programme as well as the first four varieties on display.

Graham will also be on hand to discuss licensing, promotion and young plant supplies.

We are very pleased to be launching the Rococo Ranunculus after many years of development. They have been extensively trialled, both in the UK and in other countries, under a range of conditions, so we have a good understanding of their robust nature and the best way to produce a successful crop. We have also established the first four varieties in tissue culture and have a young plant supply chain in place and ready to go. There is significant interest in this programme and we will be selecting high quality growers and retailers to join with us in making this project a success.

Address details:

The National Cut Flower Centre
Rookery Farm, Joy’s Bank, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding PE12 8SG

Tuesday 2nd May
Open times: 1pm to 7pm

Light refreshments will be provided for visitors.

Please let us know if you plan to attend using the contact form or by direct email to graham@plantsforeurope.com

Ranunculus Rococo peach

Ranunculus Rococo peach

Ranunculus Rococo pink

Ranunculus Rococo pink

Ranunculus Rococo orange-red

Ranunculus Rococo orange-red

There have been few tangible examples of progress in the Brexit process since the referendum on June 23rd – we seem to be getting more heat than light from politicians. However, we have provided some assistance to civil servants at DEFRA in understanding the potential implications of Brexit for Plant Variety Rights. We have worked with other stakeholders to draw up a list of three possible options for the future and have passed this to DEFRA as well as to other stakeholders.

Of course, in the meantime and until the completion of the Brexit process, the UK remains a full member of the European Union. EU Plant Variety Rights continue in force in the UK.

We will keep our customers informed as things develop further. However, the CPVO has recently issued a statement on Brexit, which can be found by clicking here. We are pleased by the positive tone of the statement, which we hope augurs well for the discussions and outcome of Brexit.

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