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CMW appointed as Elpress UK partner for Horticulture

UK Growers have never been more aware of the need for strict hygiene protocols for staff, tools and equipment. 


Increasingly growers are looking for new ways to establish and improve hygiene systems, because if a crop becomes infected by a virus, the crop usually has to be destroyed, therefore disease prevention through meticulous hygiene procedures is critical. A vital function that is often missing is the ability to automatically prevent staff bypassing the necessary hygiene procedures when entering the greenhouse or packhouse.

Following a partnership agreement between Elpress and CMW, UK growers can now install personal hygiene systems which are certified by HACCP International (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point).


Elpress' innovative systems ensure that all stages of the hygiene protocols are followed by each individual in the correct order and for the required time before they can enter the greenhouse or packhouse. This includes hand washing, hand drying, application of sanitiser, footwear disinfection and more.


Since Elpress personal hygiene systems are certified by HACCP International, growers can ensure a high level of security for the crop and packing operation, and can also provide necessary documentation for routine audits.


For more about Elpress hygiene systems from CMW go here.

 


Brush up your Priva computer skills

Priva now offer a very helpful, interactive on-line training programme for Priva users. It's completely free, (and in English) but you'll need to register to join in. The first session is in just a few days away on March 31st, so if you want to participate, please follow the link below ASAP. 

What will you learn?  The first sessions are about achieving ‘A stable greenhouse climate’

One of the most important aspects of crop production is ensuring a stable greenhouse climate in terms of temperature and humidity. Especially now the outside climate is changing. In this session, expert Priva trainer Hein Jasperse will address the relevant controls that will make a grower’s work easier and that also lead to better crop quality and less disease pressure.

Dates & Registration
Priva have scheduled three sessions, all in English. (The course content will be the same in each, so choose the date/time that suits you best)
Each session lasts one hour, and participation is free of charge. You can register via the link below. After registration, you will receive a link that gives you access to the on-line training session.
 
Note: all times are Central European (Dutch) time!
 

Tuesday, March 31 - 7.30 AM - 8.30 AM CET (English)
Thursday, April 2 - 2.00 PM - 3.00 PM CET (English)
Thursday, April 2 - 5.00 PM - 6.00 PM CET (English)

 
Click here to register

Customer Service update - Covid 19

Important customer service update

To support our customers during these difficult times following the latest government announcements, we will continue to have staff present in the office during normal office hours to receive deliveries and process customer orders, for as long as we are able to do so.

Other staff members will be working from home and can be contacted on their usual email addresses or mobile phones.

If you have any problems contacting anyone please, call the office (01430 422222).

Customers should preferably email orders through or alternatively telephone the office.

For the time being, to minimise contact with others, we will not use the Post Office for deliveries. 

Until further notice, orders will be despatched by Fedex - £15.50 for overnight or £11.70 for 2-3 days up to 10kg.

Customers may collect from outside our office subject to social distancing rules.


Company statement & policy - Covid 19

The Directors of CMW Horticulture are determined to continue to operate as near normal as possible during the Covid 19 (Corona Virus) crisis and have implemented the measures outlined below with immediate effect. CMW will follow all Government advice relating to the Coronavirus Covid 19 and staff are asked to do so also. 

CURRENT ADVICE to all CMW staff

Wash hands more often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser when you get home or into work and frequently throughout the day, when you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food.

  1. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  2. Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms.
  3. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands.
  4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  5. If you or someone you live with has a ‘new, continuous’ cough or high temperature, you should all stay at home for 14 days.
  6. Stay at least 3 steps away from other people. 

OFFICE ACCESS  will be restricted to staff members only.

  1. No entry signs will be attached to the office and warehouse doors.
  2. Delivery drivers will be asked to leave deliveries outside. Staff should not handle any electronic devices which are presented for signature.
  3. Customers wishing to collect orders will be asked to email or telephone them through so that they can be collated in advance and ready for collection. Customers will not be required to sign a delivery note but a staff member should sign it with the date and time.
  4. Delivery drivers and customers will be permitted to wait in the entrance hall if necessary.
  5. Exceptionally customers may be permitted access to the warehouse eg. if their requirements are uncertain. 

OFFICE HYGIENE

  1. Avoid close contact with other staff members – arrangements have been made to reduce the number of staff in the main office.
  2. Wash your hands before using the kitchen facilities.
  3. Each staff member will make their own drinks.
  4. Areas of ‘high contact’ – door handles, etc will be sanitised regularly. 

HOME WORKING

  1. Members of staff whose role makes it practical to work from home will be encouraged to do so.

WORKING ON CUSTOMER SITES

  1. Staff should follow the current advice listed above.
  2. Seek advice from the Nursery Manager regarding any arrangements they have in place and follow their procedures.
  3. Try to arrange work practices to minimise contact with and maintain distance from your fellow workers and customer staff where practical.
  4. If necessary carry water, soap, paper towel, sanitiser, disinfectant, etc in the company van. 

VISITORS FROM ABROAD

We do not expect any visitors from abroad to the office but there will be installation crews visiting customer sites who will be given advice in writing.

The UK Government has withdrawn (on 13th March 2020) the advice, which was previously available, for those travellers entering the UK from a list of specified countries (which were split into category 1 and 2). The advice has been replaced with advice for people with symptoms of Covid-19 to self-isolate for 7 days. 

We will continue to monitor Government advice as the situation develops but if anyone has any concerns please speak to one of the directors at any time.  


The passing of an industry pioneer, Norman Hinsley 1936-2019

It is with considerable respect and admiration that we reflect on the recent passing of Yorkshire grower Norman Hinsley. Norman has a special place in the memories of the founders of CMW Horticulture, since he was the first customer to place an order with the new company in 1989, 30 years ago. Typical of Norman, who realised that positive cash flow would be critical in CMW's early days, he insisted on paying up front. CMW will be forever grateful for that generous gesture. 

Norman's working life began in the propagating department at the Land Settlement Association, at West Bank. His hard work and commitment were quickly recognised and he was soon promoted to foreman. He continued in that role until a smallholding became available on West Bank. That seemed like the perfect time for Norman and wife Greta to go it alone. So Greta gave up her nursing career to help Norman set up their business and work alongside him, growing and harvesting salads and vegetables.

When son Paul left school in 1979, he was keen to join the family business, happily working with his Dad, followed by Mark 2 years later. As the business developed, Norman, together with Paul and Mark, decided to specialise in producing only lettuce, something that Paul and Mark are proud to carry on as a legacy to Norman.

When the Land Settlement Association closed in 1983, Norman played a pivotal role in the formation of Snaith Salad Growers. He was a Director from beginning, until a few years before he became ill. Committed and hardworking, Norman loved being in the greenhouse and was still working until a week before becoming ill, always ensuring he was the first out each morning — even if it did mean getting up at 4:00am.

Outside of his busy life as a grower, Norman was very active in the community, especially supporting his sons in the Snaith Scout Group, and also as a governor at Hirst Courtney and Temple Hirst primary school.

Greta and family are truly grateful for all the visits, offers of help, love and support Norman received in the last few months of his life. Many nurses and carers described Norman as a true gentleman, something that has been repeatedly articulated in the many condolence cards the family have received. Because of the caring and loving man that he was, Norman will be deeply missed by all who knew him. But greater than the sorrow from his death is the joy that he spread in his life - and it is this he would want to be remembered by.


Soft Fruit Best Practice

The recent joint CMW/Priva seminar 'The future for soft fruit -best practice' in Coupar Angus was attended by an enthusiastic group of growers and industry leaders.

All the presentations from the distinguished panel of speakers can be viewed here


The future for soft fruit - best practice

UK soft fruit growers continue to focus on extending the crop season in order to meet the increasing demand for locally grown produce, while at the same time managing risks associated with labour shortages, water restrictions, increased regulation and the need to provide the best working conditions.

So, CMW Horticulture and Priva invite interested growers to attend a free, information-packed one day seminar which will address many of these issues.

A panel of expert speakers from the UK and Holland will focus on:

  • Multispan structures to extend the growing season – Glass and polythene. Speakers: Andre van Dam of Certhon and Ben van der Heide of VDH Foliekassen
  • Achieving increased production through correct plant and water balance – Speaker: Hein Jasperse of Priva B.V.
  • The use of thermal screens to save energy and ensure the ideal plant and water balance – Speakers: Jose Carretero of Ridder Climate Screens B.V. and Gordon Badham of CMW Horticulture
  • Wireless technologies in the field – Speaker Steve Archer of 30MHz
  • Making the most of the RHI- Speaker: Thomas Wilkins of NFU Energy

The event takes place on Tuesday 26th March, 2019.

The day will begin with registration from 09:00 and close at 16:00 - Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Time permitting, interested delegates can stay on for a practical workshop with the technical experts. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so please confirm your attendance as soon as possible, but no later than Friday 22nd March.

Book your place here 

 


NFU breakthrough on Business Rates for plant nurseries

Years of work from the NFU have finally resulted in a bill being laid in Parliament which will ensure that nursery growers are treated equally to other agricultural businesses regarding business rates.

The Non Domestic Rates (Nursery Grounds) Bill confirms that plant nurseries in England will be covered under the agricultural exemption for business rates, along with other agricultural businesses.

The current legislation currently excludes nursery grounds growing mainly or entirely under cover from the exemption.

NFU Deputy President Guy Smith said: “This is a significant victory for nursery growers, and brings them in line with other farm businesses and providing essential certainty for the future.

“The NFU has been working hard behind the scenes with Defra and MHCLG to deliver this result for our members and I am pleased that the government has acted upon the case we made.

“The decision to rectify this anomaly will prevent the wider horticultural industry suffering significant negative implications, and will allow growers to continue doing what they do best – producing food for the nation.”

Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak MP said: “Plant nurseries are an essential part of the rural economy and it is vital they are protected.”

In some individual cases, NFU members will see very substantial and unsustainable charges either waived or reimbursed.

 


Berry growers impressed by greenhouse technologies

Inspired by the results of near-market research at specialist soft fruit facilities such as the Proefcentrum at Hoogstraten in Belgium (http://www.proefcentrum.be/en), growers in the Benelux countries have been investing in the latest greenhouse technology for some time, and now UK growers are seeing the benefits of modern growing systems too.

Berry growers Andrew Barrie, John Busby and Colin Grant recently visited a number of CMW customers using state of the art greenhouse technologies. Hosted by Nick Field and Gordon Badham of CMW, there was much to see:

(follow the hyperlinks for more information about the individual technologies)

As well as a number of RHI and/or FIT compliant renewable energy installations

CMW would like to thank the following for their hospitality during this grower tour:

Valefresco, Evesham http://www.valefresco.com/

R&L Holt, Fladbury and Offenham http://randlholt.co.uk/

Westland Nursery, Offenham http://www.westlandswow.co.uk/#home

Red Roofs Nursery, Cottingham http://growcoltd.co.uk/members/red-roofs-nursery-ltd

Mill Nurseries, Keyingham

 


Improved performance NDJ Dripper

NDJ Click Tif PCND drippers solve many of the problems that have become associated with other dripper types.

Key features:

  • Pressure compensating and leak proof 
  • Made of high grade plastics and silicon rubber.
  • Available for a wide range of outputs: 1.3lph, 2.0lph, 3.0lph, 4lph and 8lph and fully colour coded.
  • The wide range of outputs is more than enough to cover all eventualities.
  • The closing pressure of all the drippers is 3 m. This is not only industry leading but also vital on sloping or undulating land.
  • The operational pressure range is between 0.8 bar and 4 bar which again is industry leading. This allows for large valve blocks and long runs and, as pumping systems get older, the low operating pressure compared to the high closing allows the system to continue to operate at the originally designed output.
  • Cascade labyrinth allows for wide passage ways. Large dripper construction allows robust outlet chamber with large exit allowing the dripper to function with difficult water conditions. It therefore resists blockage throughout the dripper.
  • Very importantly the dripper is completely frost and split resistant.
  • The stake has several key features:
  • The 'H' cross section allows the water to travel down the stake without being proud of the side of the 'H' meaning that polythene, leaves and other potential obstructions cannot interfere with and divert the flow away from the bag or block, potentially onto the floor.
  • Another advantage of this deep 'H' is that the stake can work at quite low angles (below 45') and without adversely affecting the flow to the plant.
  • The inverted ascending chevrons facilitate the water flow being pushed outwards to facilitate lateral water movement 

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