We had our best ever turnout at our training event earlier in the week at RHS Wisley; always beautiful, the grounds looked particularly stunning with the autumnal colours. Led by one of Wisleyâ€™s horticulture experts our operators had the chance to get their questions answered and expand their knowledge.
Our expert Ray discussed treating and disposing of weeds including ground elder and the invasive giant hogweed and Japanese Knotweed which can grow through tarmac and even concrete.We also learned more about the nuances of tree preservation orders and liability. Whilst many of us understand that trees are protected within conservation areas what is less well known is that block preservation orders may exist where the tree skyline is being protected.
The eruption of fairy rings, toadstools are not uncommon as this time of year and we discussed the safe treatment of these fungi that pop up overnight in this damp weather. Ray shared his in-depth knowledge about trimming hedges and the legislation that surrounds the protection of nesting birds, followed by guidance on identifying pests that damage plants and how and when best to treat them.
The morning was rounded off with the opportunity to share experiences with one another; something everyone always enjoys. The feedback from this highly informative session was extremely positive; We work hard to continue to shape these events so that everyone gets the most out of them. Our thanks go to Tessa for organising such a brilliant training.