'West Sussex Growers' are a significant part of the local economy with a retail value of £500 million and employing over 4,300 full-time staff as well as thousands of part-time and seasonal workers'
(14th May) Click here: NFU PRESIDENT TALKS BETTER BUSINESS WITH GROWERS
Most people don't give much thought as to where their food comes from or how it is even grown: Click on these two videos for an insight of what goes on at two of our local food growers:
Click here for report from 'West Sussex Enviroment and Climate Change Board'
Chris Moncrieff Production Director at VHB Herbs Angmering on BBC TV's Countryfile commenting on the image of Horticulture and attracting young people into the indusrty.
(10th April )
In the press:WSGA's John Hall comments on 'Local Plan' in Chichester Herald
WSGA Welcomes New Chairman-Graham Bryant
In February of this year I was honoured to be elected Chairman of the West Sussex Growers Association taking over from Colin Frampton who has done an excellent job for the last few years.
I feel I’m here under false pretences as I am now a training provider, however I have served my apprenticeship working with some of the great names in horticulture.
My career started at the age of sixteen working for two years at Thomas Rockford’s in the Lea Valley before going to Oakland College to study production horticulture. After three years at Oakland including a year with Emrys Lloyd in Titchfield growing AYR Chrysanthemums I joined Toddington Nurseries.
Thirteen happy years spent at Toddington Nurseries / Yoder Toddington
working under Keith Butter, Jo Gilford, David Hett and my personal mentor Mike Plummer.
At the age of thirty four I needed a fresh challenge so joined the Camelia Botnar Foundation running the nursery and retail unit working with 16 – 22 year old disadvantaged young people and this was the period I developed my best management and business skills, the job satisfaction was tremendous.
At the age of fifty I found myself redundant and decide to take the opportunity to start my own business, plant supplying and landscaping and at the same time John Way asked me if I would like to join him running Growtrain and the rest is history.
I am passionate about our industry. It has given me a broad and varied career and my aim is to improve its image and encourage more young people into this fantastic industry.
WSGA Chairman Graham Bryant
Click Here to see presentation by WSGA to Chichester District Council on Strategic Priorities that was presented on the 6th November 2012
The WSGA are currently working with Executive Consultant John Hall on the Growing Together - Implementation Plan paper. John Hall Consulting provides support through clear thinking and strategic direction for small and medium sized enterprises so they can develop and grow.
The original research by Step Ahead Research Ltd; published in March 2010 and titled Growing Together: A Strategy for the West Sussex Growing Sector; was sponsored by Business Link and West Sussex County Council.
Click Here for final report.