What does building resilience mean in the production nursery?  How does this equate to a good tree?
When success cannot be guaranteed in the harsh, urban environment, what are the measures you should insist upon to ensure the greatest chance of success?
Hamish will touch on AS 2303, but will discuss a number of measures that form part of the grower/buyer relationship, including:

  • Nursery accreditation
  • Best practice methods, process and outcomes
  • Data management and transparency
  • Quality inputs for quality outputs
  • Grower accountability – open dialogue on species, history, propagation and production methods
  • Adopting a forward view – staying up to date about innovation and research

Hamish Mitchell

With extensive experience in amenity horticulture, wholesale nursery production, and plant management and development, Hamish Mitchell is well qualified to promote the benefit of trees in urban environments. Even before he was developing the stately gardens at the New Parliament House Canberra as Horticultural Supervisor, a passion for trees was flourishing eventually taking him to Melbourne where in 2007, he became owner and Managing Director of Speciality Trees – an award-winning, NIASA and EcoHort accredited production nursery – now a 3 site operation with over 50 acres of ornamental trees under production.

As a past president of Landscaping Victoria (LV) 2011-2012 and Vice President of Nursery and Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) 2015 & 2016 Hamish’s input has been actively sort for a wealth of industry committees including NGIA Strategic and Technical Accreditation committee, National Urban Forest Australia (NUFA) Committee, NGIA Audit and Risk Committee and the NGIA Environment and Technical Committee.

Currently a member of the NGIA Drafting and Review Committee for AS2303, the Nursery Industry Data Collection Project,  a member of the Nursery Industry Levy Strategic Investment Advisory Panel (SIAP) with Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) as well as the HIA Green Cities Advisory Panel on ‘Which Plant  Where’, all of which have a strategic forward focus. An active proponent of the 202020 Vision, Hamish continues to promote ‘green’ and assist in any way he can with sponsorship, training and advice on the benefit of increasing green infrastructure for improved health and wellbeing of communities.

In 2017 Hamish was awarded Landscaping Victoria’s Award of Merit for service to the sector and in 2018 he received the Award of Honour from the NGIA. Recently the business was awarded Holmesglen Employer of the Year (Nursery), an accolade he is very proud of as a promoter of the next generation of budding horticulturalists in a vibrant industry with increasing opportunity.