The meeting was held on Tuesday 18th June at 7:30pm. in the Isleham Marina Social Club and was attended by twelve existing members and one new member.
The presentation was made by Julian Ives of Dragonfli Ltd.
Julian has worked in horticulture since his career started as a trainee gardener at the RHS Harlow Carr gardens in Harrogate. He studied commercial horticulture at Writtle Agricultural College before joining a horticultural sundries company as a technical sales representative.
After gaining a valuable insight into the supply needs of commercial growers, Julian left to join the pioneering biological control company, Koppert Biological Systems. For over ten years he advised growers on the beneficial insects (natural enemies of plant pests such as parasitic wasps and predatory mites) and polinators before moving into management of the UK branch of Koppert.
Julian then decided to take his knowledge of biological control into the consumer sector, co-founding Just Green, a mail order company supplying natural pest control products before moving on to form Julian Ives Consultancy and now Dragonfli Ltd.
Julian’s presentation focused on methods of boosting populations of beneficial insects, plants, animals and birds. This included creating wildlife habitats suitable for supporting pollinating insects and the introduction of native bumblebees to boost local bee populations.
For the insects less welcoming in the garden or horticulture due to the damage they cause Julian explained how to control insect pests when required whilst causing minimal damage to the countryside. These biological controls include the use of natural preditors, parasites and nematodes, also natural short persistance insecticides.
To avoid the use of man made fetilisers and pesticides he outlined the use of beneficial fungi, bacteria and plant stimulants.
Information regarding products for the above, and purchase of same can be obtained at www.dragonfli.co.uk
Refreshments were provided by Ann Ford and Chris Maxfield.
The next open meeting is to be held Tuesday 17th September at the Marina Social Club. Please follow the Events Calendar on this website for details.
Thanks goes to Isleham Marina for use of their clubhouse whilst the new community centre is constructed. As a token of our gratitude for this Isleham Gardeners are assisting Isleham Marina in their support of the Anglian Air Ambulance.