EcoHort a natural fit for Jamberoo Native Nursery
When Jamberoo Native Nursery (JNN) was approached by the local council about chemical spray drift, responding was easy.
As part of maintaining its EcoHort™ accreditation, the company had fully documented the control measures in place to ensure there was no impact on surrounding properties, and that was the end of the matter.
EcoHort is an industry-developed environmental management system aimed at encouraging nurseries to rise to the environmental challenge, so as to improve business outcomes while proactively addressing natural resource responsibilities.
It builds on the industry best practice management system Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme, Australia (NIASA), which is a pre-requisite to EcoHort accreditation.
Located two hours south of Sydney, JNN is a specialist wholesale production nursery that grows a range of Australian natives for the landscape, retail and revegetation markets, and was the first nursery in New South Wales (NSW) to become EcoHort accredited.
For owners Geoff Bailey and Kate Malfroy, the environmental scheme provides formal recognition for the best practice management and in-house advancements made by them since day one.
“Growing hardy, healthy native Australian plant species, and educating customers and the community on their importance in the environment, is the philosophy that underpins everything we do,” Mr Bailey said.
“We first started the nursery on five acres of open farming land 25 years ago, with no background in nursery production but a passion for the environment and working outdoors.
“When NIASA and EcoHort first came on the scene, we applied because we felt both programs went right to heart of addressing issues around industry licensing and placing a higher value on plants in the commercial environment.