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Forum Members

The following Forum members were nominated in January 2016 and will hold office until January 2018.

Vice Chairperson, Keith Crawford

Chairperson

Keith Crawford
Nominated by – Association of Landscape Contractors of Ireland 

Keith joined the Forum in 2010. He is a horticulturalist and garden broadcaster. He trades as Hortus Tuus (Latin for `your garden`), providing private and public landscaping services.

Phone: (028) 9070 4670 / 078 1005 1108

Email: keith@hortustuus.co.uk

Barbara Erwin

Vice Chairperson

Barbara Erwin
Nominated by – NI Flower and Foliage Association

Barbara joined the Forum in 2013. She runs a cut flower enterprise near Hillsborough and is a founding member of NIFFA.

Phone: (028) 9268 1181 / 077 2029 4045

Email: barbara@foliageworks.com

Elaine Shaw, Chairperson

Treasurer

Elaine Shaw
Nominated by – Northway Mushrooms

Elaine has been a member of the Forum since 2008. She is currently Chief Executive of Northway Mushrooms.

Phone: (028) 3754 9370

Email: elaineshaw@northwaymushrooms.co.uk

Patrick Taggart

Secretary

Patrick Taggart
DAERA appointment

Patrick has been secretary of the Forum since June 2015. He is currently an Agri-food Support Branch Adviser in DAERA. Prior to this he worked in several roles, within DAERA, which gave him wide experience of the arable and horticulture sectors and environmental issues.

Phone: (028) 9076 5378 / 077 8068 0472

Email: patrick.taggart@daera-ni.gov.uk

Barclay Bell

Member

Barclay Bell
Nominated by – NI Flower and Foliage Association

Barclay is currently Deputy President of the Ulster Farmers’ Union. He runs a mixed farm in Co. Down with renewable energy and flower enterprises.

Phone: (028) 4063 0261

Email: bellbarclay@btinternet.com

 Mark Conway

Member

Mark Conway
Nominated by – NI Soft Fruit Association

Mark is managing director of Conway Summer Fruits and is a member of the Northway Growers Producer Organisation. He has been growing for 25 years and grows strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and apples near Loughgall in Co. Armagh.

Email: markconway.csf@btinternet.com

Neil Cummings

Member

Neil Cummings
Nominated by – Horticultural Trades Association

Neil joined the HTA in September 2014 following many years as a Buyer for a major garden centre multiple in the UK. He is the Regional Business Manager covering Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Email: neil.cummings@the-hta.org.uk

Frank Donnelly

Member

Frank Donnelly
Nominated by – Northway Mushrooms

Frank joined the Forum in 2013. He runs Keenaghan Mushrooms near Moy, Co. Armagh. He was a Focus Farmer and is a long-standing member of the Northway Mushrooms Producer Organisation.

Email: keenaghanmushrooms@yahoo.co.uk

Peter Donnelly

Member

Peter Donnelly
Nominated by – Northern Ireland Soft Fruit Growers Association

Peter joined the Horticulture Forum in 2013. The family farm, James P Donnelly, has been growing strawberries and top fruit in the Dungannon area for over 50 years. They supply produce to local and regional shops.

Phone: (028) 8772 2556 / 075 9591 2718

Email: jamespdonnelly44@gmail.com

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Member

Graham Hewitt
Nominated by – Fruit Industry Federation

Graham is a long-standing member of NI Fruit Industry Federation. He is an experienced Bramley apple producer.

Phone: (028) 3887 1452

 

Hamilton Loney

Member

Hamilton Loney
Nominated by – UFU Fruit Growers Committee

Hamilton is currently Chair of the UFU Fruit Growers Committee and the NI Fruit Growers Association. He is a Co. Armagh Bramley apple grower.

Phone: 078 0262 0708

Email: h.loney09@btinternet.com

Roy Lyttle

Member

Roy Lyttle
Nominated by – UFU Vegetable Committee

Roy has been a member of the Horticulture Forum since its formation. He is currently Chair of the UFU Vegetable Committee. Roy is a major producer and supplier of field vegetables, including organic produce, to the retail multiples.

Phone: (028) 9181 2072 / 2886

Email: roylyttle@aol.com

Sam MacNeice

Member

Sam MacNeice
Nominated by – Fruit Industry Federation

Sam is a long-standing member of the Horticulture Forum and Chair of NI Fruit Industry Federation. He is involved with the family fruit production and processing business.

Phone: (028) 3885 1381

Email: terry@macneicefruit.com

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Lyn Sherriff
Nominated by – Association of Landscape Contractors of Ireland

Lyn is currently Secretary of the Association of Landscape Contractors of Ireland (Northern Region).

Phone: 079 8930 1218

Email: lynsherriff@btconnect.com

Doug Thomson

Member

Doug Thomson
Nominated by – Growers NI

Doug is a long-standing member of the Horticulture Forum. He is Managing Director of Irish Garden Plants, Seaforde, Co. Down.

Phone: (028) 4481 1711 / 078 4334 8785

Email: irishgardenplant@btconnect.com

John Shannon

Member

John Shannon
Nominated by – Horticultural Trades Association

John from Inver Garden Centre in Larne is the HTA Council Representative for Northern Ireland. He is very active in the local community and gives numerous talks on gardening to various groups.

Phone: (028) 2827 6351

Shane Donnelly

Member

Shane Donnelly
Co-opted member

Shane is a long-standing member of the Horticulture Forum. He is a Director and Manager of Derrylard Nurseries Ltd. and Greenisland Flowers, supplying protected and field vegetables as well as cut flowers to the retail multiples.

Phone: (028) 3885 1336

Email: info@donnellyhorticulture.com

Patricia Erwin

Member

Patricia Erwin
Co-opted member

Patricia has been associated with the Forum since its formation. She is a UFU Senior Policy Officer with responsibility for fruit, potatoes, seeds and cereals and vegetables.

Phone: (028) 9037 0222 / 077 3459 9481

Email: perwin@ufuhq.com

Kieran Hughes

Member

Kieran Hughes
Co-opted member

Kieran has been an enthusiastic member of the Horticulture Forum since its formation. He is Managing Director of Hughes Mushrooms Ltd., with many years experience of producing and marketing mushrooms throughout the UK and Ireland.

Phone: (028) 8778 4298 / 077 4044 2101

Email: kieran.hughes@hughesmushrooms.com

Tim Hunniford

Member

Tim Hunniford
Co-opted member

Tim was co-opted to the Horticulture Forum in 2013. He is an apple grower and is involved in the family agrochemical supply and agronomy business.

Phone: 077 3300 5020

 

Robin McKee

Member

Robin McKee
Co-opted member

Robin was the founding Chairperson of the Horticulture Forum. He stood down in 2013 after eight years service, during which the Forum became firmly established. Robin farms near Newtownards producing and marketing a wide range of arable and horticultural crops.

Phone: 079 0069 3668

Email: robin.ballyh@gmail.com

Paul Mooney from the College of Agriculture and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) attends Horticulture Forum meetings to provide technical advice and support as required. Ian Duff acts as Facilitator. They are not full members of the Horticulture Forum.

Other organisations and individuals are invited to attend Forum meetings where their expertise is considered helpful.