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Member of MPS – Environment Project Floriculture

MPS-ABC is a unique standard for encouraging corporate social responsibility and sustainable production in the horticulture sector. Participants are awarded a qualification four times a year. The qualification MPS-A stands for most environmentally friendly production. Sylva is participating in MPS since 1997 and has been awarded ever since the MPS-A qualification. Sylva bvba is also MPS-GAP certified. Any abuse of following numbers by third parties is prohibited. MPS-number: 740060  -  GGN-number: 4050373516826

For more information:  www.my-mps.com



Mechanical weed control

Sylva tries to implement mechanical weed control as much as possible. Our equipment for mechanical weed control includes brushing machine, hoeing machine and crossweeder.
In 2009 Sylva purchased a Mazzotti tool carrier in order to increase the effectiveness of the above mentioned machines.



Integrated pest management

Europe has developed a new European policy to make Integrated Pest Management (IPM) a field reality by 2014 in the agriculture and horticulture industry. We can only encourage this!
Sylva nurseries integrates IPM for already a long time. Besides the above mentioned mechanical weed control, we apply biological soil decontamination by sowing out Marigolds (Tagetes) as green manure.
Besides that lady bird beetles are used to control woolly beech aphid.



Code of conduct for invasive plants

Sylva implements raising awareness actions in order to reduce introductions of invasive plants.

Invasive plants?

Exotic plants are being introduced all over the world by man for ages already. Most alien plants cause no problems, but a small part of them actually do harm the environment. When introduced outside their natural distribution, some alien species start growing very fast and their high dispersal capacities may lead to a dramatic increase of their populations. Well-known detrimental species are called Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed and Himalayan balsam, but there are many others. These are what we call invasive plants.
 
For more information about invasive plants and possible alternative species, check on www.alterias.be





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