THE FORMATION OF THE NEW CHAPTER OF THE SOCIETY IN GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND
The newest chapter of the International Plant Propagator's Society covering the region of Great Britain and Ireland officially came into existence on the 18th September 1968 at a meeting of interested people at Syon House, Brentford, Middlesex. Behind this announcement and the rather impersonal minutes of the inaugural meeting printed elsewhere in this volume there lies a tale of endeavour which for the record should be told.
An attempt to form a chapter in Britain was made 1960–61 but proved abortive in spite of some hard work by a number of enthusiasts over here. In order to profit by any mistakes which might have been made in the past the reports and correspondence of the earlier effort were re-examined carefully. It was clear that the effort failed because the nursery industry as whole was just not ready for the concept of all that I.P.P.S. stood for. Free interchange of knowledge and experience was not yet generally acceptable and the "locked door" still epitomised the propagation
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