NPS – What is the NPS?

CS Design Software is the home of the National Plant Specification (NPS).  But what is the NPS? It’s an important tool to aid the selection, specification and delivery of reliable plant material throughout the UK horticultural and landscape industries and supported by the Landscape Institute and the Horticultural Trades Association.

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The Cloud-based National Plant Specification (NPS) takes the guesswork out of plant selection and procurement by providing a comprehensive and accurate ‘bible’ for planting selection and ensures an effective method of producing rigorously specified plant schedules.

Specifiers using NPS can be sure that the plants are supplied to their exact specification and different nurseries are able to provide like-for-like quotations.

Why use the NPS when specifying plants?

  • The NPS covers all the most commonly specified plant groups and defines their criteria
  • The NPS terms and summaries are free to view at www.CSDhub.com
  • Additional functionality and a larger planting library is provided with CS Flora
  • More detailed plant specifications, access to expanded libraries, palette builders and online scheduling can be accessed in CS Helios.
  • Specifiers using NPS can be sure that the plants are supplied to their exact specification and different nurseries are able to provide like-for-like quotations.
  • As the industry standard, the NPS is supported and promoted by major amenity growers and nurseries.what is the nps

 

What is in the NPS?

  • Description of Terms:  Detailed guidance on how to accurately specify planting material with clearly illustrated definitions and descriptions of the terminology.
  • Summary Information:  Tabular view of typical specification information by planting group.
  • General Information:  Supplementary information and guidance including  handling, establishment, origin, provenance and rootballed trees.
  • Approved Lists of Plants:  Industry-approved plant species and varieties with associated specifications that are generally available in the UK/Europe.


NPS training is available, direct from the grower, and is ideal for:

  • Landscape Architects and Garden Designers
  • Grounds Maintenance and Parks Teams
  • Arboricultural and Horticultural Teams
  • Greenkeepers and Estate Teams

colesnpsscreenCandidates gain:

  • NVQ Level 2/QCF 1 Unit in An Understanding of the National Plant Specification
  • Confidence when specifying, ordering, handling or maintaining plants
  • Knowledge of the sizes and forms of trees and shrubs available from UK nurseries
  • An insight into nursery stock production at one of the UK’s leading amenity growers, Coles Nurseries

 

For more information and bookings, please visit the Coles Nurseries website.