Industry News

ORGANISATIONS

AHDB is the levy funded Agriculture & Horticulture body carrying our Research and Development to benefit farmers and growers. A wealth of information is held on their Hort portal and a must for all Horticulturists seeking technical and technology transfer information on Horticulture https://ahdb.org.uk/horticulture

NFU Horticulture works to protect growers interests and create opportunities for their businesses. The website has a wealth of information for growers in every sector https://www.nfuonline.com/sectors/horticulture-and-potatoes

HTA represents and supports UK garden businesses in the ornamental sector. An informative web site containing everything you would need to know at Garden Centres, retail and marketing https://hta.org.uk/news.html

BPOA or The British Protected Ornamentals Association is a trade association representing both growers and the allied trade within this sector of horticulture. The Association’s primary aim is to ensure that resources are directed towards grower’s needs for R&D, marketing and political representation, thereby helping nursery businesses to grow together, and raise the profile of their industry. This is achieved through the activity of the Association’s Technical Committee and Home Grown Users’ Group https://www.nfuonline.com/sectors/british-protected-ornamentals-association/bpoa-membership/about-us/

ISHS or The International Society of Horticultural Science is the leading Global Scientific organisation in the field of Horticulture https://www.ishs.org/

Hort Daily is a daily summary of Global Hort News and is a must for members looking for a global perspective. Free sign up and the copy lands in your inbox https://www.hortidaily.com/

British Growers Association is a grower owned, grower led, not for profit umbrella group comprising a range of organisations operating in the UK horticulture industry and fresh produce sector. The membership includes Crop Associations, Producer Organisations, marketing groups and professional membership groups. Their key aim is to raise the profile of UK horticulture by encouraging a greater understanding of the industry and its importance to the UK economy https://britishgrowers.org/

Perennial is a UK charity dedicated to helping the individual and their families working in or retired from any job involving working with trees, plants, flowers and grass during difficult times. Follow the link for further information

NEWS

Interview: How is the flower business coping and what can we do?
GreenTech have published this interview on their YouTube channel. Mariska Dreschler (GreenTech) and Tim Briercliffe (International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH)) talk about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the flower sector, and what is being done to help the industry.

Plants Near Me
The HTA has launched the Plants Near Me page through their website to enable members of the public to locate growers and garden centres local to them which are trading and offering home delivery services.

HTA Industry study declares a third of UK Growers will be out of business before the end of the year
To read the full article, click here

HTA launches Safe Trading Guide for Garden Centres and Customers
A social distancing and trading guide has been launched to help protect workers and green-fingered enthusiasts when garden centres re-open. The HTA has produced the safe trading guide for garden centres which includes advice on products to be sold, customer numbers in stores, entrance and exit protocols and queueing and checkout procedures. Full details can be found here. The Plants Near Me website will show which garden centres have signed up to the Safe Trading Guidance.

Opening of Garden Centres in the UK
Following the UK government’s announcement earlier this week on the reopening of garden centres in England, the HTA have covered in more detail. Click here for more