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Start the New Year off with Contact 2015 - ‘Growing Opportunities’

Take advantage of the extended advanced booking rate and book online at before 7 January!

Monty Halls

What better way to start off the new year than to join friends and colleagues from across the nursery stock industry at Contact 2015 - ‘Growing Opportunities’, which takes place on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 January 2015 at JCB Global Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire.



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Six students win horticultural scholarships

Following applications from many students, representing 18 colleges across the UK, six students have been awarded Student Scholarships by the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF)

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The standard of entries was particularly high this year, resulting in the horticultural charity electing to award six Student Scholarships of £1,000 instead of an intended five.

The DCF is delighted to support the following students: Hannah Schlotter, Capel Manor College; Adam Ferguson, College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise; Charlotte Bancroft, Merrist Wood College; James Hayley, Writtle College; and Lydia Mackay and Suzie Irlam, Pershore College.

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Dates and Venues for the Love the Plot You’ve Got Regional Masterclasses

Dates and venues are now available for the Love the Plot You’ve Got Masterclasses which take place next spring.

Love the Plot You've Got

The one day masterclasses, designed to help garden centre teams help their customers ‘love their plot’, will be run by Ian Boardman of IBBIS (UK) Ltd.


Aimed at garden centre teams from the plant area, garden care and outdoor living the sessions will cover different

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Tim Briercliffe confirmed for Contact 2015 - ‘Growing Opportunities’

Tim Briercliffe, Secretary General of the AIPH (International Association of Horticultural Producers) is the latest name to be added to the HTA’s Contact Conference next month.

Contact 2015

Tim, a familiar face to those in the industry, will speak after the conference dinner to an audience of growers and nurserymen at the biennial event which takes place on 14 and 15 January at JCB World Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire.


Other new names joining the impressive

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APL Awards 2015: Shortlist announced!

The Association of Professional landscapers (APL) has announced the shortlist for the APL Awards 2015.

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The annual awards ceremony, sponsored by Bradstone, takes place on Friday 13 March at The Brewery in Central London, and will recognise and reward the high standard of landscaping carried out by APL members.

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Orders being taken now for HTA Packaging Waste WorkBook

HTA members are encouraged to take advantage of the HTA Packaging Waste WorkBook in order to comply with Packaging Waste Regulations.

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A 5% discount is available for all orders placed by 31 December 2014.  


If a company or group turnover exceeds £2 million per annum, and if they handled more than 50 tonnes of packaging in 2014, there is a legal obligation under the Packaging Waste Regulations to

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