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Biomass Technology - a key theme at BOPP Technical Seminar

Biomass technology, crop protection and legislation were among the topics of interest at British Ornamental Plant Producers (BOPP) AGM and Technical Seminar which took place on 25 September 2014 at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.

BOPP logo

The seminar, which was fully booked, brought together retailers, growers and suppliers to learn about and discuss the current issues affecting the industry and also provide an update on the strategy and activities of the BOPP Scheme.

Renewable energy continues to be a hot topic and is receiving

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Strong commitments for ‘Love the Plot You’ve Got’ at Glee

‘Love the Plot You’ve Got’, the industry wide campaign to get 30-45 year olds enjoying their outdoor space, received a fantastic reception from suppliers and retailers at Glee with many pledging further support for the initiative.

Love the Plot You've Got

Initiated by the Garden Industry Marketing Board (GIMB) the stand at Glee comprised a ‘before and after’ garden installation, designed by the Edible Bus Stop. Typical of the size of 14 million gardens in the UK the feature showed what could be done through simple planting and decoration

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New Chair for GROW

Raoul Curtis-Machin, Head of Horticulture at the HTA, has taken over the chairmanship of the GROW Careers initiative from Leigh Morris who has held the post for eight years.

Leigh Morris and Raoul Curtis-Machin

The official handover took place on 24 September at the Young Hort Conference at Battersea Park.


Outgoing chair of GROW, Leigh Morris says "The vision of the Grow Careers initiative when it was established in 2006 was to create an industry wide movement to promote horticulture

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Neil Cummings joins HTA

The HTA membership services team has a new recruit with Neil Cummings joining the HTA this week as Regional Business Manager for Scotland and Ireland.

Neil Cummings

Neil has spent the last 27 years living and working in Scotland and studied for his DHE qualification at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. With the bulk of his career in garden retail Neil worked for Dobbies for 16 years as a plant buyer. More recently he worked at Milestone Garden and Leisure

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Andrew McMillan and Julian Winfield join HTA Garden Futures line up

Customer Service expert Andrew McMillan and Chief Executive of Haskins Garden Centres Julian Winfield join the line-up of the HTA Garden Futures Conference which takes place on 15 October 2014 in London.

Andrew McMillan

Andrew McMillan, an advisor to private and public sectors, spent over 20 years with the John Lewis Partnership, the last eight of which he was responsible for leading customer service across the department store division. In his keynote closing session titled ‘Bigger, Better, Stronger’

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HTA AGM 2014

Members are invited to come along to the HTA AGM and share in the good governance of your Association.

This year's Annual General Meeting will be held in the Council Chamber at CIPFA, 3 Robert Street, London, WC2N 6RL on Tuesday 14 October 2014 commencing at 4pm. Registration will open at 15.30 and refreshments will be available.


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