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New Responsible Sourcing Guide launched at Glee 2011

Where did that come from? A look at responsible sourcing for a sustainable garden industry Charles Drewe, Founder and Partner, Newleaf

Responsible Sourcing guide

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) launched a new Responsible Sourcing Guide for garden centres in the Hothouse seminar programme at leading garden trade show Glee.


Several high street retailers have found themselves exposed to public criticism as consumers take a closer interest in the social and environmental footprint of their business.  It is difficult for independent retailers, including garden centres, to remain sufficiently up-to-speed in this important area.  The HTA’s new guide, produced in conjunction with Newleaf Sustainability Practice, will highlight to retailers the importance of sourcing sustainable products to protect the reputation and future of their business.


The guide aims to cut through the ‘greenwash’ and advise garden retailers of the environmental and ethical impacts of their supply chain, the legislation they need to understand and comply with and how to address the different issues.


The areas covered in the Responsible Sourcing Guide are:

·        Uncertified timber

·        Chemicals such as pesticides, scented products and cleaning products.

·        Peat and growing media

·        Stone and aggregates

·        Plastics and their health and environmental impacts

·        Cotton and its production in textiles and clothing

·        Imported products

·        Sourcing from the wild


The launch of the guide coincides with the creation of a new sustainability advice line to be provided by Newleaf to HTA members. 


Charles Drewe, Founder and Partner at Newleaf and speaker at Glee said: “Although many garden centres are keen to be more responsible, there has been no concise guidance and information available until now on how to buy and sell products more responsibly. The aim of this new guide is to advise garden retailers on how to work with suppliers to improve their environmental credentials and to signpost them to other sources of information.  We are delighted to have been appointed by the HTA to provide the advice line to any HTA members interested in strengthening their sustainability credentials”.


Tim Briercliffe, HTA Director of Business Development also commented: “The HTA recognises the importance of responsible and sustainable sourced products for the reputation and future of the garden industry. Bad practice in retail supply chains is frequently exposed in the media and garden retailers can be caught out unwittingly.  This guide flags up the pertinent issues that garden centres need to be alert to.”

 The resourcing guide is available for HTA members to download at


Gill Ormrod, Angela Bean or Cassie King

HTA Press Office

Tel: 0118 930 3132


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The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is the trade association for the UK garden industry. It is dedicated to helping develop the industry and its member businesses, including most garden centres and other garden retailers, growers, landscapers, manufacturers and service providers. The HTA was founded in 1899. Its key roles include: provision of advice-based services such as business improvement schemes, briefings and help lines; training for members; a central buying service; marketing services such as National Garden Gift Vouchers, the Garden Industry Monitor and the PlantforLife promotion initiative; and working closely with government to influence policy and projects.


Newleaf Sustainability Practice  Newleaf works at the forefront of sustainability strategy, solutions and advice, championing best practice and innovation. They combine technical expertise with strategic and creative talents enabling you to build a company for tomorrow and deliver a more authentic and responsible business today.


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Last updated: 22/09/2011 11:43