About the HTA family

In a nutshell, we're all about supporting UK garden businesses. We're proud to count 1,400 garden retailers, growers, manufacturers and landscapers in our members.  Watch the video or read on to find out how we help our members!



Please take a look through our HTA Annual Review 2020 below.  2020 was to be the year of implementing our purpose and ambition. Although our plans were disrupted by Covid-19, our ambitions built around relevance and engagement were not tempered. If anything, they were underwritten and reinforced. We believe that this year, more than ever, we have demonstrated the value we deliver to our membership. 

HTA Annual Review 2020



Run by members for members

Everything we do is for the benefit of our members and the focus of our activities are driven by member feedback. We don't have shareholders, and our only purpose is to support our members.  If you're interested in finding out more about us or joining, just click on the headings below.

Click here to find out more about HTA Listening 

Winning customers

Our National Garden Gift Voucher scheme is the UK's longest running garden consumer promotion.  It drives around 2 million visits into garden centres each year, so if you're a retailer you can't afford not to be part of it. We also help suppliers to garden centres reach their trade customers through a range of trade shows, advertising and sponsorship services.

Click here to find out more about the National Garden Gift Voucher scheme

Learning and developing

Our members get business support like training, elearning, conferences and market research. It’s tailored to small sole traders through to large multinationals alike, and puts the expertise and experience of others in the industry at your fingertips.

Click here to find out more about how we support our members' learning and development

Your safety net

We're there for you if things go wrong. Our advice lines are great for legal and HR issues.  If you’re a small business, you get cost-saving deals from insurers, card payment processors, and others. 

Click here to find out more about our advice lines

Click here to find out more about our Preferred Partners scheme

Representing you

Our industry and what we grow and produce adds to the economy, the environment and our health and welbeing. We're very proud and passionate about that, and we know you are too.  We work to make sure that government understands this passion, and shapes its policies accordingly.  

Click here to find out more about our ongoing work with government

Who's who? Meet the leadership teams

HTA Board

The HTA Board is elected annually at the association's Annual General Meeting and is chaired by the HTA President.

The HTA Board directs the affairs of the association and meets regularly with the HTA President and other HTA staff as required during the year.

Members of the Board are elected annually at the association's AGM held each autumn. All full members of the association are invited to attend and vote at the AGM.

For details of current HTA Board members, please see below.

HTA Board

Boyd Douglas-Davies

HTA President, British Garden Centres

Brett Avery

Vice President, Farplants Group

James Barnes


Adam Taylor

Immediate Past President, Taylor's Bulbs

Alex Vick

Senior Executive & Finance Director

Matthew Bent

HTA Non-Executive Director, Bents Garden and Home

Simon Fraser

HTA Non-Executive Director, Ben Reid Garden Centre

Bob Hewitt

HTA Non-Executive Director, Klondyke Garden Centres

Sandy Shepherd

HTA Non-Executive Director, Ball Colegrave

Brian Fraser

HTA Non-Executive Director, Oakover Nurseries Ltd

Jane Lawler

HTA Non-Executive Director, Lawler Associates

Vicky Nuttall

HTA Non-Executive Director, The Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association (GIMA)

Ken White

HTA Non-Executive Director, Frosts Landscape Construction

HTA Council

The HTA Council plays an important role in HTA governance. It helps ensure the views of members are heard and reflected in decisions of the Board.

The HTA Council meets three times a year, usually in March, May and in the autumn, and is chaired by the HTA President.  Each branch or region of the HTA has a place on the council and regional representatives also act as contact points for members in their area in addition to the HTA Regional Business Managers. For general enquiries please contact council@hta.org.uk

HTA Council

Boyd Douglas-Davies

HTA President, Hillview Garden Centres

Tristan Bourne

Essex, Perrywood Garden Centre & Nurseries

Adrian Cornelissen

North West, Burleydam Garden Centre

Alex Curran

South East, Primrose


West of England

Sarah Daniel

Devon & Cornwall, Pengelly Plant Centre

Alan Goold

Thames & Chilterns, Henry Street Garden Centre

Neil Grant

Yorkshire and the North East, Ferndale Garden Centre

Rebecca Grant

North Home Counties and North London, Joseph Rochford Gardens

Mollie Higginson

West Midlands, New Leaf Plants

Laura Jackson

East Midlands, Swarkestone Nursery

Helen MacDonald

Scotland, Merryhatton Garden Centre

Clare Norman

Central Southern England, B&Q

John Shannon

Northern Ireland, Inver Garden Centre

Gill Tacchi

East Anglia, Robin Tacchi Plants



David Sewell

APL Chair, The Gardenmakers

HTA Team

HTA Team

Alex Vick

Senior Executive & Finance Director

James Barnes


Anne Clark

Director of HR & Learning

James Clark

Director of Policy & Communications

Martin Simmons

Director of Membership

David Denny

Futures and Sustainability Manager

Gemma Woods

Marketing & Communications Manager

Helen Cranstone

HTA Services Manager

Phil Tremayne

APL General Manager

Sally Cullimore

Policy Manager

Tim Bell

Member Engagement Manager

Jo Gildea

Member Support Manager

Neil Cummings

Member Support Manager - Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland