HTA Contact Conference - State of the Horticulture Nation

A one-and-a-half-day event focusing on the state of the horticultural nation. The conference will be hosted at Horticulture House with an evening dinner and accommodation at Milton Hill House. Places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. This event is open to all businesses and costs £299 for HTA members to attend (£499 for non-members). Cost includes conference days, dinner and accommodation.

Who should attend?

  • If you are accountable for business processes such as plant health, biosecurity and sustainability

  • If you are interested in assurance schemes, best practice and new technologies

  • If you would like the opportunity to network with your peers

Agenda 15 January 2020

Agenda 16 January 2020

Speaker Focus

UK Chief Plant Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spence, DEFRA will be providing the latest update on plant health along with news from Lucy Carson-Taylor, Plant Health Technical Extension Team Lead, APHA on International Year of Plant Health activities.

Dr. Gerard Clover will provide an insight into the BRIGIT Project. The project takes a multi-disciplinary approach to building UK capability to reduce the chance of Xylella being introduced and becoming established in the UK. 

David Chilvers, Bransford Webbs will join Natalie Porter, Porters Fuchsias in highlighting best practice that have come out of the Nursery Working Group. They will then be followed by  Shaun Herdsman, Modiform who will talk from the manufacturers perspective.

Rebecca Grant, Joseph Rochford Gardens and Chair of British Ornamental Plant Producers (BOPP), will give an insight into Horticultural Quality Standards, and the certification scheme that BOPP facilitates.

Adrian Jackson, Koppert Biological will be speaking on Intergrated Pest Management. Adrian has many years’ experience in commercial pest and disease control methods including the use of biological control agents and conventional pesticides. Adrian will provide advice on the successful implementation of biological pest and disease control programmes in ornamentals, salads and soft fruit.

Martin Emmett, Chair of the HTA Ornamentals Committee and member of the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable working group on education and employment. Commenting on his session Martin has said, “Labour will certainly be in short supply for the foreseeable future; so it is imperative that we develop the best systems to recruit, train and retain staff within our businesses. It is also more important than ever that we work collectively as a sector to widen our appeal to potential employees and demonstrate the potential for good careers in our industry.”

With limited places available at this conference 

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