Sustainability Matters

Places are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. This event is open to all business types and costs £99 for HTA members to attend.


Why attend?

 To find out what options are available to improve the sustainability of your business

>   How to manage your customers expectations and respond to queries made in-person or on social media

>   Learn the ins and outs of plastic recycling, and how you can implement effective changes within your business

>   Hear from similar business about changes they’ve managed to make within their business






George entered the garden world when he became managing director of Kennedy’s Garden centres in 1988. After 11 years, during which time he led a management buy-out, the business was sold to Wyevale. He launched in 2000, which has become the online news hub for the garden industry.




Laura and Dave will be looking at the growing level of concern around the issue of sustainability within the UK. They’ll describe what’s driving this and what expectations there are from consumers and the government for your business.




Leah will be talking about the options currently available for British retailers who want to achieve a more sustainable business as well as the cross-industry initiatives that may affect landscapers and growers, and what other possibilities there may be in the future.

The British Retail Consortium is a membership organisation for UK retail businesses, providing data analytics and insights and influencing issues that affect the UK retail industry.



Stuart will be taking delegates on the plastic packaging recycling journey, covering everything from design to re-manufacture. He’ll cover practicalities around eco-design, collections, recycling, consumer engagement and legislation, and provide examples relevant to the horticulture sector.

RECOUP is a cross-sector membership based charity who have been leading, delivering and informing sustainable plastic resource use and recycling in the UK since 1990.



Steve will talk about the historical arguments about peat, the Government’s position on Peat as laid out in 2011, and this year’s consultation. He will cover the scheme’s background, how it works and what it looks into, how it will treat all products equally and what is trying to be achieved. He will then go onto give an update on its current position and what the plan is for 2019.




Trewin will be talking through sustainable initiatives Hubbub have worked on, to inspire delegates to get their own business involved.

Hubbub UK is an award-winning charity which transforms the way environmental messages are communicated, by bringing people and organisations together as a force for good.  (




Colin will be explaining the journey to a sustainable business Carr Farm are on, including installing biomass heaters and recycling 100% of all cardboard; as well as looking to the future and how they could utilise storm water for plant watering and recycling it back into the water supply.




Natalie will be talking about the problem we face as an industry which relies so heavily on plastics, as well as the solutions Porters have implemented to help mitigate their eco-footprint.




Mike will talk about how they seek to encourage customers to garden in an environmentally sound way. In 2009 they linked up with Dorset Wildlife Trust to launch a Wildlife Friendly Garden competition which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Wildlife gardening is a vehicle for gardening and living in a more sustainable way and allows them to get across positive environmental messages.


Nick Mathias is UK Managing Director of Floramedia, suppliers of innovative communication solutions to the horticultural and gardening markets - in print, content, creativity and web. Nick has always worked in the print and horticulture industries. After completing a Masters in Engineering Design at Cranfield, Nick spent 5 years at Crosfield Electronics, world leaders in pre-press equipment and a division of De La Rue. He joined the family owned Bridgemere Garden World in 1993, working in plant production and later in retailing. After 4 years as Joint MD, Bridgemere was sold to Wyevale and in late 2008 Nick joined Floramedia UK. 



Having been educated at Pershore Horticultural College Sally worked at several young plant poduction companies, going from growing through trial work to sales before moving to the HTA as Policy Executive. Her current role encompasses a wide range of subjects from sustainability & recycling through to interpreting & influencing Government policy.






The seminar is being held at the HTA head office in Chilton, Oxfordshire.


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