We look forward to welcoming you to the 10th HTA National Plant Show, sponsored by Hortipak, on 18-19 June at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.

There will be even more to see at this year’s show with Hall 2 packed full of plants from the very best UK nurseries. In addition, the former Nursery Supply Show will be co-located in the adjoining Hall 1, providing everything the trade needs to sell plants under one roof.

If you haven’t already done so please register in advance at www.nationalplantshow.co.uk

This year’s Press Office will once again be situated in the HTA Village in the back right corner of the show. Please pop by and find out the latest news from the HTA and exhibitors at the show.

Join us for the media announcement of the New Plant Awards which takes place at 8.30am on Tuesday 18 June. Attracting over 100 entries this is the place to come to the see the very best in new plant introductions. We will once again be giving a visitor seminar talking about the new plant award winners at 11 am in the seminar theatre. Previous winners of the New Plant Awards over the last 10 years will be on display in the show entrance, along with commentary on how they have done in the market place. Visitors also get their chance to have their say in the Visitor Vote Awards, sponsored by Floramedia which are announced on the afternoon of 19 June. This includes the New Product Awards too.

In Hall 1 there will be a new Innovation Area. This will encompass the Best Concept for retail award entries as well as the Product Showcase area.

Talking taupe – an opportunity to find out more about the Nursery Working Group and taupe pot initiative introducing a recyclable carbon pigment free alternative to the black plastic pot.

Seminar programme

Tuesday 18 June
10am – Britain’s natural and managed environments are under increasing threat from a broad range of plant-pathogenic Phytophthora species from around the world. These microscopic, fungus-like invaders are being brought into the UK in soil, water and tissues of a large number of plant species, causing damage to our plant industry and our natural ecosystems.The Phyto-threats project team has been working with 15 partner nurseries over a 3-year period to find Phytophthoras. They are using the information they find to help businesses to manage their Phytophthora risk. Their findings will also support nursery ‘best practice’ accreditation criteria.
11:00 am – New Plant Awards announcement, featuring our judging panel, this session will highlight our winning plants and give the background on why they won and how they can help the planterea offering.
1:00 pm – Alistair Yeomans, HTA Horticulture Manager will provide an update on the latest plant health issues and developments and implications for the horticultural industry.
2.30 pm – Sally Cullimore, HTA Policy Executive will provide an update on ‘Plastics in Horticulture’, recycling and the Taupe Pot.

Wednesday 19 June
10:00 am –The PHYTO-THREATS project findings so far – managing Phytophthora risk in nurseries. See Tuesday detail.
11.30 am - ‘What does sustainability mean to your business’ Presentations from My Power & QCR on what you can do to make your business more sustainable.
1.00 pm - ‘Sustainability in Practice’ A presentation from HTA Utilities updating you with what you can do to make your business more sustainable.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

HTA Communications Team

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