The Environmental Horticulture Manifesto

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has officially released its Environmental Horticulture Manifesto, outlining ten key priorities for a future UK Government. The manifesto underscores the significance of green spaces, plant health, and sustainable practices, aiming to position the UK as a global leader in environmental horticulture.

HTA: the voice of the industry

Whether it’s working to ensure garden centres could remain open during lockdown, campaigning to bring about improvements to the system for import and export trade, or partnering with other organisations to establish the Growing Media Taskforce to ensure a smooth and fair transition away from peat, we support and nurture our industry to ensure a robust and sustainable future.

Making a difference

We engage with Governments across the UK - through advocacy and campaigning - to represent the industry and ensure that our members can prosper and grow. 

Here you can find information on our past and current campaigns, stay up to date with legislation that will affect the industry and read the HTA's consultation responses.      

The Value of Plants Documentation

From Nursery to Nature: The Value Of Plants Report

Click below to access the report that was presented at Horticulture, The Conference

Delivering The UK’S Environmental Improvement Plan Through The Value Of Plants

Click below to download accompanying the policy paper

Issues that matter

The UK is a nation of gardeners. Since March 2020, 3 million people have taken up gardening – nearly half of whom are under 45 – taking the total of regular gardeners to 30 million. The mental and physical benefits of being in nature-based spaces are well-established.

Supporting this growing nation of gardeners is an industry that drives local and national growth across the UK.

UK Horticulture

  • Employs 674,200 people
  • Contributes £28.8 billion in GDP
  • Generates £6.3 billion in tax revenue
  • Supports the delivery of 7 out of the 10 goals in the Environmental Improvement Plan
  • HTA member horticultural or landscaping businesses have a presence in 567 UK constituencies


Contents included:

  • HTAs involvement with Peat policy 
  • HTAs key asks of UK and Scottish Governments
  • Related documentation 
  • News and information 
  • Industry statistics