The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is the voice of the UK horticulture industry.
For over 120 years we have represented and supported our members on issues impacting the sector. We give you a platform to promote your business and to develop relationships with suppliers and customers. Our aim is simple: to promote, support and nurture our industry to ensure a robust and sustainable future.
The HTA works for you, and with you, on issues that impact your day-to-day business. We work tirelessly with government and the media to represent you and your views, in order to shape policy and legislation on topics including:
- Plant passporting and plant health regulations
- Growing media and sustainability
- Recycling (eg. Plant Pots)
- Employment and labour
- Horticultural careers
- Nursery incentives
- Business Rates
- The Plant Health Assurance Scheme helps you with the biosecurity of your supply chain, giving your customers confidence in trading with you.
- The Plant Healthy website offers a simple to use self-assessment tool which allows you to assess your biosecurity procedures against the Plant Health Management Standard.
Ornamental Horticulture Assurance Scheme (OHAS)
HTA grower members can join OHAS for no additional cost. OHAS (formerly BOPP) is an industry recognised certification scheme designed to enable businesses to demonstrate high standards of professionalism and sustainability through independent evaluation of all their production processes.
You can call us to get expert help on anything from nursery production and biosecurity, to waste regulation compliance and employment law.
We work with a suite of suppliers offering sustainable solutions helping you to save money or receive favourable terms. These include:
- Discounts on HTA networking events, conferences, seminars and exhibitions.
- Topical Seminars on issues such as plant passporting, sustainability and vine weevil prevention.
- Latest industry news through our monthly newsletter and weekly email updates.
- Access to market information on the state of trade, trends and insight reports.
- Access to the Nursery Business Improvement Scheme
– bringing together growers to share information and best practice.
- Promotional industry marketing campaigns.
- Access to e-learning via the HTA Hub – an online training platform.
- A dedicated Horticulture Manager.
Belonging to the HTA gives you the opportunity to reach more customers and make new industry connections.
Our award-winning, annual National Plant Show (NPS) is a great way to promote your company, raise your profile and generate leads by providing a platform to showcase your products to buyers:
- 90% of exhibitors generate leads from new customers by exhibiting at the show.
- HTA members receive preferential booking rates (up to 20% off advertised rates).
- HTA member stands are allocated first in the exhibition hall.
- The New Plant Awards provide a showcase for new products.
Growers who have a direct-to-consumer retail operation can join our National Garden Gift Voucher Scheme – the largest gardening promotion in the UK – worth £30M to the industry.