The HTA have produced a podcast for the horticultural industry and beyond. In each episode, we will invite two guests to discuss topics related to horticulture and issues that may occur within the workplace.

Episode Six - Gifting

Episode Six - Gifting with Boyd Douglas-Davies, Jon Dixon & Josie McGhee

In this episode our guests talk about gifting, the NGGV scheme and what impact it can have on a retailer. From how gifting can help keep money within the industry, how moving online can be a positive thing and lessons the HTA has learnt along the way.


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NGGV: hta.org.uk/gifting


Episode Five - Allergy Awareness

Hort-Talk Episode 5 - Allergy Awareness

with Caroline Benjamin, Ruth Holroyd & Julianne Ponan.

In this episode our guests talk about the impact being an allergy sufferer has on your dining out experience. We discuss Natasha's Law and what these changes mean for catering businesses and why having an allergy inclusive menu can be good for business. 

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Suppliers can be found here https://foodallergyaware.co.uk/resources/suppliers/

Fact sheets   - https://foodallergyaware.co.uk/resources/factsheets/

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HTA Hub Allergen Awareness e-learning - this course guides learners through the different allergen risks in a food or drink operation, this up-to-date course reflects the most current legislation in allergen management and food labelling, including the upcoming legislative changes included in Natasha’s Law. The guidance in this course is suitable for team members of all levels working in any hospitality or retail setting. Available to buy and complete here



Julianne was diagnosed with severe anaphylaxis at two years old, she has multiple allergies to peanuts, treenuts, sesame and more. At 22 years old, she became owner and CEO of Creative Nature using her own experiences and challenges living with allergies to focus being at the forefront of ‘free from’ innovation. Creative Nature are now stocked in Sainsbury’s, Ocado, Co-op, Asda, Morrisons and Tesco.

She is an allergy advocate fighting for change, improving allergy sufferers lives, and regularly featuring their stories on her blog. She has spoken at the Houses of Parliament, is a judge for the Free From Food Awards and an ambassador for the Anaphylaxis Campaign. 

Julianne was recently on the Forbes 30 under 30 List, she is also the youngest winner of the National Natwest Everywoman Artemis Award for Women Entrepreneurs. Creative Nature won Scale Up of the Year in the FSB National Awards and fought off fierce competition of over 2000 businesses Nationally to take the title of the FSB Business of the year and Overall Winner of the night in 2018.

Julianne has featured on BBC, Sky News, Forbes, Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph and was also a guest judge on Britain's Next Top Model.



Food Allergy Aware is an Award-Winning business which was founded in 2013 by Caroline Benjamin to enable food service businesses to understand and embrace the FreeFrom customer. We develop solutions to give businesses the tools, knowledge and expertise to not only manage the regulations, but go the extra mile to the next level and offer a positive customer journey to the FreeFrom diner.  We offer bespoke auditing services which assist with compliance for your company policies and raising your standards.

Caroline and colleague Sally Trice developed the resources for the RSPH level 2 Food Allergen Management Training, and they also develop bespoke inhouse workshops for clients appropriate to their operation. In addition, we also offer food safety & health and nutritional training. In both areas we offer consultancy and auditing services.  Recently we have developed PPDS webinars  for the IOH & Mastering Allergen Management training for SOFHT.

Caroline has produced articles for many industry publications including Garden Centre Forum, Public Sector Catering and The Caterer, she has also spoken at events on the topics of Food Allergy Awareness with the food service industry.

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Ruth Holroyd, Freelance marketing specialist, copywriter, blogger and author

Ruth has been working in marketing for over 25 years and blogging for over 12 years, aiming to help those with life limiting chronic conditions such as eczema, topical steroid withdrawal, asthma, allergies and anaphylaxis. Her blog, whatallergy.com has won awards and gives advice, tips, tricks and a positive view on life with the above conditions, challenging myths, removing stigma, looking at mental health, anxiety, fear and the daily challenges faced.

She won the Free From Hero Award 2021 at the FreeFrom Food Awards and her blog has won countless awards for Best Allergy Blog, Best Health blog etc.

She has written two books, The Reluctant Allergy Expert – How to kill the fear that anaphylaxis could kill you which focuses on anxiety and fear and how to live with the daily challenge of living with a life limiting condition. She also wrote a book of poetry for people with eczema, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and topical steroid withdrawal, called The Shape of Skin. Both are available on Amazon and have received fantastic reviews.

She is also a regular judge at the FreeFrom Food Awards and Skincare awards and has spoken at many professional conferences, The Allergy Show, Foods Matter, the BSACI and EAACI.

Ruth also speaks regularly on BBC radio, 5 Live and local radio stations to help raise awareness and help people to understand what life is really like with eczema and allergies. She cut out topical steroids in January 2019 and has been documenting her journey towards managing eczema naturally and hopes to change how doctors prescribe topical steroids, which should never be a long-term solution.

She has had several very severe allergic reactions both in the US and UK after eating out in food establishments that did not understand the severity of allergies, despite verbal, email and phone calls to discuss beforehand. Ruth is passionate about driving change in the medical, charity and food service industry to ensure less mistakes are made and fewer lives are put in danger.

Visit: www.whatallergy.com

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Episode Four - Sustainability

Episode Four is with Merlin Brooke-Little, Amelie Trolle and George Hillier.

This month our guests discuss ‘what is sustainability’? They talk about what their journeys into becoming more sustainable has been like and give us some advice on how to make that journey as smooth as possible.

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Episode Three - Young People in Horticulture

Episode 3 discusses 'Young People in Horticulture'. Special guests Mollie Higginson, Will Burberry and Jack Shilley discuss the trials and tribulations of starting a career in Horticulture and discuss why they love what they do and how we can inspire the next generation.

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Episode Two - Plant Health

Episode 2 explores Plant Health. Special guests Alistair Yeomans, Pippa Greenwood and Sally Cullimore look at Policy, Brexit and Biosecurity and discuss their favourite and least favourite plant pests and diseases.

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Episode One - Mental Health and Wellbeing

This first episode ties into Plant Health week, and explores the link between gardening and mental health. Our guests are Martin Hilton, Director of Learning and Education at CLP, and Annabelle Padwick, founder of Life at No.27 and National Growing for Wellbeing week. 

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