European Nurserystock Association plants trees across Europe to celebrate 25th anniversary

The European Nurserystock Association will plant 25 trees to celebrate its 25th anniversary, beginning at the new HTA headquarters in Oxfordshire on 19 October.

ENA says the 25 trees symbolise the billions of plants produced by European nurseries in the last 25 years.

In 1991 the European Nurserystock Association, ENA, was founded, and now has 19 country members: Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In this way ENA represents over 17.000 nurseries growing plants on more than 100.000 hectares, employing more than 100.000 workers and, within the European Union, ENA members account for around 80 per cent of nurserystock turnover.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of ENA, its General Assembly committed to plant 25 trees, one in each of the countries of its members.

Trees will be planted at Chilton, Brussels, Naousa, Warsaw, Santarém, Helsinki, Sofia, Burgas, Veliko Tarnovo, Pavlikeni, Colloi and Dublin on 19 October and at The Hague, Uster, Girona, Malmo, Berlin Belgrade and Odense soon.

The HTA/ENA fruit tree will be planted at the front of Horticulture House by HTA’s head of horticulture Raoul Curtis-Machin and ENA president Tim Edwards.

The tree planting will act as an opening to the new HTA office facilities. The building includes a lounge where members can work and a series of meeting rooms, event and showroom space which will be available for hire.

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