RHS review ushers in more collaborative approach - GCA conference told

Recent changes to the RHS, which is undergoing a strategic review, will result in a more collaborative and open organisation in a bid to move away from a "closed members' club" image.

Speaking at last week's Garden Centre Association conference, RHS director of members, art and media Dan Wolfe told delegates the society wants to work more closely with industry bodies.

He said: "We have to work more collaboratively than we have done in the past and work with you guys and the trade by being a lot more open than we have been.

"Partnership work is critical to our success going forward and we are spending more time working with industry bodies such as the HTA, Institute of Horticulture and All-Party Parliamentary Gardening & Horticulture Group."

He said the RHS will announce changes arising from the strategic review "in due course" and a new initiative for people to identify and buy pollinator-friendly plants will be launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May.

Asked by gardening journalist Peter Seabrook whether the charity would be open to GM technology, Wolfe said: "We are consulting and working with colleagues in the trade and Government to find answers to challenges facing gardeners and GM is part of that."

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