Richardson sets out case for amenity event

Johnsons of Whixley managing director Andrew Richardson is hoping to persuade the HTA to add a regular amenity growers' event to the yearly conference agenda.

Richardson, who is a past president of the HTA, said he did not attend the HTA's London conference (14-15 October) for the first time in many years because there was not enough for growers on the agenda.

Contact 2015 to be held at JCB headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire, on 14-15 January 2015 will focus on the hardy nursery stock industry. However, Richardson said he is talking to HTA director Carol Paris to add another event.

At a recent HTA amenity suppliers group meting, he discussed adding an amenity get together to the calendar. "For the amenity side there is nothing at all," he said.

The HTA said it is focusing on January's Contact event for growers.

Lowaters Nursery managing director Ian Ashton, who is an HTA board member, said Contact was originally aimed at younger managers in the amenity and garden centre supply market.

He said the Garden Futures event has good contacts beneficial to growers and promotional activities. But he added that tagging an event onto the National Plant Show is an "opportunity".

The steering group for Contact is comprised of David Green (Chapel Cottage Plants), Alistair Hazell (Darby Nursery Stock), David Talbot (ADAS), Chris James (Wye Plants), Wayne Eady (Delamore), Raoul Curtis-Machin (HTA) and Emma Addy (JCB).


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Sargent's solutions - how to attract the best staff for your business

Sargent's solutions - how to attract the best staff for your business

There are ways to find quality candidates for horticultural jobs if you widen your search parameters, Alan Sargent suggests.

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

An effective strategy to retain staff is the best way for any business to avoid a potential recruitment crisis, Neville Stein advises.

IoG Saltex 2017 - Kit showcase

IoG Saltex 2017 - Kit showcase

Mowers, turf care, battery equipment, seeds, arboriculture kit and weed control will all see a wide range of new releases at Saltex, Sally Drury reports.


Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

IOG Saltex

Get set for IoG Saltex 2017 with our comprehensive show guide and exhibitor info.

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Industry Data

An exclusive report for HW subscribers revealing the key development trends, clients and locations for 2017.

Products & Kit Resources

BALI National Landscape Awards 2016

Read all about the winning projects in the awards, run in association with Horticulture Week.

Noel Farrer

Founding partner of Farrer Huxley Associates Noel Farrer on landscape and green space
 

Read Noel Farrer