Chartered Institute of Horticulture to hold annual conference at SALTEX

The Chartered Institute of Horticulture (CIH) is for the first time teaming up with the Institute of Groundsmanship (IoG) by holding its annual conference at the IoG's flagship annual event, SALTEX.

The conference will take place at the new SALTEX venue – the NEC in Birmingham – on November 4 (2015).

The institute’s president Andrew Gill believes that SALTEX provides the ideal platform to reach the CIH’s extensive network of members.

He said "The Chartered Institute of Horticulture is delighted to collaborate with the Institute of Groundsmanship for the first time by holding its conference at SALTEX this year. The new location for SALTEX at the NEC provides a central and accessible venue for all of our delegates, who will also have the added value of time to visit the exhibition. The Institute is grateful to the support from our event sponsors The Horticultural Trades Association, Omex and Horticulture Week, without whom the conference would not be possible. We have a first class line-up of speakers and it promises to be an excellent day open to both members and non-members."

The CIH is the authoritative organisation representing those professionally engaged in horticulture in the UK and Ireland and so its conference – with its theme of "leadership, innovation and growth" – is set to provide an opportunity for its members to gain an insight into the challenges, trends and strategic thinking of horticultural leaders. This is because the conference is set to bring together six top-flight industry leaders to deliver dynamic and inspiring presentations on fruit, vegetables, protected ornamentals, botanic gardens, garden centres and green spaces.

All of the six highly respected speakers will highlight their leadership challenges and growth success stories of managing commercial and public enterprises in the 2015 economy. They will demonstrate the innovation required to capture and retain clients and members in all horticultural sectors against the challenging background of greater discretionary spend and diminishing budgets.

Speakers include:
-    Phil Pearson, group development director for APS Salads who will talk about "innovation – the future for glasshouse edibles"
-    Anthony Snell, managing director of AJ and CI Snell, who will discuss berry breeding, growth and retailing to the consumer.
-    Martin Emmett, director of Binsted Nursery and Walberton Nursery and AHDB Horticulture board member, who will share his thoughts on "innovation and education: a blend for a ‘smart’ future"
-    Alan Roper, managing director of Blue Diamond Group will be speaking about "garden centres – the new lifestyle destination?"
-    Richard Barley, director of horticulture for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, who will talk about charting a new direction for botanic gardens, and
-    Sue Ireland, director of open spaces for the City of London Corporation, will talk to delegates about managing access to public green spaces.
The horticulturist and television presenter, David Domoney, is chairing the conference. To find out more about this event and to book your place please visit www.horticulture.org.uk


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