HTA president Carol Paris seeks greater garden trade body collaboration

It is essential that all areas of horticulture work together, new HTA president Carol Paris has stressed.

Outlining her priorities in an interview for HW sister magazine Garden Retail, published next month, she said: "From an economic point of view it isn't an easy time, so we want to work with all organisations under the HTA umbrella. We have the same interests at heart."

Of the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association and Leisure & Outdoor Furniture Association, Paris said: "We should work more closely with them to drive the industry forward. The HTA is the overall trade association"

There was no reason why collaborations should not happen, she added. "All are important suppliers to garden centres. Sometimes we are in competition when we are not meant to be."

Turning to the peat issue, Paris argued that the 2020 cut-off for selling bagged peat was "doable" thanks to better alternatives on the market.

For more, see Garden Retail November/December.


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