HTA Tree and Hedging Group elects chair

Helen Richardson from tree and shrub seed supplier Forestart has been elected chair of the HTA Tree and Hedging Group at the AGM held recently at Oakover Nurseries in Kent.

Helen succeeds Steve Ashworth from Wyevale Nurseries who has held the role for the last three years. Ed Holmes of Trees Please was elected as vice chairman.
The group heard from Wayne Brough from HDC who outlined the projected R&D activities that are relevant to the group and highlighted the services that HDC can provide to members who are levy payers.

Gary Scroby, HTA Policy Manager updated the group on key policy issues that impact the sector including Phytophthora, and Jim Smith from the Forestry Commission provided a comprehensive presentation on the implications of climate change for the forestry sector.
The meeting was followed by a full tour of all of Oakover’s production of trees and shrubs both field and container.

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