IoH 'back on track' following AGM

The Institute of Horticulture (IoH) has formally adopted a strategic plan for its future that seeks to radically expand and develop the institute's role in providing a professional careers structure for the whole horticulture industry.

At its AGM on 20 September at Woburn Safari Park, the institute also agreed with plans to appoint a high-profile patron. President Dr Heather Barrett-Mold said the 1,500-member IoH will save money by moving out of London. Former president Charles Notcutt said the IoH was "back on track" after members formed the splinter SCI horticulture group following a failed merger with SCI.

Former vice-president Steve Dowbiggin said: "The thing that struck me most was how young the attendees (at the AGM) were compared to previous years. The next generation has now stood up and made it clear what they want their institute to be, and are prepared to take it forward."

The IoH will try to grow membership by expanding the requirement for affiliate membership to Level Two qualifications.

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