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HTA Catering Conference - Ingredients for Success

Jo Wheatley, the 2011 winner of The Great British Bake Off, will be the inspirational speaker at the HTA Catering Conference which takes place on Wednesday 12 February 2014 at the Hilton Hotel, Coventry.

Catering Conference 2014

Aimed garden centre catering operators the HTA Catering Conference, sponsored by Vision Commercial Kitchens, brings together industry experts and practitioners in order to showcase best practice, provide inspiration, tackle key common issues and look at the trends that lie ahead for garden centre catering. 

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Book your place at the APL Awards 2014

The prestigious Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) Awards 2014 take place on Wednesday 12 March 2014.

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The annual awards ceremony, sponsored by Bradstone, has recognised and rewarded the high standard of landscape contracting carried out by APL members since 1995 and this year will be no exception.

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Sales and confidence boost for garden retail

The December edition of HTA Market Update, published this week, reveals that year to date garden centre sales are 5% ahead of 2012 (end of October).


Sales have been ahead of 2012 levels since May with September figures 4% up and October 3% up. This is good news for a year which had a slow start due to the cold weather although comparative sales are still down by 3% on 2011.


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Member support needed for EU proposal amend

The HTA is encouraging members to contact their local MEP and ask for their support in tabling amendments to the EU proposals on plant reproductive material.

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The Commission’s draft proposals would have a devastating effect on the ornamentals sector, would damage the economy, restrict consumer choice, and diminish biodiversity and UK national heritage.

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Festive spirit at your local garden centre

Battling the crowds in a city-centre high street can make Christmas shopping a stressful event, so the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is encouraging shoppers to visit their local garden centre which has everything you could need under one roof.

Burleydam Christmas

Hundreds of garden centres across the country are currently bustling with activity in the run up to Christmas and full to the brim of festive ideas. Whilst Christmas trees, poinsettias and mistletoe are on the top of everyone's list, garden centres also offer the consumer convenience by stocking a large array of gifts in one place. 

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HTA calls on Defra to avoid forestry crisis

The HTA is calling on Defra to take urgent action to address the looming crisis in forestry planting.

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There will be no woodland creation grants in England in 2014 and 2015 because of the “transition period” to the implementation of the EU CAP budget for 2013-2020.   The result is that forestry planting could halve within 12 months, and then drop by two thirds in 2015 resulting in a devastating impact on the tree nursery sector.

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