HTA Contact Conference makes horticulture priority

Plant health and biosecurity, sustainability, quality standards, maximising the grower/retailer relationship, trends, best practice and technology needs to be a top priority says the Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA).

And so the HTA Contact Conference invites those working across the nursery sector to sit up, take notice and act. The spotlight is about to shine on the state of the horticultural nation.  

Sponsored by ICL, the HTA Contact Conference will kick start the horticultural year on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 January 2020 at Horticulture House, Chilton, Oxfordshire.  

Latest programme updates include: 

A DEFRA representative will expand on how having a strong and vibrant horticultural industry is essential to underwriting the Government’s 25-year Environment Plan, its biosecurity ambitions, and to help mitigate the fundamental concerns of climate change.  

Harper Adams University is working to improve vine weevil control in Hardy Nursery Stock through the AHDB Horticulture project HNS 195.  A representative will talk about the work, which has focused on methods to reliably monitor for the presence of this pest within crops. This includes comparisons of a range of monitoring tools and the potential to use a lure.  

HTA Contact Conference combines a day and a half conference programme with a networking dinner and overnight stay at Milton Hill Hotel near Horticulture House.   

For full details of the programme summary click here. The conference will also include an after dinner talk on the first evening with Pippa Greenwood, HTA Horticulture Manager, who takes a light-hearted look at her garden media career. 

HTA Contact Conference is open to all businesses and costs £299 for HTA members to attend (£499 for non-members). To book or find out more visit  

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