Over 400 members of the garden press and media made their way to the Garden Press Event on 21 February, for a one-day exhibition showcasing the entire supply chain of the environmental horticulture industry, organised by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) and Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA).
The event, held at the Business Design Centre in London, culminated in the announcement of the winners of two awards: the Bob Maker Memorial Award for Best Stand Display and the Best New Product Award. Both awards were voted on throughout the day by the visiting press, and entrants donated to Greenfingers Charity to be considered for an award.
Blue Diamond & National Trust took home the prize for ‘Best Stand Display’, and Wool Pots won the award for ‘Best New Product’.
Also, in a first for the sector, the HTA hosted members of the House of Lords special inquiry committee into horticulture at the event. During its visit to the show, the group saw nearly 100 exhibitors including growers, retailers, manufacturers, and suppliers in an early opportunity for them to see the breadth and diversity of UK horticulture.
Lord Redesdale, who Chaired the visit and was joined by Baroness Willis and Lord Carter, commented: “Visiting the event was an eye opener to see the success of the horticulture industry and understand the challenges UK businesses are facing, such as trade.
“The Lords committee will be launching an inquiry into the future of horticulture with a focus on technology and climate and we will be taking evidence from the industry. Speaking directly to many HTA members today was really helpful.”
HTA CEO Fran Barnes said: “The Garden Press Event was full of energy with an incredible showcase of so much innovation in horticulture. Many congratulations to our award winners, and we were delighted to welcome the House of Lords Committee and Lord Taylor of Holbeach who know our industry so well. We have so much to offer in terms of tackling climate change and future technology, and we look forward to working with the committee.”
GIMA Director Vicky Nutall said: “The Garden Press Event is a unique opportunity for our industry to showcase their products, meet members of the press and discuss the issues of the day. The hall was packed, and it was great to see so many businesses networking. We hope this was a successful and enjoyable event for all those who attended the show.”