HTA Contact Conference – ‘Surviving and Thriving’

Posted On 29 Nov 2016
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WHITTLEBURY HALL, UK: ‘Surviving and thriving’ is the theme for the biennial HTA Contact Conference 2017, which takes place on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 January at Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire.

Growers and nurserymen from across the horticulture industry are invited to attend the two-day conference which will focus on tackling and surviving the challenges of Brexit and focus on topics such as innovation, production and biosecurity, recruiting and retaining labour, as well as water and chemical regulations post Brexit.

The conference will feature presentations by Chief Plant Health Officer Professor Nicola Spence who will talk about the latest on threats such as Xylella fastidiosa and what could change with our plant health regulations following Brexit.   Industry Policy Adviser David Brown will reveal the findings of the Grown in Britain project – what the opportunities are and how we overcome the barriers to import substitution for oak.

NFU horticultural adviser Amy Gray will set out the latest situation and government assurances for migrant labour in production horticulture whilst Dove Associates’ John Adlam will update on the latest Water Abstraction Reform situation.

A session focussing on industry innovation and future markets will include Bruce Harnett, from Kernock Park Plants, on the advanced technologies that could transform horticulture and Professor James Hitchmough, Head of Landscape at Sheffield University, will highlight potential new markets for plants through exploiting their functionality as well as enjoying their good looks.

Both days of the HTA Contact Conference 2017 promise to provide plenty of inspiration and ideas to take home and is an invaluable and unmissable event for anyone in the hardy stock sector.

In addition to the HTA Contact Conference, the APL Stone Seminar will take place on Tuesday 17 January and the BPOA Spring Conference will take place on Wednesday 18 January, both also at Whittlebury Hall.  The shared lunches and breaks will offer unrivalled networking opportunities across sectors of the industry which do not often come into contact with each other

Delegates at each event are also welcome to attend the joint dinner, which takes place at Whittlebury Hall on the evening of Tuesday 17 January.  The dinner will also include an engaging after-dinner talk from Adam Frost.

To book your place or for more information on the event, please email

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