ICGA Congress 2019
The UK is proud to be hosting the International Garden Centre Association Congress between 1st and 6th September 2019.
Located in the beautiful town of Windsor with its famous castle and Royal connections, it is the perfect place to get out and see some of the best centres the UK has to offer, around the South of England.
As the event gets closer the website will be updated with more information including booking options. Please fill in the form below to register your interest and we will contact you directly to let you know the progress we are making.
Horticultural Trades Association (HTA)
The HTA represents businesses of all sizes and types in horticulture. In collaboration with the GCA we support members learning through our conferences, training and market information.
We create extra spend in gardening through the UK’s biggest garden promotional campaign – National Garden Gift Vouchers and Cards, and we provide advice, assurance and support when times are tough.
All this helps us promote to government what our industry adds to the UK’s health, tourism, culture and economy. Everything we do goes towards supporting our members’ interests, and growing the legacy of gardens, gardening and the industry for the generations to come.
Association of Professional Landscapers (APL)
The APL represents domestic landscapers who have met a required standard of professionalism and was formed to help consumers make an informed choice.
Members of the Association are registered with the government endorsed TrustMark scheme and are regularly inspected and agree to follow our Customer Charter.
All APL members also hold appropriate insurances and have traded for a minimum of two years. The APL provides homeowners with a greater assurance when selecting a landscaper and as a retailer you be confident in recommending an APL member.
Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA)
The Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association (GIMA) is a dynamic and proactive membership organisation representing the majority share of suppliers and manufacturers operating within the UK gardening industry.
Formed over 15 years ago, its goal is to promote the commercial, trading and industrial interests of its members.
The range of services and support provided is extensive, offering something for all members, regardless of their size or heritage. By running key industry networking events, offering targeted business services and tangible financial benefits, membership continues to grow, making GIMA a powerful voice in the gardening industry.
British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI)
The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) was established in 1972 to provide a voice for landscapers and, most importantly, to raise standards throughout the industry.
International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH)
Since 1948, AIPH has united horticultural producers in an international community that thrives to this day. Much has changed in that time. Technologies advanced, cities rose from the ground, and we have become more connected than ever.
As a result, our essential bond with nature has been weakened. AIPH strives to reignite and uphold an appreciation of plants that we believe is a basic human instinct.
We support the work of grower associations globally and together we champion a prosperous industry, growing plants that enhance lives, advance societies and sustain our planet, for this generation and the next.
Leisure & Outdoor Furniture Association (Lofa)
Representing the best in design and innovation in outdoor and garden furniture, our members offer products made from hardwood, softwood, woven materials, aluminium, cast iron, tubular metal and resin.
You will find outdoor furniture in contemporary and traditional designs, garden lighting and many other accessories. Members who show the LOFA symbol will provide quality products and service, in accordance with the LOFA Code of Practice.
Membership is open to companies who manufacture or distribute garden furniture, barbecues, outdoor play equipment and outdoor living products.
Chartered Institute of Horticulture
We are the professional voice for horticulture, uniting a growing profession. The Chartered Institute of Horticulture is open to any professional within the horticultural industry, from those at the beginning of their education or career, to those already well established within the field.
The Institute of Horticulture was established in 1984 with the aim of fostering a close relationship between all sectors of professional horticulture throughout the UK and Ireland.
AHDB Horticulture (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board)
Our purpose is to inspire our farmers, growers and industry to succeed in a rapidly changing world. We equip the industry with easy to use, practical know-how which they can apply straight away to make better decisions and improve their performance.
AHDB is a statutory levy board and is funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain.
Home Grown is a campaign to promote British grown flowers and plants. The logo is the property of BPOA and is trade mark protected since 2011. Use of the logo and name Home Grown in the colours and fonts protected is the property of BPOA and is available to all members of the BPOA producing plants in the UK.
Horticultural Golfing Society
The Horticultural Golfing Society was founded in 1929. Since then so many events have changed our lives and our golf.
There have been wars, changes in how we travel and there have been immense changes in how we contact and communicate with each other, both in business and socially. In golf, our equipment, clothing and buggies to ride on are all so different to 1929.
Today the HGS still play golf on some of the finest golf courses in the world. We enjoy good company, good food and probably tell the same jokes. We are proud of our past but embrace change and look forward to the future.
Greenfingers Charity is dedicated to creating magical and inspiring gardens for life-limited children, and their family, who spend time in hospices across the UK.
For more information about the charity and how you can help, visit www.greenfingerscharity.org.uk
HELPING HORTICULTURISTS IN NEED FOR OVER 175 YEARS
Perennial is the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping everyone who works in horticulture, and their families, when times get tough.
Perennial provides free and confidential advice, support and financial assistance to people of all ages working in, or retired from horticulture.
This help extends to spouses, partners and children.
Watch Your Back! by The Melanoma Fund
A sun protection campaign designed for all gardeners and brought to you by the Melanoma Fund. Although everyone is vulnerable, it’s men over 50 who are at the highest risk of developing melanoma; the most dangerous form of skin cancer, in areas that are hard to spot, such as the head, neck and back.
On the website you will find helpful tips, facts, advice and details of our skin check events, all designed to show how and why protecting and checking your skin is important and easy to do. The Melanoma Fund have teamed up with 8 of the UK’s top gardeners, horticultural organisations and over 170 major garden centres to encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the garden, but stay safe!