The board of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture (CIH) has announced that it will be transferring its membership secretariat services to the HTA from 15 December.
The decision was supported by membership and work has begun to transfer services from Capel Manor College and includes membership administration, event management, and communications.
Andrew Gill, president of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, said: ?The CIH was proud to be granted a Royal Charter by Her Majesty the Queen in 2014 and has since been focused on developing its capability to represent professional horticulturists. Part of that journey is to continue to modernise the delivery of services to our membership, and the board believes that a partnership with the HTA will help with the next stage of that journey.?
HTA chief executive Carol Paris said: ?We are delighted that the CIH has chosen to partner with the HTA to support its provision of services to members. As it is a prestigious institute representing professional horticulturists we are confident that we can provide the CIH with the support its looking for to meet its future aims and achieve its potential to further professionalise the sector.?
Stephen Dowbiggin, Principal of Capel Manor College said: ?The college has been proud to support the CIH and work with them but accept that there were advantages in now moving the CIH administration to an organisation that was specialist in providing membership services.
?The move to the HTA is progressing smoothly and Capel Manor College is looking forward to collaborating with both the CIH and the HTA on future projects to further enhance access to professional skills training and certification within the horticulture industry. ?