HTA represents sector at critical National Drought Meeting

by | Oct 18, 2022 | News | 0 comments

Last week (Friday 14 October), HTA chairman James Barnes, represented the horticultural sector at the National Drought Group meeting, attended by the new environment minister, Trudy Harrison MP. HTA notes the challenge and pressures of the drought on many of its members, especially growers, and with water restriction advice or measures still in place in many locations across the UK, the issue has not gone away.

Made up of senior decision-makers from Environment Agency, government, water companies, Water UK, and other groups, the National Drought Group was briefed on the weather and water level outlook – with expectations that water levels would continue to be challenging in 2023.

James Barnes, HTA chairman, commented “The HTA stance on this is that whilst we continue to encourage the sharing of best practice and investment amongst all our members to utilise all conservation measures at their disposal, we also highlight the need for the water companies to continue not to restrict supply to this strategically important sector with very high-value crops at risk. As well as in the longer term to invest in the necessary infrastructure to minimise shortfalls in supply”.

HTA recommends its members review its ‘How-to’ guides and take steps to make savings and be winter ready. Further advice and guidance is being developed.

HTA Resources:

more latest news ➡

New logo for the Bransford Webbs Plant Company

A fresh, new look for The Bransford Webbs Plant Company

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company is proud to unveil a new company logo, launching at The 2024 National Plant Show at Stoneleigh Park. An evolution of the original Bransford Webbs logo introduced almost twenty years ago; the heritage shades of purple and green have...

GCA CEO Peter Burks hosting a free sustainability webinar this month with the focus on water and ‘navigating the green minefield’

Free sustainability webinar for GCA members

Garden Centre Association (GCA) members will hear from a trio of sustainability experts during a free webinar this month (June 2024). The GCA is hosting the online event on June 26 from 3-4.30pm and it will cover water conservation and how to navigate environmental...


Nearly 40% of UK retailers fail to meet delivery times

A new study, carried out by post-purchase customer experience provider parcelLab and e-commerce customer care - and fulfilment specialist Salesupply, highlights significant gaps in delivery reliability, tracking transparency and customer service...

Blue Diamond posts 2023 figures

Blue Diamond posts 2023 accounts

The new largest garden centre group Blue Diamond has posted its 2023 accounts which shows a £24.2m profit – a 16% increase on 2022. Sales for 2023 were £310.6m versus £259.3m last year, a 20% increase on 2022, and a 9% like for like uptake. This marks an important...

Read GCR's latest edition!

Subscribe ToThe Wednesday Word

Subscribe To
The Wednesday Word


Get all the latest news, events & more straight to your inbox every Wednesday.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This