To celebrate the opening of the Horticultural Trades Association’s new offices and the European Nursery Stock Association’s 25th anniversary, an official tree planting ceremony took place at Horticulture House, Chilton.
A Malus Evereste and Bramley Apple tree, supplied by nursery Frank P Matthews were planted outside the building in the grounds by HTA Head of Horticulture, Raoul Curtis-Machin and ENA’s President, Tim Edwards and Julian Ransom of APL member 4th Corner. As well as marking the opening of the new Horticulture House, the trees will mark the European Nursery Stock Association’s 25th anniversary.
The ENA simultaneously planted 25 trees across Europe in one day to symbolise the billions of plants produced by European nurseries in the last 25 years and to pay tribute to nurserymen who have cultivated plants.
Tim Edwards said: “The trade of plants across Europe is inevitable and the European Nursery Stock Association exists to promote dialog between the nurserymen carrying out that trade, to promote best practice amongst those nurserymen and to ensure that the legislature we inevitably have to abide by is sensible and appropriate. We’re planting trees across Europe to remind people of the importance of our Trade and the products we deal in – in this high tech age there still nothing quite so good for the world we live in as plants!”
Following the tree planting, guests were given a tour of the offices and met some members of the HTA. Alongside the light and airy office space for staff and HTA partner organisations on the first floor, Horticulture House provides a great facility which is available for HTA members to hire at preferential rates.
There are six meeting rooms, showroom space and a conference room (seating 100) available. Newly refurbished and with a modern décor these will be ideal for client meetings, seminars, training workshops, product launches and regional roadshows.