The Horticultural Trades Association has this week launched its Sustainability Roadmap to guide the industry to the forefront of sustainable business practice.

The UK horticultural sector is already taking steps to be greener and improve our natural environment through its very nature. However, as every industry needs to do, it is turning more attention to environmental issues highlighted by the government.

The Prime Minister recently announced his ten-point, 25-year plan for a green industrial revolution and the HTA believe they have their part to play. HTA Chairman, James Barnes, comments:

“Horticulture has an intrinsic connection to the environment – we are a community who cares about the natural world and it is in our interests to safeguard its future – I believe we have an essential role to play in the Government’s plan to transition to a greener economy.”

The HTA has undertaken ground-breaking work with its members to identify five key areas to place horticulture and landscaping at the leading edge of sustainable business practice. The Sustainability Roadmap is designed as a framework for collaboration. It details ambitious targets for 2025 in the following areas:

  • Reducing HTA members’ carbon footprints
  • Reducing stress on the UK’s water supply
  • Increasing circularity in horticultural plastics
  • Actively shaping a peat reduction strategy by February 2021, engaging with all stakeholders
  • Fostering innovation in pest and disease management

Find out more about the HTA Sustainability Roadmap and see how your business can get involved.