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CHA represents Great Britain as the partner country of IPM ESSEN 2023

From 24 to 27 January 2023, the United Kingdom will be the official country partner of the world's leading trade fair for horticulture.

UK companies specialising in plants, technology and equipment will come to present themselves and their products on the British pavilion, which promises to be a valuable additional visitor draw for the participating exhibitors.

A host of special events is being arranged to celebrate the expertise and innovation of the UK commercial horticulture sector, including a reception featuring British food and drink, English and Scottish music, feature planting displays at the show entrances and a wealth of information about the UK’s commercial horticulture sector from the CHA team on the UK pavilion.

The International Horticultural Forum at the exhibition will provide insights from UK experts into current developments in the green sector in Great Britain.

The Commercial Horticultural Association will be in charge of the preparations and activities surrounding the partner country appearance, supported by the British Department for International Trade (DIT) and the British Embassy.

The UK produces a wide range of horticultural products. Many new plants will be travelling to Essen: among them, Whetman Plants International is launching two compact, fragrant, bee-friendly and drought-tolerant Choisya at the show: Choisya x dewitteana 'Little Bee' PBR and Choisya x dewitteana 'Little Honey Bee' PBR. New compact clematis cultivars from the Raymond J Evison programme such as 'The Duchess of Cornwall Evipo118', 'TsukikoTM Evipo110', 'RavelTM Evipo122', 'IsseyTM Evipo081' and 'PoseidonTM Evipo113' will be shown by Guernsey Clematis Nursery. The exhibitor Fairweather's Nurseries from the English county of Hampshire specialises in growing Agapanthus. The assortment comprises more than 50 varieties and these will be presented at the exhibition.

n addition to plants, trade visitors can also expect innovations in the field of technology and equipment: from environmentally-friendly and growth-promoting reusable pots from Caledonian Trees to cost-effective LED lighting solutions especially for horticulture from INDO Lighting; from customisable labels, packaging and sales materials from PPC Labels to sustainably produced gardening supplies from Tyne Moulds & Machinery.

Company profile

The Commercial Horticultural Association (CHA) is the British trade association for manufacturers and suppliers of plants, products and services to commercial horticultural growers throughout the world.

Covering the ornamentals and fresh produce sectors, our members offer the full portfolio of products and services for all horticultural requirements. Building on its enviable reputation for research, innovation and high quality standards, the UK horticultural supplies sector has introduced some of the world’s leading technology, processes and services which are being utilised worldwide.

The CHA promotes its members’ products and services, plus UK horticulture as a whole, throughout the world at shows and via embassies and consulates by working closely with the British Government Department for International Trade (DIT).

CHA is an accredited trade partner for DIT helping UK companies explore international markets and overseas partners to develop trade relationships with UK stakeholders.

Currently the CHA organises British Pavilions at IPM Essen, Fruit Logistica, Greentech and Fruit Attraction and assists in achieving grants for attending.

If you would like more information regarding exhibitions or commercial horticulture in general please get in touch.  The CHA also produces publications such as the CHA Buyers’ Guide and the UK Capability in Commercial Horticulture brochure and copies can be forwarded on request.