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.
Established in 1978 initially to represent the interests of the British horticultural supplies sector in UK markets, the Association evolved to extend its services into international markets and to develop trade links between the UK supplies industry and international growers, wholesalers and retailers across the world. CHA appointed a new Secretariat in November 2009, managed by The Federation of Garden & Leisure Manufacturers Ltd, to enhance these services.
Serving All Sectors Worldwide
Covering the ornamentals, amenity, landscape 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 supplies sector has introduced some of the world’s leading technology, processes and services which are being utilised worldwide.
Our Members Supply...
From young plants, growing media, substrates and fertilisers - to post-harvest technology, cut flowers and nursery stock - right through to retail and point-of-sale services (and everything in between) – CHA Members can meet your requirements.
CHA showcases the best of British horticulture at the leading international horticultural trade shows and exhibitions. Currently we focus on key events including GreenTech Amsterdam and IFTF Expo (both Holland), IPM Essen, Fruit Logistica and GaLaBau (all Germany). CHA offers British companies a low-cost and fully-supported opportunity to participate in these and other leading events.
CHA promotes its Members’ products and services and British horticulture as a whole throughout the world by extending its interests to shows in selected UK and overseas markets. A full portfolio of Member Benefits is regularly added to, assisting Members to penetrate these markets and develop business opportunities.
Buyers’ Guide & Members’ Handbook
CHA publishes an annual ‘Buyers’ Guide’ which is distributed directly to growers and horticultural professionals and also through key industry events in the UK and overseas.
Multilingual Website & Online Buyers’ Guide
CHA provides a multilingual website which incorporates all the information from the Buyers’ Guide and enables buyers from the UK and overseas to e-mail their enquiries directly and to read about ‘New Products’ and ‘Latest News’ from CHA Members.
Liaison with Department for International Trade
CHA works closely with the British Government body Department for International Trade (DIT) and its Commercial Offices at British Embassies, Consulates and High Commissions throughout the world. Through DIT, CHA can obtain grant support for UK companies exploring international markets, provide access to DIT’s full range of export advice services, research and business opportunities, and to assist overseas partners to develop trade relationships with UK stakeholders.