CHA Horticultural Forum at IPM Essen to host DEFRA as it discusses new approach for Import/Export Border Controls

The Commercial Horticultural Association (CHA) is looking forward to welcoming visitors to the IPM Essen exhibition (24-27th January) and in particular to the International Horticultural Forum on Thursday 26th January.  

With the show’s focus on Great Britain this year, Government representatives from the Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) will be giving talks on critical subjects for growers and suppliers.

Last year the UK Government announced a full review of import and export processes and its commitment to designing an enhanced border control regime. Victoria Clarke, Delivery Policy Lead for Plant Health Imports at the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), in her Forum session will provide an overview of this new approach to border controls, highlighting how the future of Plant Health checks will look when importing or exporting goods into or out of GB.

Dr Elizabeth Warham, Lead for AgriTech at the DIT, will be showcasing a new Department for International Trade portal, a website which connects growers with suppliers worldwide.  Launched in 2022, it is already an essential working tool for British Consulates and DIT offices the world over, assisting companies in-country to work with Great Britain or facilitating exports from the UK.

Other prestigious speakers include renowned plant breeders Raymond Evison and Lindsay Reid from Guernsey Clematis and Patrick Fairweather from Fairweather’s Nurseries, all chaired by Matt Appleby, Editor of the leading UK horticultural journal, Horticulture Week.

In addition to the UK Government information being showcased, Forum topics include:

  • flagship UK events such as the Chelsea Flower Show
  • the three pillars of sustainability – environmental, economic and social and how   UK business embraces these challenges
  • the value of new plants

Not to be missed at this edition of IPM are the companies exhibiting as part of the CHA British Pavilion in Hall 7, stands A24 to 29 and Hall 3, 3B37. 

Pat Flynn, CHA Trade Association Manager, is particularly proud of the British group attending IPM Essen this year. “All the exhibitors are playing their part in the Country Partnership and we particularly wish to thank Air-Pot®, Guernsey Clematis, Fairweather’s Nursery, Bluepoint Tags & Labels, PPC Labels, David Austin Roses Ltd and Whetman Plants International for their contributions to the entrance displays, the opening ceremony, the press conference and the Horticultural Forum.”

Rafe Courage, the British Consul General, will perform the Opening Ceremony on day one of the show and highlights include a performance of British music, all followed by a reception showcasing English sparkling wine and craft beers plus a traditional afternoon tea on the CHA Information stand 7A24.5 at the British Pavilion in Hall 7.

The CHA is also looking forward to welcoming a group of British growers to the show on Wednesday 25th, sponsored by ICL.

For further information on the Commercial Horticultural Association contact:

Pat Flynn

CHA Trade Association Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1959 587449 Email: