The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) is the UK's representative trade association for firms undertaking landscaping, both interior and exterior, a wide range of associated suppliers to the industry.
With a Landscape contracting membership of over 700, BALI is continually raising standards throughout an industry that is all too often tarred with a 'cowboy' reputation.
BALI Aims and Objectives:
The Turfgrass Growers Association (TGA) is the only professional organisation in the UK and Ireland dedicated to the advancement of quality turf production.
Formed in 1995, the TGA comprises some 60 companies (including affiliates), collectively responsible for producing approximately 70 per cent of the cultivated turf grown in the British Isles and supplying specialist knowledge and infrastructure to that industry.
Recently it has widened its scope of activities and has been involved in discussions with Government departments, water companies and other related bodies about the impact of water restrictions on the turf industry.
The TGA has also been on the steering group of the 'Greening the Games' committee which is playing an important role in making sure the landscaping aspects of the 2012 Olympic Games are properly recognised by organisers and contractors.
Since its formation, the TGA has been at the forefront of raising the standard of the cultivated turf supplied to professional and domestic customers. This goal is being achieved by constantly seeking to improve the standards of TGA members through unity of purpose and the sharing of knowledge and new ideas.
To maintain standards at a consistently high level, all applicants for membership receive a personal visit and are vetted by the governing council of the TGA.
One of its principal missions is to help members improve their standards as turf growers and businesses. Regular members meetings are held at which invited speakers inform and educate members on a wide range of turf-related topics.
The TGA also stages a biennial turf show, giving turf professionals the opportunity to see at first hand the latest techniques and innovations for establishing, growing, harvesting, handling, transporting, laying and maintaining cultivated turf.
By publicising and implementing the TGA quality standards, first published in 1996, the TGA has instilled a discipline amongst its members that has helped give customers confidence in the product they buy.
The Quality Standards for Cultivated Turf were drawn up by an independent turf consultant and agronomist.
The Institute of Horticulture was established in 1984 with the aim of fostering a close relationship between all sectors of professional horticulture (advisory and research, amenity, commercial and education and training) throughout the UK and Ireland.
With over 1,600 members, The Institute has eight branches throughout the UK and Ireland, as well as an increasing number of Overseas Members. The current membership represents those that are involved in production, managing, growing and marketing all edible and decorative horticultural crops, allied research, education and consultancy. It also includes those concerned with landscaping and botanic/heritage gardens, and the full range of horticulture within leisure industries and those working in associated supply industries.
The Institute gives recognition of status within the horticultural industry and the means to meet and network with professionals in all spheres of Horticulture. It also provides the opportunity to make an effective contribution to the future of horticulture as well as its importance as a career.
The Institute aims to: