The members of this group are UK growers and suppliers of field and container-grown tree and hedging plants. Our group plays a key role in the growing and distribution of trees for large-scale forestry projects, landscaping schemes and for sale in garden centres across the UK. The group has representatives from over 25 businesses from the North of Scotland to the South of England.  

Our group holds an annual conference and evening meal where members share their news and views on opportunities and challenges facing the sector. The group discusses sector needs and what the HTA is doing, and can look to do, to support Tree and Hedging Group members. Our annual conference is usually followed by a tour around a member’s nursery where informal conversations around experiences are shared and industry insights are discussed.  

The conference is an excellent way to network with individuals that share similar interests and to gain awareness of what other businesses are implementing to address sector issues.  Our steering group meet at regular intervals throughout the year, with many members reporting updates from other memberships such as EFNA and the Confor Nursery Producers Group. These conversations inform the HTA’s lobbying activity and continue to be a main communication channel for the HTA and wider tree and hedging growers. Tree and Hedging Group members also receive an annual newsletter that covers a range of topics relating to the growing and planting of trees in the UK. 

“Faced with more change good and bad, faced with more red tape than ever before we have also the signs of a bright future.” 

Steven Green, Chair of the Tree and Hedging Group, Annual Conference 2021 

Chair:  Steven Green, Johnsons of Whixley 

Vice-chair: Ed Holmes, J & A Growers Ltd 

Steering Group members:

  • Brian Fraser
  • Charles Beaumont
  • Ed Holmes
  • Helen Richardson
  • Jamie Dewhurst
  • John Marsden. 


  • Andrew Henderson - British Hardwood Trees
  • Anne Roger - R V Roger Ltd
  • Bill Finch - WeeTree Nurseries
  • Brian Fraser - Oakover Nurseries Ltd
  • Caroline Taylor - Thorpe Trees
  • Charles Beaumont, Imam Sayyed - Trees Please Ltd
  • Chris Frost - D W Frost Ltd
  • Dave Richardson, Helen Richardson, Sam Firkins - Forestart Ltd
  • David Scarth, Simon Scarth - Chew Valley Trees
  • Ed Wareham - Christie-Elite Nurseries
  • Irene Gwillam - Heathwood Nurseries Ltd
  • J M Hardcastle, Simon Johnson - Ewburrow Nursery Ltd
  • James Carter, James Hunter, Mark Baker, Tom Owen - Crowders Nurseries
  • Jamie Dewhurst - J & A Growers Ltd
  • John Lawrence - Wyevale Nurseries
  • John Marsden - Bernhard Nurseries Ltd
  • Mark Cade - Coles Nurseries Ltd
  • Mark O'Neill, Mike Harvey - Maelor Forest Nurseries
  • Morris Hankinson - Hopes Grove Nurseries
  • Nick Cooke - Castle Howard
  • Paul Thomas - Elveden Farms Ltd
  • Richard McKenna - Provender Nurseries