Organisations and Bodies

We are building the lists below, so do come back regularly to see the latest lists.



Arboricultural Association

is the main professional body for arborists, running courses and an approved contractor scheme.

Forestry Commission

Home page

Forestry Commission Research and Resources

is a very useful list of Pests, Diseases and other problems currently topical and with the latest information.

Trees for Cities

 We are the only UK charity working at a national and international scale to improve lives by planting trees in cities. We get stuck in with local communities to cultivate lasting change in their neighbourhoods – whether it’s revitalizing forgotten spaces, creating healthier environments or getting people excited about growing, foraging and eating healthy food.




Animal and Plant Health Agency

If you want to import, export or move plants more than 20 miles you need to read the details on this website and register if you want to do any of the above.

Biodiversity in Urban Gardens 

A two part project by the University of Sheffield

Centre for Alternative Technology

is an eco-centre in Powys, mid-Wales, dedicated to demonstrating and teaching sustainable development. CAT, despite its name, no longer concentrates its efforts exclusively on alternative technology, but provides information on all aspects of sustainable living. It is open to visitors, offers postgraduate degrees as well as shorter residential and one day courses; and publishes information on renewable energy, sustainable architecture, organic farming, gardening, and sustainable living.


works with its Members to raise awareness and pursue shared objectives in land, water and environmental management by collecting strategic industry information and developing industry initiatives that improve efficiency and save money.

Community Forest Trust 

Aims to secure more investment for community forestry, ensuring a green future for all. Currently, CFT is directly supporting The Mersey Forest in North Cheshire and Merseyside, City of Trees in Greater Manchester, White Rose Forest in the Leeds City Region and Heywoods in Kingston upon Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs

Home page

Ecosystem Services

Home page

Environment Agency 

This is a huge website, and you will need to refine your search within the site.

Green Flag Award 

Raising the standard of Parks and Green Spaces in the UK and abroad

Green Spaces GiGL

Greenspace Information for Greater London CIC (GiGL) is the capital’s environmental records centre – we mobilise, curate and share data that underpin our knowledge of London’s natural environment. We enable our stakeholders to make informed decisions in policy and practice.


is a federation of charities mobilising practical community action on poverty and the environment across the UK. We’re passionate about creating a future where every neighbourhood is vibrant and green, every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny and no-one is held back by their background or circumstances.

Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment

is the professional body for everyone working, studying or interested in environment and sustainability. We provide resources, tools, knowledge and research sharing to meet the real world needs

Land Contamination

Technical guidance on the management of contaminated land including how to investigate, assess and manage the risks.

Natural England

A link to their Home page

Open Spaces Society 

Advice on habitat conservation and incident reporting

Permaculture Association

is a registered charity that promotes the theory and practice of permaculture in Britain and worldwide. Permaculture Association was founded in 1983 and is based at offices in Kirkstall, Leeds, England, but connects a diverse network of individuals and projects, with over 1,400 members and over 100 demonstration sites.There are regional networks: Permaculture Scotland and Paramaethu Cymru.

Plants For A Future

The main aims of the charity are researching and providing information on ecologically sustainable horticulture, as an integral part of designs involving high species diversity and permaculture principles. Approaches such as woodland/forest gardening use a minimal input of resources and energy, create a harmonious ecosystem and cause the least possible damage to the environment, while still having the potential to achieve high productivity.

Open Spaces Society

The Open Spaces Society has been defending open spaces in England and Wales since 1865.

The Trust for Public Land 

creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, liveable communities for generations to come.

Uk Urban Ecology Forums

a network of people, including ecologists, artists, managers, planners and researchers, involved with the environment and nature conservation in urban areas.

UK Air Pollution

from the Department for Rural Affairs.



British Apples and Pears

An apple a day - home of British apples and pears

British Tomato Growers' Association

British tomatoes are the best in the world

Commercial Horticultural Association

(CHA) is the UK Trade Association representing and supporting companies that manufacture and supply plants, products and services to commercial horticultural growers throughout the world.

Crop Science Centre

Sustainable for production for everyone

East Malling Research Station

They are a major organization in the UK for innovation and research on horticultural crops and plants and their interactions with the environment. Our research on perennial fruit crops is known internationally, and we are a significant source of pride regionally.


This is an independent academic organisation that represents more than 200 research institutes, departments and universities from 31 countries in Europe and beyond. EPSO’s mission is to improve the impact and visibility of plant science in Europe. Learn more about EPSO and why plants matter.

Flowers and Plants Association

The Flowers & Plants Association was formed in 1984.
We are the UK's promotional organization for all commercially grown cut flowers and indoor plants.

Forest Research

(FR) is the research agency of the Forestry Commission (FC) and Great Britain’s principal organization for forestry and tree-related research. FR is internationally renowned for the provision of science, research, evidence, data and services in support of sustainable forestry.


Provides an online introduction to careers in horticulture

Horticultural Trade Association

This is the representative body for the garden industry, and is a useful source of information on work-based training in particular.

Horticulture Week

Hort Week is the only magazine covering the breadth of the UK horticulture industry. The monthly print magazine is supplemented by Daily briefings delivered via email to you daily throughout the working week. Carries the widest selection of job vacancies in the industry. Many of these jobs, and others, are listed on the website

Institute of Horticulture

The Institute offers a range of career advice, including continuing professional development.  .

Lindley Library 

The RHS Lindley library in central London holds world-renowned collections of early printed books, the archives of the RHS, botanical art collections and modern books on the history of horticulture, botanical art and practical gardening


Lantra is the Government's sector skills council for land-based industries, which includes horticulture. Among other things, it helps set and promote qualifications.

National Farmers Union

The NFU has a section on  horticultural food production such as potatoes


Originally called the Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society is the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping people who work in horticulture when times get tough. A charitable organization helping disabled or retired gardeners for over 160 years. We provide free and confidential advice, support and financial assistance to people of all ages working in, or retired from, horticulture.

Royal Caledonian Society

The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society has a long and impressive history. Established in 1809 by a group of seventeen Edinburgh worthies for ‘the encouragement and improvement of the best fruit, the most choice flowers and the most useful culinary vegetables‘, the Society has continued to promote all aspects of Scottish horticulture. Current members of the Society, many of whom are experts in their field, share a common interest in gardening and horticulture.

Royal Forestry Society

For 140 years, the RFS has dedicated itself to sharing knowledge on the art and science of woodland management so that the accumulated wisdom and experience of landowners, foresters, arborists and others is transferred from one generation to another.

Royal Horticultural Society

The RHS is the main UK body promoting gardening and horticulture to the general public. It runs courses and school education activities, and manages four garden properties, including Wisley in Surrey, which showcase the best in British horticulture

Suffolk Rural College

The college is an English further education college in the village of Otley, Suffolk. The college was founded in 1970 as Otley College of Agriculture and Horticulture. It merged with Ipswich-based Suffolk New College in 2020, having previously been partnered with Easton College in Norfolk

Scottish Crop Research Institute

More commonly known as SCRI was a scientific institute located in Invergowrie near Dundee, Scotland. As of April 2011, when SCRI merged with the Macaulay Land Use Institute, it is now part of The James Hutton Institute.


Thrive is the leading charity in the UK using gardening to change the lives of disabled people. We help people who want to garden at home, on an allotment, in a community setting or who may to access our own structured horticultural therapy programmes, currently available in the South East. A research programme underpins Thrive’s work to provide evidence and improve understanding. Gardening can help individuals accomplish many things. It can help rebuild a person’s strength after an accident or illness, and can provide a purposeful activity for someone coping with a difficult period in their life.

Waterperry Gardens 

They are a garden with a museum in the village of Waterperry near Wheatley east of Oxford in Oxfordshire, England. Beatrix Havergal (1901–1980) established the Waterperry School of Horticulture, a school of horticulture for ladies, that existed there from 1932 until her retirement in 1971.

Worshipful Company of Gardeners

This is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. An organisation of Gardeners existed in the middle of the fourteenth century; it received a Royal Charter in 1605. The Company no longer exists as a regulatory authority for the sale of produce in London; instead serving as a charitable institution. The Company also performs a ceremonial role; it formally presents bouquets to the Queen and to Princesses upon their wedding, anniversary, or other similar occasion. The Gardeners' Company ranks sixty-sixth in the order of precedence for Livery Companies. Its motto is In The Sweat Of Thy Brows Shalt Thow Eate Thy Bread.




British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association

(BIGGA) is a separate organization for the golfing world. It also provides training and is a source of job vacancies.


Historic and Botanical


Botanic Gardens Conservation International

(BGCI) is an umbrella organisation for botanic gardens worldwide. Its website lists jobs in many parts of the world.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

is also a major employer of gardeners.

English Heritage

is a government agency that looks after more than 400 properties in England, many with important gardens or landscapes.

Garden History Society

was founded in 1965. The main aims of the Society are: -To promote the study of the history of gardening, landscape gardening and horticulture in all its aspects -To promote the protection and conservation of historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes, and to advise on their restoration -To encourage the creation of new parks, gardens and designed landscapes

Institute Of Groundsmanship (IoG)

is the main industry body for grounds managers. It provides extensive training. Has recently rebranded itself to Grounds Management Association

National Trust

The Trust is a major employer of professional gardeners. It runs the three-year Career ship scheme for trainee gardeners, as well as offering a wide range of volunteering opportunities in its properties.

National Trust for Scotland

is a separate charity looking after Scotland's heritage. It too runs a garden apprenticeship scheme, besides its highly respected specialist gardening course at Threave, Dumfries and Galloway.

Professional Gardeners' Guild

represents gardeners in public and private gardens. It runs a traineeship programme for experienced gardeners, and publishes a frequent Job sheet for members.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a scientific centre for the study of plants, their diversity and conservation, as well as a popular tourist attraction

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

is a non-departmental public body in the United Kingdom sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. An internationally significant botanical research and education institution, it employs 1,100 staff. Its board of trustees is chaired by Dame Amelia Fawcett.

The Old lawnmower Club

The Old Lawnmower Club was formed in 1990 to promote the collection, preservation and display of lawn mowers made from 1830 onwards. They have more than 500 members around the world. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in old lawn mowers. They participate in a number of events throughout the year at museums, garden shows, vintage rallies and steam fairs. You can find out more about what they do on this site.




Landscape Institute

is the chartered body for landscape architects and designers.

British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI)

Represents professional landscape contractors.



Green spaces

They are good, do good, and need to be protected for good. They are not pleasant, nice-to-haves to be taken for granted - they are the green hearts of our communities.

Royal Parks

manages many of London's best-known parks. It has its own apprenticeship programme, Grow in the Parks.

Your local council may also have a park's apprenticeship programme. If you don't know the name or contact details of your council, look on



Ashwood Nurseries 

They are a traditional plant nursery and garden centre in the West Midlands, situated in a canal-side setting in lovely open countryside. Ashwood’s speciality plants have won international acclaim, and award-winning hellebores are regarded as ‘simply the best’ strains ever produced. But the story doesn’t end there… our plant breeders and growers have worked the same magic on hepaticas, hardy cyclamen, hydrangeas, conifers, snowdrops, lewisias, salvias, and Primula auricula.


is a garden, home and leisure destination in North West England that attracts over a million visitors annually. Having been established in 1937 by Alfred and Margaret Bent, it remains a family owned and run business and has evolved into one of the UK’s most awarded garden centres, holding the Garden Centre Association award for Best Destination Garden Centre on six occasions

Blue Diamond Garden Centres

are the second-largest garden centre group in the UK and The Channel Islands.


has continued to expanded since its takeover by Tesco and subsequent sell out to venture capital company Midlothian Capital Partners and Hattington Capital


The largest independent garden centre group which is concentrated in Scotland and the north of England.

Specialist Plant Groups


Alpine Garden Society With local branches and activities

Australasian Plants Society

British Cactus & Succulent Society

British Clematis Society


British Conifer Society


British Fuchsia Society


British Hosta & Hemerocallis Society

British Iris Society

British Lichen Society

British Mammillaria Society

British National Carnation Society, Currently no website listed 31/12/2022

British Pteridological Society

British Streptocarpus Society

Carnivorous Plant Society

Clematis on the web University of Hull

This site contains details of 3,230 varieties (1,400 of them illustrated), this is a fabulous resource from the University of Hull offers descriptions of these exuberant climbers. It also carries information about pruning, diseases and clematis gardens, though some may feel that 24 web pages on clematis devotees borders on the obsessive I feel it is brilliant.

Cottage Garden Society

Cyclamen Society

Daffodil Society

Delphinium Society

European Boxwood & Topiary Society

Fritillaria Group


Garden Organic

Formerly Henry Doubleday Research Association, Garden Organic promotes organic growing and composting, citizen science and research, and seed conservation through Heritage Seed Library. They want to help you garden 'the organic way', using natural methods to promote healthy, productive, sustainable gardens.

Hardy Orchid Society

Hardy Plant Society

Heather Society

Hebe Society

Herb Society


Historic Gardens Foundation

Historic Roses Group

International Euphorbia Society

Japanese Garden Society

Maple Society

Mediterranean Garden Society

Mediterranean Plants and Gardens

National Auricula & Primula Society

Midlands and West section


National Auricula & Primula Society  

Northern section


National Auricula & Primula Society

Southern Section

 National Chrysanthemum Society

National Dahlia Society

National Sweet Pea Society

National Vegetable Society

Nerine & Amaryllid Society

Orchid Society of Great Britain

Pelargonium & Geranium Society

Plant Heritage

RHS Fruit Group

RHS Herb Group  

RHS Lily Group

RHS Rhododendron, Camellia & Magnolia Group

Rose Society UK

Royal National Rose Society

(Page currently reserved for future use)

Saxifrage Society

The widely publicised link to their website does not currently work, however the Society does have an active presence on Facebook using the link above

Scottish Rock Garden Club

This is the new page for the SRGC, there are many wrong links pointing to their old achieved website, however there is a link there to the new site

Sutton Bonsai Society

Thames Valley Orchid Society


was established to introduce and test the world’s temperate ferns for hardiness and ornamental value and to build comprehensive collections for public display, information and education.

Wakefield and North of England Tulip Society


Regional and Local Gardening and Horticultural Groups


Wolverhampton Horticultural Society


Gardening related Groups


Bat Conservation Trust

There are 17 species of bat in the UK, all of which are protected by law because their numbers have decreased so dramatically. The Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) is working towards a world where bats and people live in harmony, to ensure they are around for future generations to enjoy.

British Dragonfly Society

The charity was established in 1983 and its key aims are to improve understanding and awareness of dragonflies, their conservation and the challenges they face, in order to increase action for dragonflies across Britain.

British Hedgehog Preservation Society


Specialist Organizations and Bodies


Basis Registration 

BASIS is an independent standards setting and auditing organization for the pesticide, fertilizer and allied industries. BASIS was established by the pesticide industry in 1978 to develop standards for the safe storage and transport of agricultural and horticultural pesticides and to provide a recognized means of assessing the competence of staff working in the sector.


Centre for Agricultural and Biosciences International


The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management promotes the highest standards of practice for the benefit of nature and society


Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment,  professional body with paid subscriptions

INNSA (Trade body for Invasive Species Experts)

The Invasive Non-Native Specialists Association (INNSA) is the industry body for companies involved in controlling and eradicating invasive non-native species in the UK.

Landscape Institute

The Landscape Institute (LI) is the chartered body for the landscape profession. It is an educational charity that promotes the art and science of landscape practice. The LI’s aim, through the work of its members, is to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the public benefit. The LI provides a professional home for all landscape practitioners including landscape scientists, landscape planners, landscape architects, landscape managers and urban designers.


Sector Skills Council for land based environmental industries provide expert training and qualifications for land-based industries. Finding the right course can sometimes be a bit of a minefield. But it doesn't have to be. We're your one-stop-shop. In fact, we're the only awarding organization who, through our network of approved Training Providers, can lead you from basic training right through to gaining a full qualification.


Non-Native Species Specialists First published in 2008 and updated in 2015 the GB Invasive Non-native Species Strategy was developed to meet the challenge posed by invasive non-native species in Great Britain. This website provides tools and information for those working to support the strategy.


City & Guilds Land Based Services We provide a wide range of land based qualifications. Our portfolio has a strong focus on short courses to deliver the specialist skills required for a certificate of Competence (CoC) qualification. Some of these qualifications are required for Licence to Practise activities or for membership of a CPD register.

PCA (Property Care Association)

This section of the PCA site provides consumers with a means of identifying specialist contractors and consultants who can undertake invasive weed control services which can help control and eradicate Japanese knot weed and other invasive plant species.


Royal Institute of British Architects A paid site where those paid up members can access valuable information, there is also a retired subscription rate.


Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors RICS delivers confidence through respected global standards, adopted and enforced by over 134,000 qualified and trainee professionals across the built and natural environment.


Scottish Environmental Protection Agency As a non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government, our role is to make sure that the environment and human health are protected, to ensure that Scotland’s natural resources and services are used as sustainably as possible and contribute to sustainable economic growth.

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