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. Aims and Objectives
On 21 July 2014 the Institute of Horticulture became Chartered and is now the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, (CIH), with many new plans and initiatives to enhance its standing and that of its members.
To gain a Royal Charter for the Institute has been an aspiration for many years. Not only is the granting of the Royal Charter excellent news for the Institute it is excellent for horticulture and horticulturists too. This level of seniority and recognition will enhance the status of horticulture as a profession which demands high level skills and continuing professional development. Chartered status will also strengthen the influence and therefore the voice of the Institute and add gravitas to the Institute's claim for greater recognition from government and policy makers regarding our role in the development of professionalism in horticulture. The Institute's Royal Charter and Bye-Laws
The Institute is represented on, and works collaboratively with, allied bodes throughout the industry to unite a growing profession. Partnerships
The Institute provides the administrative support to Grow an initiative set up in 2006 by some of the UK's leading horticulture organisations to promote horticulture as a challenging, dynamic, exciting and rewarding career.
The Institute has eight branches throughout the UK and Ireland, and an increasing membership from overseas. Members are attached to the branch where they live but are encouraged to attend meetings arranged in any other branch area.
The Institute's professional and technical meetings and other activities are arranged both at National and Regional level. Events
Continual Professional Development
The Institute's Continual Professional Development (CPD) scheme promotes knowledge, learning, scholarship and skills and is not restrictive in the types of activities that are eligible. It is deliberately designed to be flexible and embrace the many and varied definitions of 'Professional Horticulture'. It is tailored so that the individual has ownership and responsibility for their own professional development. CPD is about structuring the individual needs of professionals throughout their careers. CPD should be regarded as an integral part of any professional's career, serving to augment the professional's ability in the workplace They may, in addition, wish to increase their qualification level as part of their career progression. The option to have the support of a mentor is very attractive to some of the Institute's members in their professional development. However, for general updating and skill development required by professionals, CPD activities should average at least 30 hours per year. Recommended activities may include, but are not limited to: lectures, seminars, conferences, short or long courses, technical training, research projects, writing articles and papers, private study, technical writing, technical meetings and workshops, organised visits and Institute of Horticulture committee work. Of course the regional structure and regional programmes, together with time taken to read The Horticulturist could be a substantial part of this.
Informal mentoring has always been one of the strengths of the Institute, but with fewer opportunities now for members to meet informally, ways of linking newer members with their more experienced colleagues are being devised. In the autumn of 2010 the Institute commenced a pilot mentoring scheme, with funding from the Finnis Scott Foundation and English Heritage. More information
Following the success of the 2010 pilot mentoring scheme, funding was secured in 2013, from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, to run a mentoring programme for IoH members, in 2013/2014. The scheme is for up to 10 mentoring pairs. Mentees and mentors are from a diverse mix of horticulture sectors including students, career changers, historic gardens, self-employed gardeners, landscapers and garden designers, nurseries, grounds maintenance companies and Manchester Airport.
The2013/2014 programme is based largely on e-mail and telephone contact with mentoring partners encouraged to meet face to face, where feasible. A one-day event, bringing all the mentees and mentors together, is also at Capel Manor College, Regent’s Park Centre. More information
History of Chartership
The Institute's aspiration for Chartered status was first discussed in 1985, again in 2000, and revived under Heather Barrett-Mold's presidency with substantial progress being made towards submitting a preliminary application to the Privy Council in 2011 and 2012.
In July 2013 The Institute of Horticulture was delighted to announce that Her Majesty the Queen has been graciously pleased to grant a Royal Charter to the Institute of Horticulture. The Institute's Royal Charter came into legal effect when it was sealed by the Crown Office at the House of Lords on 21 July 2014.
As an authoritative body the Institute also prides itself on running the following:
The CIH Social Media Policy
The Grow initiative is supported and administered by the Chartered Institute of Horticulture. Grow is the website to go to for horticulture careers information.