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Summary of benefits:

Member/Fellow Associate Affiliate/Student/Group Member/Prizewinner
Designatory letters
Use of Institute's logo
Apply for Chartered Horticulturist title
Branch Vote
National Vote
The Horticulturist
Access to member's area on website
Discounted advertisements
Discounted branch events, visits & networking
Discounted national events, visits & networking
Professional, indemnity & public liability insurances
Discounted health, travel, life, personal accident & vehicle breakdown insurance

Designatory letters and use of the Institute's logo
In today’s competitive economy it’s never been more important to demonstrate credibility and professionalism. Membership of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and the use of the letters FCIHort, MCIHort and ACIHort after your name is a sure way of stating your professionalism to employers, clients, colleagues and the public. You can reinforce this by using the Institute’s logo on your website, headed paper, business cards, publicity material, vehicle livery and social media profiles etc. 

Chartered Horticulturist
As a Member or Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, you can apply to be granted the title of Chartered Horticulturist.

The Horticulturist - a quarterly journal
Members receive the Institute’s widely acclaimed quarterly journal which includes technical and professional articles, book reviews, forthcoming events, Institute news and a round-up of horticultural science worldwide. The journal is also available to non-members for an annual fee. A sample of the latest issue can be seen here. Members can download copies of the journal from the Members Area

e-Horticulturist - monthly e-newsletter
Members receive the Institute's popular monthly e-newsletter with industry news, updates and events. Members can download copies of the e-Horticulturist from the Members Area

Members' only area of the website
The Members' Area includes copies of recent journals and other information that is only accessible to Members.

Continual Professional Development 
Continual 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 Institute's 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. 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 Chartered Institute of Horticulture committee work at national and branch levels. Branch events and activities and time taken to read The Horticulturist and e-Horticulturist could be a substantial part of this.

Mentoring scheme
The option to have the support of a mentor is very attractive to some of the Institute's members in their professional development. 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 created. A pilot mentoring scheme took place in 2010-11 with funding from the Finnis Scott Foundation and English Heritage. More informationEnd of project report. This was followed by a further mentoring scheme in 2013/2014 funded by the Stanley Smith (UK) Horticultural Trust.

Events, visits and national conference
The Institute organises a range of national and branch events, visits and social activities throughout the year, the Annual General Meeting with the James Bruce Memorial Lecture and a national conference focussing on current horticultural issues with speakers of national and international renown. More information

Networking opportunities
The Institute's branch committees organise a programme of meetings which include social, technical and special interest events where you can meet people both inside and beyond your own professional sphere. Branch events are open to all members regardless of the Branch area in which they live and guests can attend too. Other opportunities to meet members include the industry trade shows attended by the Institute, which include the Landscape Show, Four Oaks and the Harrogate Show and other local events where the Institute has stands.

Opportunities to represent horticulture in policy-making
Influence decision making by joining the Institute’s committees and Action Groups, representing the Institute on national bodies and assisting in the preparation of Institute responses to consultation documents.

Discounted advertisements 
Members pay discounted rates for circulation of promotional information as an insert and adverts in The Horticulturist and banner promotions on the website.

Professional, indemnity and public liability insurances
If you are providing professional advice, written or visual, Network Direct offers insurance, investment and pensions services to private and corporate clients.  Directors, officers and employers liability, business interruption, computer, buildings and contents, stock and equipment insurance are also offered. Contact

Health, travel, life, personal accident and vehicle breakdown insurance
A range of insurance can be arranged through HMCA with discounts of up to 40% offered to Institute members by HMCA. or telephone 01423 866985.

Discount on International Society for Horticultural Science membership
Save 10% on your subscription to the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) if you pay your subscription by direct debit via the Institute. ISHS furthers all sectors of horticulture by improving international co-operation for scientific studies and exchange of knowledge. It provides a forum for its members to interact with other horticulturists worldwide. See the ISHS website for further information: To take advantage of discounted membership, contact us


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