The Institute of Horticulture has now become Chartered and is now the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, CIH, with a new logo, as well as 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. Chartership will also strengthen the influence and therefore the voice of the Institute and add gravitas to our claim for greater recognition from government and policy makers regarding our role in the development of professionalism in horticulture.
At the same time, it will support the Institute’s ambassadors in their role of promoting advocacy in horticulture. The designation of Chartered Horticulturist (C Hort) to individuals in the Institute will, following the rigorous selection process, have wider benefits for all concerned with the practice of horticulture through its transparent and published standards that will demonstrate our commitment to the highest level of professionalism.
The Trustees of the Institute look forward to working with all members of the Institute over the coming year in a period of celebration and establishment of the new arrangements for members to become Chartered Horticulturists. The formal celebrations will commence on 1 September 2014 when The Marchioness of Salisbury, Patron of The Chartered Institute of Horticulture is hosting a Garden Party at Hatfield House to celebrate the grant of The Royal Charter to the Institute.