The Young People in Horticulture Association are delighted to announce Boningale Limited as the latest horticultural business to sign up as a YPHA Key Partner.

Boningale, with more than 60 years of experience in the sector, produces over 2.2 million shrubs across its five production sites. The evolution of the horticultural industry, partnered with their forward-thinking ethos, has led them to the forefront of innovative landscape schemes. Range adaptation through trials, reducing their carbon footprint and investing in the future, are just a few practices Boningale has nurtured to become one of the leading suppliers to the British Landscaping industry.

YPHA’s panel of Key Partners are the backbone of the organisation, helping to facilitate important opportunities for the benefit of all Young People in Horticulture. YPHA membership approaches 300, with each member empowered by an invaluable network of contacts, as well as regular zoom sessions from a broad range of speakers, and face-to-face events throughout the year.

Jeremy King, Boningale Limited Managing Director commented “Boningale have partnered with the YPHA along with some of our individual employees becoming direct members. We support their initiative in empowering under 35s from every corner of horticulture, sharing specific and lateral skills, with the aim to make the industry a united and stronger force.”

YPHA founder, Liam Cleary added that “YPHA are so excited to be working with Boningale. This latest collaboration will help us towards our goals of making horticulture a more accessible, more appealing career choice for new recruits, whilst also engaging, educating, and empowering under 35s who already work in our wonderful industry.”

The horticulture sector employs around 300,000 people, but 70% of the industry states they are currently experiencing a major skills gap, with 83% believing it is due to the perception of horticulture within schools and colleges. To counteract this, Boningale has recently developed an apprenticeship programme aimed at giving individuals the opportunity to work in several key horticulture and non-horticulture roles throughout the wider business.

The addition of Boningale brings YPHA Key Partnerships to a total of four, with a fifth slot set to be added when partnerships renew on 1st January 2023.

For more information on YPHA please visit ypha.org.uk

For more information on Boningale Limited please visit boningale.co.uk