EcoHort is the national nursery industry Environmental Management System (EMS) for production nurseries, growing media manufacturers and greenlife markets. The program is designed to assist NIASA Accredited businesses further improve their business sustainability whilst addressing environmental and natural resource management responsibilities.

Importantly, EcoHort offers businesses with a risk assessment pathway to continually improve and demonstrate sound environmental stewardship and natural resource management to government, industry and the general community.

EcoHort TM Guidelines for Managing the Environment (PDF)


EcoHort TM is the Environmental Management System for the Australian nursery industry. This set of guidelines support production nurseries and media manufacturers to implement good sustainable practice and improve production while helping the industry to practively demonstrate its role in maintaining and enhancing the broader landscape. Provided as PDF only.


You can preview the guidelines HERE

The EcoHort program consists of a set of guidelines covering the following core environmental management areas:

  • Water
  • Energy
  • Odour
  • Pesticides
  • Air
  • Site biodiversity
  • Invasive plants and environmental weeds
  • Waste
  • Noise
  • Land & soil

To gain and maintain formal EcoHort certification, businesses must be NIASA Accredited and undergo an independent audit on an annual basis to ensure the integrity of the EcoHort program is maintained. Once EcoHort Certified, the business has formal recognition of their commitment to environmental and natural resource management and compliance with relevant environmental legislation.

EcoHort is a program within the Australian Plant Production Standard – a holistic system designed to ensure a sustainable future for the Australian nursery industry. For more information on creating a sustainable future for your business by implementing EcoHort, please contact GIA:  [email protected]