Barriers to competitiveness and legislation on the agenda at ornamentals summit

Environment Minister Lord de Mauley will be attending a roundtable on ornamental horticulture next Monday (1 September) at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, to discuss overcoming barriers to competitiveness and growth.

Lord de Mauley
Lord de Mauley

The roundtable hosted by the RHS, includes representatives from a number of organisations in the ornamentals sector, including the Horticultural Development Company, the HTA, the Horticulture Innovation Partnership, the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, Lantra, Landex, Bright Crop, YoungHort, and the NFU.

The purpose of the meeting is to find ways to increase the competitiveness of the sector by joint working, and attendees will be discussing barriers facing competitiveness; opportunities for growth; and attracting young people to the sector.

HTA horticulture head Raoul Curtis-Machin said the HTA will raise questions about careers, the profile of horticulture, the health benefits of horticulture, improvement of trade conditions including the decline of availability of chemicals available, concern over water abstraction and concern over EU legislation on Plant Reproductive Material.

The event is being held at Hatfield to coincide with a garden party being held there to celebrate the grant of a Royal Charter to the Institute of Horticulture.  Hatfield House is owned by the Marchioness of Salisbury, patron of the IoH.

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