Brexit - the impact on horticulture
The latest news on and reaction to the decision to leave the EU and how it is affecting the UK horticulture industry including garden retail, plant production, edibles production, landscaping, parks, sports turf and arboriculture.
Trade tariffs and access to labour have dominated reaction to Prime Minister Theresa May Brexit speech in which she ruled out the UK's continuing participation in the European Single Market or the EU Customs Union - and instead stated her intention to pursue a free trade agreement with the EU.
Boot and Dart nurseries director Jan de Vries has shared European horticulture industry concerns for the future at the HTA Contact conference for nursery stock growers.
In November, the export of horticultural products rose, according to figures from Floridata quoted by Royal FloraHolland - except in the UK and Russia.
Agrochemical regulation post-Brexit can benefit food production, trade and the environment, says BCPC
Real benefits could come from Brexit for UK food production by maximising science-based, proportionate decision-making, whilst achieving harmonisation with global authorities to facilitate trade within and outside the EU, Dr Colin Ruscoe, president of the British Crop Production Council (BCPC), has told the Oxford Farming Conference.
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The Environmental Audit Committee is calling on the Government to introduce a new Environmental Protection Act during Article 50 negotiations to maintain the UK's strong environmental standards.
Farmer confidence in the horticulture sector has fallen in the past year says the NFU in contrast to the dairy and livestock sectors which have seen confidence rise by 12 points thanks to a falling pound, increased commodity prices and export levels.
British Crop Production Council joins food and farming organisations' concerns over EU endocrine disruptor regulatory criteria
Organisations involved in the UK food and farming sectors, including the British Crop Production Council (BCPC), have expressed great concern at the European Commission's proposed criteria for endocrine disruptors (EDs) within the Plant Protection Products Regulation.
Lea Valley growers welcome supportive district council local plan as opening of £8m Valley Grown Nurseries' glasshouse nears
Lea Valley Growers Association is to celebrate the opening of an £8m glasshouse next month after seeing off a challenge to prevent local horticultural businesses expanding.
Britain's food and farming sector has global opportunities in the wake of the EU referendum but must invest to capitalise on these, Sainsbury's head of brand Judith Batchelar told the retailer's farming conference last month.
A Kent MP has called on the Government to trial a new seasonal workers permit scheme to meet growers' labour needs in the wake of the Brexit vote.
Defra minister George Eustice has told attendees of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Horticulture & Gardening annual reception that horticulture is a "Cinderella" to agriculture and its EU subsidies, and he wants that to change post-Brexit.
Growers in the UK face "a clear emerging labour crisis" in the wake of the Brexit vote, NFU deputy president Minette Batters told an audience of governmental, regulatory and industry figures at a policy seminar in London on 1 December.
Figures from the industry are continuing to push Defra for a workable solution to ensure horticulture has enough workers to prevent it coming to a halt.
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