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.
Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis has told BBC's Radio 4 that a new immigration system will be in place by March 2019 - the date when the free movement of people between the EU and UK will end.
At a debate during last week's Fruit Focus trade show in Kent, senior industry figures painted a bleak picture of an increasingly difficult seasonal labour market that is already impacting on investment.
Planting millions more trees will mitigate flooding as well as store carbon and benefit wildlife, Defra secretary Michael Gove has said in a major speech outlining his department's priorities post-Brexit.
Dutch bank ABN Amro has said in a report that the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union will mean flowers will cost more in the UK.
Breeders association CIOPORA is working with the UK government and EU bodies to ensure a smooth Brexit transition for the horticulture plant breeding industry.
A large tree fruit and hop farm is serving as a case study on how lean principles can improve growers' labour efficiency.
Conservative MPs Neil Parish (Tiverton and Honiton) has beaten Bill Wiggin (Leominster) and Zac Goldsmith (Richmond Park) to retain his role as chair of the Commons Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee.
Parliamentary Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee chairman Neil Parish MP has called for a new seasonal agricultural workers scheme (SAWS) to relieve labour shortages in fresh produce.
TV coverage and strong grower presence at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show helps to beat garden downturn
Extra TV coverage, a full quotient of nurseries and an Andy Sturgeon-designed show feature are helping to make up for a halving of the number of gardens at this year's RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.
UK crop research organisation NIAB has warned that the EU Commission's hardline negotiating stance on Brexit is already damaging prospects for UK agri-science, and has called on Ministers to safeguard the UK science base.
Cutting-edge technology and innovation can help UK farmers produce, sell and export more than ever following the UK's exit from the EU, Defra secretary Michael Gove has said.
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