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.
New analysis by the British Retail Consortium spells out the potential cost to shoppers of leaving the EU without a tariff-free trade deal.
Total Dutch plant and flower exports to August have grown around 6%, reaching a record value of €4 billion - but sales to the UK are down by 7%.
As the British apple season begins, English Apples & Pears (EAP) is warning that growers will feel the effects of both a late frost in spring and also constrained labour supply.
Kolff Plants managing director Jacob Kolff said a dip in the economy is more of a worry than Brexit, while Xylella needs to be taken seriously by everyone.
A new NFU report says Government should take advantage of the opportunity Brexit presents to create a regulatory environment for farming that is streamlined, grounded in science and respects realistic farm practices.
A draft Home Office document leaked to The Guardian newspaper makes a number of proposals that could negatively affect employment of EU nationals in horticulture.
Palmstead Nurseries marketing manager has said plants such as olives are now too risky to import and designers and specifiers must look at other options.
Produce World's Jason Burgess has been appointed chair of the British Growers Association.
New quarterly migration figures published today (24 August) by the Office for National Statistics show a sharp decline in workers migrating from central and eastern Europe.
Garden centres have told Friends of the Earth they are trying to avoid selling plants that have traces of imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam neonicotinoids in them.
Exports of plants and flowers from Holland to the UK were down by a sixth in July.
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