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.

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Defra minister points out 'great opportunity'

Defra minister points out 'great opportunity'

Brexit offers a "great opportunity" to enhance biosecurity and "domestically-driven" policy of pesticides and the environment, Defra minister Lord Gardiner has said.

Pesticides top agenda in Saltex debate sessions

Pesticides top agenda in Saltex debate sessions

Brexit is very unlikely to lead to a return of the "golden years" of amenity pesticide use, with even recently banned or under-threat chemicals among those that may not be available in the future, according to two panels of experts speaking at IoG Saltex (2-3 November).

EU approves basic standards for pest and disease scrutiny

EU approves basic standards for pest and disease scrutiny

MEP highlights need for plant inspection agreements.

Untapped opportunities highlighted for fresh produce exports

The National Fruit Show also provided producers with an opportunity to discuss hitherto untapped export opportunities for the sector with representatives of UK Trade & Investment.

Industry impact - survey results

Industry highlights key issues following Brexit vote

Industry highlights key issues following Brexit vote

Challenges and opportunities identified by industry figures in all horticulture sectors.

Mark Glover

Analysis: Brexit and the implications for horticulture

Analysis: Brexit and the implications for horticulture

A week after the vote to leave the EU, the consequences of the referendum decision are manifold.

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Wyevale expects 11 per cent Christmas tree sales increase

Wyevale expects 11 per cent Christmas tree sales increase

Eustice speaks of Brexit opportunity at Westminster all-party horticulture group event

Eustice speaks of Brexit opportunity at Westminster all-party horticulture group event

Hillier sees strong success in 2016 after weather-hit start

Hillier sees strong success in 2016 after weather-hit start

Discounter selling British Christmas trees at £10

Discounter selling British Christmas trees at £10

Report highlights threat to nation's dietary health

Report highlights threat to nation's dietary health

Garden Retail Summit 2017: Going for Growth

Garden Retail Summit 2017: Going for Growth

UK growers hopeful of better poinsettia sales

UK growers hopeful of better poinsettia sales

Seeding, potting & transplanting

Seeding, potting & transplanting

Christmas garden centre sales may see pre price-hike sales boost

Christmas garden centre sales may see pre price-hike sales boost

Tree grower tells of Brexit's toll on sales

Tree grower tells of Brexit's toll on sales

Autumn Statement: Chancellor invests in infrastructure

Autumn Statement: Chancellor invests in infrastructure

Brexit leads European growers to look beyond Britain

Brexit leads European growers to look beyond Britain

Plants and flowers imports fall up to 10% after Brexit

Plants and flowers imports fall up to 10% after Brexit

Government 'complacent' about risks to local authority finances due to commercial activites, MPs warn

Government 'complacent' about risks to local authority finances due to commercial activites, MPs warn

Garden products business Stewart featured in Parliamentary review of manufacturing

Garden products business Stewart featured in Parliamentary review of manufacturing

Fresh Produce Consortium joins ornamentals lobby

Fresh Produce Consortium joins ornamentals lobby

State of the Industry - Top fruit potential

State of the Industry - Top fruit potential

Business planning - Continuous improvement

Business planning - Continuous improvement

Labour provider Concordia confident on horticultural staff supply as Orme's departure leaves gap

Labour provider Concordia confident on horticultural staff supply as Orme's departure leaves gap

Edibles production

Tesco's "Farm Brands" help bring return to growth

Tesco's "Farm Brands" help bring return to growth

Tesco's sales grew 2.2 per cent over the 12 weeks ending 6 November, its fastest growth rate in three years, according to Kantar Worldpanel's latest grocery share figures.

AHDB issues pledge to be 'a critical friend'

AHDB issues pledge to be 'a critical friend'

AHDB will be "a critical friend" to the industry as the levy body takes a more active role in shaping its direction, chief executive Jane King told the GrowQuip event.

Hadlow advises on apprenticeship levy benefits

Hadlow advises on apprenticeship levy benefits

Employers told to prepare ahead of apprenticeship levy.

New parliamentary group hears fruit and veg growers' concerns

New parliamentary group hears fruit and veg growers' concerns

A new All-Party Parliamentary Group for Fruit and Vegetable Farming has been formed, with Faversham & Mid Kent MP Helen Whately elected as chair.

Edibles category deadline for UK Grower Awards is 9 January 2017

Edibles category deadline for UK Grower Awards is 9 January 2017

Production professionals in the edible crop sectors have until the first week in January to prepare their entries.

Brexit returns other big issues to 'back burner'

Brexit returns other big issues to 'back burner'

Chairman of the parliamentary horticulture and cider groups Iain Liddell-Grainger says the industry Ornamentals Round Table 'asks' for a garden expo, extended Sunday trading, lower tax for horticulture, and funding for horticulture careers, R&D and supply chain are on the back burner until Brexit is sorted out.

Cucumber sales up but returns still too low

Cucumber sales up but returns still too low

Promotion of British cucumbers has helped sales this year but this has not made up for the low returns still paid to growers, the Cucumber Growers Association (CGA) and Pepper Technology Group's Growers' Day heard on 12 October.

Ease up on duty to arrest cider's decline, politicians told

Ease up on duty to arrest cider's decline, politicians told

Excise duty on cider must come down to arrest the decline in the drink's sales, National Association of Cider Makers chairman Helen Thomas told the All Party Parliamentary Cider Group (APPCG) at its annual reception in Parliament on 19 October.

AHDB says British potatoes are cheaper than Benelux crops

AHDB says British potatoes are cheaper than Benelux crops

Currency and supply dynamics are affecting the relative price of British processing potatoes compared to supplies from Belgium and the Netherlands.


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