Defra confirms industry meeting for ornamentals sector

The industry ornamentals round table that was in jeopardy after Owen Paterson lost his job at Defra in July is back on, with Defra minister Lord de Mauley attending on behalf of the department.

A Defra representative said the event will be on 1 September at a venue in the south-east of England. The HTA, RHS and Horticultural Development Company will be among the attendees.

Defra horticulture head Katherine Kelliher said careers in horticulture for young people, importing and exporting plants and linking edibles and ornamentals more closely may be on the agenda for the meeting.

HTA horticulture head Raoul Curtis-Machin said the topics include attracting people to the industry, competitiveness and skills and training (HW, 11 July).


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