Farrer on...Brexit casts uncertainty over landscape

It has been a tumultuous time with Brexit and, for me personally, the conclusion of the presidency of the Landscape Institute.

There I was, comforting myself that my work over the past two years had made a difference, that a few more people now value and understand the importance of what horticulture, landscape design and management can bring.

Then came the referendum result — any good work that I may have done pales into insignificance. I can at least hang on to the fact that the European Landscape Convention will remain as an international treaty obligation for the UK under the authority of the Council of Europe (it did not originate within the EU), as far as I am aware.

But everything else! All the directives and the loss of funding that no one recognised or shouted about that prop up so many longer-term landscape projects are now uncertain.

I am no fan of the Common Agricultural Policy but I recognise its impact on our countryside. Once it is gone, then what? It is likely that the UK Government will revel in reducing bureaucracy and strip away red tape that seemingly hinders farmers.

It may look petty but those little strips of land around our fields that lay fallow, the hedges, the little grants supporting tree planting and more balanced farming methods all add up.

No longer will we be able to turn to EU legislation to mitigate against the effects on our environment caused by modern farming methods.

Farming is only one of the challenges. The work of the Landscape Institute and all the other bodies in our sector goes on. The battle, for that is what it has recently felt like, continues.

Merrick Denton-Thompson, the new president of the Landscape Institute, will be positive and see the future hiatus of change as a real opportunity to promote the role of landscape and stewardship.

Noel Farrer is a founding partner of Farrer huxley associates


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

An effective strategy to retain staff is the best way for any business to avoid a potential recruitment crisis, Neville Stein advises.

GroSouth 2017 update

GroSouth 2017 update

First-time and established exhibitors are preparing to showcase products and services at this year's show in West Sussex, Gavin McEwan reports.

Pest & Disease Factsheet - Vine weevil

Pest & Disease Factsheet - Vine weevil

Avoid costly damage by this serious plant pest.


Opinion... Pepper breeders' wealth of knowledge

Opinion... Pepper breeders' wealth of knowledge

Peter Seabrook looks forward to garden centre pepper-tasting weekends.

Opinion... Shining a light on trading with Europe

Opinion... Shining a light on trading with Europe

Accurate figures are notoriously difficult to get at, but without doubt the UK imports a great deal of its ornamental plant requirement.

Opinion... Unbeatable delight of quality plants

Opinion... Unbeatable delight of quality plants

Viewing top-quality plants, both growing and on sale, always gives me pleasure.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Tim Edwards

Boningales Nursery chairman Tim Edwards on the business of ornamentals production
 

Read Tim Edwards

Ornamentals ranking

Top 30 Ornamentals Nurseries by Turnover 2017

Top 30 Ornamentals Nurseries by Turnover 2017

Tough retail pricing policies and Brexit opportunities drive the top 30 growth strategies.

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world
 

Read more Peter Seabrook articles