Comment from Horticulture Week writers, columnists and industry experts.
Unless you've been on another planet, you'll be familiar with the word "neonicotinoids" - they've been all over the news, alongside UKIP and their cheery leader Nigel Farage.
With concerns over the threat from new pests and disease outbreaks at their height thanks to ash dieback, environment secretary Owen Paterson could hardly fail to win plaudits by pledging - as he did at Chelsea this week - to make plant health a prio...
An application to take space at the Chelsea Flower Show is akin to asking to be put on the rack, and every year it is as if the screw is given another good turn!
With UK horticulture about to get its biggest publicity boost of the year thanks to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, there can be no better time to celebrate the incredibly diverse career opportunities open to those entering the industry.
In early 2010, buoyed by a "best ever" Christmas trading period, Tesco-owned garden centre group Dobbies reiterated its plans to expand from 25 to 100 stores within the next eight years. As we noted at the time, Dobbies' statement was a reminder of t...
The shock, anger and dismay with which the news of the demise of the last remaining dedicated body representing parks in England has been met should not be underestimated. And it must not be ignored.
The loss of millions of pounds and hundreds of skilled staff will have a devastating long-term effect on parks and landscapes. This, together with the merging of parks and street scene services, caused me many sleepless nights before I retired from O...
On 14 September, I will be meeting my MP, Andrew Gwynne (Labour). He was elected in Denton & Reddish following the retirement of Andrew Bennett MP (Labour). It was the latter who chaired the Department of the Environment, Transport & Regional Affairs...
More than half the population and the workforce. More than half the higher-education degrees conferred. More than 70 per cent of the buying decisions. The largest single sector of small business growth and development. Yet only a small percentage of ...
More than half the population and the workforce. More than half the higher-education degrees conferred. More than 70 per cent of the buying decisions.
Spending a little to create eye-catching displays can boost sales and turn your garden centre into a "destination", maintains David Domoney.
Over the years there have been some fantastic speakers at HTA conferences.
In my last comment column (HW, 22 July), I challenged the received wisdom that garden centres are recession proof.
Professor Geoff Dixon
Too many messages. That is how outsiders view horticulture. "Lack of focus on the big picture" is frequently the summary of horticulture made by politicians and civil servants. There are too many sectors with their own agendas. That produces failures...
Soil is field and green-space horticulture's most valuable living asset. Like many natural assets, it is ill-treated. Last year's weather brought record levels of flooding and waterlogging.
Ten plants have now been chosen from the many hundreds of novelties launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show over the past 100 years.
Walking the 15km of pathways through the Keukenhof Park in Holland on its 64th opening last month, it was hard to imagine in the course of eight weeks' opening some 900,000 visitors from 100 countries.
Ash is in its dormant season and the amount of horsemeat finding its way into cheap lasagne has diverted press attention from Chalara.
Every now and then something comes along that tests the rigour of my political leaning, such as the current proposal to abolish the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB).
Much has been written and said about ash dieback and more will doubtless follow.
Oxford City Council has published a draft green space strategy for 2012-26 that aims to ensure people do not have to walk further than 1,900m to their nearest large park, 750m to a medium-sized park and 400m to a small park. This standard will be app...
Traditional comfort food remains popular, but some customers want something special, says Doug Stewart.
Centuries of industrialisation desolated swathes of Britain, but toxicity can be cleaned up and nature has a remarkable ability to recover from abuse.
All professionals involved in growing and planting trees should be aware that 2013 will reveal their first sight of the draft BS 8545: From Nursery to Independence in the Landscape. It will be published by the British Standards Institution (BSI). The...
The garden at Number 10 Downing Street has offered a glimpse behind the famous door for many years.
Looking back, 2012 looks anything but normal. It started so dry, drought seemed inevitable. Then the rain came.
The private sector is nervous about spending money. Some say the Government should fill the gap, but others argue further cuts are needed to put right the country's finances.
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