New Chichester MP visits local growers

Gillian Keegan MP has visited Vitacress, Hills, Tangmere Airfield Nurseries and had lunch with leading industry figures.

Horticulture is her constituency's second largest industry, after tourism and bigger than agriculture.

Planning permissions, infrastructure and labour availability are issues the sector in the area brought up.

Keegan, recognising the importance of the sector in the area for the first time after winning the seat in June, said: "Fantastic day today learning about the commercial horticultural industry. In the Chichester constituency we have a number of very successful growers who together turnover around £1bn and employ 9,000 people. The area is ideally suited to growing due to the sunshine and proximity to the sea....went to see a large scale herb grower, the last begonia grower in Britain plus we have the biggest pepper grower in the UK."

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