HTA director general David Gwyther said the government target for a 90 per cent reduction in peat use by 2010 was unrealistic. He added that his aim at the meeting would be “getting DEFRA comfortable with moving away from a 90 per cent reduction in two years’ time rather than proposing mandatory/voluntary schemes.”
More meeting aims included attempting to persuade Benn to get the Government to legislate to have more plants planted in property developments and at the 2012 Olympics. Gwyther said: “The big issue is environment and climate change. The [horticulture] industry is making a sustainable contribution to the environment.”
Gwyther also wants to broach the subject of protecting research and development funding, and how the industry will win “real benefits from the merger of levy bodies”.
APGHG secretary Brian Donohoe MP will discuss the state of the industry and market size.
The group will thank Benn on DEFRA’s clarification of the water code of practice, which sorted out anomalies brought to the fore by the hosepipe ban in 2006.
Royal Parks chief executive Mark Camley and BALI chief executive Sandra Loton-Jones will attend the meeting, along with APGHG MP members and officers.
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