The 2000s

2003
The Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society adopts the name Perennial.

2003
Cabe Space is launched to support green space sector managers and the parks sector with research, training and education.

2003
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs steps up inspections for phytophthora ramorum following its discovery in single Fagus, Aesculus hippocastanum and Quercus ilex trees.

2004
Battersea Park is officially reopened by the Duke of Edinburgh following a five-year, £11m restoration.

2005
Work finishes on the multi-million-pound restoration of the Italian Gardens on the Trentham Estate in Staffordshire.

2005
Horticulture Week launches the Greening the Games cross-sector campaign together with leading nurseries, landscape businesses and trade bodies. The campaign aims to ensure the London Olympics 2012 is a showcase for UK horticulture and leaves a lasting green legacy. Successes include securing an earlier procurement timeline for trees and shrubs, allowing UK growers to participate.

2006
Garden industry sales dip below £5bn for the first time in four years signalling the lessening of the "Alan Titchmarsh effect" on sales, following the end of the TV programme Ground Force. Also behind the fall were two poor seasons weather-wise, and increasing interest rates. In the same year The Grower became part of Horticuture Week.

2007
RHS Grow Your Own Veg by Carol Klein is published, signalling a grow your own boom.

2008
Repercussions of the economic crisis are felt in the landscape industry with firms suffering cancellations in their work. This is followed by heavy cuts in public spending which hits already vulnerable parks budgets hard.

2009
Horticulture Week launches the Save Our Science industry campaign in response to the funding crisis in horticultural R&D. Success comes with the launch of a £13m collaborative R&D fund by the Technology Strategy Board to develop new crop protection solutions.


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