The 2000s

All Party Parliamentary Gardening and Horticulture Group is founded with the assistance of industry figures including the late Pete Weston in his role as editor of HW.

The Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society adopts the name Perennial.

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

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.

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

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

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.  

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.

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

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.

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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