Baroness Royall joined members of the All-Party Parliamentary Gardening & Horticulture Group (APGHG) this week for a reception with sponsors which included BALI, the HTA, Horticulture Week and the Royal Parks.
"I hope that we in the horticulture group can assist you in the industry as we go further into the recession," said Baroness Royall. "We are here to support you."
New chairman of the APGHG Ann Cryer - who was voted into the position at the group's AGM last month - joined MPs including group secretary Brian Donohoe and Brian Jenkins.
Donohoe added that he hoped for involvement from Defra secretary Hilary Benn at this year's annual reception in November: "We will be making a special effort to make sure the secretary of state turns up and stays for a while so we can do a proper lobby."