Brexit - the impact on horticulture

The latest news on and reaction to the decision to leave the EU and how it is affecting the UK horticulture industry including garden retail, plant production, edibles production, landscaping, parks, sports turf and arboriculture.

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Access to a reliable workforce and food self-sufficiency key planks of a "good Brexit" says NFU

Access to a reliable workforce and food self-sufficiency key planks of a "good Brexit" says NFU

Now is the opportunity to reshape agriculture policy and future-proof British food production, NFU president Meurig Raymond will tell delegates to the NFU Conference in his opening address this morning.

How will the fresh-produce growing season pan out with less labour?

How will the fresh-produce growing season pan out with less labour?

The new fresh-produce season is around the corner and Brexit just over a year away, yet the Government has still given no indication that it will enable seasonal workers to come to the UK in the volumes the sector requires, either in this season or any other.

Food and farming bodies unite to call for post-Brexit labour supply

Food and farming bodies unite to call for post-Brexit labour supply

Thirty-seven organisations from across the UK's food and farming industry have jointly set out what they say should be the goals of a successful Brexit for the sector.

Planting more trees "at heart of Green Brexit", says Gove

Planting more trees "at heart of Green Brexit", says Gove

Tree planting "has a role to play in managing flood risks, helping wildlife to thrive, and simply providing a beautiful place for people to live and work", Defra secretary Michael Gove has said on a visit to a large new plantation in central Scotland.

Edibles and ornamentals focus

Wildlife gardeners tackle Brexit

Wildlife gardeners tackle Brexit

Gardening for Wildlife post-Brexit is the theme of an international conference at the Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum (London) on 23 November 2016, organised by the Wildlife Gardening Forum (WLGF).

Brexit causes continental concern

Brexit causes continental concern

Results from a Mintel survey of over 7,000 consumers across Europe reveals that people in Spain, Italy and Poland are more concerned about the effects of Brexit on their own economies than British consumers are on the UK economy.

Farming can withstand a Brexit

Farming can withstand a Brexit

Growers will gain irrespective of referendum outcome.

APHA asks growers for Brexit feedback

APHA asks growers for Brexit feedback

APHA head office has instructed all its inspectors to call five clients in their area and ask them to fill in a questionnaire about the impact of Brexit.

Brexit and Xylella no barrier for Romiti Vivai

Brexit and Xylella no barrier for Romiti Vivai

After an early start of the 2017-2018 season, Pistoia nursery Romiti Vivai, which has a new link with UK grower Viking Nurseries, is worried that plant stock is running low faster than expected.

Brexit concerns aired at Four Oaks

Brexit concerns aired at Four Oaks

Exhibitors fear currency changes and possible recession.


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UK participation in 2019 Beijing horticulture expo welcomed

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Construction output to stay flat in 2018 says trade body CPA

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Parliamentary committee relaunches horticulture and agriculture labour inquiry

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