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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Migration Advisory Committee dismisses calls for low-skill migration post-Brexit

Migration Advisory Committee dismisses calls for low-skill migration post-Brexit

The "mix" of work migration to the UK should be shifted towards higher-skilled workers, while EU citizens should no longer be privileged, according to the long-awaited Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report, published today (18 September).

Landscape nurseries see market changes as Brexit and plant health issues kick in

Landscape nurseries see market changes as Brexit and plant health issues kick in

Plant importers are noticing the impact of UK restrictions on olive trees, palms and oaks while pests, disease and climate change are also having an effect on key stock such as box.

AHDB explains impact on nursery stock importers as Government maps "no deal" Brexit scenarios

AHDB explains impact on nursery stock importers as Government maps "no deal" Brexit scenarios

AHDB strategic insight head David Swales has said he believes the UK will do a deal with the EU to avoid trade friction, tariffs and other issues, but "in short, nobody knows so most people are working on different scenarios".

"Short-term" pilot seasonal farm worker scheme announced

"Short-term" pilot seasonal farm worker scheme announced

The Home Office and Defra have today (6 September) announced a nationwide pilot to bring 2,500 non-EU migrant workers to UK farms.

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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