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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Is there now no chance of a SAWS scheme this year?

Is there now no chance of a SAWS scheme this year?

Last February, Defra secretary Michael Gove raised growers' hopes of an imminent resumption of a seasonal agricultural workers scheme (SAWS) given the sector's increasing difficulty in recruiting the necessary volume of seasonal labour.

Exchange rate changes hit UK garden supplier profitability

Exchange rate changes hit UK garden supplier profitability

New Companies Houses accounts for suppliers to garden centres show the impact of Brexit, which has seen sterling lose value against the euro and dollar.

Government's Migration Advisory Committee dismisses fears of long term labour shortages post Brexit in interim report

Government's Migration Advisory Committee dismisses fears of long term labour shortages post Brexit in interim report

The Migration Advisory Committee has published its EEA-workers in the UK labour market: Interim Update Migration Advisory Committee report on the economic and social impacts on the UK labour market of Brexit.

EU transition tackles Plant Variety Rights but detail yet to be clarified

EU transition tackles Plant Variety Rights but detail yet to be clarified

The new draft agreement on Brexit shows agreed areas on the terms of transition, as well as areas still to be discussed or not agreed.

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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BIFGA sets out wish-list for post-Brexit farm policy "opportunity"

BIFGA sets out wish-list for post-Brexit farm policy "opportunity"

Mr Fothergill's increases turnover and profit

Mr Fothergill's increases turnover and profit

Sharp decline in some construction sectors leads to flat growth forecast for 2018

Sharp decline in some construction sectors leads to flat growth forecast for 2018

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Bridge Farm Nurseries and Johnsons of Whixley see profits rise

Trade body announces 30-day action plan to raise awareness of Xylella

Trade body announces 30-day action plan to raise awareness of Xylella

How can English Apples & Pears maintain the sector's growth rate?

How can English Apples & Pears maintain the sector's growth rate?

What measures do industry representatives hope to win to help boost nursery production post Brexit?

What measures do industry representatives hope to win to help boost nursery production post Brexit?

Parliamentarians hear horticulture industry plea for backing to increase production and improve biosecurity

Parliamentarians hear horticulture industry plea for backing to increase production and improve biosecurity

Garden 360: Building resilient garden industry businesses in an era of change

Garden 360: Building resilient garden industry businesses in an era of change

Call for incentives for UK growers to be heard in Parliament

Call for incentives for UK growers to be heard in Parliament

Dutch Flower Group turnover up despite sterling pressure

Labour body introduces £200 finders fee as competition for proficient English speaking seasonal workers grows

Labour body introduces £200 finders fee as competition for proficient English speaking seasonal workers grows

Japan to extend "cherry blossom diplomacy" to UK with gift of a thousand trees

Japan to extend "cherry blossom diplomacy" to UK with gift of a thousand trees

Nursery business rates exemption to be backdated to 2015

Nursery business rates exemption to be backdated to 2015

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Business planning - Managing price volatility

"Greater certainty" from Brexit transition deal welcomed

"Greater certainty" from Brexit transition deal welcomed