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.
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).
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 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".
The Home Office and Defra have today (6 September) announced a nationwide pilot to bring 2,500 non-EU migrant workers to UK farms.
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).
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.
Growers will gain irrespective of referendum outcome.
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.
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.
Exhibitors fear currency changes and possible recession.