I wrote my first opinion column 10 years ago. After all that time, I would love to report trees are flourishing and the environment is thriving, but I can't.
Why don't UK growers produce more of the plants that the UK market demands?
What a great trade this is when one of us needs help. "The Container Revolution" co-operative exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a good example.
In April I attended the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) conference on design quality. The design professions of the built environment have been pushing the importance of design quality for years with little success. I left the conference believing we are seeing a change.
Horticulture Week's careers guide (HW, April 2018) is a revealing insight into what constitutes "a horticulturist". Horticulture is a coherent discipline.
Gardening Team Leader
Barbican Centre Barbican (East London)
Superintendent of Parks
The Crown Estate Windsor, Berkshire
Marks Hall Estate Coggeshall, Colchester
Senior Horticultural Supervisor (External Areas)
Birmingham Botanical Gardens Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK
Experienced Ornamental Gardener
Daylesford Estate Cotswolds