Gwyther, speaking to HW after the annual meeting between Benn and horticulture leaders including BALI chief executive Sandra Loton-Jones, Royal Parks chief executive Mark Camley and MPs Ann Cryer, Bob Russell, Brian Donohoe and Brian Jenkins, said: "Hilary Benn is now saying he does appreciate the contribution of the industry to his environmental objectives, so there is a certain amount of continuity.
He added: "We suggested to Mr Benn that an ornamental task force be set up to match the new fruit and veg task force. He said he regards our regular meetings as an ornamental task force.
"We were comfortable with that and offered the help of the garden retail industry to get the meesage over and to meet the fruit and veg task force to encourage more grow-your-own and to encourage sales of seeds, plants and trees and other equipment."
Gwyther explained how this could happen through the membership of the HTA retail management group.
He added that Hilary Benn wanted to see the plan happen.
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