Horticultural bodies challenge Owen Paterson at annual meeting

The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is due to be challenged on some of horticulture's biggest issues at a meeting with politicians and industry figures this week.

The meeting is due to take place on Wednesday (17 July) between Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Gardening and Horticulture and horticultural executives at the Defra offices.

Employment opportunities in horticulture, plant health and biosecurity, pesticides and neonicotinoids and research and development are all on the agenda.

All Party Group chairman Baroness Fookes and vice chairman Lord Palmer, Lord Kilclooney, Secretary Brian Donohoe MP and member Cheryl Gillan MP are due to attend.

Director general of the RHS Sue Biggs, BALI chief operating officer Wayne Grills, Sue Ireland director of open spaces at the City of London and director general of the HTA Carol Paris represent the industry.

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