News & Analysis
The latest news across the UK horticulture industry including garden retail, plant production, edibles production, landscaping, parks, sports turf and arboriculture.
The Brexit white paper on the future relationship between the UK and the EU promises that the UK will be able to sign trade deals and remain outside the jurisdiction of EU courts, proposals generally welcomed by the horticulture industry.
Britain's grocery market has long being dominated by a few large players, which many say has put them in an overly strong position to demand low prices from suppliers. So the two recent tie-ups, involving the three largest players of all, have brought concern from growers' representatives.
Broadening the offer to include more food outlets and "things to do" is the future, according to some bigger garden centre operators.
For growers, the prolonged warm, dry weather is proving a double-edged sword, although the impact varies widely from crop to crop.
Several paperless tree trails, either online or app-based, have gone live in the past year. But what do these offer tree managers and are they worth the investment to set up and maintain?
As national group training manager of Ground Control, one of the UK's largest contractors with nearly 3,000 staff, as well as BALI technical director, Neil Huck knows the vital importance of developing and maintaining a top-notch health-and-safety policy. He shared the benefit of his experience at a Parks & Gardens Live workshop on 27 June.
Otter Garden Centres has added to existing green credentials with the installation of car charging points at the company's Ottery St Mary, Plymouth, Wincanton and Lymington branches.
The new hose is designed to work in low water pressure areas.
A London box scheme which supplies only fresh produce rejected by mainstream retailers said it has undergone growth of 650% in a year and benefited growers along the way.
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
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.