News & Analysis
The latest news across the UK horticulture industry including garden retail, plant production, edibles production, landscaping, parks, sports turf and arboriculture.
The horticulture industry has defended glyphosate after a landmark US court case saw chemical company Monsanto ordered to pay $289m (£226m) damages to a groundskeeper who claimed herbicides containing glyphosate had caused his cancer.
The recent heatwave has been less than ideal for many plants but it has allowed rare flowerings of natives of much hotter climates.
The cost of vehicle thefts from farms is rising, while trust in the police's ability to deal with rural crime is in decline, two new reports show.
The industry suffered hosepipe ban threats in July and August, but will this mean any changes for 2019?
New changes made last week to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which underpins local planning decisions, means this now gives ancient trees and woods the highest possible protection from development.
With the soft-fruit industry's labour crisis deepening, the prospect of commercially available field robots appears to offer at least a partial solution, growers at a discussion at Fruit Focus heard.
Hayloft Plants' Derek Jarman says NIMBY councillors are holding back plant growers from modernising in the face of Brexit and wage pressures.
The 2018 Rural Crime Report by countryside insurer NFU Mutual found that earth banks, ditches, stockade fences, barricaded rooms, reinforced gates and high-security single access points were among ways farmers and nurseries are protecting themselves.
Bagged salad supplier Florette is launching two new mixes this autumn, a Winter Mix and a Sandwich Mix.
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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.
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