Report to study importance of nurseries to W Sussex economy

The West Sussex Growers' Association (WSGA) has just commenced a study assessing the importance of the horticulture industry to the economy of the region, aiming to show local authorities the benefits of nursery developments.

The study is being funded by grants from SEEDA and the county councils of West Sussex, Arun and Chichester, as well as contributions by association members.

WSGA chairman Dr Paul Sopp said the study would tackle a range of issues, including: planning policy; the resources available - from energy to labour to transport; and the impact of climate change.

This document will hopefully inform our members to help them if they want to expand their businesses. It can be used by members and local authorities alike when they are looking at planning applications.

Reading Agricultural Consultants, which is undertaking the study, is due to publish its report at the end of January.

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