Following on from the Prime Ministers statement this morning, HTA Chairman, James Barnes, made the following comment:

"The Government's re-commitment to planting 75,000 acres of trees every year by 2025, and the promise to create more jobs and training for young people to support environmental protection is welcome. However, without the introduction of a grant aid scheme for British growers, these continue to be very worrying times for businesses and the potential of the horticultural sector to contribute will be lost.

"Horticultural businesses that are still facing insolvency are vital in supporting a green recovery, offering green jobs within a growing market sector, assisting with 50% of the Government’s ambitions set out in the 25 Year Environment Plan and having a positive impact on the UK’s biosecurity strategy. We urge Government not to forget them in their efforts to launch a bigger, better, faster recovery programme for the UK. 

"We also urge the government to ensure that its forthcoming review of the planning system continues to ensure that new housing is built with appropriate green spaces and gardens, supporting our environment and building spaces in which people want to live and are positives for mental health and wellbeing." 

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