Commenting on the general election result, James Clark, Director of Policy and Communications at the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) said:

“We welcome the clarity provided by the general election result and look forward to promptly engaging with the new Government and Parliamentarians to make the case for how a strong and vibrant horticulture sector is imperative for the Government to deliver its manifesto pledges. Horticulture makes a hugely important contribution to the economy, alongside the vital role it plays in supporting the wider environment, health and well-being benefits of gardening. We will be advocating the three key themes around the economy, trade and environment, central to our members’ needs, that need to be taken forward in a post Brexit environment.”

The HTA’s three key policy themes and specific ‘asks’ of Government are:

A competitive, productive and growing economy that benefits everyone.

  • Employer taxes and wage floor increases should reflect market conditions
  • Backing a flexible marketplace
  • Horticulture should be better recognised and supported by the Government as an engine of economic growth

Making the best of a post-Brexit world.

  • Championing free and frictionless trade
  • Horticulture must be included in immigration policy
  • Plant health and biosecurity needs to remain a high priority

Creating a greener Britain.

  • Climate change and carbon reduction matters
  • Back tree planting, but the detail is crucial
  • A mix of woodland and urban tree planting is needed
  • Plant pots should be included in a consistent local authority recycling system
  • Work with industry on peat reduction

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