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