The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has issued a comment regarding the Queen’s Speech.

James Clark, Director of Policy and Communications at the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) said:

“We are encouraged by the Government commitment towards improving the environment for future generations as highlighted in the Queen’s Speech. The horticulture sector has a significant role to play in helping to achieve this through the growing and selling of plants, trees and shrubs. We want to work with Government on delivering this but first need to better understand detail on implementation. It is important any changes do not create additional burden for businesses, especially smaller independent family owned businesses.”

“With regard to the introduction of a points-based immigration scheme in 2021 we will continue to engage with the Home Office and Migratory Advisory Committee on appropriate thresholds. We are concerned that if thresholds are too high the UK horticulture sector would no longer be able to employ much needed skilled and experienced full-time workers from EU countries.

We welcome the confirmation that any EU citizens that have registered before the cut-off date are eligible to continue living and working in the UK post Brexit.”

“It is encouraging to hear that having a consistent approach to household recycling is included within the Environment Bill and it is vital that plant pots are included within this to ensure that that 8,000 tonnes of recyclable pots are collected from the kerbside and made back into plant pots.”

Planting and Biodiversity
“The Government’s intent to work with developers on improving biodiversity is reassuring and this is an area where gardens can really make a difference by providing valuable habitats. This, coupled with pledges to plant 11 million new trees and one million urban trees, will help to mitigate the impact of climate change and make Britain a greener nation.

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