Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

Garden industry welcomes Defra 25-Year environment plan

Published: 15 January 2018 - Kiran Grewal

Many actions were announced which will benefit horticulture and suggestions of working together to improve the industry in the Government’s ‘A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment’, published last week.

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) welcomes many of the actions in the plan, including the creation of more green infrastructure and ways to evaluate and improve its planting and management. The HTA and its members have been working hard for this to happen and it is very encouraging that our voice has been heard.

Much of this will be delivered locally through community projects and it will be great for garden centres to be part of the process in giving advice and selling plants and equipment to help the projects get off the ground. Engaging schoolkids in the natural environment is also to be welcomed and school gardening projects will have a strong role to play in this.


The industry has put a large amount of effort and resource into the creation of the Responsible Sourcing Scheme for Growing Media and it is very encouraging to see this mentioned in the plan with more support offered to get the scheme established. There is still some way to go on peat reduction in horticulture and the industry and Government need to work together to inform gardeners of the choice of materials available to them.

The dramatic proposals to increase tree planting and the creation of a new woodland creation grants scheme will help UK tree growers and these are exactly what the HTA and its members have been asking for recently. A new Tree Champion in the Government will help raise awareness of these vitally important plants and the role they play in enhancing everyone’s lives.

The action to ‘make biosecurity central to buying decisions’ builds on the HTA’s efforts to encourage garden retailers and growers to source plants responsibly and not to take unnecessary risks in the face of serious threats like Xylella fastidiosa.

HTA director of Horticulture, Raoul Curtis-Machin, commented: “There are many good ideas and aspirations for the UK garden industry in this plan, and many ways for us to work together with the Government to improve the industry. We look forward to working closely with Defra on the implementation of the plan.”

Source: HTA


(Your email address will not be published)
Already Registered?
Sign In
Not Yet Registered?
Printable View E-mail Bookmark

What do you think?

As the Brexit saga continues, what do you want the Government to do?

Latest reader comments

re: Which? says B&Q website is bottom of the pile

Roy stone
b&q website has always been terrible 9 times out of 10 it takes an age to work or if it works at all I am a tradesmen and also hold a ...

re: New safety mark replacement could cost UK manufacturers millions

Robert Millien
All very true.Reminds me of all the horror stories about what would happen on 1st January 2000. What happened? Nothing!!!...

re: BCT calls in administrators

Kevin Keely
I worked at Bct in 2009/10 for several months. This time left a lasting impression on me. What an impressive company, staff, colleagues ...

re: Graham Bell to head up B&Q as part of Kingfisher reshuffle

John Garner
Dear Mr Bell. May Ifirst congrate yyou on your promotion yo CEO B&Q. I need your help. 2010 I purchased from B&Q a full kitchen for ...

re: New safety mark replacement could cost UK manufacturers millions
Some misconceptions here. For some time many EU Countries refuse to accept UK Conformity Tests and insist manufacturers get retested in ...

Most read stories