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12 Days of Christmas – October 2020

With three months to go until the UK was due to leave the EU single market, our Nurture contributors used our October issue to debate the impact Brexit will have on imports – and it might not be all bad. Both Lewis Normand and Nick Coslett looked at the pros and cons of the new rules and regulations on importing plants and trees coming into effect from 1 January 2021 (a thread we continued recently, when the deadline was less than two weeks away).

We also reignited the discussion around a gender gap in the industry – statistics suggest one exists, but in which sectors, and why? And more importantly, how can we close it? BALI board member Tessa Johnstone of Johnstone Landscapes also talks about the benefits of having a diverse workforce in this month’s Let’s Hear It From, as well as how Johnstone Landscapes has proven resilient throughout the pandemic.

What else?

It might have been somewhat overshadowed, but 2020 was the International Year of Plant Health. The Plant Health Alliance launched five Plant Health training modules to help grow knowledge on biosecurity.

There was also meant to be a show garden centred on plant health at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May. Will it appear in the 2021 show instead? Director of shows and gardens Helena Pettit spoke to us exclusively in October about plans for the event next year.

Plans were also unveiled for a greener and more accessible Regent Street, with more space for pedestrians in this iconic London hotspot.

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