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Environmental horticulture could exceed £41bn by 2030, says HTA

by | 20 Feb 24 | News

HTA 125 years

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has started its anniversary celebrations at the Garden Press Event today with a reminder of how much environmental horticulture is worth to the UK economy.

Contributing £28bn, supporting 674,000 jobs and generating £6bn in revenues, environmental horticulture “encompasses economic vitality, environmental sustainability, and public health and wellbeing,” says chief executive Fran Barnes.

By 2030, the industry’s GDP footprint could exceed £41bn “with adequate support,” she adds. “There are very few – if any sectors – which can match the economic numbers with the environmental benefits and the social value of environmental horticulture.”

Alleviating financial burdens on SMEs and accessing the apprenticeship levy are two key priorities that the HTA has outlined in a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with Barnes says it hopes to see acknowledged in a couple of weeks.

“Government support is indispensable, whether in navigating trade complexities or promoting sustainable practices such as peat-free growing media,” says Barnes.

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