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Is it time UK Parliament introduced a Minister for Horticulture?

Lewis Normand will be the subject of Pro Landscaper TV’s first Let’s Hear It From on Tuesday 26 January. He’ll be talking us through why a Minister for Horticulture would be of benefit.


In 2018 UK Horticulture was valued by the Horticultural Trades Association at £24.2bn per year. UK Horticulture employs more than half a million people, representing one in every 62 jobs. Even ignoring the financial value of horticulture to the economy, the environmental, social, cultural, leisure, culinary and aesthetic value of the industry should not go unnoticed or unheard.

Where many other industries are supported with a voice in parliament, horticulture often goes unnoticed, as an extension of agriculture. Fisheries, while important, contributes a little over £1.4bn a year in the UK and yet has better parliamentary representation. The UK horticultural industry is too big to be ill-represented in government and through opposition parties.

Governmental targets to plant trees at a greater rate in the UK than ever before, to beautify and improve air quality in our cities, to encourage people to lead active and healthy lifestyles and so much more depend on horticulture.

A dedicated Minister for Horticulture could greatly help to improve understanding at a national level of the value of the industry. This Minister could be a supportive voice in parliament and could lead the way in setting the agenda of making the UK one of the greenest and more sustainable countries in the world going forward.

Lewis will be live via Zoom on Tuesday 26 January at 10am. You can register your space for the webinar here.

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