Strong and Vibrant Ornamental Sector
Ahead of the General Election in eight days time (Dec 12), the HTA has set out a manifesto outlining its key policy themes.
They are seeking assurances which will sustain and develop a strong and vibrant horticulture sector.
This includes maintaining access to seasonal labour in a post-Brexit world. The UK ornamental horticulture industry is reliant on seasonal and full-time experienced workers from overseas. This needs better recognition within a future immigration system to ensure the sector can continue to develop and thrive.
The HTA is calling for Ornamental Horticulture to be included in a Seasonal Workers scheme. With the recent sector skills survey showing horticulture facing on-going labour shortages, this threatens an overall industry that is contributing over £24bn GDP to the U.K. economy.
Tree planting is one of the quickest and easiest ways to deliver carbon reduction. The U.K. tree growing industry is well-placed and stands ready to meet policy ambitions. However, for this to happen, there needs to be a strong degree of certainty created by Government, public and private bodies to provide fully funded plans.
The full manifesto can be viewed on the HTA website: