The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has welcomed the suggestions made in the government’s new report, ‘A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment’.
The HTA has approved of many of the actions in the plan, including the creation of more green infrastructure and ways to evaluate and improve its planting and management.
Much of the plan, which was unveiled at the London Wetland Centre in Barnes, will be delivered locally through community projects and the HTA believes 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.
The idea to engage school kids in the natural environment was also warmly received with school gardening projects having a strong role to play.
In a statement the HTA said: “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 proposals to increase tree planting and the creation of a new woodland creation grants scheme are aimed to help UK tree growers,are also in-line with the HTA’s aims.
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, the most harmful plant pathogen in the world.
HTA director of horticulture, Raoul Curtis-Machin, said: “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