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Environmental Horticulture Group Parliament Lunch

12 months ago by Natalie Smith

​A new Environmental Horticulture Group (EHG) launched last week at a parliamentary event in Westminster, and of course our Horticulture manager Sarah Want attended!

“EHG aims to champion UK gardens, landscaping, arboriculture and environmental horticulture and push the government for greater support for the sector.

Industry event in the House of Lords will be attended by more than 160 high-profile MPs, Peers, officials, ministers and sector representatives, as well as TV’s Jim Carter and Alan Titchmarsh”

Find out more about the group here >

Sarah comments;

“I felt privileged to be invited to the Environmental Horticulture Group Parliament Lunch, a big thanks to Boyd Douglas-Davies for this. The YPHA Committee were there to represent, as well as industry leaders across all sectors of Horticulture.

The lunch was set up as an opportunity to network, as well as to hear about industry updates. Boyd explained that the former Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group was changing, to the Environmental Horticulture Group aims to champion UK gardens, landscaping, arboriculture and environmental horticulture and push the government for greater support for the sector. Some of their key focuses are around cross-border trade, seasonal workers and improving environmental sustainability.

As well as Boyd, we also heard from Baroness Fookes, who explained her role was to support this, and do her best to get Government to rise to the challenge too.

Trudy Harrison (MP) also said a few words, as well as Actor Jim Carter and Gardener Alan Titchmarsh, about the importance of gardening, the environment and the impact on everyone in general.

One of my favourite quotes was from Alan Tichmarsh who described the Horticulture industry as being ‘the saviours of the nation”.

Personally, I got to spend time representing the YPHA, and how we can play an important part in the changes needed within the industry, and I also got to meet a number of clients for a catch up, which is an opportunity I wouldn’t usually get!”