1599: Some horticulture issues

This briefing has been summarised from a paper, ‘Horticulture and Orchards’ by Christopher Barclay, Science and Environment Section of the House of Commons Library

Year of Publication2012

Horticulture did not benefit from the traditional Common Agricultural Policy. However, the 2003 reform brought it within the Single Farm Payment System. Seasonal labour shortage is often a problem for horticulture, with the industry relying heavily upon temporary immigration. That has operated under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme. However, that scheme has been considerably reduced in scope, partly because of the expansion of the European Union and is now limited to those from Romania and Bulgaria. There has been concern that gardeners buy exotic foreign plants to create a special effect. If the plants spread, they may lack natural predators and become a pest.

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