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The RHS, with partners from across the gardening industry, has developed a 12-point action plan to help promote the ornamental horticulture industry
The first cross-sector action plan, designed to increase growth and competitiveness for the ornamental horticulture industry, has been created by leaders from across the sector. The plan, which was launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 2015, addresses 12 priority areas where government help could encourage the long-term growth of the sector.
The Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Action Plan 2015-2020 is the culmination of six months work that included a series of roundtable meetings between experts from across the ornamental sector and with input from Defra. The plan unifies their shared concerns and focuses on those areas that have the greatest growth potential, providing major benefits to the health and well-being of the environment and society.
Speaking about the plan, roundtable chair and RHS Director General Sue Biggs said: 'The work the industry has put into the creation of this plan has been truly impressive. Everyone has pulled together to focus our collective expertise, skills and insights to develop a map of where the sector should go. This is vital if ornamental horticulture is to regain its position at the top table among the most important economic, social and cultural sectors in our economy.'
The organisations behind the development of the action plan include the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, Grow Careers, the Horticultural Development Company, the Horticulture Innovation Partnership, the Horticultural Trades Association, Landex, Lantra, the National Farmers' Union, the Royal Horticultural Society and YoungHort, and they will continue to guide its development over the next five years.
A representative from the horticultural sector will lead and drive each of the 12 challenge areas and will feed into a steering group. To ensure rigour, each group is being encouraged to draw on expertise from within and outside the sector to inform their work.
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