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Alert me about debates like this. Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn. Each year, twice as many people visit the gardens of England as watch premiership football—around 28 million versus 14 million. Horticulture is a great British success story, but it is an industry in crisis.

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Alert me about debates like this. Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn. Each year, twice as many people visit the gardens of England as watch premiership football—around 28 million versus 14 million. Horticulture is a great British success story, but it is an industry in crisis.

There is not enough home-grown talent for the industry to sustain itself without increasingly importing skilled labour from overseas. Successive Governments, and the education establishment, can be blamed for this. Horticulture has not been seen as important; it is not something that young people have been encouraged to pursue as a career. The coalition Government can take great pride in the way they have developed apprenticeships over the past four to five years in many areas of the British economy.

However, there is still more to be done in horticulture. In , only 1, of the more than , apprenticeships completed were in horticulture, and only 10 of those were in production horticulture. Elsewhere, there has been a renaissance for apprenticeships after the years of decline and failure by so many parts of industry and commerce during which something that had stood the nation in good stead for centuries had become, in many respects, a neglected concept.

I hope, however, that the Minister can bring good news on that front, because a little bird tells me that there might be an announcement during the next month. Last year, in partnership with the Colchester Daily Gazette newspaper, the Colchester Institute and the National Apprenticeship Service in the east of England, I launched a campaign for local businesses to recruit apprentices in days.

We soared past that target, and more than young people were placed in apprenticeships. Sadly, not a single one was in horticulture, yet that is a part of the country where horticulture and food growing are still a major part of the landscape, so perhaps the industry should also be asking questions of itself.

There is some good news, in that across the border in Suffolk, Otley college has horticulture courses. It is now a good 55 years since I gained my gardening badge in the scouts—something that my wife, children and grandchildren find hilarious when they observe my current efforts.

My excuse is that I lead a busy life. My town was once renowned for its roses. Today, it is a shadow of its former glory, kept going by a small group of enthusiasts, whom I commend. Professional rose growers from Colchester used to win many cups and prizes at national shows. Sadly, only one company, Cants of Colchester , remains, and I fear it will soon make its way into the history books as its rose fields disappear under a massive housing estate, following the dastardly decision to allow them to be lost to development, which the local community does not want.

Let me make a further local observation. The garden was designed by a year-old first-time exhibitor at Chelsea, landscape designer Matt Keightley.

What a great role model for young people, to whom the horticulture industry can point for aspiring youngsters to look up to! People love gardens, both their own and those they can visit.

The report was launched by the then Minister with responsibility for agriculture and food, my good friend and colleague, my hon. Friend Mr Heath. At the time he said the UK is facing. We have to have the best possible skills. We can work with the industry to massively improve its prospects.

In June last year, the then Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs started an initiative to identify the key opportunities and challenges in the ornamental horticulture sector, with the aim that the industry should agree an action plan to take forward with Government support. Lantra, the land-based and environmental industries sector skills council—it covers horticulture—estimates that horticulture will need , more people by the end of this decade As is only five years away, the need is very urgent if overcoming such a large skills shortage is to be achieved.

In doing so, it will be necessary to educate an educational establishment that undervalues the role of those who work in the horticulture sector. Perhaps that is due to a lack of understanding of the breadth of work that horticulturists do, and of its importance to the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants, by which I mean all forms of life.

With horticulture wrongly seen to be lacking career appeal, increasing numbers of horticulture businesses struggle to fill skilled vacancies and are being forced to recruit from overseas. British jobs for British people are available—more than , each and every year over the next five years, and not exclusively in the horticulture industry, but across the land-based and environmental sectors. It is essential that we act now to change the public perception of skills and careers in the horticulture industry.

Gardening plays such an important role in everyday lives that garden products make up 1. Gardening centres in Colchester, which I visit at weekends, are always busy. A strong horticulture sector provides employment, but, as I have mentioned, there is a serious shortage of workers, which could be addressed through the promotion of skilled apprenticeships.

When it comes to career opportunities, the sector provides a huge variety of roles, all of which require a diverse set of professional and practical skills. I am talking about crop growers, gardeners, scientists, tree surgeons and turf specialists to name just a few.

Horticulture has the power to mitigate the consequences of environmental change. It can help combat the harmful effects humankind is having on the environment. Indeed I promoted it and had it approved at a Liberal Democrat party conference. I want to see more trees in our towns and cities. Indeed, growing trees is something that I practice as well as preach. I have been growing trees, mostly oaks from acorns, for more than 25 years.

Planning policies of at least 70 years that include concreting and paving open land within commercial and residential developments must stop. The time allowed for this debate is sadly too short to cover all aspects of the subject—for example, how horticulture has a vital role to play in helping to overcome Britain's chronic failure to grow more of the food we eat. At this point, I pay tribute to the National Farmers Union for its work in this area.

It is a founding member of the agri-skills forum, which addresses skills and training issues throughout agriculture and horticulture. The spirit that rallied the British people on the home front during two world wars is needed now. We had a gardening class at primary school, but not at secondary school, which brings me back to what this debate is all about: promoting skills and training in the horticulture industry.

The Government need to work with the industry on three priorities: improving the perception of horticulture among the population; supporting horticulture in education and training; and safeguarding UK horticulture with financial support for research into plant science and other initiatives.

A positive response from the Minister will give the British horticultural industry the boost it needs, particularly in respect of skills and training. I apologise for it being me again. I seem to be dominating proceedings in the House this afternoon, representing the Government across a range of fronts, from steel to vegetables.

I congratulate my hon. Friend Sir Bob Russell on an important and timely debate on the horticulture industry. He is quite right that we do not have enough time to go into all the issues that we could cover under the auspices of this debate.

Certainly, I could have carried on listening to him for a great deal longer, particularly his pun-tastic approach in talking about home-grown skills. I was interested to hear about my hon. He was slightly modest in outlining his horticultural achievements.

I have been informed by a good source that he has made a prize-winning blackcurrant jam. I am unaware whether the hon. I trust that my hon. Friend will rectify that as soon as possible. This could lead on, Mr Speaker , but I know you will want me to get to the nub of the argument. I know that my right hon.

Friend is very proud indeed of the prize-winning marrow that often wins prizes in his local village competition. My hon. Friend mentioned the farmers markets, and I am asked by an influential Member of the House to point out that the first farmers market took place in Bath.

Friend also talked about the need for joined-up government, and it is important that the points that he has made in the Chamber this evening are communicated both to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change , particularly with reference to the points my hon. Friend made about the impact of the horticulture industry on climate change, and to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills , who will want to hear personally about the points that my hon.

Friend made about skills. As my hon. It often appears dry and desiccated constantly to refer to important industries in terms of their economic value, but Ministers have learned that to get some of the things that we need for the industries that we look after, when we knock on the door of the Treasury, we have to provide some kind of economic justification for the support we seek from it.

Friend made a good point, which I make about a lot of the creative industries that I represent in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as well as in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills , about the wide ecology that is supported. One talks about horticulture and one may simply be talking about planting plants and trees, but a whole industry surrounds that that benefits from horticulture.

It is a diverse industry and it is closely linked to farming and agriculture, which get a great deal of prominence. I am grateful for his remarks in recognising that the Government have put an enormous amount of effort into the skills agenda. I referred earlier to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and a personal passion of his has been both apprenticeships for young people and for adult education.

When he was fighting for his budget during the regrettable reductions in expenditure that we have had, skills were very much at the forefront of this thinking. We have also adopted an employer-led approach to skills.

It would be absurd for the Government to identify the skills that are needed. We need employers to come to us, as my hon. Friend indicated, and tell us where they think the skills gaps are, and then to work in partnership with us to look at how we can remedy that skills gap. We welcome the agri-tech strategy, which aims to ensure that the horticultural sector is equipped with the knowledge and skills that are needed by horticultural employers.

We are facilitating employer engagement across a range of sectors, including horticulture, with our employer ownership pilot schemes, which are pilot schemes owned by employers, giving them even more opportunity to take greater control of the skills agenda. I hope that the perception to which my hon. Friend referred—I stress that it was not a perception that he shared in the slightest—that working in horticulture is a menial job which one can do if one has no qualifications could not be more wrong.

The climate is changing. In some of the industries that I represent, such as the fashion industry, there is a return to craftsmanship and old-fashioned skills.

Although I do not have specific evidence to bring to bear on this point, I suspect that the horticulture industry will benefit from that. I would like to work with my hon. Friend and other Ministers to ensure that we change the perception of the horticulture industry. We have put together traineeships to tackle that gap.

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Situated on the sunny, south-facing flanks of the Lamb Hill in the foothills of the lofty Wicklow mountains, Hunting Brook garden is the boldly idiosyncratic creation of Jimi Blake, the noted Irish horticulturist, teacher and plantsman who first came to prominence during the s as the head gardener of the historic Airfield Gardens in Dundrum, Co Dublin. Hunting Brook is one of Ireland's largest private collections of plants and surrounding his home are many examples of the fiercely colourful and theatrically beautiful, large-scale planting combinations for which Jimi has become so well known. Hidden at the bottom of a secret, shady gorge that lies just west of the house is the chattering mountain stream that gives Hunting Brook its name and which runs through it like an artery, tumbling its way over granite boulders and through a tranquil woodland that Jimi has begun to clothe with an understorey of choice shade-loving plants. From here, a zigzag of rough-hewn forest paths and a simple wooden bridge lead visitors across the stream, before winding steeply upwards into a sunny hillside and a wild meadow where a solitary Bronze Age standing stone keeps watch over the watery west Wicklow landscape. New opening times are Wednesday to Saturday 11am - 4pm f rom Wednesday the 28th April to Saturday the 2nd of October

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Much overlooked and underfinanced since the foundation of the State, landscape architecture may finally have taken its due place on the podium of Irish-built design. It has come a long way since the tar-and-cement days of the s, a progression capped by a momentousLandscape architects were part of the built design group set up by the organisers of Irish DesignRelating to natural, rural, urban and peri-urban areas, the strategy recognises the crucial importance of all landscapes to our quality of life. An interdisciplinary rather than multidisciplinary field, it can incorporate varying degrees of horticulture, architecture, planning, urban design, industrial design, soil science, ecology and the fine arts. So you really need to understand how landscape works. This means that landscape architects can work with the existing landscape to enable more pleasurable, meaningful experiences as in, for example, the user facilities at the discovery points along the Wild Atlantic Way , rather than trying to create something from scratch. Through these projects we hope to influence the response to challenges and opportunities presented by climate change, for example, or other issues facing landscape management at all scales.

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