Steve Reed MP DEFRA Minister

People

Steve Reed appointed DEFRA Secretary

Steve Reed MP as Secretary of State for Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), a role he has shadowed since September 2023.

Hare in field

Environment

Restore Nature Now march

Over 300 organisations will be attending the Restore Nature Now march, which takes place in Central London from 12 noon until 1pm on Saturday the 22nd of June.

Gunnera Tinctoria flowering Stevage

Worth a read

How did Gunnera get banned?

In this month’s The Garden magazine, James Armitage tells the fascinating story of how the botanical wonder that is Gunnera, became illegal to buy, move and cultivate.

Trucks in traffic queue

Regulation

HTA: Two-week review new border controls

Based on learnings from the past two week into the new border arrangements, the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) seeks clarity and reassurance from the government.

Shipping containers

Business

Small businesses berate new import fees

The horticulture sector is not alone in their condemnation for the newly announced post-Brexit, import Common User Charges coming in later this month.

White Cliffs of Dover

Regulation

Common User Charge Rates announced

Defra has announced the Common User Charge (CUC) rates and how the charge will apply to imports entering Great Britain through Dover and Eurotunnel from 30 April 2024.

Fake grass

Marketing

‘Misleading’ EasiGrass advert banned

The Advertising Standards Authority banned Easigrass advert on the grounds the marketing materials misled consumers over supposed green credentials of plastic grass