Shipping containers


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


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


‘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

Ancient woodland


Uplift Woodland Creation Offer payments

Defra and the Forestry Commission announce significant uplift in England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) payments to increase tree planting across the country.

Anemone hybrid Frilly Knickers


Almost 10,000 UK PBRs at risk of cancellation

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) published the latest edition of the Gazette Special Edition listing all UK Plant Breeders Rights (PBR) corrected up to 29 February 2024.

Drone enabled by AI to detect botrytis


AI drones able to identify botrytis

Researchers from Unmanned Valley, Greenport DB, and NL Space Campus have successfully developed an AI model that enables drones to identify botrytis.


Spring Budget 2024

In his Spring Budget speech, the chancellor unveiled package of measures, deemed ‘thin’, amounting to around £10bn of tax cuts – half of the autumn statement.

River Itchen


Southern Water fined £330,000

Double pump failure diverts sewage across fields into watercourse near Southampton for nearly 20 hours.

Trucks on motorway


Ten weeks to critical border shift

Just ten weeks before the UK government’s planned switch-off of the Place of Destination (PoD) system on 30th April, when Border Control Points (BCPs) are set to become operational.