PUBLIC SECTOR: Chelgate to put horticulture’s case

The UK horticulture industry has brought in public affairs agency Chelgate to administrate an all-party group at Westminster, which will give the sector formal access to MPs and peers for the first time.

The UK horticulture industry has brought in public affairs agency

Chelgate to administrate an all-party group at Westminster, which will

give the sector formal access to MPs and peers for the first time.



Despite adding some pounds 3 billion each year to the economy the

messages of the industry have so far been ’lost in the noise’ and

overshadowed by debates surrounding the agricultural and rural affairs

lobbies, according to Chelgate’s Mark Glover.



The three key elements of Chelgate’s brief will be to promote a distinct

identity for the horticultural industry, ensure a parliamentary audience

and bring MPs closer to issues facing the business in the sector.



’I will be making sure were the issues that matter get to the

politicians,’ Glover added. ’Our role is to facilitate and

administrate.’



The moves come in the wake of the renaming of the quaintly-named All

Party Gardening Club to the All Party Horticulture and Gardening Group

at the end of January. This allowed a shift in focus to promote the

horticultural industry and its interests.



’The emphasis is more to do with horticulture than members’ interests in

gardening,’ Glover said.



The 150-strong, cross-party body draws on member of the House of Lords

and the House of Commons and is chaired by Lord Walker of Doncaster.



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