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
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.