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RHS urges gardeners to contact their MEPs over EU Legislation
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), along with many other horticultural organisations in the UK, is highlighting concerns at the very highest level that the EU Plant Reproductive Material legislation is likely to have unintended consequences for the horticultural sector.
The RHS is working closely with representatives from the sector to raise awareness of the potential negative impacts of the proposed legislation that could see breeders having to pay a fee of between £300 and £500 to register plant names, a cost that would inevitably be passed on to UK gardeners. The knock on effect of increased costs and bureaucracy could be a reduction in the range of plants available to buy in garden centres.
In addition to meeting with Defra officials, representatives of the EU Commission and briefing MEPs, we are also currently involved with drafting amendments to the legislation aimed to ensure that it is proportionate and the interests of gardeners are reflected in the changes.
The RHS is urging gardeners to contact their MEPs to alert them to their dissatisfaction with the current EU Plant Reproductive Material legislation.
Please use the following link to identify UK MEPs who are members of the influential Agriculture and Rural development Committee: http://www.europarl.europa.eu
Please use the following link to identify your local MEP: http://www.europarl.europa.eu
Garden Media Guild Awards
The RHS picked up three top prizes at this year’s Garden Media Guild Awards ceremony which celebrated the very best of horticultural communications, rewarding the talent, skill and inspiration of garden media professionals across the industry.
RHS Chief Horticultural Advisor, Guy Barter took home the Practical Journalist of the Year Award for his articles in The Garden: Root Cuttings, Growing Media for Containers and Identifying Fungal Diseases. The Practical Book of the Year award went to RHS Grow Your Own Crops in Pots by Kay Maguire, and Reference Book of the Year was awarded to RHS Encyclopaedia of Gardening by Chris Brickell.
Guy Barter said of his win: “I am really pleased to be awarded this, not least because getting sound evidence based gardening advice and information in an accessible form to the public is what we are all about. It is good for this to be recognised, and much heartened, I and my talented colleagues in the science team have some exciting plans for 2014.”
Other RHS short-list of nominations included:
• Reference Book of the Year: RHS Latin for Gardeners by Loraine Harrison
• Garden Publication of the Year: The Garden, Chris Young
• The David Hessayon Garden Writer of the Year Award: Phil Clayton, The Garden, Great Garden Visits
• News Story of the Year: Anisa Gress The Garden: Making it Known that Horticulture Matters - Halting a Horticultural Crisis
• New Media Award: Lara Burns, RHS Chelsea Flower Show App
• Radio Broadcast of the Year: Lara Burns, Lucy Dichmont, Alex Feldman & Jim Ward RHS Gardening Podcast: Edible Britain