Monday 2 December 2013
Statement from the Royal Horticultural Society in Response to current developments in the EU Plant Reproductive Material 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/committees/en/agri/members.html#menuzone
Please use the following link to identify your local MEP: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/map.html;jsessionid=EEC9FF0A781B177C2A9373523D008A9C.node2
Notes to editors
For more information, please contact Garfield Myrie in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity.
Today the RHS is committed to providing a voice for all gardeners. We are driven by a simple love of plants and a belief that gardeners make the world a better place. 209 years on we continue to safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture, creating displays that inspire people to garden. In all aspects of our work we help gardeners develop by sharing our knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment.
RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join
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