Production Horticulture

The production horticulture industry consists of 7,700 businesses, with 95,000 people and is worth an estimated £3 billion. The industry splits into the distinct areas of ornamental plant, flower and tree production (including retail nursery outlets) and food production, also included are fruit, vegetable, salad, herb and potato production.

Production horticulture is all about the large-scale production of plants, fruits and vegetables, which are sold either to be eaten as food or as ornamental plants for gardening.

Production Horticulture Facts

Businesses in production horticulture work with and supply:

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Glasshouse crops
  • Flowers and bulbs
  • Nursery stock
  • Tree production
  • Mushrooms.


Did you know?

  • There are over 2,900 garden centre businesses within the UK employing over 64,000 people
  • Advanced technology means that production horticulture businesses can supply food all year long
  • Pests to food can be controlled biologically. Good insects are brought into greenhouses to kill the bad insects
  • Climate change is likely to bring new challenges to food security.


What We Do For You

We work hard to create opportunities so you can make the most of training. After all, businesses who train their staff are two and a half times more likely to succeed than those who don’t.

By working together, we can help:

  • Give you the skills to meet the future challenges of production horticulture
  • Make sure your people have the right skills to help business grow
  • You find funding that’s available for you
  • You find the training and development you need
  • Make your voice heard to the powers that be
  • You keep your workplace safe.



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