Horticulture

Did you know that 39% of horticultural
growers say they are experiencing the effects of climate change now and 56% say they expect to feel it in the next ten years?

For horticulturalists, the biggest issues are water resources and energy efficiency. See our water management and energy efficiency factsheets for more information. All farmers and growers can explore the potential for renewable energy generation. See our Renewables section for more information.

The great news is that 20% of horticultural growers are taking action to adapt to the changing climate and nearly half are installing measures to mitigate further change.

Are you part of the growing community that is taking action?

There are lots of other factsheets and resources that will be of interest to you as a horticultural grower and you can find these below. You can see a full list of our resources here and it may also be useful for you to use our Interactive Google map to get up to date information and advice for your region. You may also want to look into a 0% Carbon Trust Loans for energy efficiency improvements.

Read our horticulture factsheet by clicking here.

Horticulture - Blogs

  • Wed, 19/04/2017 - 09:55
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    Machine addresses Dutch shortage of asparagus pickers, with potential to boost quality and yields through more accurate picking. (Fresh Produce Journal) A robot has been developed in the Netherlands that can locate and pick asparagus, replacing some...
  • Tue, 14/03/2017 - 08:39
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    Dogtooth Technologies, a start-up company based near Cambridge, is developing autonomous robots designed to harvest soft fruits such as strawberries. (The Engineer) The company tested its first prototype robot in the field in the summer of 2016,...
  • Tue, 07/03/2017 - 16:42
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    The Crop Walkers’ Guide app is a user-friendly tool designed to accurately identify economically-damaging pests, diseases and disorders on tablets and smart phones. The app, which is based on AHDB Horticulture’s popular Crop Walkers...
  • Tue, 07/03/2017 - 10:45
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    Precision agriculture techniques could have substantial financial benefits for producers of hand-picked specialty crops, according to a new paper. A researcher has developed a mathematical model that determined the optimal time for transporting a...
  • Wed, 01/03/2017 - 16:17
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    A new approach for producing daffodil-derived galanthamine based on integrating daffodil growing into existing upland pasture while avoiding the need to plough the field. (IBERS, Aberystwyth University via Innovate UK) Technical Summary In 2010,...

Horticulture - Case Studies

Stephen Frankel specialises in producing meat from high-husbandry rare breeds on his farm Carhart Mill near Wadebridge, Cornwall. An advocate of the...
Andrew Ingram, a farmer from Oxfordshire, installed one of the first on-farm solar PV systems in England. Importantly he was one of the first of a...
Philip Pearson is a tomato grower in Cheshire. Investing in a wealth of renewable technologies, he has taken a whole farm approach to reducing the...