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Outlook for veg: ensuring we have a thriving sustainable British horticulture sector post Brexit

Outlook for veg: ensuring we have a thriving sustainable British horticulture sector post Brexit

This workstream is focusing on ensuring we have a thriving and sustainable horticulture sector in the UK which is producing quality, nutritious produce.  It will specifically come up with proposals for consideration by the government for support to horticulture the UK has left the European Union.


  1. To explore the range of approaches which have been proposed in the past or are being used now in the UK or elsewhere in Europe to support horticulture and identify those which have the greatest potential in future.
  2. To co-create commitments which could be made by public policy makers to better support the sector in future.
  3. To identify any longer term actions which need to be made beyond June.
  4. To contribute to a Briefing paper on the workstream which will be published in advance of the summit.

This workstream will be co-chaired by:

Amber Wheeler, member of the Peas Please project board and academic.

Jack Ward, Chief Executive
Jack has a wealth of experience in the Horticultural and Agricultural industries. Having worked for the NFU as Regional Director in the East Midlands and CEO of City & Guilds NPTC, Jack’s primary objective is for British Growers to be recognised as a major force in the representation and promotion of a world class produce industry as well as providing high quality and commercially relevant services to our member organisations.


Ways of working

  1. A draft briefing paper will be prepared by the project team and circulated in mid January. The paper will provide evidence on the nature of the challenge, identify examples of innovation and provide tentative language on a commitment for the summit.
  2. The workstream members will meet on February 6th where they will discuss the challenge in detail, identify critical barriers to action, consider and refine / revise the draft language on commitments. The discussion will take place under Chatham House Rules (membership of the group is known but comments are not attributed to any specific member).  The notes of the workstream meeting will be published on the Peas Please website by end February. All discussions will be at the pre-competitive level.
  3. The workstream could commission additional factfinding from the project team, or agree they need another face to face meeting or agree other actions necessary to refine the commitment before end March.
  4. The workstream members will provide comments on the draft briefing paper produced by the project team so this can be finalised in advance of the summit.
  5. Workstream members will be encouraged, where relevant to discuss the commitment within their own business / organisation with a view to committing at the summit. They will also be asked to help build support from other similar businesses or provide advice to the project team on this.

To view the full terms of reference click here.


If you are interested in joining this workstream or supporting the Peas Please project, please sign up HERE.