Horticulture is a key growth sector for Welsh Government and is essential to delivering the goals of Well-Being of Future Generations Act due to the role it can play in environmental sustainability, public health, and the economic regeneration of rural Wales. Defined by fruit and vegetables production, ornamental plants, novel crops and tree saplings, horticulture is growing steadily, and our Strategic Action Plan focuses on building the skills necessary to enhance the capacity and capability of the industry.
It aims to scale-up proven achievements that will continue to benefit Welsh horticulture businesses. It responds to both immediate needs and provides leadership to equip businesses with the knowledge and practical skills for green and inclusive growth supported by applied research and appropriate use of technology
The main aims of the cluster are to:
- Shorten supply chains by promoting local Welsh produce
- Reduce waste, with an emphasis on single-use plastics and waste valorisation (the process of reusing, recycling or composting waste materials and converting them into more useful products)
- Promote collaborative working through the creation of ‘clusters’ of local food producers, growers and horticulturalists across Wales. Find out more about our clusters here.
The cluster also aims to:
- Raise the profile of Welsh growers, horticulturalists and producers
- Promote knowledge exchange in Welsh Horticulture
- Signpost members to potential funding sources
- Promote Welsh horticultural produce.