Sue Lamb on labor shortage in horticulture

UK: "We are seeing a real shortage of seasonal labor"

Sue Lamb, owner of Lambs Flowers in Lincolnshire, discusses her opinion on the shortage in seasonal labor in the UK in her column.

Columnist Sue Lamb
"Our industry is entering a huge period of change, automation is not where the government thinks it is and is both costly and time consuming to develop." Lamb adds: "Yet it will come but it will take time. Our flower crops both indoor and outdoor are labor hungry and we are seeing a real shortage of seasonal labor."

Brexit has made the situation more difficult. Lamb says: "We always knew with Brexit, free movement would stop but we had hoped that the government would include ornamentals in any trial scheme for seasonal workers. They are allowing 30,000 seasonal workers to enter the country for a fixed period but these are only allowed to be employed in food crops. Over the years we have seen industries disappear and we need to look closely at ornamental horticulture to see it has a secure future."

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