ASPARAGUS ON THE COMMONS MENU AT ST GEORGE’S DAY EVENT FOR LOCAL GROWERS
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Growers from across Worcestershire attended a reception at the House of Commons on St George’s day yesterday (Monday) to promote horticulture in the region and to draw attention to a major report on horticulture in the West Midlands.


The event was hosted by one of the region’s MPs, Peter Luff, whose Mid Worcestershire constituency includes a large number of growers in the Vale of Evesham through to Hartlebury. It was arranged by the West Midlands branch of the NFU. Growers, council representatives, food processors, MPs and Peers from all the counties and urban areas of the West Midlands including Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Birmingham and Wolverhampton were present.

The reception provided the opportunity for growers to promote their locally grown produce and highlight the huge contribution the region makes to the horticulture sector nationally.

The report ‘Getting to the heart of Horticulture’ reveals that the West Midlands horticulture sector produces over 65% of UK asparagus, 60% of UK cider apples, 35% of UK blackcurrants, 20% of UK soft fruit and 13% of UK potatoes.

The day also marked the official launch of the asparagus season and guests were treated to a range of delicious asparagus canapés as well locally produced wine and ciders.

Commenting on the event, Peter Luff said,

“The reception was a triumph. It was great to show off our great region in Parliament and to highlight its paramount role in the horticultural sector

“Growers in the West Midlands and particularly in Worcestershire produce high quality and delicious produce and I am please that the region was able to showcase this at the House of Commons.”

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