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Total amenity horticulture exports up 9.8% to €17.9m in 2017

Hardy nursery stock accounts for €7m of exports with 26 nursery stock producers exporting to Northern Ireland and Great Britain in 2017.

Despite significant currency changes triggered by the Brexit referendum; growers of plants, Christmas trees, cut foliage and flowers, all managed to maintain or increase exports to Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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23 April 2018 | 0

In 2017, the total value of amenity horticulture exports increased from €16.3m to €17.9m, an increase of 9.8%, according to Bord Bia’s 2017/2018 Export Performance and Prospects publication.

The amenity horticulture sector relies heavily on the UK for sales and despite significant currency changes triggered by the Brexit referendum; growers of plants, Christmas trees, cut foliage and flowers, all managed to maintain or increase exports to Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Hardy nursery stock accounts for €7m of exports with 26 nursery stock producers exporting to Northern Ireland and Great Britain in 2017.

There was also 5 bulb/cut flower exporters, exporting stock to Northern Ireland, Great Britain and continental Europe.

Challenges remain in exporting to the UK due to the exchange rate and have resulted in some UK buyers seeking to source more stock from the UK than here.

In addition, the home market is more buoyant with the uplift in house-building. Over 20 companies are actively working with Bord Bia on an amenity export programme which provides insight, advice and leads on the UK market.

Cut foliage producers have made significant inroads into mainland Europe to counteract Brexit with the mainland European market buoyant. One leading exporters’ investment in a branded premium range should see significant growth in the period ahead.

Christmas Tree returns from the UK were down by circa 6% but a small increase in volume saw producers maintain their export value at €4.8m.

Quick Facts

  • The value of amenity horticulture exports – €17.9.
  • Hardy nursery stock accounts for €7m of exports.
  • Cut foliage producers have made significant inroads into mainland Europe to counteract Brexit.
  • Christmas Tree returns from the UK were down by circa 6 percent but a small increase in volume saw producers maintain their export value at €4.8m.

You can read the full report as an online PDF here.

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