Hardy Nursery Stock



The Hardy Nursery Stock (HNS) sector contributes around 8% of the annual Horticulture levy income and is one of the most diverse crop sectors. The sector encompasses numerous production systems, ranging from outdoor systems (field or container) to protected systems (glasshouse or tunnel). Businesses vary considerably in size and the markets they supply, and the most specialist nurseries concentrate on only a few plant species, while others may supply well over 1000.


The HNS sector is subdivided into the following broad crop groups (approximate levy income shown):

Crop Group

approximate levy income

1. Shrub and Climbers


2. Herbaceous plants


3. Tree and Hedging


4. Roses


5. Heathers/Alpines


6. Conifers




Based on current and planned spend for the 2018/19 financial year, the split of work funded by the Hardy Nursery Stock Panel is as follows:






















The outer ring shows the proportion of money being spent on different ‘themes’, and the inner ring gives more detail about the breakdown of spend within each theme.


In association with grower associations, researchers, industry, and the Hardy Nursery Stock Panel, AHDB Horticulture have identified four main priorities going forward:


1. Building sustainable plant health – crop protection and integrated pest management, improve capacity from quick responses to new pest and disease threats.

2. Managing resources efficiently and sustainably – particularly around reducing nursery labour costs per unit of output

3. Driving precision technology into practice – increase the use of automation on nurseries

4. Honing technical and business skills – ensuring a skilled workforce to secure the long-term future


See the full list of Hardy Nursery Stock Panel priorities.



Grower Associations


Hardy Nursery Stock grower associations include:

HTA Tree & Hedging Group: Download
West Sussex Growers’ Forum

There are currently no other active groups for the sector. If you are part of one that you feel would benefit from AHDB collaboration, please contact Georgina Key.

Georgina Key
Ornamentals lead


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