The horticulture sector contributes some £2.6 billion annually to the UK economy. There are almost 2,000 agriculture, horticulture and food and drink manufacturing businesses in Worcestershire.
The county's agri-tech innovators are finding new ways to grow the best crops:
- R and L Holt in Evesham were awarded 2nd best tomato grower in the world for their use of Crop & Process technology
- Prima Fruit, also in Evesham, supply Waitrose nationally with all of their exotic fruits and even host a training centre for their staff
- Evesham Vale Growers in Fladbury generates energy from an anaerobic digester plant for use in their greenhouses and sale back to the National Grid. Other key facts include:
- The Vale of Evesham is one of the UK’s leading horticultural areas and is home to the only Food Enterprise Zone in the West Midlands
- Pershore college is the National centre of excellence for Horticulture
- The University of Worcester hosts the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit, a world class facility for research and commercial activity.