AHDB Horticulture, formerly Horticultural Development Company (HDC), was established in 1986 with a remit to fund research and development and communicate results to growers. In 2003, it was also given responsibility for near-market R&D for the apple and pear industry.
Following the Radcliffe Review in 2005, which assessed the structure and efficiency of all agricultural levy boards, the government established a single levy board called the Agricultural and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). In 2008, AHDB Horticulture (HDC as it was then) became a division of the AHDB and now manages the levy board activities for the horticulture industry.
With responsibility for over 300 horticultural crops, AHDB Horticulture looks after the different crop interests through the following crop sectors:
- Bulbs and Outdoor Flowers
Hardy Nursery Stock
Industry led research
To ensure that this near-market R&D is correctly tuned to meet the needs of industry, growers and farmers play a vital role in setting research priorities in each of the crop sectors and in the decision making process for individual research projects. To see our 'Fit for the Future' strategy document click here, or to see our Research and Development strategy in full click here.
A source of technical information
For industry to truly benefit from research it is essential that results and technical developments are communicated in an effective and timely manner. AHDB Horticulture achieves this through the organisation of industry events, the publication of factsheets, reports, crop walker guides, training DVDs, wall charts, software programmes and AHDB Grower, the technical journal for industry. See the Knowledge Hub page for copies of publications and the Events page to see all upcoming events.
Our Communications and Knowledge Delivery strategy - 'Engagement with Impact' - presents how AHDB Horticulture will deliver knowledge derived from the priorities set out in its Fit for the Future strategy. It ensures that AHDB Horticulture is focused on delivering relevant and impactful messages to the right person at the right time and provides the vital link between research, development, knowledge and the levy payer to achieve maximum business benefit.