2006-2006: The environmental impact of horticultural practices in the EA's Southern Region

Over the past couple of decades, a significant amount of research has examined the environmental impacts of agricultural practices. However, much of this research has been applied to arable systems, and only now is attention beginning to focus specifically on horticulture. Although the area of land associated with horticultural production is quite small compared to that in arable cropping, there is potential for significant levels of environmental impact due to inputs of fertilisers, pesticides, water and energy, coupled with practices such as the use of plastics (e.g. for crop protection).

The purpose of this project was to undertake a desk study to identify the broad, generic risks associated with horticultural production in the Southern Region of England considering the local environment and local issues. This baseline information was required to improve the Environment Agency’s knowledge of the industry and the associated environment risks.


  • Lewis K.A., Tzilivakis J, Green, A. & Warner, D.J. (2006). Horticulture and the environment in the Southern Region. Final report for the Environment Agency (Southern region).


Dr John Tzilivakis


University of Hertfordshire
University of Hertfordshire, 2020.