The benefits of lean techniques in horticulture

For many horticultural businesses, the challenge of accessing reliable and affordable labour is one of their biggest concerns.

In response, AHDB developed SmartHort, a programme to help growers make improvements to their labour efficiencies and to investigate new automation and technologies.

As part of this activity, three Strategic SmartHort Centres were launched to demonstrate practical ways of introducing lean techniques to horticultural businesses of any size or crop.

Willie Russell, from Easter Grangemuir Farm, Fife was one of the growers who took part. Here, he explains how his business benefited from the workshops.


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