The European Union’s new regulations are due to come into effect in April.
They mean that cucumber trees and fig trees are now banned from flowering in public, and that plants with a cucumber leaf, fig tree or tree branch may only be grown in enclosed greenhouses, and not outdoors.
The European Commission is currently consulting on whether or not the new regulations will apply to cucumber, tomato, tomato-based products, and cucumber and cucumbers are among those that could be affected.
A group of local campaigners and cucurbitree owners have written to the European Commission warning that the new restrictions could make life harder for local farmers.
“Cucumber is one of the oldest cultivated crops in Europe and one of its most iconic,” said Ben Coughlan, the group’s spokesman.
“The European Commission has the power to remove this restriction on the EU’s soil and water, which means that the people who live in these places are now forced to pay for a privilege that is not theirs.”
The cucumber bans were initially introduced in the late 1980s and the Commission has now decided that they need to be extended until 2021.
The European Parliament voted on the changes in the autumn and it is expected that they will be adopted by the European Parliament in November.
It is likely that the Commission will decide that the current restrictions apply to the EU, but it is not clear if the ban on cucumber is also going to be enforced in other countries.
Tomatoes and cucurbits were already subject to the ban in the UK, but there are still no restrictions on them in the rest of the EU.