£200m of plants could be thrown away as nurseries face ruin says Titchmarsh

The Horticultural Trades Association says the value of lost sales in the UK will reach £687million by the end of June.

It says about 650 businesses across the UK contribute £1.4billion to the economy each year, employing more than 15,000 people directly and almost 30,000 in related businesses.

Damage Both Alan and the HTA are appealing for Government subsidies for the sector, which grows bulbs, bedding plants, cut flowers and pot plants for garden centres, supermarkets, florists and DIY stores.

TV presenter Alan described the “heartbreaking stories” of “an industry that is going to be brought to its knees” and warned of “irreparable damage” to gardens and open spaces.

He said: “This three-month period is what the industry is all geared for.

“Firms are going to go out of business because they can’t weather the debt.”

He said many of the annual plants that are grown for this one season would have to be thrown away. “There’s nothing that can be done for them if they can’t sell,” he explained. “They are useless.”

He also pointed out that now, more than ever, gardening is helping people’s mental wellbeing. He added: “These growers fuel the green world, for pollinators, insects, wildlife, these plants which can’t get out there this summer make such an important contribution.”

Source Article from https://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/1263404/coronavirus-loss-of-plants-garden-centres-nurseries-Alan-Titchmarsh

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