The closure of garden centres comes at the worst possible time for ornamental growers. They have crops growing that are due to be sold during the next few weeks and months that can now not be sold and will have to be scrapped.
Their losses will be such that growers will never be able to repay Government support, as it comes in the form of loans.
The HTA is appealing to Government for urgent backing in the form of cash grants to save the UK ornamental production sector. These are the growers that will be essential for the supply of home grown plants and trees to combat climate change and support bio-security in the coming years.
The HTA is planning an open letter to the Prime Minister to be signed by growers, suppliers and retailers within the sector.
Is your company willing to be a signatory? If so please email Boyd J Douglas-Davies, HTA President, using the 'email the advertiser' link below with your name and company name to add to the letter and confirmation that you have the company’s approval.