Interiorscape Sector Appeals for Rescue Package
In the past few days (April 2), [email protected] has sent a letter to the government requesting consideration for financial support. They have asked for additional funds to be put aside by the UK government for an Interior Landscaping plants scrappage scheme.
Loss of Interior Plants
[email protected] Chair, Madeleine Evans of Tivoli Services (below) explained, “Some of our members have expressed concern about the probable loss of plants following the lock down especially as there is no specified time for this situation.”
“With many members not having access to client’s buildings to maintain the installations, the biggest fear is that the cost of replacing plants could put their companies at considerable risk of discontinuing to trade.”
“We have written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, Elizabeth Truss, Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment and Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.”
“We have also sent a letter to Nicholas Saphir who has just been appointed as Chair of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). We are asking individual members to support the action by writing to their own MPs.”
Why Plants are Important
Plants have been recognised as an important part of our working lives. Our need to connect with nature (biophilia) has been acknowledged and the place of plants in reducing stress and anxiety is becoming recognised by doctors, too.
“Our industry is responsible for major installations in large corporations to smaller ones that decorate public spaces such as office receptions, shopping centres and hotels,” commented Madeleine. “The accumulated loss of all or many of members’ installations will have a devastating effect on the industry.”
"We hope that the government will be sympathetic to our request on behalf of our members and the industry as a whole."