HTA Calls for Green Economic Revival
The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is calling for the UK Government to address the growing need to support UK horticulture and with it, support a green economic revival post-COVID-19.
A new HTA industry survey reveals that over half of British ornamental growers (52%) expect a further downturn in sales from June to August. As they have not been able to plant crops during lockdown, this is now resulting in a rise of plant imports.
The British Garden Centres group traditionally sources its plants from growers within the UK and, throughout the year, sources less than 20% from overseas. However, to meet demand in the last month, they have had to source around 60% of their plant requirements from Europe.
Grant Aid Schemes
While the decision to re-open garden centres last month was welcome, many of these businesses have been left without financial support as they were unable to access government grant schemes. The HTA is calling for a UK grant aid scheme along the lines of the one put in place by the Dutch government.