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Should plant nurseries and growers be allowed to sell their plants?

Alan Titchmarsh has called for Government support of plant nurseries and growers to prevent ‘irreparable damage’ to gardens and open spaces.

Seasonal plants worth £200 million that have been grown for sale in garden centres will have to be destroyed because of the coronavirus lockdown, a trade body has warned.

Hundreds of nurseries and growers – many of them family businesses – face ruin as the market for seasonal plants is shut down at the busiest time of year when people normally flock to outlets to restock their gardens.

Because many of the plants are seasonal and perishable, they will have to be binned if they cannot be sold in garden centres that have closed because of the Covid-19 outbreak, the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) said.

The HTA is calling for Government support of the ornamental crop sector, which grows bulbs, bedding plants, cut flowers and pot plants for garden centres, supermarkets, florists and DIY stores.

The call has been backed by TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh, who warned of “irreparable damage” to gardens and open spaces if the sector is not supported.

The HTA says around 650 businesses across the UK produce ornamental crops, contributing £1.4 billion to the economy each year and employing more than 15,000 people directly and almost 30,000 indirectly.

Sales have dwindled since the Mother’s Day weekend, when demand would be normally high but people were already beginning to self-isolate, the trade body said.

And the virus lockdown means there ARE unlikely to be any sales over Easter and through to the May bank holiday, the busiest time of year for the gardening sector, and when 70% of bedding plants are sold, so growers will have to write off their stock.

The value of lost plant sales in the UK will be £687 million by the end of June, the HTA suggests.

Mr Titchmarsh said: “Hundreds of nursery owners and growers are facing huge losses of plants and revenue simply because the stock they have spent many months nurturing for the spring market – their peak season – will have to be destroyed since garden centres and other outlets are closed for business.

“This means not only a loss of billions of pounds to the UK economy and of thousands of jobs but, more than this, it will decimate an industry that will be unable to recover for the foreseeable future.

“I urge the Government to put in place a rescue package which will enable British horticulture to survive.

“Without it, our gardens and open spaces – a vital source of solace and nutrition to those at home – will suffer irreparable damage.”

HTA chairman James Barnes warned that growers are facing stock losses on an ever-rising scale as each day passes.

“We are calling for the Government to work with the HTA, as the industry’s representative body, to come up with a financial support scheme to help those businesses which have had to scrap perishable stock and are facing a huge financial crisis.”

The warning comes after online garden stockists have reported high demand for their products.

Here is a link to a Petition to reopen garden centres during the Coronavirus lockdown to reduce waste

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Should plant nurseries and growers be allowed to sell their plants?

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Rose of Tralee
7th May 2020
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Gardening is such good therapy even if you only have a
window box. Also growing your own veg means you can
avoid shops
MarjorieS2
15th Apr 2020
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Could they not be delivered & left outside for customers.
Maryhales
12th Apr 2020
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If the likes of tesco can sell plants so should garden centres
steve urwin
11th Apr 2020
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I think it would be of tremendous benefit to many age groups to be able to buy some lovely young plants from the independent nurseries around the country.
There could be a ticket system Incorporating time and limit to attend each day. Touch-less payments inly accepted which would limit quantity.Fair shares to all.
Providing the government make some kind of support system for them of course.
ariadnefritz
11th Apr 2020
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Surely this is an opportunity for Government, local Council or conservation bodies, Negotiate to buy the surplus stock and arrange for people to plant them in appropriate places, there must be plenty of willing gardeners with the skills to help, and as there has been a surplus of people volunteering to help on farms, what is needed is someone to organise this, oh and by all means sell online too
viking
10th Apr 2020
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Just been to the local Morrison supermarket for vittels,and was impressed by the display of bedding plants, shrubs and bushes for sale and fresh in.
So realise that Morrisons are not market gardeners, some one must be supplying these products......could it be a naughty grower/market gardener who has come under the cosh ???
MoragC7
10th Apr 2020
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Definitely they should.!!
susanallan49
9th Apr 2020
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Sadly socially isolating and avoiding unnecessary journeys means it would not be sensible to open garden centres, but if you could buy online and they could deliver - that would be great. I'd be prepared to pay more to do that and so not only be able to buy plants for the garden but also support local businesses.
JoanL52
9th Apr 2020
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Let them sell online
Oldersister
9th Apr 2020
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Why can't the plants be put into beautiful spaces at the front of hospitals, to thank the Frontline staff who are doing an incredible job. The public could then be directed to a funding site to crowd fund their favourite garden company/ business.. Keeps people safe with a lovely gesture. X
Carnflower
9th Apr 2020
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Having said Human lived before plants
I have just discovered that my local Garden Centre is delivering Having consideted the need for more exercise I decided to place an ordet
The phone is constantly engaged.
It will be wonderful to get some plants eventual to give us hope of a brighter future
JE
6th Apr 2020
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Just seen a full page advert from B &Q saying they now have bedding and other plants on sale. Click and collect only. One minute it is that we should only be going out for “ essentials” only, then next you see this sort of thing. I agree with Escarg’s comment that it is lives before plants but this is encouraging people to go out. Surely this can not be right and I wonder what the nhs and police would think about this.
JackieH672
6th Apr 2020
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Garden centres should be encouraged to sell online and deliver plants and planting materials - I think if the garden centres were to open in the flesh hundreds would visit and spread the virus so it needs to be online.
Wilf
6th Apr 2020
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Funnily enough, we have just phoned one of our local garden centres where we buy hanging baskets every year and they are now delivering which is great. You cannot order from their website just a phone call
ladysmith72
5th Apr 2020
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yes i think the nurserys should be open it will give people a lot of joy in there gardens in these times of worry but kept your distance.
viking
5th Apr 2020
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Gardeners and other windgers, please read page 55 Sunday Mail to-day.

There we are, no more gripes please !!!!
Escarg
5th Apr 2020
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Human lives or plant lives.I know which I put first.Give a thought to.families who are grieving and Stay at. Home.
As with food on line delivery is a possibilty or local delivery service
The gardens will still.be here next year.
ToniT
6th Apr 2020
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Do you have a delivery slot? I can't get one anywhere!! Just saying!!
jeaniembe
4th Apr 2020
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They should be allowed to sell their plants. Wrong to just let everything die. No reason why they cannot operate distancing. Also good to encourage gardeners to be doing their gardens and exercising, instead of congregating elsewhere!
ToniT
4th Apr 2020
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It all seems a little nonsensicle to me!! Many of us are unable to get home delivery of essentials from supermarkets so are having to go out and queue out in the cold to be allowed into the store one at a time. How often do you see garden centres and DIY centres packed out with shoppers, even in normal times? Strict social distancing would be easy to control and being able to do something productive like gardening or painting your home or garden shed would be so very therapeutic for many. The experts are now saying that we have backed ourselves into a difficult corner with all this isolation as we are going to have to emerge sooner or later - and then what will happen?? The theory of "herd immunity" is expected to be under consideration very soon and it just might be the way to go. Just a silly fact to consider - apparently, in France, libraries are closed but tobacconists are open!! Just saying 🙂
jeaniembe
4th Apr 2020
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Just think of the frayed tempers if some couldn't get their tobacco. Lol. This is something new and very serious. No certain way of going forward. Sweden appears to be going along the path of no lockdown at present. However, I can see the reason for spreading the amount of people affected over a longer period of time, as the NHS is completely overwhelmed. The economy will be affected for longer then as well. Trouble is there is no right answer. Also how many accidents are we going to get with all this DIYgoing on?
ToniT
6th Apr 2020
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Thank you for your reply Jeanie - I agree up to a point but we are all being extra careful just now and it would certainly lift my spirits seeing life go on in the form of my garden flowering. Most of us are not even phoning our GP's, unless absolutely necessary, as we all know they are under great pressure. Was reading an article about how Korea has dealt with this crisis and how a 'super spreader' infected over two thousand people in a matter of days without knowing she had the virus. I am almost sure that we have all been exposed to the virus by now and many of us will be immune. Testing everyone is the way forward. Keep safe and keep well 🙂
joyce741
4th Apr 2020
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People should phone there orders through and be given a time to pick them up as not everyone should turn up together or purchase over the internet and Post them out
Kes
4th Apr 2020
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I’ve already made a comment a few days ago on this issue, and having read many others now, I would like to say this. Please, everyone, think this thing through. The government are trying their best to save us from this deadly virus. The less people out and about, the better for all us. There are very few people that are not going to be effected in one way or another because of this crisis. The financial and economical fallout for horticultural businesses is devastating. We can all see that. Many are all now looking for loopholes in the government instructions so that they can continue to operate in some form or other, and I really get why, but, and it’s a huge but, any actions now by non essential businesses that are going to encourage more and more people to venture out, regardless of whether they think they can create a safe environment or not, is just putting people and employees at greater risk.
Me, I am lucky enough to have a garden and I enjoy pottering around as much as anyone. It’s good relaxation, exercise, and it’s good for mental health and the soul. Like many at this time of year I would probably be looking to buy some plants too. However, faced with a choice of having pretty and colourful garden, against the risk of a life lost, well, I know what I would choose. Hopefully I will still be around to enjoy my garden when this is all over, but in the meantime I’ll be grateful for what I’ve got.
Ask anyone working in the NHS right now what they think about more people being enticed out and about to buy a few plants. My guess is their answer would be... stay at home, protect the NHS, and save lives.
shrew1742
4th Apr 2020
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Pretty well agree with all you say Kes, but I would still let them do a email/telephone order and delivery service. That would only necessitate one vehicle being on the road to do deliver rather than hundreds collecting. We HAVE to save as many businesses as possible. In doing so the economy will recover so much more quickly when this dreadful thing ends. The awful truth is that whenever we get back to a form of normality people will think it's all over. Don't wish to scare but..... virus's don't disappear completely, they go into hibernation. (Quote from "The Hot Zone" by Richard Preston. A very scary book written about 30 years ago. Another virus will come along one day so let's hope we - the Nation - will be better prepared for it. Lots of authors wrote books predicting something like this - or worse - and governments have not taken heed of what they said. Anyway I've gone off the track of garden centres so I will leave it there. Sorry for the rambling.
jeaniembe
4th Apr 2020
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ElizabethM51
3rd Apr 2020
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No not unless it safe to do so and I can’t see that happening unless you can have a dilivery service, it will be such a terrible waste of such hard work, cost , and such beautiful flowers .
IanA28
3rd Apr 2020
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Why are Aldi, Tesco etc allowed to sell plants then. One rule for the big boys and one for everyone else
Wilf
3rd Apr 2020
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Does seem a bit disjointed?
JohnB522
3rd Apr 2020
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not my name mistake pressed wrong buttons.
EricI
3rd Apr 2020
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If not your going to not have business that a lot of people enjoy, and the way things are you need something like gardening to get you out and doing a bit of exercise,
Yagala
3rd Apr 2020
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It seems that as they are allowed trading, then it would be completely silly and stupid that the should not sell their wares to the public.
xmenluke
3rd Apr 2020
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Why couldn't garden centres sell plant bundles or phone in an order, on a click and collect basis. most have big car parks, so allocated bays for collection, no contact and products get sold. contactless payment, it could work like a petrol station
Wilf
3rd Apr 2020
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Great idea and the staff could just load the plants etc in the boots of peoples cars with gloves on so no need for anyone to be in contact with each other.
shrew1742
4th Apr 2020
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Click & collect !!! Sorry, NO WAY. That would mean if one garden centre has 80 orders in a day 80 more vehicles ' per day 'would be on the roads (560 per week) which is exactly what the police and government DON'T WANT. if anything much better to do order & deliver, whereby only the delivery vehicle is out on the road !!
xmenluke
4th Apr 2020
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Totally agree, but you try and get even compost on line. I’ve just been to Argos in Sainsbury’s to get some, came into contact with more people than I would have in a car park. And before you say that compost is not essential. In three months time I won’t have to go to the shops
shrew1742
3rd Apr 2020
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As much as most would like to see garden centres open to public visiting it has to be a big NO, NO in the present situation. The whole idea of this partial lockdown to all but essential services is to keep as many cars off the roads as possible and much more importantly to STOP people congregating - I am sure we would all like to - and maybe inadvertently spreading this awful virus. I am really in favour though of the garden centres taking orders on-line or telephone and doing a delivery service. Some of them say they cannot do this...……. WHY ?? Lack of staff & vehicles is no excuse, there are lots of people who would be glad to help. It just needs government permission for them to operate like this. Quite a few shops and Supermarkets are still selling plants so where are they purchasing them from ? Why don't they phone around and offer 'deals' to the said establishments, at least they wouldn't lose out completely if they can come to some sort of arrangement !! It's a bit like some of the farmers saying that they will have to throw away 50% of their crops if they cannot get the pickers back from Eastern Europe. There are thousands of kids/young adults off school/University at present, and in my day it was they who were doing ';Summer' jobs on farms picking the crops. The answers are there, it's just having the tenacity, foresight and will power to carry them out. I just cannot see Government refusing to allow students to help the farmers. I ran my own business for almost 50 years, and we had some really difficult times, especially with bad weather, Stock Market collapses, recessions etc, but with a bit of British Bulldog spirit, agreement with my clients and with my staff we got through those times to become profitable again, without anyone losing employment. A cut in hrs, most definitely, but still a job to go to at the end of it...………...I've gone on too long...…… Sorry.
JE
3rd Apr 2020
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I agree wholeheartedly with everything you say.
AngelaP762
3rd Apr 2020
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This is an awful time for many people, and if we can buy plants, trees, and pots soil etc, it helps with our mental health hugely. Being in nature and keeping busy is the best medicine ever. Also it would be the most horrendous thing if millions of plants are are left to rot, and especially after them being nurtured for so long. Garden centres and nurseries will not recover. They are crucial in our environment.
MaryS537
3rd Apr 2020
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Mental health.
Exercise
Waste
Workforce
Food
The list can go on and on
LauraB28
3rd Apr 2020
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We are told that exercising is good for our mental health and have been permitted to do that...….well so is gardening. Surely now its even more important. Whether you have a garden or a few pots on the balcony or by the front door we can all take solace in making our own little worlds a more pleasant place to be. We must be able to find a solution to enable us to purchase what we need from garden centres...…..DIY shops have!!! Garden Centres SHOULD be listed as "essential" to our lives at the moment.
IslaB
3rd Apr 2020
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I was just thinking about the nurseries yesterday and wondering what would happen to all the plants if they were to stay closed. I’m sure if we could order online the nursery closest to us would find a way to deliver. What a dull world without plants and flowers.
Escarg
3rd Apr 2020
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They can't be made a special case.Increase in social contact and vechiles on the roads visits to petrol stations all are a bad idea.
Yes it is wastefiul but other traders are sttaying closed as is nesssasary to play their part aswemust in fighting this virus
MaryW72
3rd Apr 2020
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Perhaps they could have a click and collect service
JillP9
3rd Apr 2020
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Gardening is good for mental health and it gives people so much pleasure especially if you are alone. It's miserable to see empty spaces in the garden that gives you so much pleasure and awful to let plants go to waste. Let us have the plants.
Lionel
2nd Apr 2020
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Whilst I heartily agree growers should be allowed to sell their plants - I for one am a long time keen gardener - there is a little catch here. In fact, it's a governmental minefield.

To make a special case, or exception for growers and nurseries might open the door to many, many other businesses demanding they're an exception in their field of endeavour too! Allow this tier of special cases and every other business will want to be a special case.

I agree with everyone here who needs to buy plants, compost etc., I do too, and most of my growing is for our food. Yet I can see another point of view.
Hazel
2nd Apr 2020
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I feel they should definitely be allowed to sell their plants.. What would happen to them if not, I wonder?
Also a lot of people are possibly turning more to their gardens at the moment..It is so therapeutic and a good way of learning for the children and sringing them closer to Nature and the reality of Life...
JanetH24
2nd Apr 2020
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Lots of space to keep social distancing.
EmmaleneM
2nd Apr 2020
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We need our gardens looking All colourful again please
Wilf
2nd Apr 2020
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I agree but I do not think the government will relent as they want to try and stop the spread of the virus at all costs.
ashcroft linda
2nd Apr 2020
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gardening is something many people enjoy and need at this difficult time, could they not do as the supermarkets are doing and let so many in at a time.
Chris61
2nd Apr 2020
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Is there no way that these nurseries can put their plants out to the supermarkets to be sold instead of wasting so many?
CarolP56
2nd Apr 2020
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Our local Nursery has a phone ordering service with payment and then you pick everything up from just inside the gate. Everything is put into a barrow and your receipt is in an envelope with your name on it. It works well and it means you don't come into contact with anyone. We have had one load of thing from them already and will be revisiting soon.
Escarg
5th Apr 2020
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Still a non essential journey not food yet or medicstion another car on the road
BrianG4
2nd Apr 2020
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My garden has always been important to me, but, even more since my wife passed. I think " Click and Collect " is the way forward. Unfortunately, we have two very big problems... 1. Politians are so very slow to act namely because very few of them have any " COMMON SENSE " and then we have all the " paper Pushing ". 2. Most garden centers are small family run businesses and cannot afford to set up online services, especially at short notice + Financial Sevices [ Banks Ect ] are behaving, in my opinion, outrageously.
So, again we have the small man being trampled-on by the big boys and politicians..... Big is not beautiful...
JanetteB99
2nd Apr 2020
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One local nursery is now doing a delivery service...the nursery is not open to the public.
fauna
2nd Apr 2020
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Definitely , yes they all need help , and I feel so sad and frustrated for them all about this , as I was a propagator/ gardener for 10 years growing the plants for all the local parks etc in the greenhouses , for my local council in London .; and did this with a lot of love and care and also patience , as I'd always wanted to be a gardener since a little girl .

Plants and gardens are so important to us all ; and of course for wildlife too ; especially now.

Let's hope something good can happen about this !

Fauna.
MarianS19
2nd Apr 2020
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It would certainly give those who like gardening something to do that’s normal for them. Maybe they could do deliveries to the vulnerable just like chemists and supermarkets. Or click and collect would give people a time slot to collect safely I’m sure there must be a way to help We’ll I hope so. I would love to do my pots x
olivep
2nd Apr 2020
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I agree with everything you said Jane - if its ok for supermarkets why not garden centres - at a safe distance for each customer.
ValerieL9
2nd Apr 2020
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How about ordering online delivered to door like food deliveries
YvetteO
2nd Apr 2020
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Just think how beautiful our gardens and communities would look! It would give people’s mental health a positive boost!
JP257
2nd Apr 2020
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This is the busiest time of year for the nurseries. All their hard work will be destroyed. They say over a third of nurseries in the UK will go bust. I don’t see why they can’t open if social distancing rules are applied. It will save people’s livelihood and do so much to help boost morale in these very difficult times.
LesleyL37
2nd Apr 2020
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Flowers bring colour to every ones life. They have worked hard the Garden Centres to grow plants for us. Surely we can self distance and queue for them in order to replenish our gardens. They will lift our spirits during this challenging time.
Retiredyorkie
2nd Apr 2020
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The over 70's would probably love to go and buy plants but they have been told to totally isolate - its a no win situation for the plant growers - and people who love gardening
JaneT32
2nd Apr 2020
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It does seem unfair that supermarkets can sell plants but not garden centres. Gardening is what’s going to keep a lot of us sane this year. The large garden centres could set up safe collection points surely?
I also think that this years pickers and packers has to come from our own workforce , there will be lots of people not working but able to help out .
AngelaM72
2nd Apr 2020
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most definitely plants should be available for sale
LauraC7
2nd Apr 2020
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This is absolutely criminal to allow all of these plants to be left to die!! Why can nurseries be allowed to stay open but observe social isolating rules
LindaS862
2nd Apr 2020
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If gardens have no flowers this year what's that going to do to the bee population.I have an allotment it's ready to set and I'm not going to be able to buy any young vedg plants, seed potatoes or tomatoes. We're told we can work our allotments its exercise and food production but carnt even buy seed.
ChristineB77
1st Apr 2020
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Absolutely, I've tried to buy plants for my hanging baskets from on line sellers but they all come up with out of stock. I am nearly 80 and can't go out because of coronavirus. so local garden centre would be ideal for my family to get me some plants to brighten up my garden.
Wilf
1st Apr 2020
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I talked on the phone to an online seller Christine and they said the problem now is the plant pickers have to maintain distance so they can only ship out about a quarter of what they could in normal times due to this. We do have all the daffs out at the moment and its going to warm up this weekend.
LindseyE3
1st Apr 2020
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Absolutely, so they should be able to sell their plants, especially now of a time of uncertainty, plants help boost people moral and good for mental health issues.
LynneB169
1st Apr 2020
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Absolutely yes! My garden is the only place I can loose myself.. it cleanses my mind. It’s just as important as eating food. Garden centres should be able to function just like supermarket. It’s proven to be important for mental health
MishA5
1st Apr 2020
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Brilliant idea to sell them to the supermarkets or somewhere like B&M. I'd buy them!
ClaireF7
2nd Apr 2020
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These laces already have their dedicated growers. Unfortunately consumers demand for toilet rolls is taking president over non essential plants
Patches65
1st Apr 2020
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Lockdown is tragic for such a lot of people being able to get in the garden and carry on can only be therapeutic
Beckyday
1st Apr 2020
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100% it’s tough out there and everyone’s mental health is getting worse being able to spend time in your garden would help .. I saw some plants at the supermarket the other day but felt guilty so didn’t buy them .. garden centres can be treated like supermarkets ..
ClaireF7
2nd Apr 2020
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Pp lease don't feel guilty we are a glasshous nursery who supply supermarkets with plants, we are just as affected. We need supporting now more than ever
JennaD
1st Apr 2020
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I think that super markets are capable and able to step in here.

After all they're set to far exceed their sales targets in this first quarter alone thanks to the panic buying.

Perhaps they could buy the stock and distribute through their own stores as they're still open?

That way they're safely accessible as well as not wasted?
Wilf
1st Apr 2020
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That is a brilliant idea! Even if they had trays of plants outside and a credit card facility.
ClaireF7
2nd Apr 2020
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Supermarkets already have their dedicated growers, we are a Morrisons plant supplier. It's the hoarders who are creating the problem, the supermarkets are struggling to keep up with supply and demand of essential goods, plants are classed as a non essential
SueS374
1st Apr 2020
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Gardening is therapeutic,and can provide food as well as relaxation. These centres should be allowed to trade under the same rules as supermarkets - providing essential goods. Gardening also is good for people's mental health -very important especially now.
kjmpde
1st Apr 2020
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supermarkets are selling plants - so why not garden centres? the ruling is that you can shop for " basic essentials" yet fags and booze are being sold - are they really essential? plants are good for mental health, reduce waste and encourage wildlife - if we lose plant stock this year then it could affect further plant sales in years to come . as long as people respect the distancing rule then let them open
SheilaH38
1st Apr 2020
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Plants are as vital as food to sustain life, if vegetables and fruit can be picked why not plants.
Garden centres could be used like supermarkets with limited entry
RosC38
1st Apr 2020
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Could they not sell on line and like on line supermarkets they could be delivered to your home.
I for one would use this facility as while we are in lockdown people who do have gardens or windows boxes would would love to be able to be in our gardens planting as it is very good for our well being.
Thank you.
Alison61
1st Apr 2020
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It's terrible to see this both from the growers point of view but also I desperately would love to buy plants for my garden and can't get any. It seems such a waste.
Annette67
1st Apr 2020
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These companies should be able to sell the plant. A lot of time and effort has gone into growing them. They would be some much needed cheer at the present time. This could be done in a controlled way either by ordering over the phone and collecting or like the supermarket with social distancing .
JanetB41
1st Apr 2020
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My friend had some plants delivered by a small family run garden centre before lockdown as both her and her husband are in isolation.

Ive had to resort to ordering from online companies despite having two lovely garden centres within ten minutes drive from my home.

Its scandalous to think that these beautiful plants are going to have to be binned after all the time it has taken to sow and nurture them so that they will be ready for spring and brighten what is our darkest days at the minute.

Its Its nearly as bad as all the panic bought stockpiled food that has been thrown in the bin, when it could have gone to vulnerable people.

I'm 68 and in isolation with my husband.

Sorry for the essay.
SueMole
1st Apr 2020
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As long as they can operate within the social distancing guidance as supermarkets are they shld be allowed to sell plants as well as hardware because this is good for emotional wellbeing and the produce is perishable.
francescamiriam
1st Apr 2020
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People are being asked to isolate and stay at home those with gardens, window boxes, patios, will be encouraged more if they have the plants to be able to do this. Being outside helps recovery and nurtures the soul. Not only that it will save all those companies large and small to stay afloat
AllisonW5
1st Apr 2020
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Nurseries and garden centres should stay open as it’s an important part of keeping nature going, planting will encourage Bees and wildlife which we cannot live without
AlisonB7
1st Apr 2020
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Absolutely, it's the perfect time for us to be buying compost, plants, shrubs, trees for the garden. We are all spending most of our daylight hours in the garden during the quarantine. I'm an avid gardener and love visiting garden centres or looking on-line at nurseries. Now is the time to at least keep one sector of the market in business.
SteveP5
1st Apr 2020
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Could they sell online and deliver or use courier? Much safer for everyone.
CarolB998
1st Apr 2020
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Yes garden centres should be allowed to open, goverment safety guidelines could be followed in the same way as the supermarkets, or order / pay over the phone and then allocate collection times for customers at a '' safe collection point'' during these awful uncertain times its vital for our mental health to be able to maintain some form of '' calm " and gardening is the way to do this. Please, please do not take this away from us all.
NitaS2
1st Apr 2020
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We are allowed to go round supermarkets provided that we keep a safe distance.
page
1st Apr 2020
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This could be controlled the same as supermarkets, people spaced and in line allowing the correct amount of people at one time. assistants guiding as in supermarkets. Surely if people are confined to there homes in Spring and summer, gardening is the perfect way to occupy people, and once they have purchased there plants and seeds they would be more inclined to stay home. I really think this is an excellent idea. This would be most beneficial to the aged community who are restricted more than anyone else..We all know that this is already a favorite hobby of older people, why punish them like this.
ValL66
1st Apr 2020
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Each Garden Centre has probably had to lay people off & put them on furlough. Paying out wages but no income. To advertise on line with photos & taking order by phone or email, & payment by card, would enable growers to carry on trading, Garden Centres to trade & give us all a huge boost for our Mental Wellbeing. Method of Delivery or collection would be the Individual Centres decision. They are more than capable.
It would be another portion of the Economy that can be saved from destruction. Large or Small these companies are very often Family run. They are an enormous part of the fabric of our day to day lives & it would be tragic to see their destruction.
I LIVE IN HOPE THAT THE RESTRICTION IS LIFTED.
Thank you Val
Kalabonna
1st Apr 2020
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As gardening is good for both mental and physical health it is essential that people can get access to garden centres within social distancing guidelines. How about click and collect as they do at some supermarkets? People with cars could collect for their neighbours.
ElaineS545
1st Apr 2020
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Shoos like Poundland B and M and Home Bargains are still selling plants and other gardening supplies as they also sell “Essential” food etc. Not fair
AndrewW53
1st Apr 2020
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We would like to be in our garden.I agree with Karen A76.If your garden is enclosed there is no problem and we all need colour to cheer everybody up
Bellydancer66
1st Apr 2020
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Of course- we are encouraged not to waste anything. The other alternative would be to get people to volunteer to use these plants to plant up bare patches of ground to cheer everyone up.
Jojomil
1st Apr 2020
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Businesses are suffering through no fault of their own. If they implement strict safety procedures eg, sanitisers, distance markers on the floor. Limited entrance numbers, staff protection let them sell. We have to protect livelihoods and the economy as well as lives. Vans could be loaded up with plants and go to different areas. Safety signs about proximity put up etc
Katysparkle
1st Apr 2020
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It is a dreadful thought of all those wonderful plants going to waste!! Any way of selling these either online or delivery by lorries and card payment !!!! This must be allowed, there are plants for sale in supermarkets so why can’t we buy plants directly from our nurseries!!
teresaw43
1st Apr 2020
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What else have we got but gardening, so let us buy plants.
AnneS13
1st Apr 2020
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Could the growers, nurseries and garden centre operate a delivery service for plants? I’m sure lots of people like me will welcome the opportunity to carry on with their spring and summer planting to bring a little colour and brightness into these very dark days we are living in.
LorraineN51
1st Apr 2020
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We own a large nursery we stand to lose half a million pounds from our bedding plants sales. We do not have the staff the time to deliver just watering and keeping this stock takes up all our time we also only have 1 person to drive our one vehicle..
Wilf
1st Apr 2020
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That is terrible Lorraine-We love this time of year just browsing the nurseries near us and buying our hanging baskets and bedding plants. Been doing it for 30 years. All the best to you.
Bob1903
1st Apr 2020
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The garden centre where I worked until I retired last month are closed to the public, but on their Facebook page they are offering a local delivery service, taking orders phone or e-mail. Sounds like something more garden centres could do
shrew1742
1st Apr 2020
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Having reflected on my previous post, I think a lot of you are correct so I have changed slightly to saying let them open for on-line and telephone orders only. As some of you say there will be too many people about at the garden centres if they are allowed to open as normal. But the wisest and safest way is for them to operate an on-line/telephone system whereby you pay for an order with a card and they then deliver.
KarenA76
1st Apr 2020
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As long as social distancing is observed, it's no different to a supermarket.
Growing plants/shrubs is beneficial to the persons physical and mental wellbeing the environment and insect life.
Another suggestion has been to sell £50 random, mixed 'lots' delivered to home addresses to minimise losses.
MarionG67
1st Apr 2020
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As long as you can pay remotely. It would be good for anyone to get into their garden to put plants in, keep us sane!
Malbolge
1st Apr 2020
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My local nursery has come up with an excellent system. They've done an exel spreadsheet with everything on sale - there's lots. You send them this with your order marked and pay (minimum £20). They will then email you with a time and an allocated bay to park in to collect the plants. You can also walk to pick the stuff up if you have something to put it in. You're designated your own safe area.There's lots of health stuff in place - too much to put here. They've also said if you know a vulnerable/elderly person, email their details and they will give you free plants for them. They're going to make any revisions people suggest - said of course they want is to stay in business and want to help their customers, too. They have a pretty regular client base, not sure if this could work with firms that supply to places like T&M
HowardW3
1st Apr 2020
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Unless it was on the same lines as supermarkets with thier social distancing and stringent saniting regime
vickyk39
1st Apr 2020
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As so many people are on lockdown being able to do their gardens would be good for mental wellbeing along with excerise ,fresh air ,and interest .
JuneH738
1st Apr 2020
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yes by letting a few in at a time according to the size of the center and then maintaining distants and using credit or debit cards and maybe extending hours and also not charging over the odds
SueMH
1st Apr 2020
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It would be such a shame if the plants were just destroyed. That’s hours and hours of work that have been put in. Surely there must be a way these could still be sold, can’t they link up with supermarkets or something like that.
briggsy57
1st Apr 2020
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yes observe the 2 metre rule as with supermarkets. After all we are allowed in our gardens apart from communial ones.
LindaLC
1st Apr 2020
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Can the garden centres do online deliveries like the supermarket? Each one could do their local area
vonniebob
1st Apr 2020
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would love to spend this time making the garden look cheerful
NikkiB56
1st Apr 2020
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Having a garden centre open will encourage people to go out at a time when we are being told to stay in.
This is particularly important for the vulnerable & at-risk group.
There is also the risk of having an accident/breakdown, putting unnecessary pressure on Emergency services.
A Home Delivery Service would be better than nothing and save the waste of all those plants. I love my garden.
Dellboy
1st Apr 2020
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Quite surprised to read this article,having just spent several hours trying to obtain pansy plants,spring bedding for the patio.Every online sales outlet was out of stock,nor could a suitable alternative be found.It appears that suppliers are already selling,probably as gardeners are confined to essential shopping at the moment.
DeeQ
1st Apr 2020
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My very small local nursery are doing local delivery for a small charge but can only do 50 a week because they have to keep watering etc as well. Fortunately I have a garden ready order due for delivery in May but what about companies such as world renowned Hilliers. Please don't like these expert growers go to the wall.
Designernan
1st Apr 2020
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It is so awful to think of all those plants being wasted. Couldn’t garden centres
do some sort of click and collect system which would give people time slots. They usually have large car parks which could ensure social distancing.
GillR37
1st Apr 2020
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There must be a way to sell there plants safely it has to better than destroying them
Diadan
1st Apr 2020
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There must be ways of getting these plants out to communities and garden centres. Even if they had to be placed outside and people give donations in an honesty box it would be better than destroying them.
Tanti
1st Apr 2020
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They should operate a queue system like the supermarkets. Most people know what they want this time of year.
Just limit it to picking up and put a time on it so no 'browsing'
All I want is plug plants for borders and pots, so make a list and pick them up. These growers deserve our support.
JeannieN9
1st Apr 2020
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I love my garden being isolated & over 77 gardening is what I do through the summer. My garden is going to look very bleak without flowers
Roywillie
1st Apr 2020
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Yes of course they should but online only at the moment.
They need to survive and we need plants and flowers to colour our lives more than ever.
Boogaloo
1st Apr 2020
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We need nurseries,shops etc to open so we can grow our own vegetables at this difficult time. They could use the social distancing like supermarkets, payments by card, customers only allowed to handle plants and purchase when wearing gloves. Without the sales of these perishable goods they would die or be thrown away. Such a terrible waste.
AmandaM75
1st Apr 2020
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Many people like us take great pride in producing a summer display in the confines of our own garden. This requires ongoing effort throughout the year with regular visits to garden centres for plants and seasonal fruit and vegetables etc. We are constantly reminded especially in this current climate that food waste is not acceptable and are being encouraged to get into the fresh air in our gardens.
The plants in the nurseries cannot be destroyed. It's not only people's lively hoods at stake here, it's the more widespread wellbeing of gardeners during this unprecedented time
NicolaH169
1st Apr 2020
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Yes they should and it will help with people's mental health weather you have a garden or balcony or window box or just window sills
Ian123
1st Apr 2020
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Of course, but order via the internet only.
It is a sad fact of life that not only will the plants perish some of our number too.
Garden centres would prove to be too much of a temptation for many.
nell28
1st Apr 2020
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Our local garden centre has started showing plants on Facebook and you can phone in an order or order online.They then take payment on the phone and deliver.It seems very popular.
MaryP89
1st Apr 2020
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It’s just heartbreaking to think we might not have the plants this year. We must follow the government’s advice but could they be delivered somehow, we order and pay on line and they can leave in garden. I know lots of people who would be happy to have them delivered if the option was no plants! Very difficult for all the trade.
SallyM999
1st Apr 2020
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Of course they should. Surely they could have a flick and collect or phone, order, pay and collect at designated time understanding that there will be no-one to load for them. No contact at all and no risk. Surely better to keep us all active in our gardens preparing for when this is all over. Some normality would then reign and these hard working folks wouldn’t go out of business.
SheilaP81
1st Apr 2020
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Why can't the supermarkets sell them on behalf of the growers/garden centres? Alternatively let hospitals, nursing homes, care homes, children's homes etc have them? The council/growers can plant up spare ground etc
JenniP
1st Apr 2020
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Plants help our well being. I love my garden and the pot plants need refreshing.
JaniceS81
1st Apr 2020
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Get Prince Charles behind us. We need more than ever right now to be in our gardens. We could queue up like the superstores and go in a few at a time. It’s definitely a necessity ...growing our own fruit and veg, keeping healthy by being outside. It’s a win win situation, KEEP OUR GARDEN CENTRES OPEN PLEASE.
ChristinaL6
1st Apr 2020
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My be selling on- line if possible could help solve the problem of spreading this virus and keep people safe but at the same time help your business going bankrupt ..
SandraJ54
1st Apr 2020
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Well not from the garden centre but maybe deliver a a out of plants to people who pay a normal amount
ElaineS56
1st Apr 2020
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Could they not do a delivery service. I spend a considerable amount on summer bedding and in this bleak year it would be a delight to see the summer flowers.
GinaL86
1st Apr 2020
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Would they be able to deliver as some shops have started to do. My local fruit and veg stall holder is doing local deliveries might be worth a go
MargaretW582
1st Apr 2020
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Why cant they open to the public,same as supermarkets.? Just use the allocated spaces between .people are at home & have the time to attend to their gardens ,especially for planting flowers at this time .
RogerD56
1st Apr 2020
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Only a couple of weeks ago everyone was taking about planting more and wellbeing. One of the most beneficial activities available is to be able to plant and sow and it is only shortsightedness that has put a ban on it. Supermarkets cope and so can garden centres. Common sense is another casualty of this crisis.
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Could local nurseries do an online order and local delivery service. Being in a garden or with plants is a good tonic and take our minds of the present circumstances
ChristinaL6
1st Apr 2020
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To keep the public they should stat selling on-line it's a win, win
situation!!!
TeresaS34
1st Apr 2020
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If they acted responsibly it shouldn’t be a problem you can only do so much in a garden and then you need supplies ( plants soil stones seeds and so on ) to carry on .
RosemarieA2
1st Apr 2020
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I think they should be allowed to deliver plants and or provide click and collect services. If people pay online and collect at a safe distance I don’t see the problem.
ClaireG66
1st Apr 2020
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Don’t understand how off-licences are considered essential. Garden centres will help people grow food and flowers which will help with mental health issues.
Wilf
1st Apr 2020
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That is a really good point!
BrendaC95
1st Apr 2020
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Sell like the supermarkets - controlled numbers in.
ElaineJ77
1st Apr 2020
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Surely the government could give garden centres etc. Permission to open at possibly staggered hours with restrictions as to how many people can shop at one time, much like the supermarkets. It could be done outside with less risk than shopping in enclosed spaces. It inevitably would mean more work for the staff but as a keen gardener myself along with many other green fingered fans, I'm sure they would get a lot of volunteers to help with the extra work load
Just a thought
DeniseL84
1st Apr 2020
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I agree all their hard work and energy will be wasted lots of people benefit from gardening keeping them fit and well in the fresh air with a lot of well being. I am a very keen gardener andlove going to the garden centre and nurseries little nurserymen will go bust such a shame.
CarolineM66
1st Apr 2020
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They need to go online and deliver.
MrsMole
1st Apr 2020
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Absolutely appalling that this industry should not be allowed to be able to sell these products in controlled circumstances if need be.
If there was ever a time for people to want a little colour and joy in their lives it its now and the next few months, especially with lockdowns.

If the supermarkets can serve customers needs with food and distance restrictions then why can't the sale of plants be the same. This country needs to keep its businesses going through these times, otherwise the businesses will be bankrupt, people will have no jobs to go back to and for some it will mean starting all over again, if in fact they have the energy, the wanting, and any capital left. Where there's a will there's a way come on growers think outside the box, don't wait for the Goverment .
DeeQ
1st Apr 2020
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M&S usually sell plants in 6 cells just inside the store where they also sell foodetc!
AlexS8
1st Apr 2020
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Not just about flowers, what about all the veggie plants, these will be food hopefully in the not too distant future.
DawnM6
1st Apr 2020
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I love my garden, and some garden centres are doing deliveries. My daughter is a nurse and she urged me not to make any car journeys, or other people as if your in a accident, the local hospitals cant cope. I feel it may be putting people who deliver plants in danger. Plants don't seem a essential item to buy. Our truck drivers are already taking risks delivering to supermarkets, but food is essential.
DeeQ
1st Apr 2020
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Flowers are important to keep the bees going!
Yodama
1st Apr 2020
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If we are able to shop in a controlled ( hate that word) way, why not in nurseries.
In this depressed world of bad news and the plague, we need some joy, plants bring me immense joy.
I think the police are being a bit over zealous.
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I have an allotment which while it has fruit trees and bushes, I normally buy veg plants as I have no green house. I tried to buy online but no Dobbies won't let me.
CaroleM76
1st Apr 2020
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Why cant numbers be restricted on entrance , better to have sales rather than none
Wilf
1st Apr 2020
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I would agree it does seem sensible
MWN
1st Apr 2020
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I think a way of doing this online maybe through a SIMILAR way as supermarkets, or on line florists there are going to be so many businesses going out of business, surely this would be a way of helping
BerylT3
1st Apr 2020
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Other stores are able to manage one in one out, so why not!!!
Melimited
1st Apr 2020
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People will regrettably increase infection. Sell them on line yes. In shops No
SusanC173
1st Apr 2020
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I think they should be able to be ordered and paid for online, or by phone, and then have a "click and collect" system in an isolated area. Not only does it help the economy (growers and nurseries/garden centres) but would help with mental health issues. Garden can be very therapeutic, especially when self-isolating, and is a healthy form of exercise which can be done in isolation.
KesellielynA
1st Apr 2020
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Smamish321
1st Apr 2020
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Save the NHS,save the people,save the planet, plant more!
Ganbo
1st Apr 2020
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Why not pay a set amount to your local nursery/garden centre and they could deliver an assortment of plants of their choice and leave on your doorstep. The money can then be put on doorstep for them to pick up.
Jfrance20
1st Apr 2020
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I heard an idea on tv this morning that the local garden centre could do package prices for bedding or plants ordering online, person pays set price and garden centre do couple of big local deliveries with pick n mix to keep simple & empty some stock.
GraceR7
1st Apr 2020
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I think the plants and flowers should be ordered on line like groceries maybe or if not sold at least donated to people ...it is tragic to kill plants and the industry will be devastated..
ElisabethR
1st Apr 2020
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Maybe check our sheds for part packets of seeds left over from last year or the year before? My grandson, 7, planted peas, runner and board beans last weekend. He thinks he is going to feed us all........ Love him. Last year we planted a few of each in pots... Just to see. He has now expanded into a plot of his own.
Brother
1st Apr 2020
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I think they should be allowed to open. In my opinion plants are essential, we need the plants for the well being of bees and butterflies without them these creatures will die out. I love gardening, it's my hobby and keeps me sane.
TeresaB92
1st Apr 2020
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We’ve got to have some brightness in our gardens this summer. Don’t let them go to waste. Need to be able to sit in a lovely flower garden. Have ordered veg seeds on eBay. Can’t get on websites for flower plants. Overloaded
LindaB89
1st Apr 2020
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Surely people could order plants and bulbs on line and then either have them delivered by the garden centre or posted to the customer. And maybe still sell them to the supermarkets if that is possible We will all have more time to cultivate our gardens as we spend more time at home
HappyHippie
1st Apr 2020
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they can just limit the footfall
MrsPat
1st Apr 2020
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Maybe the nurseries could just let say 10 people in at a time with social distancing? But I suppose we have to ask are plants essential? No not really whereas food from supermarkets is.
Margaret14
1st Apr 2020
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Veg plants are also essential.
Maybe it would get more people into gardening and also encourage younger generation. Also being outdoors benefits in so many ways.
Debbie28
1st Apr 2020
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Shame that big supermarkets making all the money. They could distribute them to sell outside local shops and big supermarkets
MargaretD76
1st Apr 2020
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Surely it's a no brainer we all need our gardens at the moment, the growers need to sell plants, we can do the same as supermarkets or order and pay on line and have the plants put in the back of a car, keeping the distance travelled to a minimum.
LesleyC7
1st Apr 2020
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Garden centres, in this current situation, are life-lines to stop people going gaga! It is not as though hoards of people turn up at once, as in supermarkets, and most people have a garden centre within a few miles of their home, probably no further, to some, as their nearest supermaket.
GwynethC8
1st Apr 2020
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A really difficult this one. It's planting time and we all have so much more time on our hands yet we can't access the plants to put in our gardens.

If the nurseries are having to throw out their plants could they not give/sell them cheaply them to the supermarkets who would then give (or sell at a very low price) - say 5 - trays to each customer who had a loyalty card for that store? The rest could be given to care/nursing homes etc to be planted there.
LornaJayne
1st Apr 2020
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Yes definitely! We all need to get outside for our mental health, especially now. Nothing cheers me up more than tending and watching the garden grow and bloom. So many children home too. Lovely for them to be encouraged with planting or maybe a small veg patch.
Marianneg97
1st Apr 2020
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Can't understand why Garden Centres have to close as most have outdoor displays. Limiting numbers as supermarkets do must be possible.
Good idea to increase online purchasing if stock could be shifted to be sold from websites. Also supermarkets given access to buy for resale
We need our spirits lifted and as with exercise our gardens are vital to so many (we also exercise while gardening!)
Thanks Mr T for your lending your support x
CherylC4
1st Apr 2020
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I don’t wish to be negative & I love my garden & plants as much as anyone but please think about all the non essential car journeys this will cause!! I’d like to know the police’s stance on this?? Plus any accidents put more pressure on the emergency services....

As for ordering online - we have been asked to reduce this too - think of all the pickers/packers & delivery people putting their lives at risk for plants??
DawnM6
1st Apr 2020
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I totally agree with you. Even if you click and collect you are driving To pick up plants. Police are stopping cars in my area asking if your journey really necessary. Your putting pressure on our nhs.
Kes
1st Apr 2020
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The horticultural industry, in all its forms, is taking a massive hit economically and financially. One of many industries in the same boat. Its such a terrible waste, and I have great sympathy for all the growers nurseries and garden centres. I’d love to be able to buy some plants, and potter about in my garden planting up and enjoying them. But, please think it through, it’s not that simple is it. All the ideas here seem like good ones, but the bottom line is that it would encourage more and more people to be out and about, when in actual fact, the opposite is absolutely vital right now. Corvid-19 is a killer virus. People are dying. Thousands of people. Weigh that up against having a pretty border in your garden.
DorisS56
1st Apr 2020
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why cant they do the same as supermarkets and only allow so many in at a safe distance
Rjb
1st Apr 2020
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Yes , we need plants now more than ever
KateP9
1st Apr 2020
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We are a national of gardeners at home, many doing their garden. There must be some way of sorting this to keep us safe, help the growers & give us the joy of seeing our gardens bloom.
SueD735
1st Apr 2020
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please let us have some colour in our homes, gardens and lives. Gardening is good for the soul, and veg plants will feed us!
Mandah
1st Apr 2020
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If you know what you want and can pay online or over the phone and they are able to deliver just like all the other businesses are doing then what is the problem with that. Businesses shouldn't be allowed to go under and if the staff are happy to do it to keep their jobs and income then surely everyone benefits
hatters
1st Apr 2020
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I would love to buy some plants I love plants just can’t comprehend them all being thrown away
Cthompson
1st Apr 2020
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Nurseries should be allowed to sell if they apply social distancing there is a need to keep purselves busy whilst self isolating, adding some colour to pur lives will ilprove mental well being whilst supporting our lical farden centres
sjs9301
1st Apr 2020
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Yes we could phone and order and pay and arrange a pick up time
MarionF1
1st Apr 2020
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At the moment all people have left are their gardens it’s such a waste not being able to use these plants
Maryv54
1st Apr 2020
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It would be really good if we could buy plants not sure how it could be done but such a shame that the plants are dying for want of a home.
JuneD
1st Apr 2020
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It's a pity we can't place an order for delivery with a card payment over the phone or could we not do what the supermarkets are doing by limiting the numbers, obviously we can't walk around choosing , we would have to know what we want. I just think it's a crying shame to destroy all the plants. What are the answers, it's so very sad!
OliveA
1st Apr 2020
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For many people gardening is the safest, most therapeutic thing to do. I have recently dug over all of my borders, which are practically bare. Being able to plant them up and look forward to a bright colourful garden for the summer would be something to aim for. I'm sure there must be a safe way to do this. Even the plants at my local supermarket are not for sale. All of the garden centres/nurseries need our support.
JackieJ77
1st Apr 2020
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Can they not set up an online delivery service like supermarkets. Order what you want and it’s left at your front door.
KeithL9
1st Apr 2020
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Funds should be provided for nurseries to use parcel post to sell plants direct to customers, during lockdown period and for a reasonable term afterwards. We Are after all, " This green and pleasant land" And what is the alternative cost of importing fruit and veg!! ( if we can get it!)
SheilaF4
1st Apr 2020
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Like a number of others have mentioned, perhaps the way to go is online ordering and delivery. Could ensure new jobs maybe as people would be needed for the picking, packaging and delivery. Not ideal I know but better than just throwing plants away. I love gardening and it encourages people to be in the fresh air, exercising at home and reducing the need to go out - encouraging the ‘stay at home’ requirement
PatriciaS645
1st Apr 2020
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could they deliver to Supermarkets, and perhaps we could pick up one or two with our shopping. Yes i know that they are very busy and this is extra work, but i think they would move very quickly. lets face it there must be hundreds of gardeners out there who would love to get some plants in, and think of the mental health aspect of it. surely better than throwing them all away and wasting them.
OliveA
1st Apr 2020
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My local Morrisons sells plants but they are located just outside of the shop and not allowed to buy them.
flowermeadow
1st Apr 2020
0
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The same distancing method in place for supermarkets etc can be used for purchasers at garden centres and nurseries. Plants are a necessary part of life, not just decorative. The great British public loves its gardens and allotments. We're growing our own veg! Insects need plants. The workers at garden centres and nurseries need to keep their jobs.
viking
1st Apr 2020
3
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A conundrum for readers. A medium sized garden centre near me as well as selling usual plants and trees also sells food including bread/ cakes from a local bakery, also frozen and fresh foods.
Well you did ask !! Answers please !!
annee
1st Apr 2020
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Gardening is so good for our physical and mental health. It's more important than ever to be able to tend any growing thing whether it's a small pot or a massive garden.
I'm sure those selling plants could take measures to ensure social distancing, as so many other retailers large and small already have.
parsnip54
1st Apr 2020
4
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We have a very gloomy time right now. One of the few breaks we can get from our enforced but so necessary confinement to our homes is our gardens. To be able to enhance our surroundings would be the joy of a garden full of bloom. The joy our children could get by growing their own fruit and vegetables in their own little plots. Surely with properly managed social distancing and customers with patience for the staff trying to achieve this, we should be allowed this benefit of garden centres being able to open, even on a restricted bases, so we can add this joy to our lives right now
Munsterlander
1st Apr 2020
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I love gardening but I would say no. The reason is where do we draw the line. If just one person gets it in a garden centre which is possible they then affect others. I think the government and police should be even stricter. the sooner we all stop this virus the sooner we can more on with life get all our businesses back in order and get going again
Wilf
1st Apr 2020
2
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It is difficult. If the supermarkets are open then what about other businesses. Tough one for the government.
shrew1742
1st Apr 2020
6
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ABSOLUTELY..... If Supermarkets can operate social distancing I am sure garden centres can do the same.
One of the main things the government MUST DO is
to not let businesses cease trading/go in to liquidation if at all possible.
By doing this the economic recovery will be a lot shorter.
MariaC3
1st Apr 2020
5
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I feel that if social distancing was applied on certain days and hours it would benifit a lot of people my garden is in need of flowers and plants
CaroleAH
1st Apr 2020
7
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Two local nurseries have started a home delivery service for plants and compost - ring and order in the morning and delivered in the afternoon. Lots of praise and good wishes to them on our gardening group Whatsapp group.
JE
1st Apr 2020
3
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I think that is a really good idea which others could follow, along with online ordering and delivery to get over the current crisis. We can not let this market crash but in the scheme of things it can not be classed as essential.
Kezziedog
1st Apr 2020
8
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As big supermarkets, they could let in a certain amount of people at a time ... with spacing everybody.
A crime to let everything die .

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