This report presents findings from consultation with ornamental plant and cut flower growers in Wales regarding their immediate experiences of and responses to the Covid 19 (C19) crisis.
The Survey was coordinated by: Dr Hannah Pitt (Cardiff University), and Sarah Gould (Tyfu Cymru)
Summary of Findings
- Restrictions on trading non-essential products fell at the worst possible time for ornamental horticulture, coinciding with the period when these businesses usually expect to make most of their annual sales.
- Growers reliant on retail premises for their market, and those supplying cut-flowers have experienced drastic loss of custom and demand.
- Loss of income and cash flow problems present significant challenges for these businesses.
- Whilst some have sought to access financial support, that available does not suit all businesses requiring assistance.
- There is a need for greater clarity on what retail trade counts as essential, and to ensure more consistent application of the rules to ensure that smaller, specialist outlets selling plant materials are not disadvantaged.
- Communicating the nature of new rules and requirements will be vital to ensuring businesses can begin to trade again safely, and to secure customer confidence.
Download the full survey results here: C19 Ornamental Horticulture Summit - Results from producers in Wales April 2020