Following recent coverage on the BBC and subsequent social media debate, we’d like to reassure our customers that we are looking after all the plants at our sites and have no intention of disposing any. We have maintained a core team to ensure that all our plant areas remain irrigated and that plants are looked after so that they are in as fresh a state as possible for customers when we are permitted to reopen. Where we have plants with a short season such as Spring bedding and some flowering houseplants, we have been actively donating to the local community including Worcestershire & Gloucestershire’s hospices, members of the NHS and communities that our colleagues have chosen to support. We are also donating food that is reaching its best before date in our Foodhalls to local food banks.
We are actively working on building our online range of plants so that customers can purchase from our website and are working with local nurseries & growers to see how we can offer plants direct picked from their production nurseries to our customers as well. We would not exist without the wonderful growers around us and we will do everything within our power to ensure that part of the supply chain continues to exist and thrive post lockdown. They are struggling with crops on the ground and no market to go to for the foreseeable future, whilst future crops require the space for the following seasons. For clarity the grower interviewed last night was the Bransford Webbs Plant Company, who are an important part of our supply chain as well as many other garden centres across the UK.