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We would like to assure all our members that we are working tirelessly on your behalf in these difficult and unprecedented times. We are working throughout each day to clarify government policy and interpret it for our members, whilst also lobbying the government to introduce measures to protect the interests of our members and their employees. We know that these are frightening and uncertain times for all of you and we are here to help with any questions you have.

Please check this webpage for daily updates, or call us if you need to talk to someone. There is a list of contacts here. We are also sending out daily e-shots – if you are not getting these emails then please contact services@hta.org.uk and ask them to update your contact details. The latest communications to members can be found via the link below:

Click here for the latest member communications.

Summary of latest update 3 April - HTA Daily Update Member communication on Coronavirus

  • Media coverage of our growers in crisis campaign enters day four and has gone global! International news agency Reuters and the prestigious New York Times both covered it. Closer to home ITV regional news programmes ran interviews with the HTA and individual members. Full coverage can be found here.
  • The HTA held a call with a Defra Minister and officials this afternoon to discuss the grower stock compensation scheme proposals we provided to Government earlier this week. We also covered off a range of other measures, including garden centre reopenings. This is following on from continued engagement with MPs and political advisors to Ministers we have initiated and will continue to progress.
  • It has been drawn to our attention that the Scottish Government have indicated that certain restrictions on horticultural growers have been lifted. We are seeking urgent clarification on what this really means. Our informed opinion remains that garden centres remain closed. We’ll let you know as soon as we receive this from the Scottish Government.
  • We have launched a new initiative – Plants Near Me to give consumers the ability to find local companies that are able to safely supply them with plants and other gardening essentials during this time of lockdown. If you would like your business to be included in this online directory please fill in the form here.

Financial support for growers campaign - Media Coverage

Many thanks to all those who have featured in the media coverage including:

Alan Titchmarsh MBE, James Barnes, Neil Alcock from Seoint Nurseries, Natalie Porter from Porters Fuschias, Bruce Harnett from Kernock Park Plants and Alex Newey from Newey Group – along with other members up and down the country.

  • AOL - £200m of plants ‘will be destroyed’ due to garden centre closures- [online]
  • asianimage.co.uk -  £200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closure [online]
  • Barrheadnews.com -£200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closure [online]
  • BBC News at 10pm
  • BBC News at 6pm
  • BBC Radio 4 at 6pm
  • BBC Radio Shropshire at 7pm
  • BBC Radio Stoke at 5pm 
  • BBC UK - Millions of garden plants set to be binned- [online]
  • BBC Wales - Millions of garden plants set to be binned - [online]
  • bordertelegraph.com - £200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closures [online]
  • Broadcast - BBC Breakfast across the country today 7:20am and 7:25am
  • Broadcast - BBC Radio 6 Music Today 8:3am and 8:36am
  • Broadcast - Bro Radio Today 7:30am, 7:32am, 8:31am, 8:33am, 9:29am and 9:32am
  • Broadcast - Coverage was found in many BBC local stations.
  • Broadcast- BBC Breakfast (6.15am)
  • Broadcast- BBC Radio 4 Today- 6.15am, 7.00am, 7.30am, 7.50am, 8.07am and 8.43am 
  • Business Matters  - UK's horticultural sector worth £1.4 billion could be wiped out by shutdown in weeks - [online
  • capitalfm.com - Coronavirus lockdown leaves third of 'ornamental growers' facing ruin [online]
  • Caterlyst Agenda- Bailout sought for #1.4bn horticultural industry as 2,000 garden centres & nurseries close-online
  • clactonandfrintongazette.co.uk £200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closure [online]
  • compassfm.co.uk - Coronavirus lockdown leaves third of 'ornamental growers' facing ruin
  • countytimes.co.uk -£200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closure [online]
  • Daily Express- Comment David Domoney
  • Daily Mail (Scotland)- A blooming disaster
  • Daily Mail- A blooming disaster
  • Daily Mail - Branching out: Garden centres turn to deliveries to survive as they face losing millions of pounds worth of plants due to coronavirus - online
  • Daily Record- Virus pay-outs failing to help
  • dailymail.co.uk - £200m of plants `will be destroyed´ due to garden centre closures [online]
  • DIY Week- Concerns over horticultural industry during pandemic- [online]
  • Dorset Echo- Garden centres appeal for government help amid coronavirus turmoil- online
  • dumbartonreporter.co.uk £200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closure [online]
  • Eppingforestguardian.co.uk £200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closure [online]
  • Essential Retail- Online offers little hope for horticultural sales says HTA- [online]
  • Evening Express- £200m of plants ‘will be destroyed’ due to garden centre closures- [online]
  • Evening Standard-Millions of plants and shrubs set to be binned as Covid-19 ravages garden centre sales- [online]
  • Evening Telegraph - Plants dumped as Tayside horticulture businesses endure lockdown debt - online
  • eveningtelegraph.co.uk £200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closure [online]
  • Express & Star- £200m of plants ‘will be destroyed’ due to garden centre closures- [online]
  • Farm Business- Ornamental horticultural industry facing crisis point over Covid-19 lockdown- online
  • gardencentrebuyer.co.uk - £200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closure [online]
  • greenocktelegraph.co.uk -£200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closure [online]
  • halsteadgazette.co.uk -£200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closure [online]
  • heart.co.uk -Coronavirus lockdown leaves third of 'ornamental growers'facing ruin [online]
  • hebeach.co.uk -Coronavirus lockdown leaves third of 'ornamental growers' facing ruin [online]
  • Horticulture Week - HTA launches plant scrappage scheme saying one-third of growers could close for good because of coronavirus crisis - [online]
  • I News- Coronavirus: Call for support as ''millions'' of plants could end up being thrown away- online
  • I paper- Blooms are doomed as garden centres are forced to close
  • impartialreporter.co.uk£200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closure [online]
  • In-Cumbria- Garden centres pin hopes on late summer surge as coronavirus shuts premises- online
  • islandfm.com - Coronavirus lockdown leaves third of 'ornamental growers' facing ruin
  • ITV News Meriden - Coronavirus: Nurseries and plant wholesalers facing financial ruin as garden centres close.-  online 
  • ITV News-£200m of plants ‘will be destroyed’ due to garden centre closures-online
  • Kingdomfm.co.uk - Coronavirus lockdown leaves third of 'ornamental growers' facing ruin [online]
  • leaderlive.co.uk - £200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closures [online]
  • Leigh Journal- £200m of plants ‘will be destroyed’ due to garden centre closures[online]
  • Lincolnshire Live-Calls for garden centres to re-open to save millions of plants from the bin- online
  • Mail Online- Aldi, Morrisons and Waitrose become first supermarkets to ease product restrictions brought in to cope with stockpiling frenzy as Tesco ramps up home delivery services during coronavirus lockdown- online
  • manxradio.com - Coronavirus lockdown leaves third of 'ornamental growers' facing ruin [online]
  • more.talktalk.co.uk -£200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closure[online]
  • msn.com/en-gb - Millions of plants and shrubs set to be binned as Covid-19 ravages garden centre sales [online]
  • My London - London coronavirus: Fulham garden centre shows how indoor gardening can cheer us all up during lockdown - online
  • New York Times - Bloomin' Disaster: UK's Garden Industry Faces Ruin From Coronavirus Crisis - online
  • nwemail.co.uk -£200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closure [online]
  • oxfordmail.co.uk -£200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closures [online]
  • penarthtimes.co.uk -£200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closure [online]
  • pressandjournal.co.uk -£200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closure [online]
  • prestwichandwhitefieldguide.co.uk£200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closures [online]
  • pulse1.co.uk -Coronavirus lockdown leaves third of 'ornamental growers' facing ruin [online]
  • radioessex.com - Coronavirus lockdown leaves third of 'ornamental growers' facing ruin [online]
  • radiox.co.uk - Coronavirus lockdown leaves third of 'ornamental growers' facing ruin [online]
  • revolution962.com -Coronavirus lockdown leaves third of 'ornamental growers' facing ruin
  • salisburyjournal.co.uk -£200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closures [online]
  • Shropshire Star- Millions of plants could be destroyed-online
  • signal1.co.uk - Coronavirus lockdown leaves third of 'ornamental growers' facing ruin [online]
  • Sky News- Coronavirus lockdown leaves third of 'ornamental growers' facing ruin- [online]
  • smoothradio.com - Coronavirus lockdown leaves third of 'ornamental growers' facing ruin [online]
  • southwalesguardian.co.uk -£200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closure [online]
  • stalbansreview.co.uk £200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closure [online]
  • sunshineradio.co.uk - Coronavirus lockdown leaves third of 'ornamental growers' facing ruin
  • Swanageandwarehamvoice.co.uk -£200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closure [online]
  • swanseasound.co.uk - Coronavirus lockdown leaves third of 'ornamental growers' facing ruin [online]
  • The Daily Mirror - Virus playouts failing to help
  • The Daily Mirror (Ulster)- Virus playouts failing to help
  • The Herald- Garden centre plants worth £200m face destruction- online
  • The Independent- Coronavirus: #200m of plants to be destroyed as nurseries face ruin because of lockdown- online
  • The Independent Daily Edition- Nurseries face financial ruin
  • The Independent- Gardening industry at ‘crisis point’ as million of plants and trees to be thrown away-[online]
  • The Landscaper- Horticultural crisis due to Coronavirus-online
  • The National (Scotland)- Coronavirus: Growing calls to help Scotland's plant nurseries- online
  • The Press and Journal- Titchmarsh: sector ‘faces decimation without aid’
  • The Scotsman- Plant growers face `financial crisis'' as #200m of stock to be binned amid coronavirus lockdown- online
  • The Scotsman- Plant growers face ‘financial crisis’ in Covid-19 shutdown
  • The Sun- Pants to be dumped
  • The Times (Ireland)- Garden centre losses
  • The Times (Scotland)- Business Need to know
  • The Times (Scotland)- Virus carries the seeds of destruction for plant sellers
  • The Times- Garden centre losses
  • The Times- Coronavirus carries the seeds of destruction for Scottish plant sellers- online
  • thelancasterandmorecambecitizen.co.uk£200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closure [online]
  • thenational.scot - £200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closures [online]
  • thewave.co.uk - Coronavirus lockdown leaves third of 'ornamental growers' facing ruin
  • thisislancashire.co.uk -£200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closure [online]
  • thisismoney.co.uk -£200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closure [online]
  • timesandstar.co.uk£200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closure [online]
  • times-series.co.uk £200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closure [online]
  • town102.com -Coronavirus lockdown leaves third of 'ornamental growers' facing ruin
  • uk.yahoo.com -£200m of plants `will be destroyed´ due to garden centre closures [online]
  • uk.yahoo.com - Coronavirus lockdown leaves third of 'ornamental growers'facing ruin [online]
  • vibe1076.co.ukCoronavirus lockdown leaves third of 'ornamental growers' facing ruin [online]
  • West Midlands Express & Star- Millions of plants could be destroyed-online
  • Western Daily Press- £200m of plants face bin as garden centres shut doors 
  • Westmorland Gazette- Garden centres pin hopes on late summer surge as coronavirus shuts premises- online
  • Western Morning News (Cornwall) -Horticulture hit by ‘perfect storm’
  • Western Morning News (Devon)- Garden centres in lockdown crisis
  • whitehavennews.co.uk - £200m of plants 'will be destroyed' due to garden centre closure [online]
  • Yahoo Style- Alan Titchmarsh tells of sadness as garden centres bin £200m of perishable plants[online]
  • Yorkshire Post – Alan Pants an alert
  • Yorkshire Post- Ilkley''s Alan Titchmarsh backs call as''#200m of plants could be destroyed''- online

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For the latest updates please visit the Government’s information and advice page (updated daily at 2 pm)
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Businesses can contact HMRC’s new dedicated COVID-19 helpline from 11 March 2020 for advice and support. If you are concerned about being able to pay your tax due to COVID-19, then call HMRC’s dedicated helpline on 0800 0159 559. For more information, please check the HMRC site here.