This week, plants@work sent a letter to the government requesting consideration for financial support. It asked for additional funds to be put aside by the UK government for an interior landscaping plants scrappage scheme.
Plants@work chair Madeleine Evans of Tivoli Services explains: “Some of our members have expressed concern about the probable loss of plants following the lock down especially as there is no specified time for this situation. With many members not having access to client’s buildings to maintain installations, the biggest fear is that the cost of replacing plants could put their companies at considerable risk of discontinuing to trade.”
With this in mind, the association has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, Elizabeth Truss, Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment and Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
It has also sent a letter to Nicholas Saphir who has just been appointed as chair of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). Plants@work is also appealing to individual members to support the action and write to their own MPs.
“Our industry is responsible for major installations in large corporations to smaller ones that decorate public spaces such as office receptions, shopping centres and hotels,” adds Madeleine. “The accumulated loss of all or many of members’ installations will have a devastating effect on the industry.”