The British love gardening, but many of these plants come from nurseries in European countries with warmer climates.
“This rosemary is grown in Italy, it comes from our Italian suppliers” -he tells us Boyd Douglas–Davies, director of British Garden Centers at this Kent nursery.
In Britain gardening retailers face a perfect storm made of Brexit and pandemic
“We buy a lot of plants from Europe, especially from the Netherlands and Belgium, but also from Italy and Germany. The main impact has been on the process of importing plants. The administrative procedures are enormous and this is causing costs and delays in the import too “
The demand is double or triple now due to the three million more people who have been gardening in the UK during lockdown, instead the supply has decreased by 50% in the last year.
Luke Hanrahan, Euronews reporter in Kent:
“This dianthus has to be grown on the European continent because frankly the climate is not that great in the UK. The Netherlands is coming and now it costs 20% more to bring it in, which is causing chaos in garden centers.”
And it is that each herb, flower, tree or bush has its own European passport. That passport is no longer valid in the UK
“Each plant before crossing the English Channel has to receive a phytosanitary certificate, which has to accompany the plant in the UK. In addition, we now have to cover a plant register, in which we have to notify the authorities from here everything we bring before it reaches our shores “-explains Boyd Douglas-Davies.
Until the process of importing plants across the border is perfected, British gardening enthusiasts will have to bear the added cost of their love of flowers.