He added: "It's a variable I've got no control over. Of course I'm aware of it and we cross that bridge when we come to it. It's happened in the past and it will happen in the future."
Woodlark Nurseries supplies bedding to Woodcote Green Garden Centre, recently bought by Wyevale Garden Centres. The nursery does not have other dealings with Wyevale, though it does supply groups such as Blue Diamond, Haskins and Squire's as well as smaller independents.
Woodlark Nurseries managing director Colin Edwards said: "I hope Wyevale Garden Centres sees the way Woodcote Green is run and hopefully it will continue with the same model, because it works." Wyevale said it will keep suppliers for at least a year after it buys a retailer.