Garden centres report below par, but acceptable, Easter holiday sales

Good weather for most traders on the first day of the Easter holiday weekend has ensured garden centres sales overall reached acceptable levels - despite the impact of storm Katie later on in the bank holiday weekend.

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Altons Garden Centre director Andy Bunker said despite the mixed weather, people were out buying. "Had the sun shone on Monday it would have been a good bank holiday," he said.

Aylett Nurseries, near St Albans, director Adam Wigglesworth summed up Easter trade as one of "mixed fortunes", with sales down 10% on last Easter and damage including glass panes blown out of green houses. But given the bank holiday Monday was a washout, it was not a "bad result".

He said: "There was a lot of interest, the weather was good on Friday and Saturday and we were up on last year on those days. The Monday morning was bad; sadly the sun shone in the afternoon but the poor weather in the morning had put off people visiting the nurseries.

"March is a swing month, we have had terrible ones and fantastic months; we're down on last year but it's been a middle-of-the-road month for us and despite the mixed weather over Easter, it's a solid month for us."

Buckingham Garden Centre partner Pauline Brown said: "Friday trading was excellent and well up, but the weather for the other two days was atrocious, so overall trading figures are down 10%, entirely down to the weather."

For more trading figures see this Friday's Horticulture Week magazine.

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