There were 40 UK growers ready to contribute to a stand in 2016 but not enough sponsorship was forthcoming. The NFU and Waitrose previously backed the exhibit but pulled out ahead of 2015's show and decided not to reappear this year.
"We will go along to Chelsea this year and invite people who are interested in sponsoring for 2017," said Riley. "I'm hopeful of finding funding earlier for 2017. The RHS wanted us to do something this year, which was nice, but we've not been able to raise funds. But I'm looking at it positively with a view to next year."
Timeline - Recent acquisitions and changes in the liner market
June 2015: Eagle Plants bought by Newey Group. Dummen Orange acquired Florexpo.
July 2015: Volmary bought Delamore. Northern Liners closed.
September 2015: Delamore acquired Botany Bay.
January 2016: Seiont Nurseries sold to Lovania Nurseries.