The BCTGA met this week and Brightwell reports that late frosts are a worry and that growth is a week behind. He said growers believe frosts have probably gone now but were a concern over the last week on new tips, emerging after a slow start to the growth season.
He said heavy storms from the continent were also a concern for growers if they were to reach the UK.
On Brexit, Brightwell said growers "want to know the impact" but there was no set BCTGA policy on staying in or out. He said sterling had weakened since last year, meaning imports were slightly less attractive.
Several growers including Cadeby Tree Trust have told HW that they cannot set prices until the future of Britain in the EU is decided.
BCTGA chairman Mike Craig, owner of Garrocher Tree Farm, said Brexit's impact might begin "next year or three seasons down the line". He said production levels rather than potential changes in imports were more important this year, and he expected little change in wholesale prices for Christmas 2016.
Premium Nordman firs at six foot were around £20 wholesale from some outlets such as Pines and Needles and Trees for Christmas last year.
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