In 2020, the horticulture industry dealt with many challenges - here is a summary of some of the ways it has been valued and it has adapted, as well as some of the more adverse impacts.
3 million new gardeners started on their plots during lockdown.
Increase in average transaction values in garden centres.
Virtual trade shows and meetings become the norm.
Garden centres - essential retail in second lockdown.
Sustainability roadmap from HTA.
Redundancies - The crisis has led to redundancies at National Trust, RHS and at retailers and cafes. Latest Office for National Statistics figures show 3.026m retail jobs, down 22,000 year-on-year.
Lockdowns - hit garden centres in March and have had impacts ever since.
Lack of face-to-face meetings.
Social media divisions.