Budget 2009: Fuel duty rise meets with mixed response from nurseries

Today's announcement of an increase in fuel duty of 2p per litre has been met with a mixed response from growers.

Bransford Webbs Plant Company managing director Geoff Caesar has criticised the rise. He said he is "not overjoyed, as an increase is never a positive thing".

Bransford Webbs has been part of the Midland Regional Growers' transport initiative, which shares transport costs, for the past three years in an effort to cut fuel use and cost.

Despite the increase, Geoff Caesar said it could lead to growth in numbers for the initiative. He added: "With more members, the scheme will be able to provide an even better service, which is good for everyone."

James Coles & Sons (Nurseries) marketing manager Lynn Hunter said: "Who knows where diesel prices will be in September? However, we will continue to hold our nerve, maintaining our pricing policy."

The cost of fuel is set to rise by 2p per litre from 1 September and then increase 1p per litre each year from 2010 to 2013.

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