Coronavirus crisis: 40 garden industry campaigners FREE ACCESS

Still from YouTube film made by bedding grower Reynard Nursery in Carluke
Still from YouTube film made by bedding grower Reynard Nursery in Carluke

Gardening supports mental and physical health and is one of the few outdoor activities many people can do during the coronavirus lockdown - engaging in the activity could indirectly help under-pressure NHS staff who are tacking the disease on the frontline - so we have named these horticultural heroes who are going a step further to campaign in trying times.

BPOA chairman James Alcaraz marshalled bedding grower members to feed info and data to the NFU.

Neil AlcockCampaigned on BBC TV on behalf of growers with BBC business presenter Simon Jack.

NFU presidenMinette Batters and vice-president Tom Bradshaw along with National Federation of Young Farmers and HOPS Labour Solutions for the 'Land Army' drive. 

Robbie Blackhall-Miles: launched #indinurserieshour to sell plants that would have gone to cancelled shows via Twitter. 

Will Blake (St Peters Garden Centre) and Adrian Marskell (Bransford Webbs) broadcast the issued on TV.

David Domoney has supported the industry through videos, on ITV and in the Daily Express.

Colin Edwards: Woodlark Nurseries bedding grower was among the first bedding growers to reach out and try and raise public awareness of impending massive plant wastage. Wrote to local MP Dominic Raab on the issue before industry picked the idea up.

Andrew Fisher Tomlin: Garden designer promoting virtual online international garden shows after events were cancelled. 

Cabinet minister Michael Gove - for keeping parks open - so far...

Wayne GrillsBALI - campaigned at national level on behalf of the landscaping industry.

John HallWest Sussex Growers Association - campaigned at local and national level on behalf of members.

Bruce Harnett: Kernock Park Plants MD who made videos and campaigned in the media on behalf of young plant growers.

New Leaf Plants' Mollie Higginson: Created YPHA characters Bill and Ben that took off on social media to help market the industry in an innovative way.

Richard HopkinsFargro managing director who pushed for industry representative bodies to act urgently back on 20 March.

HTA's Boyd Douglas-Davies, James Clark and James Barnes: Lobbied effectively for scrappage and garden centre opening with the BIG Partnership campaign and at Westminster. HTA's Neil Cummings activated Scottish horticulture to campaign for industry scrappage scheme.

BHETA chief operating officer Will Jones: The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) stepped in to defend DIY, housewares and garden suppliers after multiple retailers sought to impose extended trading terms.

Tony Joyner: Controversially kept his Plants Galore garden centres open when told to close and threatened with court by Exeter City Council.

Steve McCurdyMajestic Trees MD who fearlessly campaigns on industry issues, including to furlough Monty Don as a non-essential worker.

Perennial: charity supporting gardening industry professionals in need.

Porters Fuchsias' Natalie Porter: Through the Young People in Horticulture Association (YPHA) helped create a platform to market the industry and then represented growers in the media in the scrappage campaign.

Johnsons of Whixley's Graham Richardson: Kept staff on to make sure plants are available for 2021. Worked on marketing ideas such as rainbow planting, wrote to MP.

Peter Seabrook: Tireless campaigner for industry interests and creator of ideas to help growers and garden centres. 

Michael SmithWD Smith bedding grower who gave an honest appraisal of the state of the industry via the AHDB. 

Graham SpencerTireless campaigner on industry issues who first outed Monty Don's lack of sympathy for growers.

Rishi Sunak: Chancellor of the Exchequer who has presented loans, furlough, rates and self-employed schemes for coronavirus business relief.

Mark Straver: Delivered Chelsea Flower Show Yeo Valley show garden plants for planting at a Plymouth hospital.

Alan TitchmarshStood up for garden centres and growers when one of his successors at BBC Gardeners' WorldMonty Don, didn't.

Gardens consultant Michael Walker: Started a national campaign for gardeners and businesses to donate PPE to the NHS.

PetitionersJulia Waterlow and Jennifer Moses for campaigns to re-open garden centres.

Warwickshire County Cricket Club has donated Edgbaston to the Department of Health & Social Care to create a drive-thru COVID-19 testing station that will be used to regularly test NHS staff.

A&G Young grower Garry YoungBuilt a rainbow of bedding to raise awareness of the industry's plight (pictured) 

Contact matthew.appleby@haymarket.com with comments and nominations.

 

 


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