This horticulture week in numbers

Image: HW
Image: HW

£6.6bn: The Parks Alliance (TPA) has published ‘Making Parks Count’ making the business case for parks saying they are worth £6.6bn to English economy.

230,000: Number of roses unable to be potted by David Austin Roses during coronavirus lockdown.

20: Most recorded invasive plants in UK listed.

3: New London Tree Officers Association committee members.

7: Viruses vectored by Bemisia tabaci virus and seven tortricid moths have been added to the Plant Health Risk Register.

2: Nurseries that have secured CBILS grants: Allensmore and Majestic. At least five garden centres/suppliers have grants: Whitehall, New Hopetoun, Bents, BHGS, Mackenzie and Cruickshank.

60%: Sales loss reported by growers in HTA survey.

40%: Increase in payment terms reported.

65%: HTA surveys show up to 65% of garden centres and other retailers say they are importing more plants, with the HTA using its new figures to help support a renewed call for a £250m plant scrappage bailout from the Government.

£18m: RHS expected coronavirus losses, leading to cutting of Cardiff and Chatsworth shows for 2021.

30: National Trust Scotland gardens and estates to reopen from 6 July.

33%: Total garden centre turnover to the end of May was 33% down on the first five months of 2019 (GCA).

2.7%: Farm Business Income figures from Defra show the value of production in the ornamental sector increased by 2.7% to £1.4 billion in 2019. Hardy nursery stock showed a 3.0% increase in value at an estimated £982 million (£954 million in 2018). Flowers in bloom showed a 1.7% decrease in value at an estimated £119 million (£122 million in 2018). The pot plant sector saw a 3.2% increase in value at £317 million (£307 million in 2018).

The value of fruit production increased by 9.7% to £875 million, driven almost entirely by a 12% increase in price, as production was little changed on the year.

The value of vegetables increased by £55 million (+3.9%) to £1.5 billion, driven by higher prices (+4.6%) as volumes slightly fell. 

4-5%: Millbrook garden centres recovery since lockdown after being 25% or £1.6m down when reopening. 

1: Drivethru opened at Perrywood garden centre in Essex selling compost and bulk materials. The centre is also doing takeaway food.

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