Somerset nursery winds up fuchsia production

Foxmoor, the nursery business of agriculture and retail group Wynnstay, will bring to an end over 60 years of standard fuchsia production from next year.

The standard fuchsia used to be one of the mainstays of Foxmoor's production, but a decline in the plant's popularity and increasing energy costs has led the firm halt their production. The company's fuchsia production peaked in 2003, with 50,000 standards produced. This year they made up just 12 per cent of Foxmoor's total sales.

General Manager Martin Rowe said: "With major increases in forward gas prices this winter, falling demand for larger fuchsias, and demand for space for other crops, we have been forced to take the decision. The fact one of our rented site's lease ends next April 2009 finally forced the issue on space for us."

In response the company has diversified and begun producing hardy, architectural plants and expanding their mail order business.


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