British florists and horticulture need our support – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Dave Ellis, Magadlen Lane, Hedon.

What more can be done to promote the UK's horticultural industry?

FLORISTS, supermarkets, 
garages and other outlets selling cut flowers should support growers of British-cut flowers during the summer and autumn months.

There are an increasing number of nurseries and farms in Yorkshire who are growing good quality flowers such as delphiniums, dianthus, cosmos, dahlias and rudbeckias to name a few cottage garden plants which are ideal for floral bouquets.

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Florists need to be more creative in their floriferous designs, and by also using unusual variegated 
foliage available to the 
grower.

Richard Bothamley from Setting the Scene Florists on Bishopthorpe Road in York.

By supporting British growers and farmers, who have diversified, they can invest in growing flowers at a more competitive price to the subsidised growers in the Netherlands.

The Government needs to reconsider the value of ornamental horticulture when it looks at food scarity.

Customers should do their 
bit to help their cause by asking for British-grown flowers during the summer and autumn months.

British-grown flowers 
during the winter months is more challenging to the 
grower!

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