Email your MP: Support for the ornamentals sector

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There has never been a more important time to lobby your MP on the challenges facing the ornamental sector.

The whole supply chain has been significantly and immediately impacted due to the closure of garden centres and florists across the country. Businesses are suffering and politicians need to hear what is happening first hand from business owners. The NFU has been lobbying on your behalf, but as your local representative, MPs want to hear directly from their constituents about how they and their businesses are being affected.

An online tool is now available for members to email their local MP to make the case to government to take urgent action to support the ornamentals sector. The letter template is editable so do add personal comments or experiences into the communication.

Letter to the Secretary of State

Following an MP briefing call with NFU President Minette Batters, MPs representing ornamentals businesses were galvanised to take action and agreed to jointly write to the Defra Secretary of State George Eustice supporting the NFU's asks for the sector. The letter was jointly signed by 13 members from across the country. NFU members: Click here to read the letter in full.

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Coronavirus: Updates and advice

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Click here to use the NFU's COVID-19 business impact service.

By using this form, farmers and growers can provide information on any business-critical issues they have encountered, or expect to encounter, arising from the COVID-19 outbreak. The NFU will log this information and use it in an anonymised format to flag the key issues agriculture and horticulture are facing to government on a daily basis. However, no personal data will be shared with the government. The service is for all farmers and growers across the UK.

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  • Posted by: British Protected Ornamentals AssociationPosted on: 30/04/2020 15:01:24

    Comment: A very timely intervention by the president; this business loss will affect all constituencies and jobs around the country. After garden centre opening is relaxed there will still be damage that needs the sort of intervention managed by the Dutch government for their ornamental sector which is starting at €600M!