According to garden centers, Brexit has forced them to give away £100,000 worth of plants.
Due to a staff shortfall caused by Brexit, a group of garden stores claims it has been obliged to give away £100,000 worth of plants for free.
Due to the exodus of European workers from the UK, Plants Galore, which has garden facilities in Plymouth, Newton Abbot, and Exeter, says it is in a “constant battle” to find trained staff. They allege it has become so bad that the company’s management have opted to give away £100,000 worth of plants since they don’t have the manpower to return them to the nursery.
“With the advent of Brexit and the departure of many European personnel from the UK, we are facing the same problem as many other firms in the South West in finding suitable staff who want to work,” said Matt Pollard, a team leader at the organisation.
“In a normal year, we’d bring these plants back to our nursery to be pruned back and grown on for future years.
“This year, it is just not an option since, like many other businesses in our sector and in the region, we are unable to find enough personnel to work in our nurseries.
“In the current climate, it is a constant effort to find experienced workers, resulting in this decision to simply give the plants away.”
According to Plymouth Live, several businesses in the UK are experiencing staff shortages as a result of Brexit and the epidemic.
“We are very keen to hear from potential employees looking for a career in retail horticulture both here in Devon and at our Yeovil nurseries, and they can contact us at [email protected],” Mr Pollard continued, “but we also need a sensible government scheme for horticulture to employ European staff on a seasonal or contract basis if UK workers don’t want this type of work.”
“We believe that by giving away these plants, our consumers will be able to get some free plants. There are no strings attached; simply show up and load your car with as many plants as you can.
“It’s a first-come, first-served basis. All we have to do now is find a decent home for the plants.”
Plants Galore stores in Plymouth, Newton Abbot, and Exeter will have free plants in their parking lots.
On Friday, August 13, at 8 a.m., the giveaway will begin.
According to statistics, almost 90,000 EU workers have departed the UK. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”