Plant inspectors and rising prices: UK garden industry set for Brexit shock


Nurseries say doubling up of regulations will mean a rise in costs and EU suppliers going elsewhere

The UK’s love of horticulture has grown during the coronavirus pandemic, but avid gardeners are being warned of a Brexit shock, with rising prices, potential plant shortages and even the need for plant inspectors at nurseries.

Every year 55,000 trucks loaded with plants arrive in the UK from the Netherlands alone. Each individual pot or hessian root wrap bears an EU “plant passport”, which allows frictionless cross border trade.

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