While the strictures of the Covid pandemic might have raised the profile of locally produced food, moves are afoot to get a similar level of recognition for the country’s flower producing sector.
Outside of gardens and parks few are aware that ornamental flowers are grown commercially in Scotland - but those involved in the trade point out that pockets of this trade do exist. And a group of growers have come together to promote what this little-known sector has to offer.
“Unless you’re driving up the A90 in April or May and notice the yellow fields, most people in Scotland are not aware that we grow daffodils,” said Mark Clark of farmer co-op Grampian Growers.
Yet he pointed out that co-op has 12 farms growing 1200 acres of the flower between them in Perthshire, Angus and South Aberdeenshire, producing millions of spring daffs.