How Brexit is driving up the cost of gardening

With HGV drivers in low capacity, the UK has faced empty shelves, empty fuel tanks, and a struggling energy market since the nation’s departure from the European Union. As the pandemic begins to recede, many believe the true effects of Brexit are beginning to show as supplies dwindle and prices rise - with the same being true for gardening supplies across the country. spoke to the experts to find out what’s driving the increased cost of plants, landscaping materials, and gardening supplies in the UK.

After almost two years of pandemic-living, it’s safe to say that no industry has been left unaffected by the financial effects of Covid. With garden retailers reporting shortages back in March this year, a stunted supply of gardening supplies was described as a “perfect storm” of Brexit and the pandemic, according to the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA).

Earlier this year demand for gardening tools was two to three times higher than normal after an extra three million people took up gardening during the lockdown. Shortages of bedding plants and garden furniture were put down to the imbalance of supply and demand - with retail supplies to garden centers falling by around 50 percent since the start of the pandemic in 2020.

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