Allow Click&Collect for Garden Centres and Florists.

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Gardening is enormously important for the physical and mental well-being of many people throughout the world. Not to mention the green credentials. But unfortunately Garden Centres and Florists in Northern Ireland are not allowed to currently open or offer click and collect like many other independent retailers.

Large multinationals can still operate as normal raking in millions while us independent retailers are deprived of this opportunity as we can not open to sell the same goods (if not more superior products) in a much more safer way for both customers and staff.

With Mothers day coming on the 14th March, we as an industry need this click and collect service to sell our products to customers. If we are not allowed to offer click and collect there will be even more customers in the large multinationals looking for the products that we specialise in and it will be the death nail of some of our Garden Centres and Florists as we rely on these occasions to keep us going.

Gardens and gardening kept people at home last year during lockdown. Over half the population enjoy and benefit from gardening for there mental wellbeing and health from delighting in growing in their outside space, on window sills & balconies or in living rooms with house plants and having a lovely fresh bouquet of flowers to brighten up their mood. 

Safety is key! Garden Centres and Florists have spent thousands of pounds on safety measures. They can control people better in their shops and offer a more relaxed atmosphere and a quicker service with very little contact (compared to overcrowded large multinationals). Garden Centres grow plants for customers and  Florists to sell which is planned 6-12 months ahead so can not be simply turned off and on. When Garden Centres were closed in the lockdown of 2020, growers suffered huge losses because plants weren't reaching gardeners and Florists for retail. Home delivery and mail order just don't satisfy the demand for plants in the Spring season. Plus postage and delivery costs can outweigh the value of lower value goods such as seeds.

Our nurseries simply can't survive another year like 2020.

It would be wonderful if anyone who felt positive about reopening or offering click and collect in Garden Centres and Florists could sign this petition to ask the Northern Ireland executive to seriously consider and debate on this subject.

Thank you so much for your support, it really means a lot.

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