Chichester nursery dumps £100,000 flowers

C130529-1 Chi Flowers  phot kate''Walter Back of Whophams Lane nusery who last year was voted the Grower of the Year by the British Bedding Plants Association, and is now having to throw away most of his plants due to the cancellation of orders,C130529-1
C130529-1 Chi Flowers phot kate''Walter Back of Whophams Lane nusery who last year was voted the Grower of the Year by the British Bedding Plants Association, and is now having to throw away most of his plants due to the cancellation of orders,C130529-1

A NURSERY owner has been left ‘devastated’ after being forced to throw out £100,000 worth of unwanted flowers.

Walter Back, 60, from Chichester joins a host of spring flower sellers forced to dump stock because of the prolonged winter weather that has hit the country.

Mr Back, who has owned Blue Ribbon Plants at Wophams Lane Nursery, Chichester for 40 years, has thrown away pansies after recent freezing weather conditions led to a lack of demand from customers.

He said: “It is a terrible situation for growers to be in. “This is the second time in the year we have been hit badly to destroy stock and I think there should be something to safeguard growers in respect of situations like this. It’s not fair,” said Mr Back.

Due to the lack of demand resulting from the unusual weather, independent growers have been unable to sell on their stock to customers.

“Growers are very dedicated people with their beds and plants and growing them, nurturing them, watering them and feeding them so they’re looking nice for sale to garden centres and then, bang it doesn’t happen.”

He is calling for legislation to be implemented to offer growers protection.

“Growers cannot go suffering these losses in hard times like this,” he said.