Like many others, we were shocked and saddened to read the news stories at the end of March describing the impact COVID-19 will have on garden centres and plant nurseries that are unable to stay open.
In particular, we were horrified to hear about the millions of plants that will go to waste, and the devastating impact that this will have on the businesses and livelihoods of the thousands of people connected to the industry.
It inspired us to think about how we could help: PlantSavers was born.
We partner with the garden centres and plant nurseries who have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 lockdown
Due to COVID-19, plant growers across the UK are facing incredibly difficult times as garden centres are forced to close.
With many unable to sell products on-line, some experts estimate that a third of producers could go bust.
“The closure of garden centres due to the pandemic comes at the worst possible moment for growers.” – BBC
“At roughly the same value, in three months’ time, if I’m a nursery producing seasonal plants it will be worth nil.” – Plant grower, BBC
We buy as many perennial and annual plants as we can from these growers, to stop them going to waste
Retailers of plants purchase their stock months in advance, ready for the spring sales.
The closure of 2,000 garden centres and nurseries at the beginning of March means there is no outlet for the plants.
“Millions of plants, shrubs and trees could be binned in the coming days and weeks.” – Neil Alcock, Seiont nurseries
“We had sold thousands of plants, but then cancellations came in from everywhere. No ifs, no buts, the whole retail supply chain stopped for us.” – Neil Alcock, Seiont nurseries
We sell and deliver plants to people staying at home during lockdown, donating £1 of every sale to the good cause ‘Meals for the NHS’
Social distancing is likely to continue for many more weeks and as the weather improves, it’s important to find activities to support our health and wellbeing.
During lockdown, outdoor space – if lucky enough to have some – has become increasingly important to many people, and so there is a renewed interested in gardening and exploring the outdoors.
As a customer, it’s difficult to get hold of garden supplies because of the small number of suppliers that can deliver are over-run.
Why buy a pack?
Health & Wellbeing
A fantastic outdoor activity, get some vitamin D in!
A great way of staying active
Proven to improve holistic wellbeing
A chance to do something constructive and educational with family
High-quality products at virtually cost price, as we try to help plant nurseries sell their plants
We even provide the compost!
‘Zero contact’ delivery straight to your door
We hate waste – no unnecessary packaging
Support the British plant industry
Purchase British grown plants
£1 of every sale goes to the good cause ‘Meals for the NHS’
Help to stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives
Feedback & Questions
If you are:
- a grower interested in working with us CLICK HERE
- interested in selling our products CLICK HERE
- interested in delivering for us CLICK HERE
- looking for our help towards a good cause CLICK HERE
Do you deliver to my postcode/when will you expand to deliver to me?
Please check our current delivery area which is kept up to date HERE We’re trying to expand them all the time: please provide us your postcode in the contact form in the next section and subscribe. We’ll let you know when we expand to your area.
What’s happening with my order? (e.g. Why haven’t I received an order confirmation?)
If you haven’t received your email after this time, or have any other order queries please use the contact form for assistance.
When will my order be delivered?
Our typical delivery time is 3-10 working days. Your delivery timeline will be shown in your confirmation email.
Which plants will I receive in my pack?
We source plants from struggling nurseries that are most likely to go to waste. This means we don’t have complete control on which plants will go in which pack we sell, only the general types. That’s why we won’t ever promise the specific contents of a pack, only that they will look great, be worth a lot more than what you’d usually pay to have them delivered and arrive undamaged!
Can you stock something new for me?
Please mention the types of plants or products you’d like to see in the contact form in the next section.
Where can I let you know if something has gone wrong?
Please let us know what has happened in the contact form in the next section and we’ll do our best to make it right.
Where do I ask something else?
Please ask us via the contact form in the next section. If you receive no response please email us at [email protected] to follow up.