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Support requested for interior landscaping service providers

06 April 2020

Plants@work (formerly known as eFIG) has written to the government to request financial assistance for its members.

It has requested that funds are allocated for the creation of an interior landscaping plants scrappage scheme due to the many buildings closed during the Covid-19 outbreak.

This will assist in dealing with the loss of plants suffering from lack of care, with service providers unable to access buildings.

Plants@work chair Madeleine Evans said: "With many members not having access to client's buildings to maintain installations, the bigger fear is that the cost of replacing plants could put their companies at considerable risk of discontinuing to trade."

The organisation has written to chancellor Rishi Sunak, Minister for Industry Elizabeth Truss, Secretary of State Robert Jenrick and chair of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Nicholas Saphir.

It is now also asking Plants@work members to support the action by writing to their own MPs.

There has been a notable increase in plants in workplaces in recent years following recognition of the benefits of biophilia in creating a more calm and and relaxing environment.

Ms Evans referred to the wide variety of installations maintained by the organisation's members, the loss of which "will have a devastating effect on the industry".

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