Here’s a situation which left me scratching my head:
The managing director of a plant wholesaler said his firm has lost more than £2.5million-worth of business in the last three months after garden centres were forced to close as part of the coronavirus lockdown. Adrian Marskell, who runs The Bransford Webbs Plant Company in Worcester, in the West Midlands, has had to begin throwing away around 100,000 flowering plants which cannot be sold. Shocking photos show mountains of de-potted plants waiting to be composted, with others sitting in colourful rows, all destined to be thrown away.
I would have done something a little different.
Why not load up the plants in the back of a truck, then drive around all the residential streets in Worcester, depositing two or three plants at a time in front of houses, with a note attached:
“Rather than toss all these lovely plants in the skip, we’d rather they found a good home in your garden instead. Please accept them with our compliments, and we hope to see you all when the lockdown comes to an end.”
— Bransford Webbs Plant Company
And come tax filing time, I’d write off the cost of the plants as an advertising expense.
No doubt, this being Britishland, there’s some law against doing all that.