Plant sales suffer from cold

Barton Grange Garden Centre Managing Director, Guy Topping.

Barton Grange Garden Centre Managing Director, Guy Topping.

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A FIERCELY cold winter has taken its toll on wildlife, according to those taking care of the region’s animals.

Nature reserves and gardening centres say the unseasonably cold weather has had an impact on animals and plants, with March being the second coldest on record, according to Met Office figures.

Alan Wright, from the Lancashire Wildlife Trust (LWT), said: “It has greatly affected wildlife.

“Birds are running out of food to eat because the insects are not coming out as much as they should be.

“Birds should have migrated back to the north from the south by now and if they don’t come back soon, they will end up nesting there which is not good at all.”

Guy Topping, managing director of Barton Grange Garden Centre, near Preston, said gardeners seemed less keen to get planting than usual.

He said: “The cold March has certainly meant that people are buying fewer plants than they would normally at this time of year.

“People are still enjoying a day out though, so our restaurants, farm shop and other indoor areas have been very busy.”

John Butcher, of Dobbie’s in Clifton, added: “Gardeners have put on hold their normal planting calendar and this has impacted on sales of plants and gardening equipment.”

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