HTA approves of Sunday trading change

The HTA has registered its approval following the announcement in yesterday?s budget of the government?s plan to relax Sunday trading laws.

This potentially will allow all retail businesses – including garden centres – to trade on what the organisation refers to as a ?level playing field?.

Speaking of the development, HTA CEO Carol Paris said: ?This could really benefit the horticultural sector as a whole and is one of the ?asks? of government in the recently published industry wide Ornamentals Action Plan.

?The HTA has been lobbying on Sunday trading for over two decades now and we are delighted that at last moves are being taken to remove this outdated piece of legislation.?

She continued: ?This is all about choice ? choice for the public to shop when they would like, and choice for garden retailers to open when they like.

?With online trading allowing people to shop 24/7 it is ridiculous that someone can sit and eat in a garden centre restaurant on a Sunday and order garden product online but not actually purchase products in-store.

?Gardening continues to be one of the nation?s favourite pastimes and weekends are typically when more time is spent on doing outdoor projects.?

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