The next time you go down to your local garden centre or farm shop, look out for plants bearing the "Home Grown" logo.
The colourful red, white and blue leaf symbol tells you that the plants have been grown by a great British nursery, often local to you.
More than half of all the plants bought by gardeners are imported. British growers are proud of the high quality, healthy and good value plants they grow.
The Home Grown symbol, developed by the growers themselves, gives gardeners the confidence that the plants they are buying have been grown in Britain by skilled growers.
When you buy Home Grown plants, you are helping support local nurseries all over the country, and in turn you help support local economies.
The fact Home Grown plants have been grown here also means that the finished plants you buy have never been on a boat or plane, and are likely to have travelled fewer road miles than any imported plants.
Home Grown does not guarantee the origin of the pot the plant is sitting in, or the compost the plant is growing in, or indeed the origin of the plant seed or the original cutting the plant has been grown from.
But by buying Home Grown plants you know you are getting a plant that has been grown-on, nurtured, fed and watered by a skilled grower on a great British nursery. The result is plain to see - a high quality finished plant for you to buy.
So when you next head off to buy your plants, remember to look for the Home Grown symbol on pots and plant labels. You ll be helping to support local nurseries and boost local economies.
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