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Garden centres count the cost of the extended winter

Garden centres across the Anglia region have been hit hard by the cold weather. Photo: Sandra Bell

Garden centres across the Anglia region have been hit hard by the cold weather.

Plant sales at Scotsdales in Great Shelford near Cambridge are down by 74% for March - which saw the coldest average daytime temperatures ever.

Chairman David Rayner told ITV News Anglia that this March was the worst he's seen since he went into business in the 1960s.

He said: "We're all geared up now for peole to come in and buy their plants," said. "But in this bitterly cold weather people are just not buying. They are just not intersted in gardening."

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Daytime March temperatures have been the lowest on record hitting gardens Credit: ITV Anglia

At Terwins Seeds at Cockfield near Bury St Edmunds business has been unusually slow. Gardeners would usually sow crops like carrots, bettroot and lettuce by mid-March but the ground has been too cold and hard.

"According to the old sayings Good Friday is the time to plant potatoes. Years and years ago it was always potato day but it won't be this year I'm afraid. It could be another two or three weeks before they go in."

– Terry Rayner, Terwins Seeds
Business for garden centres has been slower than normal because of the continuing chilly weather Credit: ITV Anglia

At Anglesey Abbey near Cambridge head gardener Richard Todd has still got snowdrops in bloom but the hyancinths are barely breaking the surface of the soil. He says now is the time to prepare for spring.

"You feel like siting in front of the fire and putting your feet up but if you get out there and get busy you'll keep warm. There's still time to do some planting of trees and shrubs, get on with a bit of pruning and start working on your lawns."

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The advice is to get gardening this Easter despite the chilly conditions Credit: ITV Anglia
The spring is unusually late this year hitting gardens and garden centres Credit: ITV Anglia

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