16 March 2020
Author: Ron van der Ploeg
PARIS, France: FNMJ (Fédération Nationale des Métiers de la Jardinerie), has ordered all garden centres to close down ‘until further notice’ over concerns for health and safety amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. Garden retailers are only allowed to open their pet food section while their plants section must remained closed.
Benjamin Déjardin, president of FNMJ made the announcement on Saturday 14 March, moments after French Prime Minister Edoard Philippe ordered a lock down of all non-essential public spaces amid the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
FNMJ reconfirms is the sector’s leading industry body, defending the interests of more than 1,600 garden centres in France. The French garden market is worth nearly €3 billion, with 23% generated from the sale of plants. The garden centre sector provides work to 21,000 employees.