Suez Canal blockage causes major delays of deliveries to garden centres!!
The EVERGREEN SUPERTANKER the Ever Given, famously stuck in the Suez Canal in recent days, has caused an unusual yet distressing shortage for avid gardeners in Lytham St Anne’s, as well as the wider UK.
The Suez Canal being blocked by the Ever Given for six days was one of last month’s biggest stories because of the impact it was having on international trade.
A way this has manifested in the UK is a disaster for the manufacture of one beloved product; garden gnomes. Raw materials have been held up, delayed and not turning up on time thanks to one of most memed traffic jams for a long time.
Speaking to the BBC, Ian Wylie, CEO of the Garden Centre Association described the situation.
“With goods arriving from abroad, garden centres were affected by the ship getting stuck in the canal as much as any other industry. Garden furniture, ornaments, of which gnomes would be some, being stuck in containers trying to come over here”
Garden centre assistant manager Ian Byrne, who works at Highfield Garden World in Whitminster said he had noticed a “massive upswing” in customers purchasing garden gnomes.
“We haven’t seen a gnome in six months now, unfortunately,” He said about the kitschy garden decoration, citing the difficulty in acquiring the raw materials.
“Raw materials are becoming a bit of an issue and unfortunately, gnomes are a victim of that shortage of supply. Gnomes of any type, plastic, stone or concrete, are in short supply.” (The independent)
Prices for garden gnomes for sale on online platforms such as eBay are allegedly rocketing, and thefts from gardens are on the increase. Garden gnome owners in Lytham St Anne’s are urged to stay vigilant, and keep their gnomes safe from opportunist gnome burglars.