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Ian Thwaites
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Looking after members interests.

Post by Ian Thwaites » Sun Mar 14, 2021 2:31 pm

I have been concerned about all the border controls being introduced that will affect the hobby so I have been initiating a campaign to raise awareness. So far the issues have been raised in Garden News and today in the Sunday times. This is just to let you know that I am fighting hard to look after our members and the hobby. At the last BoT meeting it was agreed that I will write to the Government protesting that boarder controls have been introduced and trying to lobby for dispensation for hobbyists and small consignments for personal use. This also affects our members in Northern Ireland.

We are working very hard behind the scenes to support the members and to make this society prosper.
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Post by iann » Sun Mar 14, 2021 2:35 pm

Certainly an issue close to our hearts, if you see the length of the threads started about VAT and plant passports.
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Post by Herts Mike » Sun Mar 14, 2021 3:46 pm

Thanks Ian T. Your hard work is appreciated.
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Re: Looking after members interests.

Post by Diane » Sun Mar 14, 2021 4:30 pm

All power to your elbow, Ian, and many thanks for your tireless efforts.
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Re: Looking after members interests.

Post by ralphrmartin » Sun Mar 14, 2021 4:46 pm

Well done Ian. I wonder if a concerted effort by a bunch of societies, including the RHS, might carry more weight?
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Re: Looking after members interests.

Post by Ian Thwaites » Sun Mar 14, 2021 4:56 pm

ralphrmartin wrote:
Sun Mar 14, 2021 4:46 pm
Well done Ian. I wonder if a concerted effort by a bunch of societies, including the RHS, might carry more weight?
I have been talking to other societies but the view is that lots of separate letters may be better than one with lots of signatures. I am working with the other societies as well.

My intention is to send an open letter and also get it published in one of the good papers!

Doing nothing is not an option as far as I am concerned.
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Re: Looking after members interests.

Post by MatDz » Sun Mar 14, 2021 5:07 pm

Thanks Ian, much appreciated! It's a bit sad DEFRA in the first article cares only about businesses, but that's, well, life I guess.
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Post by edds » Sun Mar 14, 2021 5:17 pm

Well done Ian and thank you.
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Post by el48tel » Sun Mar 14, 2021 6:37 pm

Thanks Ian. Let's hope our protestations do not fall on deaf ears.
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Post by Pattock » Sun Mar 14, 2021 6:40 pm

In the online version of the Sunday Times article, the lady is holding a cactus in the other hand and the same Euphorbia as shown here. Nicely balanced. She could be the figurehead of the BCSS. Paywall, but one month free.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/wilt ... -6zmpqw056

Well done, Ian.

My favourite weird seed company, Rareplants.eu/es/de has just stopped sending to the UK but still supplies Northern Ireland. Luckily, I got some seeds in January. rareplants.es/shop/default.asp?

If we start a petition on https://petition.parliament.uk/ and get more than 100,000 signatures, Parliament has to debate it. That would require a media campaign. Don't forget the BBC.
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