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Les Anglais aiment les nains de jardin (image prétexte) © KEYSTONE/KARL-HEINZ HUG

Covid and Suez Canal: England of plantation miniature narrow

The BBC revealed on Thursday that UK plantation centers are facing a shortage of plantation manpower due to the high demand created by locking and distribution issues related to the recent blockade of the Suez Canal.

This has been a big issue for gardeners since the 19th century, when they wanted to portray these little bearded figures – often with a handkerchief or a sharp hat.

The number of growing gardeners has increased significantly with the subsequent introduction of locks in the United Kingdom to combat the corona virus infection – which has killed more than 127,000 people there – and the supply of plantation humans has not been followed.

Missing for six months

The worst thing is, it has shrunk: due to the sea cargo congestion created last month by the blockage of the Suez Canal, many small little men are still waiting to arrive in the UK, locked in their containers.

“Unfortunately, we haven’t seen any dwarves in six months!” Ian Byrne, who runs the garden shop, said, “Regardless of their type – plastic, stone or porcelain”.

The manager of Highfield Garden World (West England) told the BBC that his company was in the process of contacting its suppliers in Europe and China to “solve problems” after a “massive increase” in sales.

For Ian Wiley, chief executive of the Garden Center Association, supply chains have come under great pressure from infection and the siege of the Suez Canal, where a 200,000-ton cargo ship – the Evergreen – was stranded six days after a sandstorm.

In containers

“Garden furniture and decorations – including garden little ones – are stuck in containers,” he explained.

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Swedish furniture company IKEA said it faced similar supply problems last month due to high demand and shipping problems.

According to maritime data company Lloyds, the siege of the Suez Canal has blocked the shipment of goods worth an estimated $ 9.6 billion (8 8 billion) between Asia and Europe each day.

ats, afp