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An Enterprising Council?

Leeds City Council is holding a plant sale this week-end to get rid of its surplus plants.

At first site this a great example of an entrepreneurial council hopefully raising some cash from surplus production that might just reduce our council tax by a fraction.

But on the other hand it is an example of a council leveraging enormous buying power and resources to take market share from local growers and no doubt business rate payers.

Is a public plant sale the best route for a council to take or could they do something more productive?


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  1. Peter Ramsden
    June 9, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Hi Mike,

    I have already spent hundreds of pounds with local suppliers for bedding plants and perennials.

    I will also be looking for bargains from the council nurseries. They will have to be bargains to tempt me to part with cash having spent the budget already. I do not see it as competition with local providers as the supply is only limited. If the council sold at low prices from April then I would have a differing opinion.

    Long may they continue to offer surplus one weekend per year to the general public – providing they only sell surplus.

    • June 9, 2009 at 3:53 pm

      So you think this is a market making activity with no downsides Peter? You maybe right! I wonder if other nurseries that might be fighting off bankruptcy agree with you on the competition point.

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