A garden centre owner in Derry has pleaded with Stormont to allow click-and-collect services to operate amid fears he will have to dump thousands of pounds worth of produce stockpiled before Brexit.
William Montgomery is the owner of Montgomery Nurseries and Garden Centre in Maghera and said along with dumping his stockpile, he won't be able to buy more due to Brexit disruptions to planting and gardening supplies.
He also stands to make big losses if he can't sell the thousands of pounds of Valentine's Day stock he has on his premises. "We're sitting with tons of stock here because we were planning for Brexit," he said.
"We also supply florists - they can't open at the moment and it's a big loss to them for Valentine's Day," he said.
"Men don't plan ahead, they want to ring in and pick bouquets up and they'll just have to go to the supermarket."
"We knew [Brexit] was going to happen so we bought a lot of stuff in before Christmas, seeds and bulbs and shallots and onions sets from England. Now we can't get any of that at all."
Mr Montgomery, who has owned his business for 25 years, said it's unfair supermarkets are allowed to sell plants, pots and bouquets, which he also has available.
"We have products here at the minute that will go to the skip - primroses and stuff that the supermarket will sell. We'll have to dump them."
Lockdown restrictions are set to continue until March 5, with a decision to be made on whether they will be further extended later this month.
Mr Montgomery said his business, which employs eight staff, needs to be reopened by then to sell products for "growing, where people are planting stuff - potatoes, onion sets, shallots, vegetables for food". During the first lockdown, Mr Montgomery facilitated home deliveries. But he said posting products often costs more than what the product is worth.
"We're rural and people drive past our door who want to go into the town and want to stop at our door and do a click-and-collect, which the Government is not willing to change at the minute," he said.
"In this day and age we all try and support local, which we need to do - but we can't even get the chance to do it. It's so frustrating," he said.