Covid-19 update Tuesday 7th April

Current Coronavirus topics ask should garden centres be classified as essential retailers and are retailers paying their suppliers? Plus an update on the Furlough process and a petition. Read more

Port costs threaten LOFA members with closure

Containers of garden furniture, delayed by the Coronavirus lockdown in China, are arriving in the UK as retailers are closed leaving LOFA members facing crippling demurrage and other costs. Read more

The AIPH joins the appeal for help from Governments

The AIPH says a significant proportion of ornamental horticultural producers are likely to go out of business during 2020. Some governments do not understand the specific threats facing them. Read more

Covid-19 update Tuesday 31st March

Essential retailers remain open for garden products while Plants Galore hits out at unfair lockdown.  The HTA pleas for financial support for growers while vandals hit North Yorkshire nursery. Read more

Plants Galore

GCA releases February trading figures

Before the virus lockdown in March, it was the rain. February sales fell 8% in the month with substantial falls in plants and gardening revenue according to the GCA. Read more

A damp display at Forest Lodge

Covid-19 update Thursday 26th March

Squire’s Twickenham opens for pets, Home base and B&Q remain closed. AIPH says losses for Dutch growers could be 2bn Euros. Zest for Leisure closes temporarily. Read more

Squire’s Twickenham opens for pets

Fire at Johnsons Garden Centre

Fire broke out at Johnsons Garden Centre near Boston on Sunday, causing smoke to billow above the site. Read more

BHETA boss accuses major retailers of commercial bullying

BHETA has stepped in to defend DIY, housewares and garden suppliers as multiple retailers seek to extend trading terms by 90 days in these exceedingly challenging times. Read more

Rainbow of Hope from Scottish growers

Garry Young, his family along with other key horticulturists in the Scottish plant industry created this amazing symbol of hope. All the 27,000 plants were going to waste and this was one last chance to bring a little bit of happiness and hope. Read more

Rainbow of Hope

B&M closes 49 stores, temporarily

B&M has decided to close 49 stores temporarily in light of current trading conditions out of a total 656 in the UK. Read more

HTA presents its case to save horticulture

“The horticultural sector could be wiped out by the UK Coronavirus shut down in just weeks” claims the HTA. The case has been highlighted by the BBC Today. Read more

Covid-19 update - GIMA Awards cancelled

The GIMA Awards are cancelled. The HTA gives members a subscription holiday. Cherry Lane Garden Centres extend opening hours. Read more

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