Blue Diamond opens online fashion shop

Blue Diamond has launched an online fashion shop.  It will be followed next week by Christmas going live.   Read more

Keep garden centres open if there's another lockdown

HTA says extending CBILS repayment terms to 10 years will be helpful to growers. Keeping VAT in hospitality to 5% will help garden centre catering. But it presses Government to keep garden centres open. Read more

Garden centre sales prospered in August

Latest results from the GCA show sales are still significantly above last year, while average sales values are gently coming back to more usual levels.  Catering income has recovered strongly. Read more

Houseplants up almost 50%

Sponsored Swim to save the Garden Museum

In 3 weeks, Director Christopher Woodward steps into the Atlantic to save The Garden Museum. A donor is offering to match every donation £1 for £1... so lets make his eyes water! UNLOCKED Read more

Early opening of garden centres saved the industry

So said James Barnes as he announced HTA plans to double grower membership. New industry growth plans are to be developed with Government. Read more

Brett Avery

Primrose has been put up for sale

Online garden retailer, Primrose, has been put up for sale, reports The Times.  This confirms rumours within the trade that the company was looking for a buyer.  Read more

Chancellor’s statement and the NHS Covid-19 app

The NHS Contact Tracing App is now live. Garden centres should download the QR code to display at entrances.  We also summarise the Winter Economy announcement. Read more

Update on new Covid-19 rules for catering - Amended

UPDATED Thursday morning… The BBC reports that restaurants without an alcohol licence will NOT need to provide tables service.  The HTA is cautious saying It looks like the rules are evolving. Read more

HTA – ‘Covid restrictions could present real difficulties’

The HTA says the new Covid restrictions for hospitality could present real difficulties for the industry given such little notice.  Also, some issues need urgent clarification. Read more

James Clark

Panel debates reality of 3m new gardeners?

Gardenforum hosted a panel debate at Glee Gathering with 4 leading retailers.  They split over whether the lockdown created almost 3m new gardeners. Read more

Dobbies reopens 31 soft plays this month

Following updated guidance from the UK Government that soft plays may reopen in England, Dobbies Garden Centres, is reopening 31 soft plays through September. Read more

The UK's first Plant Health Week

As part of International Year of Plant Health, Defra is hosting the UK’s first Plant Health Week.  It will run from 21– 27 September and will raise awareness of plant health threats. Read more

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