David Austin explains shortage of roses

After a challenging year, David Austin has started slowly to re-open parts of its business closed due to the impact of Coronavirus. Read more

FT highlights plight of UK growers post Brexit

The Financial Times interviews with Alex Newey and Adam Taylor warns that millions of daffodil blooms will go unharvested because of the lack of Eastern European seasonal workers.  Read more

Director of HE Knowles (Manufacturing) is banned

Former director of HE Knowles (Manufacturing) Ltd has been banned for 8 years after illegitimately diverting more than £510,000 from a finance company.

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New plant import measures to prevent Xylella

The HTA complains of lack of consultation and confusion as Government introduces stricter measures to reduce the risk of importing Xylella fastidious into GB. Read more

Xylella on Prunus

Survey on future of spoga+gafa 2021

The future of spoga+gafa 2021 which has been moved permanently to a date in late spring will be decided at the beginning of March after a survey of participants. Read more

Cardboard shortage could add to delivery delays

The boom in home deliveries, stock piling by suppliers and slower recycling from shops has made corrugated cardboard so sought-after it is now being called ‘beige gold’. Read more

Bitter disappointment at First Minister’s caution

Bitter disappointment follows the First Minister’s statement as Scottish garden centres remain unclear when they can re-open.  Director of Cardwell calls for return to essential status. Read more

Kieran Gallagher

Bad news as NI lockdown is extended

The Northern Ireland lockdown is extended until the 1st of April. This is very bad news for horticultural businesses, says the HTA, with Mother’s Day a write off. Read more

Wyevale garden centres blossom under Blue Diamond

Blue Diamond has added 65% in 2 years to the sales of the 9 garden centres acquired from Wyevale in August 2018.  Read more

Bicester houseplants

Welsh growers and GC’s need a miracle

Welsh growers and garden retailers say they need a miracle if they are to weather a second Springtime lockdown says the HTA.   Read more

Crowborough to continue trading through 2021

Millbrook garden centres say the closure of Crowborough for housing is unlikely before the end of the year.  The site will continue trading. Read more

Sales fell -46% in January says HTA

The HTA Market Update reveals that overall garden centre sales were down -46% from January 2020 levels. Seeds and BBQ's increased sales. Read more

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