US Jury finds glyphosate contributed to man’s cancer

US Jury finds glyphosate contributed to man’s cancer. Next it will decide whether Bayer (Monsanto) is liable. Also, the EU has named the four countries that will assess the future of the weedkiller within the EU. Read more

Bransford Webbs is now a zero to landfill business

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company are very proud of their environmental credentials and have achieved the BS8555 accreditation for environmental management for ten consecutive year. Read more

Wyevale Nurseries phases in recyclable plant pots

One of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries is now (March, 2019) using recyclable plant pots for all future retail plants that it’s currently potting. Read more

Steve Reed Production Director recyclable taupe plant pots

Bragg is the new chair of the GMA

Neil Bragg from Bulrush Horticulture is the new chairman of the Growing Media Association (GMA) with Ben Malin from Godwins taking on the role of vice-chairman. Read more

Neil Bragg is centre with green tie.  Steve Harper is 4th from left

BALI calls for dialogue to manage turf shortages

BALI calls for dialogue between turf suppliers and users to manage shortages.  The turf industry needs a warm, wet spring to recharge stocks. Read more

Latest updates and key issues at Healthy Plants, Healthy Business conference

Plant health and biosecurity were the key topics of the day at the HTA Healthy Plants, Healthy Business conference, in association with APHA, which took place at Horticulture House in Oxfordshire on 29 January 2019. Read more

Chapel Cottage wages war on non-recyclable plastic

During 2019 and into the future Chapel Cottage Plants will be trialling a new kerbside-recyclable carry tray alongside the introduction of new one and three litre pots. Read more

UN proclaims 2020 the International Year of Plant Health

The AIPH has welcomed the UN’s proclamation that 2020 will be the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH), made by the UN General Assembly on 20th December 2018 in Rome. Read more

Defra bans sale of metaldehyde in 6 months

Defra has announced that the outdoor use of metaldehyde, the active ingredient in many slug pellets, will be phased out over 18 months, with its sale for outdoor use banned from next July. Read more

One of several popular slug killers containing metaldehyde

New scholarship for ‘green’ student horticulturists

A new environmental scholarship has been launched by the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) in the name of flower seed trade legend, John Gibson. Read more

John Gibson presenting award to a past student winner  with fellow Trustee Brian Crosby.

Gardeners like wildlife… and wildlife lovers like gardening

It will come as no surprise to hear that gardeners and wildlife lovers go hand in hand. The latest HTA Market Information special feature on wildlife looks at the crossover in demographics and interests between keen gardeners and those who love wildlife. Read more

Are you ready for the Millennials?

The old ways of doing things won’t open new doors.  Cultivating Retail heard how Millennials’ different lifestyle and technology are disrupting shopping. Read more

Hubbub makes it fun!

Plastics and Green issues on agenda for Cultivating Retail

According to the latest HTA trend report (Peak Plastic? Changing consumer perspectives of plastic and recycling) 95% of consumers agree that it’s important for businesses to design products that have less plastic in.  Read more

Trewin Restorick, founder of Global Action Plan and the founding CEO of Hubbub

Agricultural businesses to be offered free recycling waste collections

Each year, Agricultural businesses let tonnes of glass go to waste instead of recycling – but an innovative new service is set to change the landscape of recycling in the area. Read more

Double digit increases in turf prices

Rolawn, a leading UK turf grower, has warned that prices are set to rise in the coming months, because of the extreme weather and rising costs. Read more

Gardeners invited on springtime slug hunt

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is calling on gardeners to help locate a beneficial garden slug that could be on the verge of extinction in the UK. Read more

Yellow cellar slug

2018 Hot weather brought new bugs into the RHS top 10

The southern green shield bug, pear rust and the woolly aphid were of increasing concern among gardeners calling the RHS in 2018. Read more

Hillier nursery director calls for a plant import ban

Hillier nursery director, Hossein Arshadi, says schemes to halt spread of pests and disease are inadequate and create a false sense of security.  He calls for a ban on imports of host plants. Read more

Hossein Arshadi, divisional director at Hillier Nurseries

RHS finds new insect British type in Wisley glasshouse

What is thought to be the country’s first colony of a species of webspinners was discovered in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey last summer. Further evidence, it says, of the impact globalisation is having on our gardens. Read more

More nest boxes needed - National Nest Box Week 2019 is nearly here!

“Britain Needs More Holes,” says TV’s Nick Baker. Naturalist and television presenter Nick Baker is calling for more people to put up nestboxes. Read more

Naturalist and television presenter Nick Baker.

Hillier Sees Growth in Semi-mature Trees

Hillier Trees report signs of confidence and buoyancy in the market, with particular growth in demand for semi-mature trees, despite a backdrop of political uncertainty.   Read more

Corylus Columa

Website to help fight damaging pest and diseases

The recently launched Plant Healthy website provides a self-assessment tool for business to improve their plant health practises to protect the horticultural supply chain from damaging pest and diseases. Read more

Red necked long horn beetle

Met office warns cold winter weather is on the way

Following the occasional colder snap so far this winter, The Met Office has detected signs that cold winter weather resulting from a sudden stratospheric warming is on the way for the UK.

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Gardenforum reviews a turbulent year for garden retail

Here’s your chance to catch up with some of the events in the retail garden sector that you may have missed. It was a turbulent year with the collapse of Gardman; around 60 garden centres changing hands or closing, Wyevale, Bunnings, Snow and drought. This is open to all. Read more

Gardman's fire started a turbulent year

Research to counter threat of emerging rose virus

The RHS and David Austin Roses join new research to fight the emerging threat of the Rose rosette virus, which has been responsible for the destruction of entire collections in the USA and Canada.  Read more

Met Office projects climate change for this century

The UK’s most comprehensive picture yet of how the climate could change over the next century has been launched today by Environment Secretary Michael Gove. Read more

75% think the amount of plastic used in gardening is a problem

A survey by BBC Gardeners’ World magazine has revealed the overwhelming majority of gardeners think the amount of plastic used in gardening is a problem and believe it is the responsibility of manufacturers and retailers to address the issue. Read more

New campaign urges consumers to buy British Christmas trees

Grown in Britain is launching a campaign to encourage UK consumers to buy more assured British grown Christmas trees, saying many retailers and consumers may be assuming they are buying fresh British grown trees, when they are not. Read more

Xylella found in Belgium

The HTA has urged the UK to remain vigilant after Xylella fastidiosa has been found in Belgium for the first time, on olive trees imported from Spain. Read more

Hillier claims to be the first to grow in Taupe pots

In a move away from single use plastics, Hillier claims to be the first nursery in the UK to grow a commercially potted crop in a recyclable pot. Unlike black pots, Taupe can be detected by infra-red recycling equipment. Read more

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