Broadcaster David Domoney encourages the nation to be rotters

With the nations pressing issues around carbon emissions in the atmosphere, we are urging the UK to have a 3rd kitchen bin and start composting.  Read more

New suppliers at the Garden Press Event

The quest to be environmentally responsible has brought new suppliers of compost and soil improvers to the Garden Press Event and a new approach for some existing suppliers. Read more

Ian Riggs and Balaji Manoharan

Green-tech Supports Time to Talk Day on Thursday 6th February

Green-tech is supporting Time to Talk Day on Thursday 6 February and encouraging as many people as possible to choose to talk about mental health. Read more

Time to talk Group

‘Enhanced’ Environment Bill goes before the Commons

The Government re-introduced the Environment Bill to Parliament yesterday. It follows the loss of the original Bill because of the general election in December. Read more

Great opportunity for UK Growers

UK growers at the HTA Contact conference are told the government needs UK horticulture for it to deliver its 25 year environment strategy. Read more

Boningale Ltd develops innovative plastic pot recycling process

Boningale Ltd has developed an innovative plastic plant pot recycling process for use by clients, preventing pots from being sent for landfill. Read more

Perrywood launches local treeplanting initiative

Perrywood Garden Centre has joined Marks Hall Gardens & Arboretum and REco Store to set up a programme to encourage schools and all people in the area to plant trees as part of National tree week. Read more

HTA sets out plans for environmental sustainability roadmap at Cultivating Retail

At the Cultivating Retail conference taking place on 19 November in Nottingham, HTA chairman James Barnes will announce a commitment to develop an industry-wide environmental sustainability roadmap. Read more

James Barnes, HTA chairman

Dobbies adopts a lifestyle theme for 2020 furniture

Dobbies held a London launch to unveil the themes for its 2020 garden furniture ranges. The mood is informality and fun. Read more

Moroccan Mood

This is not the year to miss Cultivating Retail

Bookings have doubled for next week’s Cultivating Retail conference with its core theme of Sustainability.   New HTA chairman James Barnes says it will also be a great networking event.  Read more

HTA comments on General Election

James Clark, Director of Policy and Communications at the HTA comments on the announcement that a General Election is to be held on Thursday 12 December. Read more

Paolo Arrigo wins Person of the Year

Paolo Arrigo - pictured with his mother Theresa - of Seeds of Italy and Franchi Seeds who has been voted Slow Food Person of the Year Read more

Paolo Arrigo with his mother Theresa.

Dobbies pot return service

Dobbies Garden Centres have introduced a new free plastic plant pot and tray return service encouraging customers to drop off any old plastic plant pots and trays and they will ensure that they don’t end up in landfill. Read more

GMA sets out road map timelines towards sustainable growing media

The Growing Media Association (GMA) continue to make progress with the industry road map. Timelines for two initiatives are announced today demonstrating the action and commitment towards achieving sustainable bagged growing media for the consumer market in a manageable timescale. Read more

London to give away 10,000 planting kits

The Mayor of London will give away 10,000 planting kids on Saturday to celebrate London becoming the world's first National Park City. #GiveItAGrow Read more

RHS pest and disease ranking reveals another bad year for box

The 24th annual pest and disease ranking from the RHS reveals new areas of concern for gardeners - as well as underlining the problems posed by perennial pests such as box tree caterpillar. Read more

RHS 2019 pest and disease ranking

Wettest February on record and 5th wettest Winter

February 2020 has been the wettest February on record for most of the country. The weather looks likely to remain rather wet and windy into the middle of March… Read more

HTA welcomes a Defra Secretary of State who knows the industry

HTA sees the appointment of George Eustice as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as a positive move given his knowledge of this industry. Read more

In 2016, Minister, George Eustice with Carol Paris and Peter Seabrook

Fears that Coronavirus will impact supplies from China

On Tuesday the Spring Fair seemed to be buzzing. But underneath there was uncertainty and concern about how the Coronavirus would impact imports of goods manufactured in China. Read more

Image courtesy ABC

HTA push local authorities to pick up plant pots in kerbside collections

As part of the next phase of the industry-driven recyclable plant pot campaign, the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is calling for action to be taken by local authorities to collect recyclable plant pots in their kerbside collections. Read more

A new vision for Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

Forestry England and the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum have today launched their new 10-year vision for Westonbirt, The National Arboretum. The vision outlines the future direction of the arboretum over the next 10-year. Read more

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Photographer Johnny Hathaway.

Review of 2019

Here is a summary of the news stories published on Gardenforum during 2019:  Wyevale disintegration and the expansion of other groups, the environment, supplier consolidation and people in the news.  This review is open to all. Read more

Inaugural Elm stand planted as Hillier Trees ‘Re-elms the British Countryside’

A number of Staffordshire dignitaries and guests from across the horticultural industry celebrated as a stand of 20 elm trees was planted at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. This event marked the first official planting as part of Hillier Trees’ campaign; ‘re-elming the British countryside’.  Read more

Philippa Rawlinson, MD of the National Memorial Arboretum, & Adam Dunnett, Amenity Sales Director at

HTA calls for 'no penalty period' for Plant Passporting

The HTA has asked Defra to introduce a 12 month grace period for plant passports as growers and retailers don't want to get it wrong. Read more

Join an HTA Plant Passport webinar this Thursday

Anyone who trades in plants can register for an HTA webinar on Plant Passports to prepare for the change in regulations on December 14th. Read more

RHS tree scientist to advise on climate-proof species

As the UK works towards ambitious tree planting targets, the RHS has announced it is recruiting a tree scientist to advise gardeners on the species best suited to withstand and help minimise the impact of climate change. Read more

HTA warns Government after Queen’s speech

Although encouraged by the Government commitments in the Queen’s Speech, the HTA calls for continued access to European workers and pots to be included in a household recycling plans. Read more

UK Nurseries depend on workers from abroad

HTA steps up plastic campaigning activity

The HTA’s James Clark tells NGO’s, local and national Government that local authorities should collect more recyclable plant pots from the kerbside following huge developments in the industry. Read more

A new product category emerged at Glee

Alternative to Chemicals, goes a step beyond replacing one chemical with another that's more environmentally friendly.  Hozelock and Westland see ATC as an important step preparing consumers for a 'free-from' future. Read more

Westland's additives increase vigour

Germany likely to ban Glyphosate

The German Environment Ministry says it will phase out use of glyphosate by 2023.  Ireland, however, says it will follow suit but be guided by the scientific consensus. Read more

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