Met Office warns of prolonged cold and snow

The Met Office warns there is an increased risk, later this month, of prolonged cold conditions over the UK with an easterly wind and significant snow, having detected Sudden Stratospheric Warming above the North Pole. Read more

Garden industry welcomes Defra 25-Year Environment Plan

There are a lot of actions which will benefit horticulture and suggestions of working together to improve the industry in the Government’s ‘A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment’, published yesterday. Read more

Westminster hears the case for supporting UK ornamental growers

With growing signs that Government is sympathetic to supporting ornamental horticulture, the HTA’s Raoul Curtis-Machin told a Parliamentary committee that growers could reduce plant imports and improve bio-security if given the right backing. Read more

EU to strengthen movement controls on plants susceptible to Xylella

New EU measures for plants at high-risk of carrying Xylella include preventing their movement anywhere in the EU except from sites which have been officially inspected. Read more

Glyphosate - Will science or politics sway the EU?

As the deadline nears, the EU has delayed the decision on whether to re-licence glyphosate. France and Italy threaten to vote against the weight of science as friction between Monsanto and the EU grows. Read more

The Police declined to help when travellers pitched camp on Dobbies’ car park

Dobbies got no help from the Police when uninvited travellers pitched their vans in the car park of Peterborough Garden Centre last Wednesday. Read more

Volmary invests in major water project

Following rapidly rising costs and the increase in pressure to preserve the planets valuable natural resources, Volmary have invested in a major new water capture project, including state of the art cleaning systems for the purification of the rainwater. Read more

Volmary Reservoir

First ever ‘Hedgehog Housing Census’ launched to help popular UK garden residents

Today, 15 August 2017, the first ever national Hedgehog Housing Census has been launched by Hedgehog Street, a nationwide campaign set up by wildlife charities the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) and People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), to help combat the ongoing decline in native hedgehog population numbers. Read more

HTA warns Xylella fastidiosa is a threat to the UK Horticulture industry

The HTA describes the massive impact on the plant trade across all business sectors in the event of an outbreak of Xylella fastidiosa in the UK. What should UK businesses be doing? Read more

Xylella on prunus

How will the election result impact the garden sector?

Do we face opening the UK market to imports from the US? LOFA members fear exchange rate volatility. The HTA is concerned about retaining the relationship it has built with Government on ways to promote plant health and cut plant imports.  Read more

HTA warns of GMOs in Petunias

Following reports of genetically modified petunias being sold in Finland, the HTA has alerted the UK authorities to their existence in the UK supply chain. Read more

Met Office forecast for the Bank holiday

After the chilly, wintry weather this week, it will become warmer for the weekend with most places seeing sunny spells, but with rain for some on Sunday.

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New gardeners set to cause a buzz on the Mr Fothergill’s trial ground

Seed specialist employs 20,000 new workers on flower and vegetable trial ground in readiness for its buzziest summer season yet! Read more

Lettuce news from Cardwell goes viral

News from Cardwell garden centre that the supermarket shortage of lettuce and courgette has created a surge in demand for seed has gone viral. Read more

Cardwell horticulturist, Brian Hawthorn

2016 - a year of change

2016 saw second tier garden centre chains and independents invest as Wyevale consolidated. Homebase and Argos are sold. The HTA moved offices and moved to become the lead association for all gardening related businesses. Glyphosate, Xylella and the weather made frequent headlines. Scotts and Bayer looked for a way out of distributing consumer garden chemicals. Read our review – open to all. Read more

Bunnings buys Homebase

National Nest Box Week 2018

Valentine’s Day 2018 will see the start of the 21st annual National Nest Box Week (NNBW), in which people across Britain are encouraged to put up a nest box and provide a family home for our birds.  Read more

A round-up of 2017, a year dominated by Brexit and Xylella

2017 started with a flourish but lost momentum and settled to be an OK year. Suppliers worried about Brexit, the living wage, higher costs and Wyevale. Retailers and growers worried about Xylella. Takeover activity reached new peaks among suppliers, but no major garden centres changed hands. The industry said goodbye to some old friends. Read our review – (open to non-subscribers). Read more

EU licences glyphosate for a further 5 years

The EU has finally lifted the threat to glyphosate by licencing it for a further 5 years. The herbicide is the active ingredient in Roundup and many other systemic weedkillers used in the garden. Read more

MEP’s call for complete ban on household use of glyphosate

MEPs say the EU should draw up plans to phase out glyphosate by 2020, starting with a complete ban on household use. Read more

Scotts challenges Westland’s SafeLawn adverts and loses

Scotts Miracle-Gro called on the ASA (Advertising Standards Agency) to find that two adverts for Safelawn by Westland were misleading. Their complaint was not upheld. Read more

Businesses hit by Xylella would not be insured

“Xylella is the biggest, scariest threat in my 30 years in the industry…  There is no messing about with this, we must protect our industry,” says an HTA panelist. An outbreak means no plant movements within 10k for 5 years. Read more

Xylella on prunus

UK Horticulture could reduce plastic production waste

Plastic label, pot, tray and pallet producers could reduce costs and improve efficiency and product sustainability by reviewing recycling processes.  Read more

Horticultural labels offcuts

FOE delivers petition calling for permanent ban on bee harming pesticides

FOE draws commitment from garden centre groups not to sell flowering plants grown with neonicotinoids as EFSA draws near to decision on a permanent ban. Read more

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Garden retailers sign up to industry Xylella statement

Following an emergency Xylella meeting held last week at the HTA, garden retailers have signed up to support a joint industry plant sourcing statement about Xylella fastidiosa. Read more

Photo: Donato Boscia, CNR – Institute for sustainable plant protection, UOS, BARI (IT) Laboratory,

Will new report lead to permanent ban of Neonics?

Manufacturers dispute research findings that neonicotinoids damage bees' ability to reproduce. Read more

Mail says ‘insect-friendly’ plants are laced with pesticides that poison bees

The Daily Mail says that ‘insect-friendly’ plants sold in garden centres and supermarkets are laced with chemicals that could be killing bees. Read more

Yorkshire business helps bees get their buzz back

A family-run business in Yorkshire is doing its bit to help boost the UK’s bee population, by hosting colonies of bees on site at their plant nursery. Read more

Wintry weather to return next week

Met Office forecasters expect the current ‘colder-than-average’ conditions to remain, with a colder plunge anticipated across the UK next week.

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Call for vigilance for the red palm weevil

Plant health authorities are urging palm growers, importers and retailers to be on the lookout for Red palm weevil, a threat to palm trees, which was identified in the UK for the first time in October 2016. Read more

Defra plant health chief backs industry initiatives

Defra plant health chief, Nicola Spence, outlined the pest and disease threats, explained what the Government does and backed the HTA’s new plant health management pilot. Read more

Nicola Spence

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