HTA National Plant Show exhibitors all sign up to responsible sourcing statement

All nursery exhibitors to the HTA National Plant Show, that takes place on 19 and 20 June at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, have signed up to the industry responsible sourcing statement demonstrating their commitment to plant health and biosecurity. Read more

The Final Straw leads to better things!

In 2018 Hale Events supported Final Straw Cornwall at their Expowest Cornwall trade show. Final Straw Cornwall is a campaign to rid Cornwall of single use plastic straws and raise awareness of the damage single use plastics are causing to our environment. Read more

Press alerts on the oak processionary moth and the Spanish slug

National press highlights re-appearance of the oak processionary moth and the Spanish slug. Gardenforum looks into their threat and their spread. Read more

2017 spread of the oak processionary moth by The Forestry Commission

Winters will be wetter in the North, but summers drier by 2100

A Met Office study into long term weather changes predicts wetter winters.  In contrast summers could be 50% drier in the North and Scotland with more extreme weather events by 2100. Read more

Allensmore Nurseries invest to protect the environment and biodiversity

Herefordshire-based Allensmore Nurseries have won the coveted LEAF Accreditation following their investments in sustainable production methods and facilities, and rigorous inspections across their business to ensure compliance with the exacting standards required to achieve the marque. Read more

Snow for Easter? UPDATED

Having warned of a risk of snow for Easter, the Metoffice now says for the majority of the country and for the majority of the time, this is not so. Read more

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

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

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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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

Are you on top of your Biosecurity risks?

One of the UK's leading nurseries has this month (June, 2018) announced it will be attending the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) National Plant Show and will be focusing on Biosecurity during the event.  Read more

Kyle Ross - Wyevale Nurseries

First Government Tree Health Resilience Strategy

“Once we leave the EU we will have the chance to … take swifter, more targeted action against serious threats like Xylella,” says Gove launching a strategy to protect England’s trees. Read more

Solar helps power one of Europe’s largest garden centres

One of Europe’s largest garden centre has installed a 250 kWp solar PV array on the rooftop of its new building, which is now open to the general public. Bridgford Garden Centre, in Nottingham, now features the latest technology including underfloor heating and rainwater harvesting and is now also being powered by 925 solar panels. Read more

HTA action plan to reduce risk of devastation from Xylella

The HTA has created a 30-day action plan to raise awareness of the threat of Xylella fastidiosa and the potential devastation it poses to the horticultural industry. Read more

Kyle’s dissertation contributes to a study published in BioControl Journal

The Plant Health Coordinator at one of the UK’s leading nurseries has contributed to a study published this month (April, 2018) in a leading scientific journal. Read more

Kyle Ross Plant Health Coordinator at Wyevale Nurseries

NT will phase out selling single use plastics by 2022

The National Trust will phase out selling single use plastics by 2022 and is investigating the alternatives for single use plastics in its plant nurseries and plant sales areas. Read more

Disruptive snow expected again in some areas

The Met Office has warned it will get colder at the weekend and there is the potential for some significant snowfall in places, particularly in the South East of England, by Sunday. Read more

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

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

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

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