The safety of glyphosate is in the spotlight again

Bayer shares fell after a US court orders Monsanto to pay $289m and a Brazilian judge suspends glyphosate, in spite of a scientific consensus that the herbicide is not carcinogenic. Read more

RHS urges helping hand for garden wildlife

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is urging gardeners to support garden wildlife as high temperatures, baked soils and evaporation inhibit their access to important food supplies. Read more

RHS and Cranfield University recruit UK’s first garden water scientist

With this summer set to be one of the driest on record, the RHS has announced it is collaborating with Cranfield University to recruit and train the UK’s first garden water scientist. Read more

Best plants to attract bees revealed, after gardeners’ app survey

The three flowers most visited by bees were viper’s-bugloss, teasel and toadflax, according to data from the Blooms for Bees app, created by Coventry University scientists. Read more

Teasel was the second most visited. Dipsacus

Britain must plant more timber

The chief executive of Britain’s leading manufacturer of timber products for the garden has issued a stark warning that the country needs to dramatically increase its level of softwood tree planting to avoid a long-term shortage. Read more

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

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

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

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

Hillier to phase in taupe recyclable plant pots

Looking for alternatives to single use plastic within its business, Hillier Nurseries will be phasing in the new taupe kerbside recyclable plant pot, replacing the old black plastic pot. Read more

Replacing the black plastic pot at Bransford Webbs

As an industry leader, The Bransford Webbs Plant Company are proud to have been at the forefront of the current industry initiative to replace black plastic pots with a kerbside recyclable alternative and to have chaired the recent meeting to push this movement forward. Read more

Hebe in black plastic pots in the glasshouse

Taupe is the new black – HTA member growers initiate a way forward for the future of plant pots

Following increasing attention in the media on single-use plastics a group of key UK growers, and representatives from the HTA, seized the initiative last week to discuss the future of plastic pots within the garden industry. Read more

HTA warns of hosepipe bans within weeks

The HTA says weather outlook for August and September is dry despite a chance of storms in the next few days. Parts of the country face hosepipe bans within weeks.  Read more

Nurseries look for solutions to reduce plastic pots in landfill

With plastic waste at the top of consumers sustainability concerns, Johnsons of Whixley and Porters Fuchsias, in conjunction with Modiform, are pursuing separate avenues to reduce the number of plastic plant pots going into landfill. Read more

Modiform Eco-Expert moulded paper pots

There's a heatwave on the way

The Met Office says, the warm and dry weather is here to stay until at least the end of June and… we could be looking at similar conditions continuing into the start of July. 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

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

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

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

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