British garden and leisure product exhibitors choose Spoga+gafa to launch latest innovations

spoga+gafa 2018 has been chosen as the launch pad for an exciting array of innovative British products covering many sectors of the garden and leisure industry. Read more

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Verisem buys Franchi Seeds to create new major seed group

Franchi Sementi has been acquired by Verisem Distribution, with Giampiero Franchi joining the parent company board to develop the company’s distribution, including in the UK. Read more

2018 APL WorldSkills final national heat announced

Heats having been taking place around the country throughout May and June for the landscapers of the future to compete for their place in the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) WorldSkills Landscape Gardening competition semi-finals. Read more

Competitors from Dundee and Angus heat including semi-finalists Matthew Aitken and Jon Walsh.

James Whiteley brings Nova Garden Furniture back to life

James Whiteley, managing director of the online retailer White Stores, has bought the trading name of Nova Garden Furniture and has started wholesaling. Read more

James Whiteley

Scientists find 95% of Britain’s water butts contained legionella bacteria

Yesterday’s Sunday Times reports, “Homeowners who follow government advice to use water butts to hose their gardens and wash their cars risk exposing themselves to a dose of deadly legionella bacteria.” 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

NICH invites all to join together under the “Big Tent”

More than 80 industry leaders attend annual meeting and create strategic plan for growth. Sharing a love for plants and our passion for our industry was the overriding theme at the 3rd Meeting of the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH) held in Atlanta June 27-29. Read more

9 new members for the GCA

The Garden Centre Association has recruited 9 new members bringing the total number of garden centres the association represents to nearly 200. Read more

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Have you considered if your business is ‘millennial ready’?

Consumer and shopping behaviouralist, Ken Hughes, has been announced as our keynote speaker for Cultivating Retail, the new one-day event for retailers, suppliers and growers which takes place on Tuesday 13 November 2018 at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham. Read more

Consumer and shopping behaviouralist, Ken Hughes.

PATS Telford shapes up to be a memorable show

With so many exciting plans for 2018, PATS Telford is shaping up to be another record-breaking event in September. The two-day exhibition attracted 2,148 visitors in 2017 – the third year in a row that the 2,000 barrier had been broken – and hopes are high that even this record total will be bettered this year. Read more

Flowerbed design is out of this world!

Josie Bryant, age 6, from The Russell School has won Squire’s Garden Centres competition to design a flowerbed at Teddington Lock. Josie is the youngest ever winner of this annual competition in which local school children are invited to design a planting scheme for a flowerbed at the Environment Agency’s lock on the River Thames in Teddington. Read more

Sarah Squire with winner Josie Bryant & Andy Croxford from the Environment Agency.

Wyevale bidding enters stage 2

Wyevale bidders will be anticipating calls after the garden centre group announced the start of stage two of the sale where it will give additional information to those bidders who have made it through the initial stage.  Read more

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