Horticulture, The conference - save the date

The HTA are excited to announce the return of our annual conference on Wednesday, 14 September at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in central Birmingham. Read more

GCA postpones this month’s conference because of COVID

The Garden Centre Association’s annual conference due to start on 23rd January has been postponed due to the ongoing spread of Omicron. Read more

GCA Chairman elect, Tammy Woodhouse

Strong Christmas sales for Garden Centres

The HTA reports  sales figures in the last four weeks leading up to Christmas Eve up on 2020 by between 10% and 20%. Read more

The Blue Diamond Scholarship

As one of the leading garden retailers in the UK, Blue Diamond is keen to help horticultural students.  Up to £2,500 funding is available. Read more

Blue Diamond at Bicester Avenue

Sales of Christmas products fall in November

The HTA Market Update reports a fall of Christmas sales in November compared to 2020, although they remain ahead of 2019. Read more

Over £3m donated by the NGS in a year of continuing crisis 

Despite the restrictions through the early months of 2021, severely curtailing garden opening activities, the National Garden Scheme has made donations of over £3m to charities.  Read more

Defra's weekly state of the labour market survey

NFU members can help ensure that Defra has regular information on labour shortages across all faming sectors by completing a new weekly survey on staff absences and labour supply in key sectors of the UK economy. Read more

The 40th GIMA Award winners are…

The best 2021 gardening product is Elho’s Green Basics Veggie Wall. Meadow View Stone is Supplier of the Year. Other multiple winners were Wildlife World and Richard Jackson. Read more

Elho accepting the Sword of Honour for best product

Schoneveld Breeding ready for annual Cyclamen Open Days

The Cyclamen Open Days 2021 at Schoneveld Breeding have started. This year, the breeder from Wilp offers you more than just the most beautiful Cyclamen. Read more

Call to back Hyde Hall growing trials

UK growers and retailers are being asked to join Peter Seabrook and become involved in the UK Floral Fantasia growing trials at RHS Hyde Hall. Read more

Huge benefits from small changes to SWP scheme

The HTA has called for an extension to the Seasonal Workers Pilot Scheme (SWP) to include plant and tree growers to support the industry in the short term. Read more

It’s a sell out for the 40th annual GIMA Awards

The hotly anticipated GIMA Awards are set to be a huge celebratory event, especially as it is now officially sold out! Manufacturers and suppliers from across the garden retail sector have been quick to snap up their place at the 40th-anniversary event. Read more

GIMA Sword Of Excellence - Primeur Ltd

Blue Diamond does not share suppliers’ optimism over 2022

Alan Roper says that expecting 2022 to be better than the current year is to be too optimistic.  And Christmas supplies? “It’s going to be a nail biter.” Read more

Alan Roper, Managing Director of Blue Diamond Garden Centres

North West to welcome GCA members for 2022 conference

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has announced that the location of its 2022 annual conference is to be Blackburn in Lancashire. Read more

Tammy Woodhouse, GCA Chairman Elect for 2021-2022

Online garden sales buck the trend

Online retail sales fell by -9.3% Year-on-Year in August but gardening bucked the trend according to the latest IMRG Capgemini Online Retail Index. Read more

What are the biggest challenges for Garden Centres?

Omicron, Brexit, inflation, recruitment or will it be the weather? What do garden centres see as the biggest challenges for 2022? Read more

Catering at Haskins

Final call for horticulture scholarship applications

With just three weeks left to apply for a scholarship, the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) is urging students to take advantage of available horticulture funding.  Read more

Garden centres hold on to post-Covid gains in November

The GCA Barometer of Trade indicates how garden centres have continued to thrive with a big increase in gifts sales (+19%) in November.  But growth is not even.   Read more

Success for HTA lobbying

Partial success for HTA lobbying…  in 2022 Government will allow ornamental and tree growers to join food growers importing seasonal workers.  But there's to be no overall increase in the number allowed in. Read more

GCA reveals top 10 Christmas displays in the UK

Past winners Barton Grange Garden Centre in Preston and Castle Gardens at Sherborne, Dorset top the GCA list of the best garden centre Christmas displays. Read more

Castle Gardens

Garden centres stay on their growth path in October

BOT figures from the GCA show garden centres have sustained their Covid boost.  Revenues were around +30% up on pre-pandemic levels in October. Read more

HTA reports falling consumer confidence

This months HTA Market Update says 2m new lockdown gardeners have been retained but consumers will be more reluctant to spend in the months leading up to Christmas. Read more

Latest garden centre results show impact of 1st lockdown

Pecent results on Gardenforum show how companies fared over the first lockdown inc: Smart Garden Products, You Garden, The Barton Grange Group, Woodlodge Products, Otter Nurseries, Woodthorpe Hall and Spear & Jackson. Read more

Budget criticism from the HTA

The HTA says the Chancellor’s emphasis on ‘upskilling’ the workforce does not go far enough.  Urgent government action is needed to address the lack of colleges and seasonal labour rules. Read more

BHETA advises members re bladed items legislation

BHETA is updating members on the implications of the latest information from Government on the timing and scope of the proposed Offensive Weapons Act (OWA). The proposed legislation affects the sale of bladed items in the housewares, DIY and garden sectors. Read more

Diverted Christmas containers highlight a perfect storm

As The Times reports massive container ships carrying Christmas stock being diverted to Rotterdam, garden suppliers fear massive inflation and continuing delays next year. Read more

Home improvement remains key consumer driver says BHETA

All statistics suggest that the UK consumer focus on DIY, grow your own, garden leisure, etc remains strong beyond lockdown.  Read more

Record year continues for garden centres

Gardening sales fell in August but garden centre revenues continued to grow as restaurant sales recovered, according to August figures from the GCA. Read more

Pot-mate™ scoops the 2021 GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund

This year’s winner – Pot-mate™ – is set to be an exciting addition to the garden retail sector, helping to provide a solution to an age-old problem whilst offering retailers with a great volume-driven, add-on sales opportunity.  Read more

Pot-mate win the 2021 GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund

Maximising growth and opportunity for independent garden centre operators

If you run a successful garden centre business with a turnover of £1.7m or greater and you are looking for ways to maximise your trading potential, then joining a buying group maybe the answer. Read more

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