April sales fall for a third year

Despite April sales falling for a third year,  Garden centres were ahead of 2023 at the end of April with catering and garden sundries prospering. Read more - members only

Clothing (+14%) and Catering (+13%) were the bright spots.

The Lawn Association begins training at the University of Oxford

The Lawn Association have started their training sessions at the University of Oxford. This collaborative endeavour between the association and the university signifies a collective dedication to fostering a culture of innovation and sustainability in lawn care practices. Read more - open to all

The GIMA Charity Golf Day returns

Calling all golfers, the annual GIMA Charity Golf Day is set to return to Belton Woods Hotel & Golf Course in Grantham on Thursday June 6th 2024. Read more - open to all

New border charges will undoubtedly increase costs

The HTA expresses frustration at government’s 11th hour reveal of the Common Usage Charge at borders due on plant products from 30th April. Read more - members only

Dutch flowers in St. Peter’s Square in Rome at Easter

Dutch flowers will transform in St. Peter’s Square in Rome into a hugely colourful spectacle during the Holy Mass celebrated by the Pope. Read more - members only

YPHA unveils Launch Success at the Eden Project

Ambassador, Boyd Douglas-Davies, called on more employers to support YPHA members as they visited the Eden Project where the Launch Success development programme was unveiled. Read more - open to all

Applications open for 2024 Rising Stars programme

When Haydon Walters from British Garden Centres’ Thatcham Garden Centre was crowned the winner of 2023’s Westland Horticulture sponsored Rising Stars recently applications also opened for this year’s programme too (2024). Read more - open to all

Rising Stars finalists with their certificates (L-R) Shelly Harrison, Kerry Barrett, Haydon Walters,

A close shave nets £7.5k for charities

Ian Flounders, sales manager at Woodlodge Garden Products, raised over £7500 when he was persuaded to sacrifice his whiskers for industry charities. Read more - open to all

Ian Flounders before his close shave

GCA adds two new awards to 2024 conference schedule

Attendees at next week’s Garden Centre Association (GCA) conference in the Cotswolds will see two new awards added to the roster this year (2024). Read more - open to all

Peter Burks, GCA Chief Executive

New date for the GIMA Awards

GIMA has confirmed that its annual awards ceremony – one of the most anticipated nights of the year – will take place on November 7th at the five-star Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales. Read more - open to all

LOFA warns of cost rises and shipping delays

LOFA warns of surcharges and delays in outdoor living products due to the actions of Yemen Houthis, who have forced shipping to detour around Africa’s Cape of Good Hope Read more - members only

2023 news roundup

We highlight the main events of 2023 including the collapse of Wilko, juggling of the trade shows calendar and the deaths of some notable pioneers in the industry. Read more - open to all

YPHA hold meeting at Coolings as tribute for their mentor Paul Cooling

Nine finalists 9 named for IGOTY 2024

Nine growers from around the world, including one from the UK, have reached the finals for the AIPH International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) Awards 2024. Read more - members only

Garden Centres an investment opportunity?

A new report by Savills suggests that there is still strong investment potential in garden centres.  Acquisition activity is increasing as individual sites are “snapped up”. Read more - members only

Haskins to redevelop Forest Lodge & Birdworld

Haskins has revealed plans to redevelop Farnham and Birdworld, building a new adventure park and indoor play area, creating a year-round destination. Read more - members only

Potential new attractions

Light touch avoids delays at borders…for now

A light touch by Government has avoided the worst border delays since 30th April, but what will happen when full checks are implemented? Read more - members only

MorePeople has launched The MorePeople Podcast

Whether you’re a job seeker or a hiring manager join us as we unlock the secrets to finding the perfect fit. Read more - open to all

HNS Growers cautiously optimistic for the Spring

An early, wet Easter, potentially holding back garden centre sales, has created some challenges for hardy nursery stock growers. Despite that, they remain cautiously optimistic… Read more - members only

Trees ready for sale at Frank P Matthews

The GIMA Awards are back for 2024 

The GIMA Awards are back for 2024 and we are excited to announce that entries are now open for this year’s edition of the prestigious annual event. Read more - open to all

Sipcam Sword of Excellence Winners 2023

RHS disease ranking highlights top 10 gardening problems in 2023

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has published its annual disease ranking, revealing the top ten problems for gardeners in 2023. Read more - members only

Apple scab

Get Rising Stars nominations in by March 1st

THE Garden Centre Association (GCA) is urging members to get their 2024 Rising Stars nominations in by March 1 to help showcase and develop the industry’s most talented individuals this year. Read more - open to all

Rising Stars

Chairman of Lawn Association Calls for Ban on Lawn Chemicals

David Hedges-Gower, an expert in sustainable lawn care, has made a passionate appeal for a nationwide ban on all pesticides used in lawn maintenance. Read more - members only

David Hedges-Gower

GCA votes to add third tier garden centre category

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) voted at its AGM today to add a third tier garden centre category for members and to reduce its regions to four. Read more - open to all

 Peter Burks, GCA CEO

The YPHA seeks support for its inaugural Accelerator Programme

Following its successful launch and meteoric growth in membership in the past 2 years, The Young People in Horticulture Association (YPHA) is excited to reveal the upcoming launch of “Launch Success”, its inaugural Accelerator Programme, designed to empower and cultivate the next generation of leaders in the horticulture industry. Read more - members only

Garden centres cautious about 2024

Most garden centres were satisfied with relatively strong Christmas trading. But there’s concern about 2024 with rising costs and thefts. We gather the views of garden centre leaders. Read more - members only

Restaurants - the success story of 2023

Countdown to the BPOA Technical Conference 2024

The British Protected Ornamentals Association (BPOA) is in the final stages of preparing for its flagship event, the Technical Conference, taking place on 31st January 2024 at the National Farmers Union (NFU), NFU Conference Centre. 20% discount for Gardenforum readers. Read more - open to all

Best Christmas displays in the UK

Castle Gardens and Garsons Garden Centre, Esher have been declared the national winners of the GCA’s Christmas display competition for 2023.  See the Regional winners. Read more - members only

New Associate Directors for Pleydell Smithyman

Specialist consultants Pleydell Smithyman have announced the promotion of Kathryn Farden and the appointment of Andrew Burton as Associate Directors. Read more - open to all

Katkryn Farden and Andrew Burton

Summary and comment on the Autumn Statement

We summarise the main measures announced in the autumn statement with comments from the HTA. Read more - members only

5 special care tips for retailers to maximise poinsettia sales in-store

The poinsettia experts at SfE are here to give five top tips to help you, your staff, and your customers care for poinsettias correctly, so they can be enjoyed throughout the autumn and winter months. Read more - open to all

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