BHETA boss accuses major retailers of commercial bullying

BHETA has stepped in to defend DIY, housewares and garden suppliers as multiple retailers seek to extend trading terms by 90 days in these exceedingly challenging times. Read more

The AIPH joins the appeal for help from Governments

The AIPH says a significant proportion of ornamental horticultural producers are likely to go out of business during 2020. Some governments do not understand the specific threats facing them. Read more

GCA releases February trading figures

Before the virus lockdown in March, it was the rain. February sales fell 8% in the month with substantial falls in plants and gardening revenue according to the GCA. Read more

A damp display at Forest Lodge

Covid-19 update Thursday 26th March

Squire’s Twickenham opens for pets, Home base and B&Q remain closed. AIPH says losses for Dutch growers could be 2bn Euros. Zest for Leisure closes temporarily. Read more

Squire’s Twickenham opens for pets

HTA writes to members as Coronavirus closes restaurants

As restaurants on garden centres are closed in the battle to contain Coronavirus, HTA chairman James Barnes writes to members promising HTA support and announcing a weekly survey on trading. Read more

HTA chairman, James Barnes

Covid-19 Wednesday update

This update is open to all readers. It includes news from Dobbies and Blue Diamond, with advice and opportunities for the current crisis. Read more

RHS cancels all upcoming shows and events

All RHS Shows, Garden events and school visits will be cancelled with immediate effect until 30 June 2020.  RHS Gardens remain open, with a number of increased precautionary measures in place. Read more

HTA calls on Government to support nurseries

HTA’s director of policy, James Clark has welcomed parts of the budget but says support for nurseries is critical to deliver the Government’s ambition to plant 30,000 trees and create a greener Britain. Read more

Two gardening apps are making news 

SmartPlant has added Dobbies to its growing list of partners, while the ambitious and well funded Candide exhibited at the Garden Press Event and has unveiled its plans for Chelsea. Read more

A solid start to 2020 for garden centres

Garden centre sales in January rose by +7.7%. Houseplants continue to be the star performer, the category is now bigger than seeds & bulbs for the month, according to the GCA. Read more

Houseplants and Gifts at Haskins Snow Hill (Peter Dawson)

Immigration proposals are a grave worry says leading grower

Growers say it is difficult to see how their business could continue under the proposed immigration changes. The HTA says it stands ready to support Government targets on tree planting, import substitution, biosecurity… but the Government needs to support the industry. Read more

Mark Taylor in a tunnel at Allensmore

HTA welcomes a Defra Secretary of State who knows the industry

HTA sees the appointment of George Eustice as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as a positive move given his knowledge of this industry. Read more

In 2016, Minister, George Eustice with Carol Paris and Peter Seabrook

Fears that Coronavirus will impact supplies from China

On Tuesday the Spring Fair seemed to be buzzing. But underneath there was uncertainty and concern about how the Coronavirus would impact imports of goods manufactured in China. Read more

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Garden centre sales grew 4.5% in 2019

Christmas sales fell in December, but overall turnover was marginally up according to the GCA.  Annually sales grew by 4.5% with catering the fastest growing category. Read more

Catering at Haskins Ferndown

Changes to Scottish business rates would be damaging says HTA

Later this month the Scottish Parliament is to vote on scrapping the Uniform Business Rate in Scotland, allowing local authorities to set their own rates. Read more

James Barnes

Rainbow of Hope from Scottish growers

Garry Young, his family along with other key horticulturists in the Scottish plant industry created this amazing symbol of hope. All the 27,000 plants were going to waste and this was one last chance to bring a little bit of happiness and hope. Read more

Rainbow of Hope

Covid-19 update Tuesday 31st March

Essential retailers remain open for garden products while Plants Galore hits out at unfair lockdown.  The HTA pleas for financial support for growers while vandals hit North Yorkshire nursery. Read more

Plants Galore

HTA presents its case to save horticulture

“The horticultural sector could be wiped out by the UK Coronavirus shut down in just weeks” claims the HTA. The case has been highlighted by the BBC Today. Read more

Covid-19 update - GIMA Awards cancelled

The GIMA Awards are cancelled. The HTA gives members a subscription holiday. Cherry Lane Garden Centres extend opening hours. Read more

Covid-19 Wednesday update 2

Dobbies close all its stores, BALI advises landscapers to cease trading for 48 hours, and Perennial reminds the industry that it is the safety net for people in the industry needing help at this time. Read more

Business Rates - Garden Centres - Reliefs & Exemption

It has this evening been confirmed by the Minister for Housing, Communities & Local Government that Rates relief at 100% for the retail and leisure sectors will be applied to all Garden Centres. Read more

Covid-19 Tuesday report

Here’s a summary of announcements made in the last 24 hours about the impact of Covid-19 on the garden sector. It includes progress from the HTA and BALI and the impact on French garden centres. Read more

GIMA Day Conference & AGM Postponed

In light of the current Coronavirus situation GIMA has decided to postpone the AGM & Day Conference that was due to take place this Thursday 19th March.   There is a plan to reschedule the event for later in the year Read more

DCF to fund a plant health studentship

The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) is proud to support the Royal Society of Biology’s Plant Health Undergraduate Summer Studentship Programme for 2020. DCF is funding one of the ten available studentships.   Read more

IPPS Europe 6 Pack Award 2020 - apply now!

The IPPS Europe 6-pack award gives 6 ‘new to the industry’ horticulturists the chance to attend the IPPS European Region Annual conference, free of charge, taking place this year in Edinburgh, Scotland. Read more

2019 IPPS Europe 6 pack award winners

Take a look at GIMA’s Consumer & Design Trends for 2021 Spring/Summer Season and Beyond

Following the incredible response to the 2019 trends event, GIMA has confirmed that it will once again be partnering with leading trends intelligence agency, Scarlet Opus, to present an exclusive look at the future with the next Consumer and Design Trend Seminar (26th March 2020). Read more

Entries invited for the 2020 PetQuip Awards

The PetQuip Awards, one of the most successful events to have been introduced into the pet trade sector in recent years, is set to take centre stage again in 2020. Read more

Scottish Government votes to keep UBR after joint letter from HTA

MSP’s have voted to keep the Uniform Business Rate in Scotland after lobbying from The HTA and other sector trade associations. Read more

YPHA doubles membership in a week

The launch of the Young People in Horticulture Association has caught the imagination of the industry. New members are joining by the day and it has received ‘wonderful offers of help from all corners of the industry’. Read more

Natalie Porter

‘Orse racin’ returns to GCA conference in aid of Greenfingers

Garden centre and horticultural industry staff can now sign up for a fundraising event being held at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference. Read more

2019 Greenfingers Challenge Cup

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