Out-dated and bureaucratic AWB to be scrapped in 2013

Farming minister, David Heath has announced that the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) will be scrapped, probably taking effect from 1st October 2013. See more... Read more

Minister answers horticulture's call for a little help

Scotts’ Martin Breddy uses Commons meeting to call for more help from Government and expresses fears about the economy. Defra Minister promises action to build confidence in new forms of growing media. See more… Read more

HTA meets minister as nurseries threaten to sue over chalara

There is still no clarity about the spread of Chalara fraxinae, the ash dieback disease. There are still no plans, other than a ban on all tree movements, to prevent it destroying 90% of ash trees in the UK. Now the politicians are playing the blame game, while UK nurseries face huge losses. See more... Read more

High street multiples are closing shops at the rate of 32 a day

PwC reports that the retail and consumer industry is facing increasing pressure. 952 shops closed in the first half of 2012 compared to 174 in the whole of 2011. See more... Read more

Future Marketing moves North of the border

Simpsons of Inverness are the latest independent business to join Future Marketing. There is also news that Millbrook Garden Centre have decided to bring their second centre into the marketing group for independent garden centres. See more... Read more

Industry concerns at UK findings of Ash Dieback

The HTA is seeking to raise awareness of Ash Dieback (Chalara fraxinea), after the discovery of the disease at a number of UK sites over recent weeks. See more... Read more

Plants and Products in the final Love Your Garden

Here are the plants and products featured in the final episode of Love Your Garden. Alan Titchmarsh, David Domoney and the team created a garden at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice in South Yorkshire. See more... (open to all) Read more

Northern GCA winners have a familiar look

Winners from the Midlands and the North in the judging for GCA best garden centre have a familiar look to them – with one exception. See more... Read more

GCA reveals first regional garden centre winners

The GCA has announced the first regional awards in the judging to find the country’s best garden centres. Winners from Wales & West, North and South Thames will be subject to a second assessment before the overall winner is revealed in January. See more... Read more

Gardens are 4 weeks late so keep planting

Gardens are 4 weeks behind a normal year. The soil still holds plenty of moisture, so garden centres should encourage customers that it is not too late to plant, say leading nurseries. See more... Read more

Growers dismay at AWB outcome

The HTA calls on Defra to publish the consultation on the future abolition of the AWB after nursery workers are awarded a 2.6% increase despite such a tough season. See more... Read more

Cashflow worries after disappointing Jubilee sales

May finished with a frenetic 10 days, but the buoyant sales did not continue through the Jubilee weekend. Overall, garden centre figures look to be down on 2011 and this could affect industry cashflow in coming months. See more... Read more

UK Gardening takes centre stage In Jubilee Pageant

The UK garden industry will take centre stage as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee barge leads a pageant of 1000 boats down the Thames on Sunday. Watch Countrywise at 8pm on ITV1 tonight, for a preview. See more... Read more

Hillier and Westland success at Chelsea

It’s a 67th Chelsea Gold for Hillier and Silver Gilt for Dairmuid Gavin’s crowd pleasing Westland Magical Garden. There was Gold also for Taylors Bulbs and Thompson & Morgan wins Plant of the Year. See more... Read more

Malcolm Scott calls for action against supermarkets

Malcolm Scott suggests HTA should react to supermarkets move into gardening. He is offering to help by encouraging Local Planning Authorities to respond to breaches of planning where they exist. See more... Read more

Successful roll out for Virgin at garden centres

There has been a flurry of high street retailers taking concessions on garden centres as owners look to stabilise their cash-flow. One conspicuous success has been the introduction of Virgin Experience Days, which is now seeking to roll out to all garden centres. See more... Read more

Flowers, Love and Money

Flowers, Love and Money, an exhibition at The Garden Museum, London that starts next Valentine’s Day and is sponsored by The Telegraph Gardening Supplement, would make an interesting trip for garden centre’s club members. See more… Read more

Orders books remain strong for landscapers

Marshalls’ sales to the domestic market fall 13%. But this is largely weather related as order books for domestic landscapers remain strong and customer confidence is stable. See more... Read more

All movements of ash are banned (Updated)

The government has banned the import of ash trees and movement restrictions have been imposed on all ash products. See more… Read more

Defra consults on AWB abolition

After a 2 year delay Defra has launched its consultation over its proposals to abolish the AWB, which imposed a 2.6% wage increase on growers in June. See more... Read more

Talking points from Glee

Here are some of the talking points from Glee including the prospect of a peat shortage, the absence of the new chief executive of the GCA and unrest among sales agents. See more... Read more

More Garden Centres make the news

Two garden centres were forced to close temporarily, one because of bees, the other due to a legal dispute. 3 Others are expanding and see how Tesco portrays Dobbies. See more… Read more

Garden centres in the News

Here’s a pick of what newspapers have been reporting about garden centres in the last few days. Stories cover Dobbies, Carpenders Park, Frosts at Woburn Sands, Hayes Garden World and Swindon Garden Centre. See more… Read more

Cannabis factory on garden centre leads to jail

Kent online reports that two men have been jailed for growing cannabis that would sell for more than £500,000, at a garden centre in Broadstairs. See more... Read more

NT opens secret facility to save threatened plants

The National Trust has opened a secret plant propagation facility to ensure the survival of threatened plants at NT properties. It will also assist private plant collections. See more... Read more

The great potato weigh-in for 17,000 schools

On Tuesday the garden media watched excited school children tip out their potato bags, plunge into the dirt and shout with excitement as they mined their spuds. But more garden centres should be involved said Peter Seabrook of The Sun. See more... Read more

Confusion over Which? ranking of garden retailers

B&Q and independent gardening and DIY stores outscored Dobbies and The Garden Centre Group in the top 100 shops rated by Which? But in a confusing report, Dobbies was placed equal first for gardening and DIY with Argos. See more... Read more

Monty Don rejects a balanced approach to pesticides

Monty Don, presenter of BBC Gardeners’ World, reaffirms, “I will not be promoting non-organic products of any kind whatsoever.” His irritation is a reaction to BBC’s promise of a more balanced programme in the future. See more… Read more

Legionella from compost scare prompts RHS warning

The RHS has responded to the report of a man contracting Legionnaires’ Disease from compost with advice not to store potting media in hot greenhouses as these will heat up and may encourage Legionella. See more… Read more

Is this the latest season ever for gardening?

Figures from the GCA and HTA confirm that April sales were sharply down. Early trading in May shows signs of improvement but the season has still not really started at the time when it came to an abrupt end last year. Some retailers have warned of an unholy scramble if or when warmer weather comes. See more... Read more

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