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

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

Price rises likely after April’s rise in National Living Wage

Increased costs from the 6.2% increase in the National Living Wage will lead to price rises and put pressure on profits say garden centres. Read more

Review of 2019

Here is a summary of the news stories published on Gardenforum during 2019:  Wyevale disintegration and the expansion of other groups, the environment, supplier consolidation and people in the news.  This review is open to all. Read more

Will the election result be good for business?

Following the Tory election win, ‘Brexit will get done’ and the pound is rising. Is this good for the Garden industry? Or could there be turbulent times ahead? Read more

Did sales rise or fall in October?

Separate reports from the GCA and the HTA show contrasting outcomes for garden centre sales during October. The GCA reports a fall for a second consecutive month, while the HTA reports a rise. Read more

Advice for Brexit, deal or no deal

Gardenforum looks at some of the resources available to help companies keep up to date with advice on Brexit and especially a no deal Brexit. Read more

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Price rises for plants as demand exceeds supply

As demand for UK grown plants increases, growers in the Green Heart of Glee reveal that prices will rise and there could be shortages. Read more

The HTA needs to get onto the front foot

HTA chairman, James Barnes calls for the backing of members, especially growers, to hear him present plans to re-invigorate the HTA and to promote sustainability at the Cultivating Retail conference. Read more

James Barnes

The HTA has a message for Boris

The HTA’s Director of Policy and Communications tells the new PM that the ornamental sector, which supports 568,000 jobs, is essential for the Government’s environment plans. Read more

The 2019 GIMA Award winners are…

The big winners at last night’s Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Awards were the rapidly growing Smart Garden and industry newcomer, Primeur, with its recycled rubber, self watering planters. Read more

ierra Verde Recycled Rubber Planters

The next May bank holiday will be on a Friday

The first May bank holiday in 2020 will be put back 4 days to Friday 8th May to celebrate VE Day in Europe. 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

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

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

Modest increases over Christmas

Sales over the Christmas period showed modest increases, but some Christmas categories and houseplants sold well. Some garden centres are +10% for the year. Read more

Gifts and Christmas flourish in November

Figures just released by the GCA show sales grew 9% in November, with houseplants, clothing and Christmas growing fastest. Read more

BHETA provides Challenge 25 collateral for bladed goods

BHETA is to provide officially sanctioned Challenge 25 artwork for suppliers, retailers and delivery companies involved in the supply of age-restricted bladed items such as kitchen knives and DIY and garden tools. Read more

September sales fell 1% in GCA garden centres

September sales were 1% down on last year according to the latest figures published by the Garden Centre Association.   Read more

Garden centres prosper in the rain and heat of August

August weather was hotter and wetter than average. As a result both garden furniture and gardening sales prospered according to the GCA Barometer of Trade. Read more

Catering at Haskins Ferndown

A new product category emerged at Glee

Alternative to Chemicals, goes a step beyond replacing one chemical with another that's more environmentally friendly.  Hozelock and Westland see ATC as an important step preparing consumers for a 'free-from' future. Read more

Westland's additives increase vigour

Garden centres defy high street gloom

GCA figures for July show garden centres increased sales by +11%, while the BRC reports that high street footfall dropped by -2.7% and footfall in shopping centres fell by +3.1%. Read more

Despite a weaker June, garden centre sales are +6% for the year

2019 has the makings of a strong year for garden centres. Latest figures from the GCA indicate that garden centres are still +6% ahead of last year despite losing ground in June. Read more

Hardy plants are the biggest category during the first 6 months of the year

May sales hold up well

May sales, while down -7%, were stronger than garden centres could have hoped for. At the end of the month they are still +9% year-to-date ahead of last year. Read more

Planted pots at Haskins Ferndown

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