New ornamental grower awards announced

New Ornamental Grower of the Year Awards will recognise and celebrate best practices in sustainable ornamental production.  Winners will get automatic entry to IGOTY. Read more

Perennial joins with wholesale nurseries in ‘Plant for Perennial’ promotion

Perennial, the charity for people in horticulture, is launching ‘Plants for Perennial’ with three major wholesale nurseries - Allensmore Nurseries, The Bransford Webbs and Wyevale Nurseries. Read more

Salvia Cuello Pink

Garden centres warned of looming business rates headache

Specialists at Malcolm Scott Consultants have warned garden centres face major headaches as a result of the government’s fundamental  technical  review of the business rates system. Read more

BHETA networking webinar on new B&Q Marketplace

BHETA is to hold a networking webinar on the new B&Q Marketplace initiative, which is setting out to onboard some 100,000 new products within six months. Read more

Landscape Association celebrates 50 years of excellence

Ambitious plans, special events, spotlighting members’ achievements and memorable celebrations throughout the British Association of Landscape Industries’ 50th anniversary year. Read more

Increased concern from businesses who rely on imports

Businesses are unable to prepare for the introduction of Border Control Points (BCPs) happening on 1 July because Government guidance is scarce and untimely. Read more

Gardening sales are down on Feb 21 but up on 2020

Are garden centre sales getting back to normal?  Not yet, catering sales in February were down 25% on pre-pandemic levels according to latest figures from the GCA, but plant sales are well ahead. Read more

Blue Diamond display in February

HTA names first Sustainability Champions

The first HTA Sustainability Reference Sites have been named as Hillier Nurseries, The Barton Grange Group, The Gardens Group and New Wood Trees.  Read more

George Hillier

New Guide to Potentially Harmful Plants

Working with specialists, the HTA has launched a new Guide to Potentially Harmful Plants. For the first time it covers the risk to pets. Read more

GCA to host first elements of annual conference virtually

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) is hosting some of the first elements of its annual conference virtually for members next month (February 2022). Read more

 Iain Wylie

GCA figures confirm a massive year for Garden Centres

GCA figures show garden centre sales grew by an extraordinary +28% in 2021, with massive growth from garden leisure and outdoor plants.  There was also a strong recovery in catering revenues but... Read more

Summer displays at Hillier, Windlesham

40 new members for GIMA

GIMA enters 2022 with over 40 new members and an unrivalled portfolio of business support tools. Read more

GIMA Day Conference: Extended Producer Responsibility Regulations

The first of GIMA’s 2022 Day Conferences is scheduled for February 17th.  Attendees will learn more about forthcoming changes to the Extended Producer Responsibility Regulations (EPR). Read more

Key Speakers announced for Gardenex, Petquip and BHETA conference.

The Future for International Trade Conference will be held at the Stratford Manor Hotel in March.  Keynote speaker will be Shelley Boyle, Head of Business Development at ManoMano.  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

Perennial develops ‘Support for Families’ programme

Perennial, the charity for people working in horticulture, has developed its ‘Support for Families’ programme with new resources to help families access a wide range of support available to them. Read more

Jenny Douthwaite of Primeur elected GIMA President

GIMA has announced the election of Jenny Douthwaite of Primeur as GIMA President, supported by Kate Ebbens of Capi Europe as Vice President. Read more

Jenny Douthwaite of Primeur is GIMA President

Labour shadow minister visits Whartons

The HTA invited opposition Minister Daniel Zeichner to Whartons Garden Roses in Norfolk to see their business and highlight several challenges facing the industry Read more

 Daniel Zeichner MP (centre) with Paul Wharton

Inflation in garden products is around 10%   

Around 40 GIMA members tuned in to hear a forecast for UK gardening sales from Euromonitor International (EI). The uplift from Covid will remain but there’s also inflation. Read more

A further 5 garden centres join Sproutl

Tates of Sussex, Fakenham and Hollybush are three of 5 garden centres to join the existing partners of Sproutl, the curated online garden marketplace. Read more

Dobbies to speak at BHETA

BHETA is to hold another retailer networking webinar, this time with Dobbies Garden Centres.  The event will take place on Tuesday 5th April at 11 am.  The speakers will be Graeme Jenkins, CEO and Debbie Harding, CFO Read more

Some good news from revised OWA guidelines

Good news says BHETA, many (but not all) garden and DIY products could be excluded from The Offensive Weapons Act (OWA), scheduled to come into force this Spring. Read more

Shears by Kent & Stowe

Webinar to answer questions on a peat ban

The HTA and NFU have organised two special online events next Friday 4th March focusing on the government’s proposed ban on peat. Read more

AIPH to reunite at 2022 Spring Meeting in Dubai

Following two years of restrictions and uncertainty, the AIPH announces its first in-person event in two years - the 2022 AIPH Spring Meeting, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dubai, UAE. Read more

Expo 2020 Dubai

Promotions at the HTA

David Denny has become HTA Director of Research & Insights while Marin Simmons will become Head of Horticulture leaving a vacancy for a new HTA director of Membership. Read more

Dave Denny

Chance to speak directly to John Lewis

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is to hold a networking webinar with the John Lewis Partnership on Wednesday 2nd February at 10.30 am Read more

 £2m+ reward for Choice Members

Choice Marketing members are celebrating their best ever year with group turnover of £150+m.  Before Christmas a huge interim rebate of over £2m was paid out to its members. Read more

Choice members and suppliers at last year's conference

HTA figures show 2021 was an incredibly strong year

The HTA detects a mood of cautious optimism, but says 1/20 jobs are vacant.  Higher inflation and increased wages costs will make 2022 a challenging year. 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

BHETA to hold open webinar with Ebay

As eBay expands its focus on DIY and gardening, BHETA is to host an industry-wide webinar open to all suppliers with the online marketplace. Read more

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