Scholarship season open for horticulture students

The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) scholarship season is open for student horticulturists. This year sees the launch of a new £1,000 scholarship, providing another fantastic opportunity for students who work, or were born in, the North West of England to study horticulture.  Read more

GCA GROW releases new ‘Poisonous Plants’ module

The Garden Centre Association GCA has introduced a new module on identifying hazardous plants through its Garden Retail Online Workshops (GROW) learning platform. Read more

Antony Snow

GCA regional meetings to reveal inspection winners

The GCA has resumed annual garden centre inspections cancelled last year due to Covid-19, and has announced regional meetings to hear feedback and reveal the category winners. Read more

2019 Winners at Monkton Elm with judge Michael Cole (r)

Demand for horticultural training surges, says RHS

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has reported a 58% increase in applicants for its work-based training programmes in 2021 – the highest in decades – as many reconsider their post-pandemic career options. Read more

Garden Centres seek additional warehousing to protect supplies

An increasing number of garden centres are seeking warehouse space to take stock control into their own hands following recent supply chain availability issues, says Malcolm Scott. Read more

The HTA launches Inside Horticulture

The HTA has published the first edition of Inside Horticulture, a new quarterly magazine for business leaders throughout the horticulture sector. Read more

Garden centre May revenues +9% on 2019

The latest GCA Barometer of Sales shows garden centre revenues were up +9% over May 2019 and +17% up if restaurant catering is excluded. Read more

LOFA warns that freight problems are escalating

With container costs approaching $20,000, LOFA warns that freight problems are escalating and asks if this is due to the greed of shipping lines and if they are colluding to increase prices. Read more

Thrive helps more people access health benefits of gardening 

Thrive is launching a new training course offering online and flexible learning for those looking to establish services that harness the healing power of gardening. Read more

Fargro sold to MBO

MD, Richard Hopkins, has announced the successful completion of a management buy-out (MBO) of Fargro Ltd backed by  private equity partner Ashridge Capital. Read more

Ensure you are registered for business rates relief

Malcolm Scott Consultants have issued a reminder to retail, leisure and hospitality operators to update themselves on the various rates relief policies in place across the UK as they attempt to recoup some of the losses resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic. Read more

Andrew Burton

The Valuation Office Agency has contacted garden centres across the country

The Valuation Office Agency has contacted garden centres across the country to request rental and account information to support the 2023 Revaluation of business rates in England and Wales.   Read more

Scarlet Opus is to return for virtual webinars

GIMA is pleased to confirm that it has recommissioned its Consumer & Design Trends research for the third year running, once again optimising the leading insight from trend agency, Scarlet Opus. Read more

Announcing BALI Chalk Fund Champions

The British Association of Landscape Industries’ own charity, the BALI Chalk Fund, has launched Chalk Fund Champions to help combat the industry skills gap. Read more

Prepare for greater catering demand says the HTA

Recent indicators suggest businesses should prepare for more patrons in their on-site catering facilities in the months to come.  Also business should start thinking about Christmas. Read more

Amazon is priciest says Which?

A recent survey by Which? has revealed Amazon to be the priciest DIY retailer, while B&Q was the cheapest.  However, service matters too. Read more

Bheta calls for investigation into freight costs - UPDATED

Record profits for shipping companies as Bheta calls for an investigation to determine if they are profiteering from the Covid pandemic.  Increased container costs look set to stay till 2022.  Read more

GIMA supporting members through forthcoming changes in packaging legislation

A recent survey of GIMA has members revealed the challenges faced by companies preparing for new packaging legislation over the next two years. Read more

Surge in Garden Centre sales eases in June

The GCA Barometer of Trade shows garden centre revenues up +66% for the first half of 2021, despite growth easing in June. Read more

HTA - The beginning of a new normal?

The latest HTA market information suggests the beginning of a new normal, with garden centre sales for June down just 3% from June 2020, when sales rocketed due to the national lockdown. Read more

Blue Diamond tells BHETA the key qualifications for product listing

A team from Blue Diamond including MD Alan Roper outlined the key qualifications for potential product listing in its garden centres at BHETA’s retailer networking forum. Read more

Alan Roper

Choice holds ‘Meet the Furniture Buyer’ event

Choice Marketing is hosting its own ‘Meet the Furniture Buyer’ event next week in Northamptonshire, where a number of its Associate Suppliers will be exhibiting.  Read more

Sales decrease in second half of May

The HTA’s Market Update shows garden centre sales were up 30% in May but decreased in the second half of the month as Covid restrictions eased. Read more

How good were garden centre sales in April?

Figures just published by the Garden Centre Association’s Barometer of Trade, show just how good April sales were, with the challenges of frosts, restaurant closures and stock shortages. Read more

Late April Forst protection at Hillier

Will garden centres re-open restaurants in May?

There is caution among independent garden centres over the reopening of inside catering, which is likely to be permitted from 17th May, while there's social distancing. Read more

Preparing for a COVID-secure inspection

Navigating business change in 2021 - are you inspection ready? Despite the roadmap out of lockdown now being well underway, it is still essential for business owners to ensure their workplaces are COVID-secure. Read more

Latest company results show impact of first lockdown

Sales jumped over the first lockdown at T&M, Hozelock and Crocus.  Others in this report which is open to all include Stewarts, Dobbies, Rosebourne, Tong and The Greener Gardening Company. Read more

RHS Gardens welcome two new National Collections from Fibrex Nurseries

The five Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) gardens are to become custodians of one of the UK’s biggest National Collections of plants thanks to a generous donation from current collection holder Fibrex Nurseries. Read more

The surge in garden centre sales continues

The HTA Market Update report shows that garden centre sales were up +97% in March compared with March 2020 when there were 9 days fewer trading due to Covid-19 and +56% up on March 2019.   Read more

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