Dobbies team up with Hire Station

Dobbies Internet operation Dobbies.com has teamed up with leading tool hire company Hire Station to offer over 2000 different tools. See more… Read more

Amnesty on rogue Danish trolleys

Container Centralen is tightening up on the use of rogue CC trolleys with the introduction of a new RFID label. Garden centres and nurseries are being offered an amnesty to bring unplated trolleys into the pool. See more... Read more

Stock up with Charcoal – it looks like a BBQ August

Stock up with charcoal, Wiseweather says that August will be warmer drier and sunnier than average, particularly for the south. But the bank holiday looks less certain. See more...
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AWB to be abolished after 62 years

The government has honoured the promise made in March by Lord Taylor of Holbeach. Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman has today announced that the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) will be abolished. See more... Read more

New Landscape show for 2011

A new trade show has been launched for the landscape industry. Landscape is scheduled for the 13th and 14th April 2011 at Olympia. See more... Read more

Calls for consultation as first hosepipe ban starts

The industry has called for more consultation as the first hosepipe ban starts tomorrow, affecting 2.9m homes. Filling ponds is allowed but watering vegetables with a hose is not. See more… Read more

The Edible Garden Show is rescheduled for March 2011

The Edible Garden Show (TEGS), which was postponed for a year having failed to raise enough exhibitor interest in 2010, has been rescheduled for 18 to 20 Mar 2011. See more... Read more

July to bring more sunny weather for the south

Wiseweather forecasts July to be warmer and sunnier than normal, with the south and west seeing the driest weather. See more... Read more

Marshalls introduce a garden design app for the iPad

Marshalls, the landscape materials specialist, has introduced the Garden Moodboard app for Apple’s new iPad. It is designed to help people design their dream garden. See more... Read more

HTA retailers to sell RHS membership

A deal between the RHS and the HTA will lead to garden centres and nurseries selling RHS membership packs, making a healthy profit. See more... Read more

Solex to go virtual

LOFA has announced three initiatives to be unveiled at Solex in July. They are Virtual Solex, “Made Aware” and the inclusion of non-members in 2011. See more... Read more

June – sunnier, drier but unsettled at times

Wiseweather says June should be drier and warmer than average. But storms could affect rainfall totals, especially in the south. See more... Read more

Spelman agrees to meet the HTA

The new Secretary of State for DEFRA, Caroline Spelman, has agreed to meet the HTA. The coalition government has published plans that include measures to ban illegal timber, a national tree planting campaign and reform of the water industry. See more... Read more

Record April fails to make up lost ground

Despite a challenging target provided by a record breaking April in 2009, garden centres reporting to the GCA Barometer of Trade increased sales by around 5% in April 2010. However, this was not enough to make up for sales lost in the extended winter earlier in the year. See more... Read more

Keep those trolleys moving!

On behalf of nurseries, the HTA is asking garden centres to increase their stock of Danish trolleys. Shortages are causing delays in the supply chain and adding unnecessary costs. See more... Read more

HTA predicts tough outlook as gardening sales fall

Quoting from the Garden Industry Monitor Market Update, the HTA predicts tough trading conditions for UK business in the short to medium term. However, this may present opportunities for the garden sector. See more... Read more

Formula likely to remain the same for 2011 National Plant Show

There have been strong early bookings for the 2011 National Plant Show, encouraged by a successful first show this year and early booking discounts. Next year it will be bigger. See more... Read more

Mary Portas headlines the HTA's autumn conference

Mary Queen of Shops is to visit several garden centres and deliver her views on the state of the sector at this autumn's HTA conference. The presentation will be followed by what is likely to be a lively debate. See more... Read more

Perennial helps 937 people out of a crisis

Perennial is the charity that helps people who have worked in horticulture, gardening and garden centres. Last year 937 people were helped to overcome personal crises. See more... Read more

June sales make up for the late spring

The GCA Barometer of Trade shows that garden centre sales increased by 8% in June. As a result, sales from January to June have caught up with those of 2009. See more... Read more

YouGov accuses specialist garden centres of underperforming

A YouGov Sixth Sense report on DIY and garden centres says that major DIY stores are key players in garden retailing, but the specialist garden centres are underperforming. See more... Read more

VirtualSOLEX goes live as LOFA grasps the environmental initiative

LOFA has used a third successful Solex to introduce two initiatives. Made Aware leads members through a process to reduce the social and environmental impact of their products. VirtualSOLEX is a database of products from the show that can be referenced throughout the year. See more... Read more

Thurlow moves on from Glee

Dan Thurlow, Glee Show Director, is leaving the show and moving to another post within EMAP. He is to become Sponsorship Director for the events business. See more… Read more

First-day success for National Plant Show

There was real enthusiasm from leading garden centres and from exhibitors on the first day of the first ever National Plant Show, which continues today. See more... Read more

Disappointing May sales fail to recoup spring deficit

According to the GCA, garden centre sales at the end of May remain 2% behind the first five months of 2009. Last month failed to regain sales lost to the cold spring earlier in the year. See more... Read more

HTA outrage at AWB settlement

Outraged by the latest settlement figure imposed by the Agricultural Wages Board, David Gwyther says, "The AWB is demonstrating yet again that it is out of touch, out of date and, hopefully, out of time". See more... Read more

Post Office to underwrite florists

Faced by falling postal revenues, the Post Office is diversifying. Its latest venture is to offer specialist insurance for florists. See more... Read more

GIMA awards head for sellout

Manufacturers have only two weeks to submit their entries for the GIMAs. All entrants gain valuable exposure but the winners this year will gain added national coverage. Tickets for the presentation evening are already heading for a sell out. See more... Read more

British garden products attract worldwide buyers at two US trade shows

British products in both the garden and pet product sectors have proved to be a big attraction in the North American market according to The Federation of Garden and Leisure Manufacturers, which has organised two British exhibiting groups in Las Vegas and Orlando in recent months. See more... Read more

Two reports, two different views on 2009

Two reports into the UK garden market - one from the HTA, the other from Verdict - portray a very different picture of the garden market in 2009. See more... Read more

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