Gloomy forecast for July from Wiseweather

After a very average June, Wiseweather expects patterns to change in the next week to a rather more unsettled phase. This will make July one of the coolest of the last decade or so. See more... Read more

New name for Composting Association

The Composting Association is changing its name to the Association for Organics Recycling from August. See more... Read more

Councils adopt HTA's 'Greener' motion

Efforts to include more planting in new urban developments are bearing fruit with news that a third council has passed a motion put forward by the HTA with 9 more likely to follow soon. See more... Read more

Unsettled May, especially in SW

Wiseweather’s long range weather forecast for May predicts a month dominated by low pressure. The North and the East will fare best. See more... Read more

New name for DIY and Garden Show

The London based DIY & Garden Show is to have a fresh look and a new name, Totally DIY. But organisers are adamant that despite dropping the word, their commitment to gardening is as strong as ever. See more... Read more

HTA to trial electronic gift cards

The HTA is to launch an electronic gift card to enhance the existing National Garden Gift Voucher scheme. Members will be contacted within 6 weeks so that the scheme is ready for Christmas trading. See more... Read more

HTA welcomes new members to its Retail Management Group

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has announced two new members to its Retail Management Group. They are Philip Evason of Haskins Garden Centres, and Iain Wylie of Grosvenor Garden Centre, Chester. See more... Read more

Suggestions of GRO’s death are premature.

Suggestions that GRO is dead, made at the recent GIMA meeting, have been vehemently denied by AIS. For the first time Gardenforum can reveal many of the garden centres that have joined. See more... Read more

Winter is not over say forecasters

The latest forecast from Wiseweather predicts the early spring to continue through March, but watch out for a polar blast at the end of the month. See more... Read more

Grand Designs Live extended to 9 days

GRAND Gardens occupies one of the 4 halls at the extended Grand Designs Live. The show is backed by Channel 4 and offers visitors the chance to buy, build and furnish a house and garden, all under one roof. See more... Read more

HART members earn £640,000

A year after her management buyout of HART, backed by the Barwell, Jessica Adams is pleased with the progress that the buying group for smaller garden centres has made. See more... Read more

Opportunity for ornamental growers in SE England

The HTA has raised funding for South East Producers to become involved in an ornamentals transport consolidation project. See more... Read more

GRO tells GIMA that the show is on the road

Following the unveiling of GRO in December, doubts have started that the GCA’s proposed buying group might not get off the ground. Suppliers have not warmed to what they believe was an ill-prepared launch and it has not been clear how many Garden Centres have signed-up. Yesterday’s GIMA meeting provided the platform to clear the air. See more... Read more

Slugs and Snails (but not quite puppy dogs tails)

Slugs and snails were the UK’s most troublesome garden pest of 2007, according to members of the Royal Horticultural Society. These slimy predators moved one place up on last year, just beating the recently established harlequin ladybird into second place. See more... Read more

Export federation applies for exhibitor cash grants at Gafa and Gardex/Ifex

UK companies could benefit from cash grants to attend Spoga+Gafa in Cologne (31 August to 2 September 2008) and Gardex/Ifex in Tokyo (30 October to 1 November 2008). See more... Read more

Two new Pet and Aquatic shows for 2009

Pets and aquatics will have two new regional trade shows for 2009. PATS 2009 is being organised by former organisers of Glee and Petindex. See more... Read more

GIMA postpones June meeting

GIMA has been forced to postpone its June meeting, due to the absence of its Director, Neil Gow, who is unwell. He is expected back before long. Read more

SW/NE split to continue in June

Wiseweather predicts that low pressure will be dominant in the south and west for a lot of June while the north east will see higher pressure nearby. See more... Read more

Initiatives by Glee will highlight new products

The new management team at Glee realise that it has to make changes if the exhibition is to remain the annual focus for the garden and pet industries. They have responded with a number of initiatives that will improve the value of the show to visitors and exhibitors alike. See more... Read more

Wyevale to develop an employee academy

Wyevale Garden Centres are to develop an employee academy. It is expected that 275 employees will participate in the academy, which commences in July 2008. See more...
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Plant sales down 22% in March says GCA

The first meaningful figures for the spring have been released by the Garden Centre Association. Sales to the end of March of plants and garden sundries fell, while catering and pets increased. See more... Read more

Lawn Maintenance Companies get thumbs-up from GW?

Professional lawn maintenance companies promise to keep your lawn looking good. But is it worth using one? Gardening Which? has put them to the test. Also on trial are lawn edging shears. See more... Read more

Wiseweather predicts North/South divide for April

Wiseweather predicts soil temperatures will be near average in the north and central parts but possibly slightly above average for southern parts after mid month, with soil moisture deficits near or slightly above average. See more… Read more

Wyevale announces plastic plant pot recycling initiative

Wyevale Garden Centres Ltd (“Wyevale”), the UK’s leading specialist garden centre retailer, has today announced “Plan Apple”, its action programme to address the key sustainable development challenges facing the gardening industry. Read more

GardenAfrica seeks garden centres to co-host a weekend

GardenAfrica, a UK registered charity, is looking for garden centres to co-host an exciting weekend of events which will boost sales and fund horticultural projects in sub-Saharan Africa. See more... Read more

Mystery shopper service to be extended

The HTA is extending its mystery shopper service so that it becomes a 12 month service, available to manufacturers as well as retailers. See more... Read more

Gardenex & PetQuip ‘Meet the Buyer’ Event

The Gardenex & PetQuip export associations are organising another ‘Meet the Buyer’ event on 21 February 2008. British suppliers will be able to meet retailers from Italy, Finland, Germany and The Netherlands on a one-to-one basis. Read more

Garden centres outpace DIY stores in difficult year

A fistful of reports from the HTA shows how garden centres prospered compared to DIY superstores in a challenging year; that only 9% of people recognise the environmental benefit of plants; and that orders through home delivery/mail order companies grew 22%. See more... Read more

Cold start to February won’t last

After a chilly start, Wiseweather predicts that temperatures will be near average in February with the occasional snow flurry. For details see more… Read more

Children and the Environment – the new RHS focus

The environment and children are to be the themes that unite all future activities by the Royal Horticultural Society and will feature heavily in the television programmes and articles on the 2008 RHS shows such as Chelsea, Hampton Court and Tatton Park. See more... Read more

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