Raise the bar with EKJU

For Glee 2019, EKJU will be raising the bar, showcasing new products and fresh manufacturing capabilities inspired by European outdoor living trends. Read more

Material matters: LifestyleGarden® sets benchmark for artificial wicker material usage

Riding high from its successful exhibit at the SOLEX trade event LifestyleGarden® has shone a light on its other benchmark setting material usage, particularly its Petan® ‘artificial wicker’ collections. Read more

Diary

ScanCom International CEO Stig Maasbøl reveals the incredible story that brought award-winning DuraOcean to market

The UK launch of the award-winning DuraOcean® – the first commercially viable mass-market outdoor chair made from nets, ropes and plastic waste recovered from the world’s oceans – heralds the dawn of a shift towards truly sustainable furniture that holds the potential to revolutionise the outdoor living category. Read more

The LifestyleGarden team (Stig centre) celebrate winning Best New Product at SOLEX 2019.

Tom Chambers major success on return to Solex

Tom Chambers has announced outstanding results on their return to Solex with orders for outdoor furniture and their brand new range of Covers exceeding all expectations. Read more

Steve Millington, Solex 2019.

New DuraOcean® chair made from recycled sea plastic is set to be showcased at Cornwall’s Eden Project

A unique new piece of garden furniture – the first of its kind made from recycled ocean plastic waste – will take pride of place in a special exhibition at Cornwall’s Eden Project. Read more

DuraOcean at Eden

Nova showroom week a success

Nova Outdoor Living Ltd hosted a showroom event last week and the firm has expressed their excitement for next year based on the reaction from the visitors at the event. Read more

Material matters: LifestyleGarden® becomes synonymous with material innovation

LifestyleGarden® brand is recognisable by the quality of product it continues to deliver season after season. Driven by design, and changing consumer trends, LifestyleGarden® is a brand that responds and adapts to market demands. Read more

DuraBoard

LifestyleGarden® invests in new showroom & distribution centre to facilitate UK growth

Having enjoyed a phenomenal start to 2019, which saw sales targets smashed, unprecedented demand from retailers for additional stock due to much higher than expected sales, and all future ordered stock already pre-sold before arrival, LifestyleGarden® is celebrating further growth with the opening of its new showroom and distribution centre.  Read more

LifestyleGarden's new lorries hit the road

The market is abuzz

The market is abuzz: garden retailers respond positively to LifestyleGarden®’s new Eden Project & DuraOcean® ranges. Read more

DuraOcean by LifestyleGarden

Furniture outlet stores launch website

furnitureoutletstores.co.uk is one of the first UK websites to offer the furniture outlet experience to online shoppers. Their offer includes garden furniture with a guarantee of the UK’s lowest prices. Read more

Vivid Arts settles dispute with Tom Chambers

The legal battle between Vivid Arts and Tom Chambers regarding allegations of design right infringement, copyright infringement and passing off has been resolved. Read more

Vivid's range

Kettler GB unaffected by restructure announcement

Heinz Kettler Gmbh & Co KG has entered a period of self-administration in order to restructure its German business but leaves the UK operation unaffected. Read more

White Stores opens garden furniture showroom in Oxford garden centre

Online garden furniture retailer White Stores has opened its first concession at Yarnton Nurseries Garden Centre in Oxfordshire as a pilot. Read more

Online retailers raise their profile

The growing presence of online retailers was clear at the Garden Press Event with two established sites and two newcomers, one launched at the show and one being mysterious about its launch plans. Read more

Monthly plan from Garden Wants

GCA names best garden centres for plants and furniture

Sunshine Garden Centre and Van Hage are the best GCA outdoor living retailers.  Cowell’s and Bents are the best for plants. Read more

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Zest 4 Leisure opens in-house photography studio to offer enhanced marketing support services

Zest 4 Leisure is opening a new photographic studio at its Saltney site which will benefit Garden Centres nationwide, and enable the company to increase its focus on marketing support for Garden Trade customers. Read more

Eden Project partnership with LifestyleGarden® sets benchmark

The CEO of Eden Project International, David Harland, has given his seal of approval to the 2020 range of Eden Project-branded outdoor furniture from LifestyleGarden® – saying it marks the start of a blossoming relationship between two brands which are heavily focused on ethical business and sustainability. Read more

Zest 4 Leisure celebrates SOLEX success

Zest 4 Leisure has celebrated another successful year at SOLEX. The company, which showcased its range of award-winning quality decorative timber garden products, furniture and BBQ shelters for 2020, reported increased interest and enquiries on the new look stand. Read more

DuraOcean® from LifestyleGarden® wins Best New Product award at SOLEX

The ground-breaking DuraOcean® from LifestyleGarden®, the world’s first commercially available range of outdoor furniture made from nets, ropes and plastic waste recovered from the world’s oceans, triumphed over stiff competition to win the coveted Best New Product award at SOLEX 2019. Read more

DuraOcean bistro set

Jobs

Zest 4 Leisure GIMA Award Finalists 2019

Zest 4 Leisure’s Noah’s Arbour was a finalist in the Outdoor Leisure category at the GIMA awards. Read more

Noah's Arbour by Zest 4 Leisure

Tom Chambers announce innovation in new category

Tom Chambers has announced the launch of a stunning new range of next generation protective Covers for outdoor furniture and BBQs. The new Covers are produced in a brand new innovative two-colour fabric, woven in a stylish contemporary weave. Read more

Tom Chambers Prestige Grey Weave Cover

8 weeks to go until Nova’s showroom week!

The countdown to Nova Outdoor Living’s open showroom week has begun, with just 8 weeks to go until the event takes place. Read more

Further category expansion opportunities in Water Features

Easy Fountain reported exceptional growth of over 65% across the water features category in 2018. Responding to a noticeable trend in demand for trade-up opportunities, Easy Fountain have developed a unique new range of high-quality water features for 2019. Read more

Bents and Cowells take the top GCA plant awards

Bents and Cowells top the first day’s awards at the 2018 GCA conference. Also prominent were Fairways of Ashbourne, Stratford and Barton Grange Garden Centres. Read more

Ruxley Rose (Destination Garden Centre category) – Bents Garden & Home

Lots for the Garden Press to write about

There was plenty to see and hear at the Garden Press Event including a snail fence, outdoor fragrances, a new urban compost from Scotts and news of some enhanced summer events. Read more

Woodlodge's Dorset rocking chair.

Plants now take second place to catering

If August is wet plant sales prosper. If it is dry garden furniture sales do well. Last month was different. It was wet and dry in different areas and both categories flourished according to the latest GCA figures. But long term trend shows the proportional fall of traditional gardening. Read more

Paradise Park

Vote now to recognise Gardening’s best buyers

Believing that good buyers have not been given the recognition they deserve, Glee is asking you to nominate people or teams that might qualify as the country’s best buyers for awards being introduced at the show. Read more

More chat from the aisles of the Garden Press Event

A new website for Westland, Showa’s bio-degradable gardening gloves, Eden Project seeds, a 10,000 strong Facebook community of Garden Goddesses and Hozelock’s electric weed killer were some of the innovations on show at the Garden Press event. Read more

Hozelock Thermal Weeder

Valentine’s Day is for the birds

Valentines Day sees the start of National Nest Box Week as we are not the only creatures to get romantic as spring approaches.   The BTO offers an information pack and ideas. Read more

December was the biggest month of the year for GCA members

The latest figures from the GCA show 2014 was the best year for 4 years with December beating May as the biggest sales month of the year. Read more

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