Red Shepherdess to judge Britain’s best Christmas tree

Red Shepherdess Hannah Jackson will be the celebrity judge of this year’s competition to find the best Christmas tree in Britain, with the winner providing the tree for No10 Downing Street. Read more

The Red Shepherdess's Christmas tree last year

BALI asks members to pledge mental health support

The British Association of Landscape Industries is launching a mental health initiative, focusing on the often-overlooked importance of mental health support in the landscaping and horticulture sectors. Read more

Record £2m rebate for Choice members

Choice Marketing announced at its annual conference that it is looking for new members as it revealed a record supplier rebate and its 'Suppliers of the year'. Read more

Kaemingk's Sander Tunissen and Julie Taylor with Michelle de Lavis-Trafford and Terry Maywood

Rosebourne secures permission for canopy at Weyhill

An Andover garden centre has secured planning permission to increase its undercover retail and catering facilities with the extension of an outdoor canopy. Read more

Leaf Creative Wins Business Award

Plant and garden design firm plus garden centre, Leaf Creative, has won a prestigious business award just weeks before celebrating its third birthday. Read more

Jamie Davies, assistant manager; Peter Dowle; Neil Evans, gen manager and Ian Bristow, Fin. adviser

Dobbies’ team members walk 100 miles for Teenage Cancer Trust

A number of team members from Dobbies Garden Centres walked 100 miles each in August to raise money for their National Charity Partner, Teenage Cancer Trust. Read more

Floral Thursday is back!

Time to dig out your boldest floral shirt, dainty flowery dress and everything in-between as Floral Thursday is back and ready to raise funds for the Greenfingers charity. Read more

Squire’s Garden Centres announce Charities of the Year

Squire’s Garden Centres has announced their ‘Charities of the Year’ for 2021-2022. The charities include Challengers, LinkAble, JAC, Shooting Star, White Lodge, Royal Surrey Charity and many others. Read more

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A new sustainable era for grassroots football

Sponsorship from local employer, Wildlife World, based in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, has helped Oxstalls United become the UK's first grassroots football team with shirts made from bamboo - a fast-growing, super sustainable material; significantly reducing the use of plastic. Read more

Darlac donates tools to a Summer Gardening Programme

Darlac, the cutting tools experts, have donated tools worth over £1,300 to the Chelsea Pensioners for their summer gardening programme, which encourages veterans at The Royal Hospital Chelsea to get outdoors and enjoy a spot of gardening during the summer months. Read more

GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund

As activity ramps up ahead of Glee 2021, GIMA is encouraging new business and innovators to consider entering the 2021 GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund, with this year’s winner being unveiled at Glee.    Read more

GIMA Award entrants raise over £2,000 for Greenfingers

The Greenfingers Charity is offering its endless gratitude to entrants of the 2021 GIMA Awards as over £2,000 has been raised following the auctioning of donated product post-judging day. Read more

WH Peacocks Auctioneer 2021

The Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World to close for good

The Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World, at Dobbies’ Lasswade HQ, is to close doors for good after nearly forty years, reports the Edinburgh Evening News.  Read more

The GIMA Judging is complete – find out who wins on Nov 11th

With almost 250 products entered, the judges had their work cut out for themselves, with winners having to wait a little longer to find out who has scooped this year’s highly contested awards. Read more

Covid Closes Glendoick for a few days

Glendoick Garden Centre has been forced to close for a few days due to a small COVID outbreak amongst staff. Read more

Green-tech helps grandmother achieve goal of growing 5000 trees

Landscape supplier Green-tech frequently donates products for worthy causes, so when Grandmother Janet WIlloner contacted the team to ask for their help with her ambitious plan, they were happy to provide compost, grit, and fertiliser. Read more

A day of activities as Green-tech supports World Mental health Day

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10th October every year. Green-tech has long since been committed to breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health and provides its staff with the tools and opportunity to talk confidentially to one of several trained mental health first aiders. Read more

Gardena proudly unveils new showroom in Milton Keynes

As one of Europe’s leading gardening brands, GARDENA is proud to strengthen it’s customer experience with a new showroom, based in Milton Keynes. Read more

RHS announces first Flourish Fund recipients

Community plots in Edinburgh, herbal tea gardens in London and a city farm in the heart of Bristol are some of the initiatives receiving a cash boost from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) as it unveils the first beneficiaries of its new Flourish Fund. Read more

Dobbies launches 2021 festive events programme

With colder months on the way, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, Dobbies Garden Centres, launches its events for the festive season, with booking open now. Read more

Astbury Collections signs exclusive distribution deal with French boot company Rouchette

French boot brand Rouchette is coming to the UK after signing an exclusive distribution deal with Astbury Collections – owners of Simply Hike and Evercreatures. Read more

Giant sunflowers bring cheer to children and charities

Squire’s Garden Centres gave away packs of sunflower seeds to children last April, and asked them to see how tall their sunflowers could grow. Read more

Winner Lily Brown with her 3.8m sunflower

Garden centres making news around the UK

Garden centres making news include an £1.8m development at Beckworth Emporium, concerns over a warehouse proposed by BGC and an interesting offer from Longacres on Twitter. Read more

disused Gilford Mill. Photo Albert Bridge - Geograph

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)

Teams invited to compete in a charity golf day

Perennial, the charity for people working in, or retired from, the horticulture industry, is delighted to announce details of a charity golf day, hosted by British Association Landscape Industries to raise money for those in the industry. Read more

Squire’s celebrates 85th Anniversary with stunning plant displays

Squire’s Garden Centres is celebrating their 85th Anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, their garden centres across Surrey, Sussex, Berkshire and Middlesex each designed an eye-catching display to celebrate this special anniversary. Read more

Squire's 85th Anniversary winning display - Squire's Crawley

Enter Perennial’s HortAid2021 Gardening competition

The deadline for entry is 31st July, 2021 and the best in show will win £1,000 in garden gift vouchers and the chance to meet one of the competition judges. Read more

Latest Garden Centre news from around the nation

News from around the country includes an invasion by travellers at The Arium,  closure of Sunnyside restaurant after Covid test, minigolf at Dobbies and expansion at Newbridge Nurseries. Read more

The Arium

Smart welcomes Early Birds to their 2022 Showrooms

Smart Garden Products have updated their showrooms at Peterborough and Abingdon showcasing their 2022 ranges.  They are launching a completely new category and brand. Read more

Best in Show at the New Plant Awards announced

Allium 'Lavender Bubbles' from Fairweather’s Nursery ' crowned Best in Show at the New Plant Awards, also winning Best in Category for Herbaceous Perennials. Read more

Allium Lavender Bubbles ( Fairweathers)

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