RHS gardening classes return for 2022 with new focus on sustainability

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has today made more than 100 gardening courses and workshops available to book for 2022, with more than 300 to be available in total over the course of the next year. Read more - open to all

A festive Christmas at Hillier

Hillier have announced its line-up of festive events and launches taking place across the 18 garden centres throughout the Christmas 2021 period. Read more - open to all

AMES UK recognised for support of their workforce

AMES UK have invested in a generous employee rewards programme, upgraded tools and equipment and created a strong leadership team. They have transformed internal communications and delivered a measured culture transformation. Read more - open to all

AMES UK team celebrate at Tate Modern on Thursday 4 November

Dobbies spreads festive joy this Christmas

In the festive spirit of giving, Dobbies has launched a new campaign to share some joy in the run up to Christmas. Not Your Average Community will see three local groups from across the UK win £1,000 to spend on trees, lights and decorations to brighten up their local area for Christmas. Read more - open to all

Illumination Street 2021

British Garden Centres group takes exclusive sponsorship of the national Christmas campaign, Illumination Street for a second year. The campaign motivates the nation to brighten up their front gardens with the spirit of Christmas. Read more - open to all

Best Children's Display Joint 1st Place JC - Chewton Common Playgroup

New look Café Bar and Food Hall to open at Squire’s Wokingham

Squire’s Garden Centre on Heathlands Road in Wokingham is to open a stunning new look Café Bar and enhanced Food Hall containing a butcher and a bakery in November. Read more - open to all

Artists impression of the new Cafe Bar

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - members only

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 - members only

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 - open to all

Garden centres making the news around the UK

Local news from around the UK includes proposed new garden centres and others moving, expanding or to be sold at auction. Read more - members only

The Heart of the Shires Shopping Village

Green-tech becomes Platinum Perennial Partner for second year running

Green-tech has confirmed that it will continue its ongoing support to the charity and has agreed to become a Platinum level partner for a second year running. Read more - open to all

Fair Gardens Plant Centre in Lincolnshire has been sold

Alexander Mackie Associates Ltd (AMA) announce the sale of Fair Gardens Plant Centre in Lincolnshire. Read more - open to all

Fair Gardens Plant Centre

Spring Fair hosts a Halloween tea for Retail Trust residents

As part of its ongoing partnership with the Retail Trust, the Spring Fair team hosted a Halloween themed afternoon tea on Thursday 28th October for 60 residents at the Retail Trust’s supported living estate in North London. Read more - open to all

Marldon Christmas Tree Farm crowned Christmas Tree Grower of the year

Marldon Christmas Tree Farm in Devon has been crowned Champion Christmas Tree Grower of the Year. They will be providing the Christmas tree for Downing Street this Christmas. Read more - members only

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - members only

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

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

WOKINGHAM - Just Around The Corner

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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