Horticulture veterans call for more open debate on peat

As Government consults on ending the retail sale of peat, some of ornamental horticulture's most experienced growers and journalists publish an open letter, highlighting the complex issues in the debate. Read more

New plastic tax from April 2022

BHETA explains the preparations required to comply with the 2022 Plastic Packaging Tax, which comes into force in April 2022. Read more

Squire’s launch ‘Sustainability Champions’ programme

Squire’s Garden Centres has launched their ‘Sustainability Champions’ programme. One or two team members from each of their 16 garden centres have volunteered to be ‘Sustainability Champion'. Read more

Sustainability Champions with Sarah Squire (front left) and Sustainability Man. Ross McEwan (back L)

Budget criticism from the HTA

The HTA says the Chancellor’s emphasis on ‘upskilling’ the workforce does not go far enough.  Urgent government action is needed to address the lack of colleges and seasonal labour rules. Read more

Forestry Commission act on new tree disease

Woodland managers, landowners, the forest industry and tree nurseries are being urged to remain vigilant after the Forestry Commission (FC) and Forest Research (FR) identified the tree pathogen Phytophthora pluvialis in a woodland in Cornwall. Read more

Phytopthora pluvialis lesions on a tree stem. Credit: Forest Research.

The biggest gardening army since “Dig for Victory."

Garden centres, suppliers, growers, and gardeners are being called on to play a part in supporting the RHS Planet Friendly Gardening Campaign. Read more

The RHS call on the public to go green this Halloween

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) are calling on members of the public to go green this Halloween by sharing the 8 spookiest houseplants that could be used instead of plastic decorations. Read more

DLF Seeds to invest £3.5m in new UK facilities

DLF Seeds, the worlds-leading grass seed breeder is to invest £3.5m in new state-of-the-art mixing and distribution facilities at its main seed processing site at Inkberrow in Worcestershire. Read more

Veolia innovation increases composting recovery

Following successful large-scale trials, Veolia has demonstrated a new way of treating the 25% of green waste that ends up being sent for disposal or re-composting. Read more

Seed shortage concerns reported by Wildflower Seed Company

Non-profit wildflower company, Seedball says increased demand and a poor harvest last autumn, has contributed to a nationwide shortage of wildflower seed. Read more

GIMA supporting members through forthcoming changes in packaging legislation

A recent survey of GIMA has members revealed the challenges faced by companies preparing for new packaging legislation over the next two years. Read more

Forestry Commission launches Tree Production Innovation Fund

A new £1 million fund to increase and diversify our domestic tree production has been announced by the Forestry Commission today (21 July), in partnership with Defra. Read more

Forestry Commission act on bark beetle tree pest findings in Kent

Woodland managers, land owners, the forest industry and tree nurseries are being urged to remain vigilant after two new breeding populations of the larger eight-toothed European spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus) were identified in two woodlands in Kent. Read more

Cherry Lane offers food bank collections in-store

Discount retail group QD has introduced food bank collection points in 24 of its stores including nine Cherry Lane Garden Centres. Read more

Dobbies and Evergreen trial compost bag recycling

Waste-aware gardeners will now be able to recycle compost packaging thanks to a trial scheme from Dobbies Garden Centres and Evergreen Garden Care. Read more

HTA ask the industry "Work with us to phase out peat use...."

Work with us to phase out peat use, protect the environment and safeguard the UK horticulture industry. Read more

Ban on peat? Give us time

The garden industry calls for time and an ordered approach to the eradication of peat from horticulture. Supplies, legislation and technology need to catch up. Read more

Westland director, Keith Nicholson, shows ericaceous peat-free compost trials

Solar is latest step in Bents’ six Green Footprints

A total of 1167 new panels have been fitted as the next step in Bents’ Garden & Home aims to be over 90% self-sufficient at all times in the coming years. Read more

BHETA webinar to update suppliers on plastic packaging tax implications

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is hosting a webinar for all UK housewares, DIY, garden and small electricals suppliers on the implications and preparations required ahead of the forthcoming plastic packaging tax legislation which comes into force in April 2022.  Read more

From compost bags to Plaswood® furniture

A trial scheme for the collection of used compost packaging will see the material turned into recycled plastic furniture from Plaswood®, a Berry Global product. Read more

Garden pest that spoils crops could be commonplace within a decade

An invasive stink bug that spoils fruit and vegetables and can overwinter in homes has been found at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey as part of a pheromone trapping project designed to monitor its spread. Read more

Growers will need help if Government trebles tree planting

Government has announced plans to treble tree planting rates in England by the end of this Parliament.  But the scheme will fail without help for UK growers says The HTA. Read more

Tough questions at Chelsea launch of RS Scheme

At the Chelsea launch of the Responsible Sourcing Scheme, Tom Heap challenges the industry solution to eliminating peat as greenwash and asks why not ban peat tomorrow. Read more

RSS logo with QR code

GCA winners for Midlands, Wales and the West

St Peter’s, Planters at Bretby, Monkton Elm and Old Railway Line are the first regional Garden Centres of the Year to be revealed by the GCA.  Read more

(L–R) David Coote and Neil Domoney from St Peters GC with Gordon Emslie.

Will SE Water companies ban Nurseries from watering during drought?

The HTA has responded to proposals by Six water companies in south east England to ban, during a drought, watering outdoor plants on commercial premises and watering newly bought plants. Read more

Government U-turn on scope of plastic packaging tax

HMRC has published draft secondary legislation clarifying the scope of the plastic tax.  Storage boxes for home use and reusable food and drinks containers will not now be included in these regulations, says BHETA.  Read more

Dobbies to create around 1000 jobs over the next five years

Dobbies tells Environment Minister Rebecca Pow that the business is set to create around 1000 jobs over the next five years as it signs up for ‘Plant for our Planet’. Read more

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow and Dobbies GEO Graeme Jenkins

Focus on reducing contamination in food and garden waste collections

The HTA has called for a greater focus on reducing contamination in food and garden waste collections to help the industry transition away from the use of peat. Read more

The HTA launches Inside Horticulture

The HTA has published the first edition of Inside Horticulture, a new quarterly magazine for business leaders throughout the horticulture sector. Read more

Growers cannot meet Government trees timeframe without support

The HTA calls on Government to support and engage with the industry so it can have the confidence to invest and meet the 2024 tree planting target. Read more

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