GCA Sustainability Webinar

In a popular and well attended webinar on June 26th, on one of the hottest days of the year so far, 37 GCA members and Associate members heard how to tackle issues surrounding sustainable practices in their businesses. Read more - members only

New actions to protect against bark beetle tree pest

Woodland managers, landowners and the forestry industry are encouraged to remain vigilant as the Forestry Commission announces an expansion of the current Ips typographus (eight-toothed spruce bark beetle) demarcated area following findings of the tree pest on Norway spruce in East Anglia. Read more - open to all

Sustainability award for Southern Trident

Southern Trident celebrates success at North Lincolnshire Business Awards 2024 as the winner of 'The HETA Green Sustainability Award'. Read more - open to all

Squire’s achieves peat-free milestone in bagged compost

Squire’s Garden Centres has confirmed that it no longer sells any bagged compost containing peat. Although the ban is not yet in force, this announcement by Squire’s sees the business meet this commitment well ahead of the proposed deadline.

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Squire’s has been working with its supplier partners to eliminate peat content from bagged compost

Artificial grass increases flood risks

A fifth (21%) of UK homeowners have already replaced or plan to switch their natural lawn with artificial grass, according to research by leading insurer, Aviva. Read more - members only

April 30th is border day

April 30th is the day when plant import inspections move from their inland destination to the point where they enter the UK, causing potential delays and increased costs. Read more - members only

Low risk of hosepipe bans!

Government launches fund to support farmers manage water.  After the wettest 18 months since records began there is a low-risk of hosepipe bans in England this summer.  Read more - members only

Plant Heritage seeks donations for vital plant conservation work

Between 18th – 25th April, leading horticultural conservation charity Plant Heritage is calling for members of the public to support their ongoing plant conservation work as part of the Big Give’s Green Match Fund campaign, which this year is focused on environmental issues and solutions. Read more - open to all

National Plant Collection Holders David Simpson (of sweet peas) and Sarah Cook (Cedric Morris irises

How being more environmentally sound grew Christmas sales

GIMA hears how the drive by the Gardens Group for Christmas displays that are more environmentally sound than anyone else's has lifted sales and won awards. Read more - members only

RHS disease ranking highlights top 10 gardening problems in 2023

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has published its annual disease ranking, revealing the top ten problems for gardeners in 2023. Read more - members only

Apple scab

Nurseries call for a peat-free logo

British growers: Bransford, New Leaf and Frank P Matthews, guided garden centres around their production facilities and discussed the peat-free future. Read more - members only

Bransford Garden Plants

Chat from aisles of the Garden Press Event

300 members of the garden media visited around 100 exhibitors at a buzzing Garden Press Event. Best new product was a Dipping Tank. Blue Diamond won the Best Stand award. Read the chat. Read more - members only

The Dipping Tank

Greenwood Plants named ‘International Grower of the Year’

Greenwood Plants won three awards, including overall ‘International Grower of the Year’ at the annual AIPH awards, held at IPM Essen, Germany on 24th January. Read more - members only

Melanie Asker with Jaap Huisman of Greenwood Holland and Commercial Director Alastair Fairbairn

2024 will be a further record-breaking temperature year

The Met Office outlook for global temperature suggests 2024 will be a further record-breaking year, expected to exceed 2023, which is itself almost certain to be the warmest year on record. Read more - members only

Evergreen’s last bag of compost with peat

A major milestone for Miracle-Gro and Evergreen Garden Care as the very last bag of peat compost came off our manufacturing line. Read more - open to all

GCA recommends Flybox

The Garden Centre Association is highlighting Flybox as a very interesting new way of dealing with waste food.  Read more - members only

Oak processionary moth – warning issued

The public are today (Wednesday 29th May) being urged to be vigilant for any sightings of oak processionary moth caterpillars. Read more - members only

Storing pesticides and weedkillers is now a major compliance headache

Most published material relating to pesticides, both scientific and in the media, focuses on negative attributes. A paper on the subject revealed a ratio of 40 negative articles for each one that took a more positive view.

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Keith Gallacher is Director of Complete Weed Control Scotland

GCA partners in national net zero business census

The GCA joins leading business associations in a national research initiative to benchmark the private sector’s contribution to the UK’s net zero targets. Read more - members only

Michael Gove meets Evergreen Garden Care

Michael Gove, Member of Parliament for Surrey Heath, visited Evergreen Garden Care in his constituency prior to the Horticultural Peat Private Members Bill discussion in the House of Commons later this month. Read more - members only

Michael Gove with Colin Stephens

Giant Hogweed goes on the march in Scotland

Scotland is facing a significant threat from Giant Hogweed, an invasive and dangerous plant that has emerged early due to mild and wet weather conditions. Read more - open to all

 Giant Hogweed near Musselburgh

The Yellow-Legged Asian Hornet: why the concern?

A destructive, and potentially dangerous, invasive insect has made its way to the UK. Read on to find out how to spot it, how you can help stop it…and how to keep yourself safe this spring and summer.

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The Yellow-Legged Asian Hornet

Ban peat?  It’s already happening says HTA

Theresa Villiers has introduced a 10 minute rule bill to ban sale of bagged peat.  But HTA says it’s already happening, so MP’s should focus on supporting growers to transition to peat-free growing. Read more - members only

Fran Barnes

Johnsons Seeds support Bumblebees

Johnsons have donated over £3,900 to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust this season, through sales of their Mixed Bumblebee Friendly Flowers seed packets. Read more - open to all

Johnsons Mixed Bumblebee Friendly Flowers seed packets

HTA urges PM to intervene urgently before BTOM changes

The HTA has written to PM Rishi Sunak, warning of the risks to Environmental Horticulture from changes in the Border Target Operating Model that are due on 30th April. Read more - members only

YPHA unveils Launch Success at the Eden Project

Ambassador, Boyd Douglas-Davies, called on more employers to support YPHA members as they visited the Eden Project where the Launch Success development programme was unveiled. Read more - open to all

Chairman of Lawn Association Calls for Ban on Lawn Chemicals

David Hedges-Gower, an expert in sustainable lawn care, has made a passionate appeal for a nationwide ban on all pesticides used in lawn maintenance. Read more - members only

David Hedges-Gower

2023 news roundup

We highlight the main events of 2023 including the collapse of Wilko, juggling of the trade shows calendar and the deaths of some notable pioneers in the industry. Read more - open to all

YPHA hold meeting at Coolings as tribute for their mentor Paul Cooling

The Rainbow Terra - wins ‘Sustainable Product of the Year.’

On Wednesday 21st November, Rainbow Professional attended the 2023 Pro Landscaper Sustainability & Biodiversity Awards where they were delighted and proud to win the “Sustainable Product of the Year” award. Read more - open to all

Greenwood Plants reaches 100% peat-free target

Greenwood Plants is growing 100% peat-free across all six of its nursery sites in the UK, reaching its end of 2023 target ahead of schedule. Read more - members only

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