New pilot to strengthen UK biosecurity

From June 2022, applicants to government tree planting grants must source saplings from approved suppliers. Read more

RHS trials could help shape the future of horticulture

Trials of new national collections at Wisley: Eucryphia, Albizia julibrissin (Persian silk tree) and Lagerstroemia (crape myrtle) could help shape horticulture’s response to climate change. Read more

Eucryphia lucida 'Pink Cloud' cc Christopher Whitehouse

“A tree for every employee”

The management and staff of Taylors Bulbs took time out from their daily work to plant 150 trees on their site in Holbeach. Read more

HTA names first Sustainability Champions

The first HTA Sustainability Reference Sites have been named as Hillier Nurseries, The Barton Grange Group, The Gardens Group and New Wood Trees.  Read more

George Hillier

Government asks to understand the problems of going peat-free

A defra minister is calling for evidence as it considers potential exemptions for sectors for which the transition to peat-free is particularly difficult.  Add your views… Read more

Two schemes to cut consumer demand for peat

Two nationwide schemes to reduce consumers’ demand for peat are being launched as part of HTA and GCA plans to phase out sales of peat. Read more

Spring flowers appear a month early

According to the New Scientist, UK spring flowers are opening nearly a month earlier than they did before the mid-1980s, due to climate change. Read more

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

Tubex sets flat-rate pricing for tree shelter collection and recycling

Tree shelter specialist Tubex has created the UK’s first flat-rate service for its successful Collection and Recycling Programme for plastic tree shelters. By reducing costs and improving accessibility for end users, Tubex believes it will drive further take-up to the scheme. Read more

spoga+gafa adds a ? to Sustainable

Sustainable? Is the questioning theme for spoga+gafa 2022 as it returns after an absence of 2 years in June. Read more

Dobbies partners with Elho to recycle plastic pots

Sustainable plant pot designer, elho, has partnered with Dobbies to provide plastic plant pot recycling bins across its 69 centres nationwide. Read more

Webinar to answer questions on a peat ban

The HTA and NFU have organised two special online events next Friday 4th March focusing on the government’s proposed ban on peat. Read more

New packaging regulations will cost brand owners £millions

Reforms to packaging regulations proposed by Government for 2023, currently out for consultation, will cost brand owners £millions. Read more

The Design Museum Shop launches student designed product Grow Wild

The Design Museum is delighted to launch Grow Wild, the winning entry for Design Ventura 2020 from Heckmondwike Grammar School’s team of Year 8 students. Read more

RHS and HTA tell Defra, help us to help you

Eustice targets 2024 for peat sales ban and hears that without helping ornamental horticulture, government cannot achieve its goals for urban renewal and a sustainable future. 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

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