Cherry Lane Garden Centres going green

Discount retail group QD, which owns the and Cherry Lane Garden Centre brands, is going green with new 'Value Our Planet' initiatives to bolster its eco-credentials. Read more

Innovations at GPE show gardening is greener

The Garden Press Event showed how the need to reduce peat use, reduce chemical use, reduce plastic use and switch to electric is driving real innovation within gardening. Read more

Kress Mission robotic mower

Working together for better plant health

The AIPH is holding an online Plant Health Conference on 24 March 2021, ‘Working Together for Better Plant Health’. It will be free to attend for registered participants.

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Hedge your bets with ‘super plant’ to fight air pollution

Scientists report that the bushy, hairy-leafed Cotoneaster franchetii is the latest ‘super plant’ to help boost the environment and improve human health because of its special ability to fight pollution by trapping harmful airborne particles. Read more

More snow possible for all areas for most of February

January trading is substantially below last year due to Covid and the weather. The Met Office warns of a greater than normal threat of disruptive winter hazards for all areas during most of February. Read more

Horticulture industry comes together for a peat-free future

Unlocking the complexities of the peat debate by encouraging collaboration of the broad range of industry stakeholders to produce a roadmap the removal of peat from growing media.   Read more

Met Office snow warnings

The met office has warned of snow tonight and on Saturday in Scotland and the North and later, in central England. The wintry risk continues into next week. Read more

Government plans crackdown on sale of peat

The Sunday Telegraph reported that garden centres will be handed hefty fines for continuing to sell peat compost under new government plans for a crack down.

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Woodchip, an alternative to peat.

Peter Seabrook stands up for British growers

Following criticism of British growers by Monty Don, Peter Seabrook’s column in the Sun stands up for some of the most environmentally and sustainable nurseries in the world. Read more

Peter Seabrook

3 year extension for Glyphosate

It has been reported that the expiry date for Glyphosate will be extended until at least 15 December 2025 in Great Britain following Brexit. Read more

Homebase to roll out ‘The Green Aisle’

Homebase is rolling out ‘The Green Aisle’ across its stores and online, showing a range of the most environmentally friendly and energy-efficient products all in one place. Read more

The UK's first Plant Health Week

As part of International Year of Plant Health, Defra is hosting the UK’s first Plant Health Week.  It will run from 21– 27 September and will raise awareness of plant health threats. Read more

Further lockdown easing in England

From Saturday Coronavirus restrictions will be relaxed for activities such as bowling alleys, skating rinks and soft play centres.  But travellers returning from France and Holland must self-isolate. Read more

Gardeners called to help save water as temperatures set to soar

The RHS has joined Water UK to encourage gardeners to adopt a ‘water-wise’ approach to their gardens ahead of this week’s forecasted heatwave. Read more

New suppliers at the Garden Press Event

The quest to be environmentally responsible has brought new suppliers of compost and soil improvers to the Garden Press Event and a new approach for some existing suppliers. Read more

Ian Riggs and Balaji Manoharan

Lawn Association differs with Monty Don over the perfect lawn

Following Monty Don’s  article claiming that mowing grass is “about the most injurious thing you can do to wildlife”, The Lawn Association says, “yes you can have it both ways!” Read more

Monty Don

Provender Nurseries is certified Plant Healthy

Provender Nurseries are now certified ‘Plant Healthy’, one of the first group of ornamental suppliers to the horticultural industry to gain certification so far. Read more

LOFA signs up to Planet Mark

Sustainability is no longer a “nice to have”, it’s a business imperative and a critical global issue says LOFA.  So it has teamed up with Planet Mark to help members achieve environmental goals. Read more

NT plans Blossom Circles for urban centres

The National Trust has announced plans to plant blossoming tree circles in towns and cities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland over next five years. Read more

New plant import measures to prevent Xylella

The HTA complains of lack of consultation and confusion as Government introduces stricter measures to reduce the risk of importing Xylella fastidious into GB. Read more

Xylella on Prunus

GIMA launches the UK garden industry’s first ‘Plastic Packaging Pledge’

The pledge is in response to the global impact of plastic packaging usage and the potential environmental damage this packaging can cause as a result of incorrect use and careless disposal. Read more

BHETA acts to remove plastic products from packaging tax

BHETA is lobbying against last minute changes to draft Plastic Packaging Tax legislation that introduce consumer goods to the intended single use packaging. Read more

Late changes to Plastic Packaging Tax proposal

BHETA has raised strong objections to last minute additions to the draft Plastic Packaging tax legislation. Specifically, the extension to include consumer goods as well as packaging. Read more

Peat, better the devil you know? Or the one you don’t?

Dejex Supplies, a wholesaler to commercial horticulture explores the arguments for and against peat and its alternatives. Read more

Figure 1. Peatland distribution within Northern Europe (European Commission)

HTA launches Sustainability Roadmap 

HTA launches Sustainability Roadmap to guide UK horticulture towards leading edge of sustainable business practice. Read more

Peat content is now less than 50%

Following Monty Don’s criticism of garden centres and growers for selling peat, the HTA has written that a peat-free future needs a change in national policy. Read more

Proof that greening front gardens reduces stress

New scientific proof that greening front gardens reduces stress will change the way we design and build our living spaces, says the RHS. Read more

Ivy is the most effective plant cover for cooling buildings

A new study by The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and University of Reading has found that ivy is the most effective plant cover for cooling buildings and reducing humidity. Read more

Government refuses compensation for UK Growers

The Government has rejected calls by The HTA and NFU to pay financial compensation to UK Growers following the Covid-19 shutdown.   Read more

Tougher Xylella regulations come into force today

Tougher Xylella regulations have come into force, which are said to effectively ban the import of olives, lavender and rosemary. However, the HTA warns of more plant imports without Government aid for Coronavirus. Read more

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