Hosepipe ban for London and the Thames Valley

Thames Water which serves 15 million people across London and the Thames Valley is the latest to warn of an intended hosepipe ban. Read more - members only

Wood volumes overtake peat in retail compost

The HTA reveals a dramatic drop in the amount of peat used in compost as the industry awaits delayed Government legislation. Read more - members only

Allensmore production in earlier years

Meta’s award-winning Chelsea Flower Show Garden opens to the public

Meta and the National Forest have teamed up to re-home Joe Perkin’s gold medal-winning garden from this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show: The Meta Garden: Growing the Future. The garden will be revealed today at Conkers Discovery Centre, at the heart of the National Forest in Leicestershire. Read more - open to all

GCA members to discuss sustainability

Garden Centre Association (GCA) members will have the opportunity to discuss their centre’s approach to sustainability with other members and experts from the industry during a webinar taking place this month (July 2022). Read more - open to all

What will our industry look like in 2030?

The HTA Conference 2022, in September, is an important opportunity for business leaders to step back from their day to day challenges and peer over the horizon.  “What should we do today …?” Read more - members only

New ornamental grower awards announced

New Ornamental Grower of the Year Awards will recognise and celebrate best practices in sustainable ornamental production.  Winners will get automatic entry to IGOTY. Read more - members only

elho celebrates becoming the first European company to be certified by TÜV

Sustainable plant pot manufacturer, elho, has become the first in Europe to be certified by TÜV , a technical inspection association that ensures products are safe and comply with regional, national and international regulations. Read more - open to all

Vibia Campana vertical forest

RHS scientists record first rockrose prickly leaf beetle in the UK

The discovery of the rockrose prickly leaf beetle (Dicladispa testacea) is the first time the species has been recorded in Britain. It was identified from adult beetles on its name-sake plant - the rockrose (Cistus) - in a garden in Surrey. Read more - open to all

Rockrose prickly leaf beetles (Dicladispa testacea)

Fiskars creates bee-friendly garden to mark World Bee Day 2022

Fiskars, one of the UK’s leading gardening tool suppliers, has teamed up with several green fingered influencers to support the vital bee population as part of its Urban Gardening project. Read more - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - members only

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 - members only

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 - open to all

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 - members only

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 - open to all

Hosepipe ban for the Southeast is announced

As a second hosepipe ban has been announced starting on August 12 at South East Water.  It encourages garden centres to set an example and use watering cans where possible. Read more - members only

First hosepipe ban announced

Southern Water has introduced a Temporary Use Ban from 5 August 2022 in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight.  Will other regions follow? Read more - members only

Guernsey bans retail sale of Glyphosate

From 31 October 2022 retailers on Guernsey will no longer be able to sell products containing glyphosate for use in the garden or as an amateur product. Read more - members only

How to identify ‘things that go buzz’

As summer arrives, and ‘sting season’ sets in, experts at a national trade body are urging gardeners to learn more about ‘things that go buzz’. Read more - open to all

Asian hornet

How our gardens can help the climate emergency

Gardens and landscapes which support and encourage nature can offer one of the best defences against climate change, and with nearly 23 million domestic gardens in the UK, we really can make a difference to the planet’s future if we work together to harness their full potential.
Read more - open to all

Garden by Lorenzo Soprani Volpini MSGD.

We are now Carbon Neutral – Forest Garden

Worcestershire-based Forest Garden has become carbon neutral.  It has ensured that everything from sourcing to sawing, manufacturing to haulage is now carbon neutral. Read more - open to all

Major new exhibit has been installed in the Eden Project

New Costa Rica Eco Lodge exhibit and exclusive event share world-leading regeneration message. Read more - open to all

Dobbies expands compost bag recycling scheme across UK 

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has expanded its compost bag recycling scheme following a successful trial across 10 of its stores. Read more - open to all

New pilot to strengthen UK biosecurity

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

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - members only

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 - members only

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 - members only

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 - open to all

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