BALI powers through pandemic to support members

With the news that pandemic restrictions will continue a little longer, the British Association of Landscape Industries announces that it will continue to support the ornamental horticulture industry through unprecedented hardship. Read more

Announcing BALI Chalk Fund Champions

The British Association of Landscape Industries’ own charity, the BALI Chalk Fund, has launched Chalk Fund Champions to help combat the industry skills gap. Read more

Pro Landscaper launches Dream Garden

Eljays44’s Pro Landscaper magazine is venturing into the consumer sector with a new brand: Dream Garden. Read more

The Lawn Association- launched today!

The survival of the domestic lawn has never looked more threatened. The needs of that lawn have been conspicuously absent at the horticultural top-table – until now. The newly-launched Lawn Association intends to address this. Read more

Spate of thefts hits garden centres

Garden centres in West Yorkshire, the Midlands and Northumberland have been hit by a series of break ins, where goods are being stolen to order. Read more

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Gardenforum reviews a turbulent year for garden retail

Here’s your chance to catch up with some of the events in the retail garden sector that you may have missed. It was a turbulent year with the collapse of Gardman; around 60 garden centres changing hands or closing, Wyevale, Bunnings, Snow and drought. This is open to all. Read more

Gardman's fire started a turbulent year

2016 - a year of change

2016 saw second tier garden centre chains and independents invest as Wyevale consolidated. Homebase and Argos are sold. The HTA moved offices and moved to become the lead association for all gardening related businesses. Glyphosate, Xylella and the weather made frequent headlines. Scotts and Bayer looked for a way out of distributing consumer garden chemicals. Read our review – open to all. Read more

Bunnings buys Homebase

An outbreak of Xylella would mean a 5 year ban on plant movements

The HTA plant conference was told that many parts of the industry are ignorant of the threat from Xylella. An outbreak would mean a 5 year ban on the movement of plants for businesses within 10K. Read more

Infected olives in Italy

The UK is on high alert for Xylella

Xylella fastidiosa has the potential to have huge implications for the UK horticultural trade. Landscapers, designers, retailers and anyone directly importing plants are now subject to the same stringent measures as growers and suppliers. Read more

AMA identifies trends that will benefit sales of landscape materials

AMA Research suggests that sales of landscaping materials will grow more modestly after a volatile period but says trends like artificial grass will benefit the market. Read more

Review of 2014 in the Garden Industry

2014 has been dominated by the repositioning of the major gardening goods distributors following the demise of Solus.  The weather for once provided a good news story and towards the end of the year there was a flurry of activity from Wyevale as it picked up eight long established independent garden centres.  See the full review – which is open to all… Read more

'Future Health' Conference available On-Demand from SGD

A fascinating conference exploring ‘our future health’ is now available on-demand from the Society of Garden Designers. Read more

Image: Hepworth Wakefield  by Tom Stuart-Smith. Photo by Katy Merrington.

Entries open for the 45th BALI National Landscape Awards 2021

The British Association of Landscape Industries’ (BALI) prestigious National Landscape Awards return on Friday 3rd December 2021 and entries have now opened alongside several exciting new announcements for the 45th year. Read more

APL Awards 2021 – Join us online!

The annual APL Awards ceremony takes place on Friday 12 March and now is the time to register to to attend.   Read more

 James Alexander-Sinclair, renowned garden designer

Winner of 2020 Student Garden Design Competition

Now in its 9th year the collaboration Provender Nurseries and Capel Manor College announce the winner of the 2020 Student Garden Design Competition.
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Sarah Brown

Review of 2019

Here is a summary of the news stories published on Gardenforum during 2019:  Wyevale disintegration and the expansion of other groups, the environment, supplier consolidation and people in the news.  This review is open to all. Read more

BALI calls for dialogue to manage turf shortages

BALI calls for dialogue between turf suppliers and users to manage shortages.  The turf industry needs a warm, wet spring to recharge stocks. Read more

APL landscapers given exclusive access to John Lewis Home Solutions scheme

The HTA has announced a partnership with John Lewis that gives APL landscapers the exclusive right to design, build and maintain gardens for customers of the John Lewis Home Solutions scheme. Read more

Xylella found in Germany

The HTA and leading nurseries are to pilot a Plant Health Management System as the potentially devastating Xylella disease is found in Germany Read more

Xylella fastidiosa symptoms on Prunus

Government bureaucracy could lead to nurseries dumping trees says HTA

Growers are angry that their efforts to convince government to take a simple, common sense approach to tree planting grants are falling on deaf ears. Read more

Review of 2015 in the Garden Industry

2015 was an eventful year in the garden sector. Here is a round-up of some of the most important stories on Gardenforum throughout the year. This article is open to non-members. Read more

Bicester, one of the 8 garden centres bought by Black Rock for £112.5m

Good first half for Marshalls

Landscaping products specialists Marshalls saw its first half revenue grow 11 per cent. Read more

Barton Grange to sell three nurseries

Barton Grange group is to sell Garden Centre Plants and two nurseries belonging to Northern Liners. This will allow the group to concentrate on the garden centre at Brock and its substantial landscaping business. Read more

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