Huge benefits from small changes to SWP scheme

The HTA has called for an extension to the Seasonal Workers Pilot Scheme (SWP) to include plant and tree growers to support the industry in the short term. Read more

Haskins promotes long-standing staff member to Operations Director

Ben Harrison has been promoted to Operations Director of Haskins Garden Centres after 12 years with the family business. Read more

Diverted Christmas containers highlight a perfect storm

As The Times reports massive container ships carrying Christmas stock being diverted to Rotterdam, garden suppliers fear massive inflation and continuing delays next year. Read more

Red Shepherdess to judge Britain’s best Christmas tree

Red Shepherdess Hannah Jackson will be the celebrity judge of this year’s competition to find the best Christmas tree in Britain, with the winner providing the tree for No10 Downing Street. Read more

The Red Shepherdess's Christmas tree last year

BALI asks members to pledge mental health support

The British Association of Landscape Industries is launching a mental health initiative, focusing on the often-overlooked importance of mental health support in the landscaping and horticulture sectors. Read more

A day of activities as Green-tech supports World Mental health Day

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10th October every year. Green-tech has long since been committed to breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health and provides its staff with the tools and opportunity to talk confidentially to one of several trained mental health first aiders. Read more

EU proposals fail to address NI plant barriers

The HTA says recent proposals from the EU to do not appear to resolve the issues faced by NI growers and retailers sourcing plant stock from GB.   Read more

The Newt in Somerset to sponsor RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Th RHS has announced that The Newt in Somerset will be the new headline sponsor of the Chelsea Flower Show and the Charity Gala Preview for the next four years. 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

Green-tech helps grandmother achieve goal of growing 5000 trees

Landscape supplier Green-tech frequently donates products for worthy causes, so when Grandmother Janet WIlloner contacted the team to ask for their help with her ambitious plan, they were happy to provide compost, grit, and fertiliser. Read more

Notcutts resume redevelopment programme after 2020/21 pause

Sales down and profits up during the pandemic, reports Notcutts as it resumes garden centre improvements including a multi £m redevelopment at Oxford. Read more

Caroline Notcutt, Nick Burrows, Bridget McIntyre

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

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