The GIMA Awards are to return in November

Having been cancelled in 2020 the GIMA Awards, the main industry social event of the year, is to celebrate its 40th anniversary on November 11th. Read more

GCA virtual area meetings hailed a success

The first regional meetings of 2021 for Garden Centre Association (GCA) members were held online and were hailed a great success by attendees recently (February 2021). Read more

Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA

Bad news as NI lockdown is extended

The Northern Ireland lockdown is extended until the 1st of April. This is very bad news for horticultural businesses, says the HTA, with Mother’s Day a write off. Read more

Richard Jackson, challenges Britain to get ready, steady, grow!

Richard Jackson, the QVC gardening guru, who also sells his own Flower Power product range, has created the Couch to Five a Day Challenge to encourage more people to grow their own. Read more

Richard Jackson

Garden centres should plan ahead as importers face perfect storm

Just when garden centres expect a buoyant spring from locked down gardeners, suppliers warn of shortages as imports are hampered by a perfect storm. Read more

Garden furniture prices will rise

Growers expect plant shortages this spring

Growers say garden centres are right to fear plant shortages this spring and explain what buyers should do to get the plants they want. Read more

Production at New Leaf Plants

GCA announces virtual regional meetings

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) will still be able to get together for their regional meetings in a virtual capacity this year (2021). Read more

Iain Wylie

Click and Collect OK in Scotland

The HTA confirms that garden centres in Scotland can continue operation of click and collect, and seeks a date for a review their closed status.

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Final call for scholarship applications

2020 was a challenging year for everyone, so 2021 is the perfect time to invest in personal development and look at developing skills for the future. Read more

What are the prospects for Spring 2021?

2020 turned out better for garden centres than many feared. What about Spring 2021 with lockdown #3 and supply problems through the ports? Read more

Haskins at Snowhill

Horticulture looks toward 2021 from a position of preparedness  

James Barnes recognises the remarkable efforts of Britain’s horticultural industries and commits to getting straight back to business in January as they face a new way of working. Read more

James Barnes

GCA GROW prepared garden centres for re-opening after lockdown

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) says its e-learning Garden Retail Online Workshops (GROW) modules on social distancing helped prepare member centres for re-opening after lockdown (2020). Read more

The Garden Centre Association

Where are garden centres open in the UK UPDATED

Following the latest strengthening of Coronavirus restrictions garden centres remain open, with limitations, everywhere but in Wales and Northern Ireland.  The DIY stores are open across the UK. Read more

Garden centres in Wales to close from Christmas - indefinitely

Unless the HTA is successful in appealing the Covid-19 classification for Welsh garden centres they look set to close indefinitely from end of trading on Christmas Eve. Read more

HTA update on inspection regime for imports

The HTA explains Defra’s most recent guidance documents that clarify the proposed inspection regime for importing plants after 1 January and what they mean for the industry. Read more

PetQuip Awards set to reward outstanding achievements during pandemic

The prestigious PetQuip Awards will take on even greater importance in 2021 when it recognises outstanding achievements within the pet industry during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more

Bitter disappointment at First Minister’s caution

Bitter disappointment follows the First Minister’s statement as Scottish garden centres remain unclear when they can re-open.  Director of Cardwell calls for return to essential status. Read more

Kieran Gallagher

FT highlights plight of UK growers post Brexit

The Financial Times interviews with Alex Newey and Adam Taylor warns that millions of daffodil blooms will go unharvested because of the lack of Eastern European seasonal workers.  Read more

Welsh growers and GC’s need a miracle

Welsh growers and garden retailers say they need a miracle if they are to weather a second Springtime lockdown says the HTA.   Read more

Risk to Scottish horticulture is growing

The risk to Scottish horticulture is growing as garden centres remain closed.  With Mother’s Day approaching, HTA calls for Scottish government to take action soon. Read more

Why can’t garden centres in NI buy plants & seeds from GB?

Why can’t Northern Ireland garden centres get deliveries of many plants and seeds from the rest of the United Kingdom following Brexit? Read more

Plants at Inver Garden Centre

GC sales fail to recover spring losses

Garden centre sales failed to recover the 8 lost spring weeks with catering revenues and plant sales hit worst according to the latest GCA Barometer of Trade. Read more

Despite monthly increases, plant sales never recovered early losses

Annual GC sales were down 10% says the HTA

The HTA is first out with statistics for 2020.  The Market update shows the impact of Covid-19.  Overall sales fell 10% but there was strong growth in Gardening. Read more

Customers stay at home

There’s little sign of the casual browser as customer numbers dry up in Lockdown #3. Garden centres say January will be quieter than normal but confidence remains for a buoyant spring. Read more

Spring displays at Stewarts,  Ready for shoppers

Begin a green career at an RHS Garden

With 2020 seeing a gardening boom and many forced to consider their career options, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is giving 40 green-fingered applicants the chance to train at one of the charity’s five gardens from 2021. Read more

English GC’s permitted to open during 3rd lockdown

After the PM announced a third Coronavirus lockdown in England, Government guidance confirms garden centres, suppliers of building products and off-licences can remain open. Read more

Gardenex launches new initiative following Brexit

Following the agreement reached by the UK and the EU, Gardenex and PetQuip have launched an initiative to help UK companies navigate their way around the new rules in 2021. Read more

Coronavirus closes Scottish, Welsh and NI garden centres from Boxing Day

The Scottish Government has today announced that homeware stores and garden centres will close in all the mainland from Boxing Day.  Garden centres in Wales and Northern Ireland will also be closed. Read more

Can NI Garden centres keep trading post Christmas? 

The HTA seeks clarity on opening of Northern Ireland garden centres following unclear minister’s statement on new lockdown starting on Boxing Day. Read more

GB growers lose out as EU Exit impacts NI marketplace 

Significant new rules and inspections on plants imported into the EU will leave British growers at a major competitive disadvantage when trading with customers in Northern Ireland. Read more

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