GCA calls for applications for GCA Trust Dick Allen Scholarship Award

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) are being urged to put forward their staff for the GCA Trust’s Dick Allen Scholarship Award Scheme. Read more - open to all

Will Blake and Laura Matheson, St Peters GC

Dobbies & British Garden Centres to headline GIMA Day Conference

The UK’s two largest garden centre chains will both be addressing GIMA members at the forthcoming Day Conference being held on 14th March at Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire.   Read more - open to all

Klondyke dominates the GCA awards

Bents became the best GCA destination garden centre, while Klondyke Morton is the garden centre of the year as the group dominates the awards for smaller sites.  Wyevale Nurseries is named best supplier. Read more - members only

Klondyke, Morton Hall, Garden centre of the Year

Predictions for 2023 from garden centre leaders

2022 turned out better than many garden centres feared, but the outlook for 2023 is uncertain.  “We can’t sit back and let the economy dictate the rate of growth,” said one garden leader. Read more - members only

The headlines that made 2022 unique - a round-up

2022 was dominated by the recovery from the distortions to trade caused by Covid. It was a year of acquisitions. There were some game changers and sadly we lost some leading characters. Read more - open to all

The YPHA - a game changer for young people in horticulture

Applications open for RHS work-based training

Applications for RHS work-based training positions are open, giving prospective horticulturists and those wanting to progress their career, training with leading experts and the opportunity to learn hands-on skills while getting paid. Read more - open to all

Extended support for garden Centres in Hunt’s autumn statement

The Autumn Statement by Jeremy Hunt aimed particular support at the much-beleaguered hospitality, leisure and retail sector, meaning that garden centres and farm shops will benefit from increased and extended relief. Read more - open to all

2021 turnover up +25% or more for most garden centres

The latest company results published on Gardenforum show how garden centres prospered during and after the 3rd Covid lockdown. Read more - members only

Sales increased by +43% at Pennells Holdings

Sales continued to fall in a momentous September

Last month Boris Johnson resigned on the 6th.  HM The Queen died 2 days later pitching the nation into mourning.  On 23rd the fatal mini budget was delivered.  No surprise therefore that Garden centre sales fell. Read more - members only

Conifers at Blue Diamond, Bicester

Furniture sales flourish in August

There was a late flush of garden furniture sales in the August heatwave, boosted by stock clearances.  Plant sales predictably withered.  For the year garden centre revenues are close to 2021. Read more - members only

Barnes writes to Truss and Sunak

HTA Chairman James Barnes has written to Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak as the final leadership candidates seeking to become Prime Minister. Read more - members only

HTA Chairman, James Barnes

Online gardening sales hit by cost of living concerns

The total online market was down -16.7% in the first 6 months, with categories such as gardening and homeware plummeting over -30%.  Cost of living concerns are changing consumer priorities. Read more - members only

Category performance year to date

Supplier concerns about overstocks as sales fall

Supplier concerns about overstocks is growing as the season tails off early.  But leading suppliers say they will deal with it and will not lose their long-term focus. Read more - members only

Additional storage at Woodlodge

HTA launches Grower support campaign at The National Plant Show

With the aim of supporting the technical training needs of their Grower membership, the HTA is launching an exciting series of training and networking programmes this month at The National Plant Show (NPS) 21st-22nd June.  Read more - open to all

Will 2022 be the new normal for garden centres?

Senior garden centre figures talk about the rest of the year, stock levels and discounting. Will 2022 be the new normal? Read more - members only

News from the aisles of the Garden Press Event

The 2023 Garden Press Event was filled with innovation driven by the quest for greater sustainability; and bloggers feeding the interest of younger plant lovers. Read more - members only

Andermatt's beneficial bugs and biodegradable netting

We are being misinformed about the economy

We are being misinformed about the economy, an independent expert tells the GCA.  We are going to have a recession but it will be mild.  It will not be a problem. Read more - members only

BPOA 2023 Technical Conference - In-person ticket sales end soon!

In-person ticket sales for the 2023 BPOA Technical Conference, taking place on Wednesday 1st February 2023 at the NFU Conference Centre, Stoneleigh, close on Wednesday 25th January – don’t leave it too late to book! Read more - open to all

GCA members reminded to book places for first face-to-face conference since 2020

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) is reminding its members to book their places at its first face-to-face conference since 2020, which takes place at the end of this month. Read more - open to all

Tammy Woodhouse, GCA Chairman

GCA members to compete for Worrall Cup

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) are being invited to put their marketing campaigns to the test as part of the organisation’s annual Worrall Cup competition. Read more - open to all

Squires Garden Centres - Worrall Cup winners 2020

Get ready for the most JUMPERFUL time of the Year 2022!

“Put your Christmas sweater on, it's got to be done” are the words of Christmas crooner, Michael Bublé, and who are we to disagree especially when it is for charity? Read more - open to all

Abigail Stocker and Botd Douglas-Davies with those sweaters

Fears of a poinsettia import ban subside

Reports earlier this week that the UK had put a total halt to poinsettia imports from Holland have been quashed by Defra. Read more - members only

Only a handful of tickets remain for Greenfingers dinner

Call for raffle and auction prizes as only a handful of tickets remain for the annual Greenfingers Charity Fundraising Dinner on the December 1st  Read more - open to all

Lords to debate jobs in Ornamental Horticulture

Lords to debate industry concerns that ornamental horticulture and landscaping are not being included within government definitions of ‘green jobs’ Read more - members only

Allensmore Nurseries

The future looks good for horticulture

Looking over the horizon, the HTA Conference hears that despite a gloomy economic outlook, the winds are set fair for our sector. Read more - members only

HTA Chairman, James Barnes

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

IGCA 2022 welcomes almost 200 delegates

IGCA 2022 welcomes almost 200 delegates. An unique chance to meet your collegues and get inspired! Read more - open to all

Online retail growth in freefall in May

UK online retail sales reported a -8.7% Year-on-Year decrease in May 2022, with home and garden one of the worst performers. Read more - members only

2022 sales are up 7% but only thanks to catering

For the first 4 months GCA garden centre revenues are +7% ahead of last year.  This includes the re-opened catering.  If catering is excluded, sales are down around -12% ytd. Read more - members only

Clothing sales are up 29% this year

Trading figures are down for March but up for the year

GCA figures show a fall in March sales, but comparisons can be misleading.  Garden Centres are in a good place says chief executive, Iain Wylie. Read more - members only

GC Customers queuing in the coffee bar

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