Final call for horticulture scholarship applications

With just three weeks left to apply for a scholarship, the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) is urging students to take advantage of available horticulture funding.  Read more - open to all

Garden centres hold on to post-Covid gains in November

The GCA Barometer of Trade indicates how garden centres have continued to thrive with a big increase in gifts sales (+19%) in November.  But growth is not even.   Read more - members only

Success for HTA lobbying

Partial success for HTA lobbying…  in 2022 Government will allow ornamental and tree growers to join food growers importing seasonal workers.  But there's to be no overall increase in the number allowed in. Read more - members only

GCA reveals top 10 Christmas displays in the UK

Past winners Barton Grange Garden Centre in Preston and Castle Gardens at Sherborne, Dorset top the GCA list of the best garden centre Christmas displays. Read more - open to all

Castle Gardens

Garden centres stay on their growth path in October

BOT figures from the GCA show garden centres have sustained their Covid boost.  Revenues were around +30% up on pre-pandemic levels in October. Read more - members only

HTA reports falling consumer confidence

This months HTA Market Update says 2m new lockdown gardeners have been retained but consumers will be more reluctant to spend in the months leading up to Christmas. Read more - members only

Latest garden centre results show impact of 1st lockdown

Pecent results on Gardenforum show how companies fared over the first lockdown inc: Smart Garden Products, You Garden, The Barton Grange Group, Woodlodge Products, Otter Nurseries, Woodthorpe Hall and Spear & Jackson. Read more - open to all

Call to back Hyde Hall growing trials

UK growers and retailers are being asked to join Peter Seabrook and become involved in the UK Floral Fantasia growing trials at RHS Hyde Hall. Read more - open to all

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 - open to all

It’s a sell out for the 40th annual GIMA Awards

The hotly anticipated GIMA Awards are set to be a huge celebratory event, especially as it is now officially sold out! Manufacturers and suppliers from across the garden retail sector have been quick to snap up their place at the 40th-anniversary event. Read more - open to all

GIMA Sword Of Excellence - Primeur Ltd

Blue Diamond does not share suppliers’ optimism over 2022

Alan Roper says that expecting 2022 to be better than the current year is to be too optimistic.  And Christmas supplies? “It’s going to be a nail biter.” Read more - members only

Alan Roper, Managing Director of Blue Diamond Garden Centres

North West to welcome GCA members for 2022 conference

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has announced that the location of its 2022 annual conference is to be Blackburn in Lancashire. Read more - members only

Tammy Woodhouse, GCA Chairman Elect for 2021-2022

GCA winners from North and South of the Thames

Haskins at Snowhill and Squire’s Hersham are the top garden centres in the GCA South Thames area, while Perrywood, Tiptree and Thurrock win North of the Thames. Read more - members only

Staff from Thurrock Garden Centre and (right) GCA Inspector Andy Campbell

Impact of Brexit sees plant export almost 40% less

Increased costs and restrictions on the UK horticulture industry to export to the EU have seen a marked drop in the value of trade in the first six months of the year, demonstrating a missed opportunity for the sector to grow its contribution to UK ‘green trade’.  Read more - open to all

TOKYO 2020: Experts reveal the meaning behind the victory bouquets 

At the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics medalists are awarded with a victory bouquet and Interflora reveal the deeper meaning behind the chosen flowers. Read more - open to all

Strong Christmas sales for Garden Centres

The HTA reports  sales figures in the last four weeks leading up to Christmas Eve up on 2020 by between 10% and 20%. Read more - members only

The Blue Diamond Scholarship

As one of the leading garden retailers in the UK, Blue Diamond is keen to help horticultural students.  Up to £2,500 funding is available. Read more - open to all

Blue Diamond at Bicester Avenue

Sales of Christmas products fall in November

The HTA Market Update reports a fall of Christmas sales in November compared to 2020, although they remain ahead of 2019. Read more - open to all

Over £3m donated by the NGS in a year of continuing crisis 

Despite the restrictions through the early months of 2021, severely curtailing garden opening activities, the National Garden Scheme has made donations of over £3m to charities.  Read more - members only

Defra's weekly state of the labour market survey

NFU members can help ensure that Defra has regular information on labour shortages across all faming sectors by completing a new weekly survey on staff absences and labour supply in key sectors of the UK economy. Read more - open to all

The 40th GIMA Award winners are…

The best 2021 gardening product is Elho’s Green Basics Veggie Wall. Meadow View Stone is Supplier of the Year. Other multiple winners were Wildlife World and Richard Jackson. Read more - members only

Elho accepting the Sword of Honour for best product

Budget criticism from the HTA

The HTA says the Chancellor’s emphasis on ‘upskilling’ the workforce does not go far enough.  Urgent government action is needed to address the lack of colleges and seasonal labour rules. Read more - members only

BHETA advises members re bladed items legislation

BHETA is updating members on the implications of the latest information from Government on the timing and scope of the proposed Offensive Weapons Act (OWA). The proposed legislation affects the sale of bladed items in the housewares, DIY and garden sectors. Read more - members only

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 - members only

Home improvement remains key consumer driver says BHETA

All statistics suggest that the UK consumer focus on DIY, grow your own, garden leisure, etc remains strong beyond lockdown.  Read more - open to all

Record year continues for garden centres

Gardening sales fell in August but garden centre revenues continued to grow as restaurant sales recovered, according to August figures from the GCA. Read more - members only

Online garden sales buck the trend

Online retail sales fell by -9.3% Year-on-Year in August but gardening bucked the trend according to the latest IMRG Capgemini Online Retail Index. Read more - members only

Winter illuminations at the RHS Gardens

Tickets for Glow at the RHS Gardens are on sale now as the world’s leading gardening charity prepares to light up all five of its gardens this winter. Read more - open to all

The HTA market update shows consumers remain cautious

The HTA market update covering July shows garden centre sales remain significantly ahead of pre-pandemic levels and that consumers remain cautious. Read more - members only

Garden Centres seek additional warehousing to protect supplies

An increasing number of garden centres are seeking warehouse space to take stock control into their own hands following recent supply chain availability issues, says Malcolm Scott. Read more - members only

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