HTA eases its safe trading guidance for garden centres

In the hope of an early re-opening of garden centres, The HTA has eased its safety guidance, no longer advising a ban on non-garden related goods. However, cafes should remain closed. Read more

HTA seeks to resolve click & collect ‘Catch 22’

The HTA has asked Government to resolve the click & Collect ‘Catch 22’ where garden centres are allowed to provide the service, but people are not allowed to travel to collect non-essential items. Read more

MP’s write to minister to support growers - UPDATED

A group of MP’s have written to George Eustice calling for compensation for growers and for garden centres to re-open.  At PMQ’s the Foreign Secretary acknowledged this is an important area. Read more

The Gardens Group donates surplus stock to charities, hospitals and schools

The Gardens Group is putting excess stock to good use in support of key workers and everyone doing their bit to stay home throughout the lockdown, donating unsold plants to carers, hospital staff and teachers. Read more

Garden centre sales fall 31% in March

Figures just released by the GCA, show that garden centre sales fell 31% in March. Most centres closed from March 23rd or soon after due to the Coronavirus. Read more

haskins' Snowhill Garden Centre opened in March

DIY & Gardening forecast to be down more than -12%

BHETA has reduced its forecast for DIY and Garden sales in 2020 by -12.1%.  But, it says, the sector is better protected than some.  It projects 2020 sales will fall from £11.4bn to £10bn. Read more

The HTA sends vital survey to all UK growers

With no date set for the reopening of garden centres the best hope for the survival of growers’ businesses rests with the Government providing a compensation scheme. But it is asking for more data. Read more

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When garden centres resume trading...

When garden centres resume trading in the UK, how will they preserve social distancing? Gardenforum looks at what measures will need to be considered. Read more

HTA gains unprecedented access to Government

The HTA’s Growers in Crisis publicity campaign has been successful in persuading the Government that ornamental growers are a key industry.  If a compensation scheme is agreed, Growers must be ready. Read more

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Port costs threaten LOFA members with closure

Containers of garden furniture, delayed by the Coronavirus lockdown in China, are arriving in the UK as retailers are closed leaving LOFA members facing crippling demurrage and other costs. Read more

The AIPH joins the appeal for help from Governments

The AIPH says a significant proportion of ornamental horticultural producers are likely to go out of business during 2020. Some governments do not understand the specific threats facing them. Read more

HTA presents its case to save horticulture

“The horticultural sector could be wiped out by the UK Coronavirus shut down in just weeks” claims the HTA. The case has been highlighted by the BBC Today. Read more

Covid-19 update - GIMA Awards cancelled

The GIMA Awards are cancelled. The HTA gives members a subscription holiday. Cherry Lane Garden Centres extend opening hours. Read more

Covid-19 Wednesday update 2

Dobbies close all its stores, BALI advises landscapers to cease trading for 48 hours, and Perennial reminds the industry that it is the safety net for people in the industry needing help at this time. Read more

HTA writes to members as Coronavirus closes restaurants

As restaurants on garden centres are closed in the battle to contain Coronavirus, HTA chairman James Barnes writes to members promising HTA support and announcing a weekly survey on trading. Read more

HTA chairman, James Barnes

Covid-19 roundup 6th May

Garden centres should be prepared to open next week; Barclays back two leading independent garden centres; Juggling WFH, home schooling, child-care, basic husband training… Read more

Safe Trading rules for when garden centres re-open

The HTA has published a Safe Trading Guidance to be signed by all retail members, which limits the number of customers in store, defines the products that can be sold and outlines procedures to be followed. Read more

Can garden centres afford to re-open?

With the time approaching that garden centres are likely to be permitted, with restrictions, to open, some garden centres are asking if they can afford to open. Read more

Homebase begins to lift Covid-19 lockdown

On Saturday 25th April, Homebase says it will be trialling the opening of 20 stores, with strict controls in place to ensure shopping is safe for everyone. Read more

How long can Government continue to discriminate against garden centres?

Almost 150 B&Q stores have re-opened selling plants and gardening items. How long can Government continue to discriminate against garden centres, when 70% of the public say they would feel comfortable there? Read more

Scottish minister says garden centres and nurseries can sell via mail order

The Scottish Government has aligned its advice with the rest of the UK and encouraged garden centres, nurseries and plant growers to sell plants and garden accessories via mail order. Read more

Hopes fade of garden centres opening before the May bank holiday

Hopes for a resumption of trading by garden centres before the next bank holiday are withering. So, the HTA is asking growers for evidence to build the case for compensation from Government. Read more

Covid-19 update 16 April

Although Garden centre premises are closed, the switch to home delivery is leading to long delays and frustrated customers, but also to acts of generosity. Read more

Desch Plantpak has donated plastic to make visors for the NHS

Covid-19 update Tuesday 7th April

Current Coronavirus topics ask should garden centres be classified as essential retailers and are retailers paying their suppliers? Plus an update on the Furlough process and a petition. Read more

BHETA boss accuses major retailers of commercial bullying

BHETA has stepped in to defend DIY, housewares and garden suppliers as multiple retailers seek to extend trading terms by 90 days in these exceedingly challenging times. Read more

Covid-19 update Tuesday 31st March

Essential retailers remain open for garden products while Plants Galore hits out at unfair lockdown.  The HTA pleas for financial support for growers while vandals hit North Yorkshire nursery. Read more

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GCA releases February trading figures

Before the virus lockdown in March, it was the rain. February sales fell 8% in the month with substantial falls in plants and gardening revenue according to the GCA. Read more

A damp display at Forest Lodge

Covid-19 update Thursday 26th March

Squire’s Twickenham opens for pets, Home base and B&Q remain closed. AIPH says losses for Dutch growers could be 2bn Euros. Zest for Leisure closes temporarily. Read more

Squire’s Twickenham opens for pets

Garden centres take decision to close

Klondyke, Millbrook and number of leading garden centres have announced that they are closing, doing what’s best for staff and customers during the Coronavirus crisis. Others are set to follow. Read more

Business Rates - Garden Centres - Reliefs & Exemption

It has this evening been confirmed by the Minister for Housing, Communities & Local Government that Rates relief at 100% for the retail and leisure sectors will be applied to all Garden Centres. Read more

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