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 - members only

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

Covid-19 Tuesday report

Here’s a summary of announcements made in the last 24 hours about the impact of Covid-19 on the garden sector. It includes progress from the HTA and BALI and the impact on French garden centres. Read more - open to all

GIMA Day Conference & AGM Postponed

In light of the current Coronavirus situation GIMA has decided to postpone the AGM & Day Conference that was due to take place this Thursday 19th March.   There is a plan to reschedule the event for later in the year Read more - members only

Two gardening apps are making news 

SmartPlant has added Dobbies to its growing list of partners, while the ambitious and well funded Candide exhibited at the Garden Press Event and has unveiled its plans for Chelsea. Read more - members only

Immigration proposals are a grave worry says leading grower

Growers say it is difficult to see how their business could continue under the proposed immigration changes. The HTA says it stands ready to support Government targets on tree planting, import substitution, biosecurity… but the Government needs to support the industry. Read more - members only

Mark Taylor in a tunnel at Allensmore

Scottish Government votes to keep UBR after joint letter from HTA

MSP’s have voted to keep the Uniform Business Rate in Scotland after lobbying from The HTA and other sector trade associations. Read more - members only

YPHA doubles membership in a week

The launch of the Young People in Horticulture Association has caught the imagination of the industry. New members are joining by the day and it has received ‘wonderful offers of help from all corners of the industry’. Read more - members only

Natalie Porter

Changes to Scottish business rates would be damaging says HTA

Later this month the Scottish Parliament is to vote on scrapping the Uniform Business Rate in Scotland, allowing local authorities to set their own rates. Read more - members only

James Barnes

Modest increases over Christmas

Sales over the Christmas period showed modest increases, but some Christmas categories and houseplants sold well. Some garden centres are +10% for the year. Read more - members only

Gifts and Christmas flourish in November

Figures just released by the GCA show sales grew 9% in November, with houseplants, clothing and Christmas growing fastest. Read more - members only

BHETA provides Challenge 25 collateral for bladed goods

BHETA is to provide officially sanctioned Challenge 25 artwork for suppliers, retailers and delivery companies involved in the supply of age-restricted bladed items such as kitchen knives and DIY and garden tools. Read more - members only

September sales fell 1% in GCA garden centres

September sales were 1% down on last year according to the latest figures published by the Garden Centre Association.   Read more - members only

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

HTA chairman, James Barnes

Covid-19 Wednesday update

This update is open to all readers. It includes news from Dobbies and Blue Diamond, with advice and opportunities for the current crisis. Read more - open to all

RHS cancels all upcoming shows and events

All RHS Shows, Garden events and school visits will be cancelled with immediate effect until 30 June 2020.  RHS Gardens remain open, with a number of increased precautionary measures in place. Read more - members only

HTA calls on Government to support nurseries

HTA’s director of policy, James Clark has welcomed parts of the budget but says support for nurseries is critical to deliver the Government’s ambition to plant 30,000 trees and create a greener Britain. Read more - members only

A solid start to 2020 for garden centres

Garden centre sales in January rose by +7.7%. Houseplants continue to be the star performer, the category is now bigger than seeds & bulbs for the month, according to the GCA. Read more - members only

Houseplants and Gifts at Haskins Snow Hill (Peter Dawson)

HTA welcomes a Defra Secretary of State who knows the industry

HTA sees the appointment of George Eustice as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as a positive move given his knowledge of this industry. Read more - members only

In 2016, Minister, George Eustice with Carol Paris and Peter Seabrook

Fears that Coronavirus will impact supplies from China

On Tuesday the Spring Fair seemed to be buzzing. But underneath there was uncertainty and concern about how the Coronavirus would impact imports of goods manufactured in China. Read more - members only

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Garden centre sales grew 4.5% in 2019

Christmas sales fell in December, but overall turnover was marginally up according to the GCA.  Annually sales grew by 4.5% with catering the fastest growing category. Read more - members only

Catering at Haskins Ferndown

Price rises likely after April’s rise in National Living Wage

Increased costs from the 6.2% increase in the National Living Wage will lead to price rises and put pressure on profits say garden centres. Read more - members only

Review of 2019

Here is a summary of the news stories published on Gardenforum during 2019:  Wyevale disintegration and the expansion of other groups, the environment, supplier consolidation and people in the news.  This review is open to all. Read more - open to all

Will the election result be good for business?

Following the Tory election win, ‘Brexit will get done’ and the pound is rising. Is this good for the Garden industry? Or could there be turbulent times ahead? Read more - members only

Did sales rise or fall in October?

Separate reports from the GCA and the HTA show contrasting outcomes for garden centre sales during October. The GCA reports a fall for a second consecutive month, while the HTA reports a rise. Read more - members only

Advice for Brexit, deal or no deal

Gardenforum looks at some of the resources available to help companies keep up to date with advice on Brexit and especially a no deal Brexit. Read more - members only

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