The surge in garden centre sales continues

The HTA Market Update report shows that garden centre sales were up +97% in March compared with March 2020 when there were 9 days fewer trading due to Covid-19 and +56% up on March 2019.   Read more

Fleuroselect kicks off promotion for 'Year of the Calendula & Courgette'

2021 is the Year of the Calendula and Courgette, an international marketing campaign organised by the Home Gardening business unit of Fleuroselect. This campaigns aims at boosting the sale of Calendula and Courgette seeds and plants to end consumers. Read more

Two of the 2021 campaign visuals

Dalverton Garden Centre to extend plant area

Dalverton Garden Centre on the Isle of Wight is set to increase its plant sales area by 20 per cent with support of Malcolm Scott Consultants. Read more

RHS to be peat-free by 2025

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has committed to being 100% peat-free by 2025 as it experiments with farmed sphagnum moss. Read more

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

Sales fell -46% in January says HTA

The HTA Market Update reveals that overall garden centre sales were down -46% from January 2020 levels. Seeds and BBQ's increased sales. Read more

GCA names two future Chairmen

GCA has published results of its virtual AGM.  Tammy Woodhouse is confirmed as the next chairman.  Klondyke’s David Yardley joins the executive committee for the first time. Read more

Tammy Woodhouse

BHETA acts to remove plastic products from packaging tax

BHETA is lobbying against last minute changes to draft Plastic Packaging Tax legislation that introduce consumer goods to the intended single use packaging. 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

LOFA warns that container issues at UK ports are escalating

LOFA warns that increased congestion at ports, especially Felixstowe, could impact the supplies of garden related products after Christmas. Read more

Latest Plant import / export guidance from Defra

With 50 days until the end of the transition period, the government is urging the horticulture industry to check online guidance around importing and exporting plants and plant products. Read more

Gardenex advice on our transition from the EU

Brexit -  What are the concerns if there is a free trade deal?... What are the concerns if we revert to World Trade rules?... The key messages for UK exporters are explained by Gardenex. Read more

Prepare for Brexit with the GIMA Transition Hub

GIMA has launched UK Brexit Transition Hub for members and non-members.  At the same time it has joined a CBI call for Government to reach a deal with the EU. Read more

Growers call for ballot on AHDB levy

107 horticulture growers have called for a ballot on the continuation of the statutory AHDB levy that funds R&D into crop protection, innovation and other research. Read more

Gardenex and PetQuip produce updated A-Z Guide to Exporting, exclusively for members

The Gardenex and PetQuip associations have published the latest edition of their invaluable A-Z Guide to Exporting, which is now available exclusively for members. Read more

Spring clean your finances take control with help from Perennial

Living with the pandemic has exacerbated the challenging financial position experienced by many working in horticulture. Perennial is addressing some of these money worries by encouraging everyone to check their financial wellbeing. Read more

Gardening sales flourished in February

February figures from the GCA show why garden suppliers are struggling to keep up with demand. Garden centre sales of furniture and barbecues were up 142%.  Read more

Watch Your Back! 21

Watch Your Back! returns with a NEW scheme designed to keep everyone in horticulture sun protected. Read more

Gilbert Evans clarifies business rates post Budget

Gilbert Evans seeks to resolve the confusion following the recent budget announcement regarding the extension of the Expanded Rates - Retail Discount scheme. Read more

Allen Evans

Consumers looking forward to eating out again

The HTA Market Update report for March shows national sales of garden/gardening categories were +69% up in February 2021 compared to the same month of last year. Read more

Exporting to the EU since the trade deal

Gardenex, PetQuip and the CHA will be hosting a special webinar, ‘Exporting to the EU since the trade deal – impacts and key issues’,  on Friday 5 March. Read more

Cardboard shortage could add to delivery delays

The boom in home deliveries, stock piling by suppliers and slower recycling from shops has made corrugated cardboard so sought-after it is now being called ‘beige gold’. Read more

Bonnett writes open letter to APHA/Defra

Gardening Express boss writes to APHA/Defra re the farce preventing him from sending plants to Northern Ireland and the potential plant health risks. Read more

Chris Bonnett

Joy of Plants links with WooCommerce

Joy of Plants has launched a plugin to make its library of plant photos and information available in the industry’s favourite webshop platform, WooCommerce. Read more

Kingfisher buys NeedHelp for UK roll-out

Kingfisher, parent company of B&Q and Screwfix, has bought NeedHelp, the French home improvement services marketplace, for roll out in the UK. Read more

Beyond Transition: the steps UK exporters should take now!

With the end of the Brexit Transition period looming, Gardenex will be hosting a special webinar to hear all the the steps that exporters need to take in preparation for 1 January 2021 and beyond. Read more

LOFA warns of disruption at UKs 3 main container ports

Congestion is causing severe disruptions at the UKs three main container ports, says LOFA.  The lack of availability of containers will lead to delays and price rises.  Read more

PR Week Award for the HTA for lockdown campaign

Everyone saw this campaign! The stark reality of wasted plants and flowers hit the front pages and appealed to our hearts and minds. Read more

James Clark

GCA cancels January conference

The GCA has cancelled its January 2021 conference due to COVID-19.  The restrictions, however, have led to new methods of working. Read more

Iain Wylie

Early opening of garden centres saved the industry

So said James Barnes as he announced HTA plans to double grower membership. New industry growth plans are to be developed with Government. Read more

Brett Avery

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