Wyevale announces plastic plant pot recycling initiative

Wyevale Garden Centres Ltd (“Wyevale”), the UK’s leading specialist garden centre retailer, has today announced “Plan Apple”, its action programme to address the key sustainable development challenges facing the gardening industry. Read more - members only

GardenAfrica seeks garden centres to co-host a weekend

GardenAfrica, a UK registered charity, is looking for garden centres to co-host an exciting weekend of events which will boost sales and fund horticultural projects in sub-Saharan Africa. See more... Read more - members only

Mystery shopper service to be extended

The HTA is extending its mystery shopper service so that it becomes a 12 month service, available to manufacturers as well as retailers. See more... Read more - members only

Gardenex & PetQuip ‘Meet the Buyer’ Event

The Gardenex & PetQuip export associations are organising another ‘Meet the Buyer’ event on 21 February 2008. British suppliers will be able to meet retailers from Italy, Finland, Germany and The Netherlands on a one-to-one basis. Read more - members only

Garden centres outpace DIY stores in difficult year

A fistful of reports from the HTA shows how garden centres prospered compared to DIY superstores in a challenging year; that only 9% of people recognise the environmental benefit of plants; and that orders through home delivery/mail order companies grew 22%. See more... Read more - members only

Cold start to February won’t last

After a chilly start, Wiseweather predicts that temperatures will be near average in February with the occasional snow flurry. For details see more… Read more - members only

Children and the Environment – the new RHS focus

The environment and children are to be the themes that unite all future activities by the Royal Horticultural Society and will feature heavily in the television programmes and articles on the 2008 RHS shows such as Chelsea, Hampton Court and Tatton Park. See more... Read more - members only

News Review 2007

Here is our review of the News in 2007.
This story is open to all our readers even if you are not a subscriber. See more... Read more - open to all

Winter is not over say forecasters

The latest forecast from Wiseweather predicts the early spring to continue through March, but watch out for a polar blast at the end of the month. See more... Read more - members only

Grand Designs Live extended to 9 days

GRAND Gardens occupies one of the 4 halls at the extended Grand Designs Live. The show is backed by Channel 4 and offers visitors the chance to buy, build and furnish a house and garden, all under one roof. See more... Read more - members only

HART members earn £640,000

A year after her management buyout of HART, backed by the Barwell, Jessica Adams is pleased with the progress that the buying group for smaller garden centres has made. See more... Read more - members only

Opportunity for ornamental growers in SE England

The HTA has raised funding for South East Producers to become involved in an ornamentals transport consolidation project. See more... Read more - members only

GRO tells GIMA that the show is on the road

Following the unveiling of GRO in December, doubts have started that the GCA’s proposed buying group might not get off the ground. Suppliers have not warmed to what they believe was an ill-prepared launch and it has not been clear how many Garden Centres have signed-up. Yesterday’s GIMA meeting provided the platform to clear the air. See more... Read more - members only

Slugs and Snails (but not quite puppy dogs tails)

Slugs and snails were the UK’s most troublesome garden pest of 2007, according to members of the Royal Horticultural Society. These slimy predators moved one place up on last year, just beating the recently established harlequin ladybird into second place. See more... Read more - members only

Export federation applies for exhibitor cash grants at Gafa and Gardex/Ifex

UK companies could benefit from cash grants to attend Spoga+Gafa in Cologne (31 August to 2 September 2008) and Gardex/Ifex in Tokyo (30 October to 1 November 2008). See more... Read more - members only

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