October 1, 2016

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Smart Garden to buy Chapelwood Birdcare from Scotts -

Friday, September 30, 2016

Eco-friendly compost launched -

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Spooky Fun For Everyone at Squire’s Garden Centres -

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Compact storage to help defend your tools from thieves -

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Green is the new Black -

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Vision Commercial Kitchens have a successful Glee 2016 -

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What is on the agenda at the HTA Garden Futures Conference -

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Know Your Soil from Kent & Stowe excels at Glee 2016 -

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Borough Notcutts worker receives Garden Centre Ambassador of the Year award -

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Wildlife World wins Glee product award with new Simon King product -

Monday, September 26, 2016

Vitax preview new website and new lines at Glee 2016 -

Monday, September 26, 2016

Crooklands of Dalton set to reopen in October after revamp -

Monday, September 26, 2016

Glee delivers another vital showcase for the garden retail industry -

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Retail has more people in new jobs than are employed in all of aerospace -

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Hawkesmill heading to the South West Growers Show -

Friday, September 23, 2016

Wyevale Garden Centres experience sales rush as bulb season begins -

Friday, September 23, 2016

Bathgate Horticulture wins retail award at Four Oaks -

Friday, September 23, 2016

Container Centralen intends to introduce the new CC Solid -

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Conifer for every garden: National Conifer Week 2016 -

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Poinsettia promotion reaches over and above 380 million -

Thursday, September 22, 2016

  • smart

    Smart Garden to buy Chapelwood Birdcare from Scotts

    Rumours circulating at GLEE 2016 that Smart Garden were in the running to buy the Scotts Chapelwood business have been confirmed as the Companies today announced that they have agreed terms. The purchase price has not been disclosed. “We are delighted to have found, in Smart, an experienced buyer for this business” said Sheila Hill, UK General Manager of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. “We made a strategic decision to focus on our core business which is not Wild Bird Care and it was clear that we had to find the right company to take Chapelwood forward and provide continuity and…

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    Eco-friendly compost launched

    Garden waste collected from householders across North Yorkshire has been recycled into compost which is now on sale across the county. Yorwaste, along with its sister company SJB Recycling, recently launched the new compost, which is known as Yorganics. Yorganics is a 100% recycled, peat free, locally sourced and produced compost which is accredited to the British Standards Institution (BSI) PAS 100 Standard, which recognises the production of high quality compost. It is now on sale from a number of well-known stockists, including Sam Turners & Sons in Northallerton and Harpers in Harrogate, as well as from Yorwaste sites in…

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    Spooky Fun For Everyone at Squire’s Garden Centres

    There’s spooky fun for everyone at Squire’s Garden Centres this October. Children and adults can take part in some spine-tingling activities to get you in the mood for Halloween. Spooky “Create & Grow” Dates:       Monday 24th – Monday 31st October (daily) Times:       10am-4pm Locations:  All Squire’s Garden Centres (except Chertsey) Activities:   Paint a Pumpkin Tea Light Holder (£5.50) Create A Bat ‘Trick Or Treat’ Bucket (£3.50) Creepy Colouring Competition & Ghost Pursuit (FREE) Bring the children along to Squire’s this Half-Term (24th-31st October) and they can paint a terracotta pumpkin, complete with a battery operated LED tealight that can be…

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    Compact storage to help defend your tools from thieves

    Theft from gardens, sheds and allotments is unfortunately increasingly threatening gardeners. A survey by the NFU Mutual’s Agency network found that gardening equipment theft was one of the biggest growing trends with it ranking fourth in the most targeted items in its 2016 Rural Crime Report. The result of this is that gardeners, particularly allotment owners, are wary of leaving tools unattended, even if securely locked away, and are looking for ways to protect their equipment. WOLF-Garten tools has launched a new handle as part of its multi-change® range offering a potential solution to green-fingered thieves stealing tools from allotment…

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    Green is the new Black

    Wilkinson Sword has unveiled a brand new look for its iconic carbon steel range. The collection, previously available in black, has now turned green with an all-new look and finish. Durability is at the heart of the products design, to meet the strains of a busy gardener and to deliver the performance expected of Wilkinson Sword. All products feature the same quality carbon steel head as before, providing strength and performance for all tasks. A hard-wearing green epoxy resin coating adds durability and the heads on all the products are riveted securely in place with long sockets. They all feature…

Features

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We’re better together, aren’t we?

Aug 31, 2016

Garden Connect’s Edwin Meijer talks about the benefit of having an ePos system. Summer is almost over so traditionally the trade show season starts. We’ve got 7 in the next 5 weeks including Four Oaks next week and GLEE the week after. It could be a good time to have a chat with one of the ePos providers at the trade shows. Having an ePos system opens a wide range of opportunities for you – apart from all the boring benefits like VAT and proper accounting. HTA Garden Retail Monitor It’s a common thing in the Netherlands and coming to…

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Squires Badshot celebrate 80th anniversary with summer evening garden party

Aug 17, 2016

Event: Summer Evening Garden Party Location: Squire’s Garden Centre, Badshot Lea Road, Farnham, GU9 9JX Date: Thursday 18th August Time: 6pm-8pm Cost: FREE entry to the Summer Evening Garden Party BBQ: £10 for adults & £8 for children Gardening Workshop: £25 per adult Booking: Tickets are required for the BBQ and Gardening Workshop. Call 01252 333666 or visit the Info. Desk at Squire’s Badshot Lea   Squire’s Garden Centre in Badshot Lea in Farnham is holding a Summer Evening Garden Party on Thursday 18th August at 6pm-8pm, and all are welcome! This free event is to celebrate Squire’s 80th Anniversary….

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New cutting tools enliven the autumn trade

Aug 16, 2016

The trade and consumers enter this autumn gardening season well-equipped with the new generation of GARDENA Secateurs – a range of six new models. The new models convince with maximum application convenience, and always cut perfectly. Secateurs are part of the basic equipment for every gardener – they are used all year round and therefore have to cope in varying conditions. Gardening fans can continue to place their full confidence in GARDENA cutting competence. The range has been reorganised and optimised so that everyone can find the right secateurs for every application in the garden. The individual models have also been…

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Bradford garden centre marks British Food Fortnight with a summer food event

Aug 16, 2016

The best of Yorkshire produce will take centre stage as a Bradford garden centre prepares to host a tasting event to round off the summer. Tong Garden Centre will hold its first ‘Taste’ celebration of food and drink over the weekend of September 17 and 18 at its Tong Lane site. Organisers at the garden centre have planned the event to coincide with the start of British Food Fortnight, the annual, national celebration of British food and drink. Marketing manager at Tong Garden Centre Jo Dales said: “We’re really looking forward to hosting our first ‘Taste’ food and drink celebration…

GCR Feature: Enhance the customer journey to see loyalty bloom

Jul 26, 2016

Alison Brown, marketing manager at K3 CRM, looks at the ways garden centre retailers can integrate multiple data sets to better understand their customers and build loyalty Garden centres are finding themselves in a highly competitive market. While often this comes with an upturn in order books, many are looking at ways they can turn one-off purchases into repeat business. Many businesses in this space are familiar with the idea of using enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to collect transactional data and purchase histories. But how many businesses are supplementing this with information on their customers from a customer relationship…

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GCR Feature: Follow the money – diversify

Jul 23, 2016

Garden centre design and business consultant Paul Pleydell argues that to thrive going forward, garden centres may need to diversify further Whether you love it or hate it, the internet won’t go away – and more importantly, neither will online retailing. The upshot is that as competition grows, trading online won’t get any easier, and neither will running a garden centre. What’s the way forward? I’ve helped in the strategic development of numerous garden centres, and each time I follow a simple process. This involves ascertaining where the business is at the current time, where it needs to be, and…

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GCR Feature: People counter and measuring footfall

Jul 18, 2016

Garden centres can and should take advantage of new technology, and one way to do this is by tracking footfall in your centre using video and Wi-Fi. Garden Centre Retail spoke to British company FootfallCam to find out more FootfallCam’s third generation counters use Wi-Fi to measure more than just the number of feet passing through your entrance. With this system, it’s possible to measure store front conversion, dwell time spent in store, returning customers and cross-shopping in different branches. Installation is straightforward, requiring only a Cat5e cable chased from the router to the counter – an easy job for an IT…

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GCR Feature: A quick bite: food service equipment

Jul 4, 2016

Gary Thacker, director of national accounts at foodservice equipment manufacturer Fri-Jado, advises garden centre caterers on using front of house counters to target a more diverse range of customer  Long gone are the days when visitors to garden centres were content with a pot of tea and a sticky bun. Today, garden centre restaurants attract a broad range of customers from senior citizens and families with children to ‘ladies that lunch’ and workers grabbing a bite to eat. To meet the demands of such a diverse range of diners, garden centres need to offer a variety of menu options all…

News

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Smart Garden to buy Chapelwood Birdcare from Scotts

Rumours circulating at GLEE 2016 that Smart Garden were in the running to buy the Scotts Chapelwood business have been confirmed as the Companies today announced that they have agreed terms. The purchase price has not been disclosed. “We are delighted to have found, in Smart, an experienced buyer for this business” said Sheila Hill, UK General Manager of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. “We made a strategic decision to focus on our core business which is not Wild Bird Care and it was clear that we had to find the right company to take Chapelwood forward and provide continuity and…

launched

Eco-friendly compost launched

Garden waste collected from householders across North Yorkshire has been recycled into compost which is now on sale across the county. Yorwaste, along with its sister company SJB Recycling, recently launched the new compost, which is known as Yorganics. Yorganics is a 100% recycled, peat free, locally sourced and produced compost which is accredited to the British Standards Institution (BSI) PAS 100 Standard, which recognises the production of high quality compost. It is now on sale from a number of well-known stockists, including Sam Turners & Sons in Northallerton and Harpers in Harrogate, as well as from Yorwaste sites in…

tools

Compact storage to help defend your tools from thieves

Theft from gardens, sheds and allotments is unfortunately increasingly threatening gardeners. A survey by the NFU Mutual’s Agency network found that gardening equipment theft was one of the biggest growing trends with it ranking fourth in the most targeted items in its 2016 Rural Crime Report. The result of this is that gardeners, particularly allotment owners, are wary of leaving tools unattended, even if securely locked away, and are looking for ways to protect their equipment. WOLF-Garten tools has launched a new handle as part of its multi-change® range offering a potential solution to green-fingered thieves stealing tools from allotment…

black

Green is the new Black

Wilkinson Sword has unveiled a brand new look for its iconic carbon steel range. The collection, previously available in black, has now turned green with an all-new look and finish. Durability is at the heart of the products design, to meet the strains of a busy gardener and to deliver the performance expected of Wilkinson Sword. All products feature the same quality carbon steel head as before, providing strength and performance for all tasks. A hard-wearing green epoxy resin coating adds durability and the heads on all the products are riveted securely in place with long sockets. They all feature…

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Vision Commercial Kitchens have a successful Glee 2016

Glee 2016 was another successful year for Vision Commercial Kitchens as the stand attracted visitors from garden centres all over the country. Catering within this industry is increasingly important, with more and more garden centres wanting to provide or improve on catering facilities for their customers. Their experience in this industry and also at this event meant that some good discussions were had with visitors about what kind of project and equipment would suit their establishment specifically, allowing them to fully benefit from their offering. Rational made a great addition to the stand once again, with chefs Alan Evans and…

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What is on the agenda at the HTA Garden Futures Conference

Following the Brexit vote, those businesses that stay agile and ahead of the game are in a better place to succeed. With the theme of ‘Business Agility in a Disruptive World’ the HTA Garden Futures conference and dinner will examine some of the key business disruptors facing the garden industry that challenge agility. Sponsored by Hozelock and Scotts Miracle-Gro, the conference and dinner, which takes place on Wednesday 12 October at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire, provides the opportunity to hear from key business leaders and experts with impactful and thought-provoking business focussed content to inspire and energise. The conference programme…

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Know Your Soil from Kent & Stowe excels at Glee 2016

Knowing your soil is the first important step in gardening and finding the right tool for the job is essential. Kent & Stowe have designed and developed a range of ‘Know Your Soil’ tools for soil types which are compacted and considered harder to work. The new tools based on traditional designs were launched to wide acclaim at Glee 2016 Over 45% of the UK is made up of clay soils, with the majority of new build properties containing this hard soil. Clay soils are rich in fine clay particles called ‘heavy soils’ and although hard to manage are potentially…

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Borough Notcutts worker receives Garden Centre Ambassador of the Year award

A Notcutts worker from Solihull has been named Garden Centre Ambassador of the Year for his outstanding contribution to community gardening projects. Miles Butterworth, 42, has always had an interest in the outdoors and working with nature. But his passion for gardening blossomed when he dedicated hours of his spare time to working with young people on various garden projects. So far he has worked with individuals aged between 17 and 19 to transform a number of neglected care home gardens across the borough. In addition, he featured on BBC One’s The Instant Gardeners series where he completely turned a…