July 20, 2017

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Eco-friendly bird feeder introduced by Wildlife World -

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Unipet: new products for 2018 -

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Xylella fastidiosa – a threat to the UK horticulture industry -

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Double GIMA award winners Smart Garden Products eye further expansion -

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Turtle Mat to reveal new nylon collection at Glee -

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

RHS announces new Frances Lincoln stationery gift range -

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Robert Meaney appointed as Stewarts Abby Garden Centre’s catering manager -

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

HTA Board finalises structure review -

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

GIMA Awards 2017 – And the winners are…… -

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

GCA Wales and West regional award winners announced -

Monday, July 17, 2017

The power of social media in consumer spend -

Monday, July 17, 2017

Primary school engagement programme introduced at Wyevale Garden Centres -

Monday, July 17, 2017

Downtown Garden Centre introduces new dinosaur attraction -

Sunday, July 16, 2017

New garden centre in Oswestry receives the go-ahead -

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Early indications from RHS study find ‘organic’ slug pellets perform just as well as synthetic controls -

Friday, July 14, 2017

Makita introduce four new outdoor maintenance and grounds care machines -

Friday, July 14, 2017

Squire’s reveal new front garden display ideas -

Friday, July 14, 2017

Hum pots now available in 3 sizes -

Thursday, July 13, 2017

New Notcutts rose named ‘Anniversary Splendour’ -

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Debit cards are now number one payment method in UK, overtaking cash -

Thursday, July 13, 2017

  • eco-friendly

    Eco-friendly bird feeder introduced by Wildlife World

    European leading wildlife product and habitat designers, Wildlife World, has introduced an eco-friendly bird feeder, the Eco Beacon, to its growing range of products for small birds. Wildlife World has extensive knowledge of all species and their preferred nesting and feeding habits, and has applied this to the design and creation of all of its products. The new Eco Beacon bird feeder is another example of this. Made from recycled ‘second life’ plastic, the Eco Beacon is kind to the planet and is designed and manufactured in the UK. An Eco Scoop is also available as an optional extra. The…

  • unipet

    Unipet: new products for 2018

    Unipet International Ltd, Europe’s leading suet-based wild bird food manufacturer, have been busy creating new products this year to keep up with the demand of the ever-growing industry. The products were first introduced at PATS Sandown back in March, so are now really starting to show their popularity with distributors. New products include: Pre-Filled Suet Block Feeder Complete with a popular 300g insect-flavoured suet block, this attractive ‘house-shaped’ feeding solution is sure to complement any garden. Retailing at around £1.99, it’s an affordable option for all! Simply insert some string into the hole at the top of the feeder, hang…

  • Xylella

    Xylella fastidiosa – a threat to the UK horticulture industry

    Guidance on sourcing plant material For Retailers, landscapers, growers, designers and all dealing with plants in a professional capacity. What is the threat? Xylella fastidiosa is one of the most harmful bacterial plant diseases in the world. It can cause severe losses in a wide range of hosts and there would be a massive impact on the plant trade across all business sectors in the event of an outbreak in the UK. An outbreak of this disease, where several different plants are infected, will trigger immediate stock destruction within 100 metres and a movement ban of host plants within a…

  • Smart Garden Products

    Double GIMA award winners Smart Garden Products eye further expansion

    As a company that prides itself on delivering market leading customer service and best-selling products, there is no doubt that receiving industry accolades makes all the hard-work worthwhile. Just last week Smart Garden Products received two GIMA awards, including ‘Supplier of the Year’. Not wanting to rest on its laurels, it now plans to build on this success.  Building Sales Smart Garden is now just weeks away from opening its new operations base, suitably named “The Eureka Building”. Set to open in October this brand-new hub demonstrates Smart’s unswerving commitment to achieving industry-leading service levels and stock availability. With a…

  • turtle

    Turtle Mat to reveal new nylon collection at Glee

    Turtle Mat – makers of the original dirt trapping mat – has chosen Glee to unveil its brand new ‘Lume Collection’ of nylon, design-led, washable doormats. Returning to the show, for the first time in over 8 years, the Turtle Mat Company’s stand will feature products from its Scion, Royal Horticultural Society and Dee Hardwicke Collections, in the brand’s traditional high-quality cotton, alongside its new nylon range of contemporary botanicals and geometric designs. The new Lume Collection is aimed at those consumers who like to refresh their décor with the seasons. The mats are made of nylon which can hold…

Features

accessibility

Genevieve Morris: Improving accessibility in Garden Centres

Jun 18, 2017

Modern businesses need to be accessible, both to meet consumer need and to ensure they are compliant with legal requirements. Over and above that, an accessible business is one that is able to grow its audience and boost market share by appealing to the widest possible customer base. Garden centres are not traditionally the most accessible of spaces, from often rough terrain to buildings that have multiple upper floors. However, there are some very simple ways to change this and to make adjustments that will benefit the business as a result. Why is accessibility important? Since the London Paralympics in…

amazon

Edwin Meijer: Are you ready for the Amazonification?

Jun 9, 2017

Two weeks ago I was invited to participate in an expert group discussing the future of garden retail in the Netherlands and Belgium. Among the speakers was a very famous expert and he dropped the word “Amazonification”. I always like these words since you can explain them exactly the way it fits you. But as a garden centre, you already know how Amazon is having an impact on your day to day life. With a 16% market share in the UK, 1 out of 6 online purchases are made via Amazon. Here are 4 reasons to brace for the Amazonification…

customer

Easy ways to make your shop more appealing to the customer

May 11, 2017

Retail isn’t any easy business. It requires hard work and long hours. The work feels like it’s never done and don’t forget, the customer’s always right. Running a business has its ups and downs, but there are fun times too. It goes much smoother when there are processes and procedures in place. Learn easy ways to make your shop more appealing to the customer and watch it thrive. Stock the Right Items There’s nothing more frustrating than walking into a store and them not having the item you need. This is especially true if it’s something that’s in demand or…

Morphy

Morphy Richards: Cooking up a fresh source of margin

Apr 14, 2017

With continuing pressure on margins, enterprising retailers are always looking for potential new revenue streams. And here is one which is proving both popular and successful. It’s the food prep market – worth a healthy £190m+ at RSP – which has gone from strength to strength as cooking from scratch remains high on the agenda for foodies.  Driven by the huge wave of TV cookery programmes the category has enjoyed significant growth in the last few years with food processors, juicers and kitchen machines now being at the top of peoples’ shopping lists. Market research giant Mintel claim that 93%…

week

Terence Nicholson: Give your lawn some TLC this Gardening Week

Apr 7, 2017

It’s time to grab the tools from the shed and turn your garden into a spring haven: next week is National Gardening Week. This means people up and down the country will be spending time in their garden and giving it some TLC. This year, the focus of gardening week is about helping new gardeners. There are a number of activities and events throughout the UK and the aim is to get people outside and tending to their gardens. If your garden has been a bit neglected over the winter months, gardening week is the ideal time to spruce it…

mobile

Five top tips to make your garden centre mobile friendly

Feb 28, 2017

Last week Edwin Meijer, founder of Garden Connect, found a video on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aag1P4OwA3s), made in 1999, in which the interviewer is asking random people on the streets if they wanted to have a mobile phone. “I don’t see the point of it”, “Imagine people would call you while you’re on the bike” and “I have a wired one at home, so why would I need a mobile one?” were the answers. A lot has changed since then, hasn’t it? Since more people are using tablets and smartphones rather than desktop computers it’s important to assure your garden centre is…

curb

Stocking items that boost a home’s curb appeal

Feb 15, 2017

Garden Centre Retail magazine hears from Chris Hopkins, commercial director of Turnbull, for his expert opinion on what to stock within a garden centre. Before guests and potential buyers have even stepped foot in a home, their impression is being shaped by a property’s curb appeal. A home’s frontage has an immediate impact on people, so curb appeal cannot be understated — but improving it doesn’t necessarily mean expensive renovations. It means making sure a home’s outdoor area is up to scratch and well maintained, so it looks picturesque and accessible to guests and passers by. Some polishing and trimming…

impulse

How to maximise impulse sales

Feb 9, 2017

Garden centre retail asks The Display Centre’s Ali Newton about the importance of visual merchandising, and why garden centres should be on the lookout for impulse barriers on their shop floor. What is an impulse buy? “When a customer buys something that isn’t on their shopping list, something they didn’t plan to buy but saw and decided to get on the spot, that’s an impulse purchase” Ali clarifies. Impulse buys can account for a significant amount of turnover within any retail outlet, Ali continues, and should be maximised wherever possible: “There are three really key tactics for making an impulse…

News

eco-friendly

Eco-friendly bird feeder introduced by Wildlife World

European leading wildlife product and habitat designers, Wildlife World, has introduced an eco-friendly bird feeder, the Eco Beacon, to its growing range of products for small birds. Wildlife World has extensive knowledge of all species and their preferred nesting and feeding habits, and has applied this to the design and creation of all of its products. The new Eco Beacon bird feeder is another example of this. Made from recycled ‘second life’ plastic, the Eco Beacon is kind to the planet and is designed and manufactured in the UK. An Eco Scoop is also available as an optional extra. The…

unipet

Unipet: new products for 2018

Unipet International Ltd, Europe’s leading suet-based wild bird food manufacturer, have been busy creating new products this year to keep up with the demand of the ever-growing industry. The products were first introduced at PATS Sandown back in March, so are now really starting to show their popularity with distributors. New products include: Pre-Filled Suet Block Feeder Complete with a popular 300g insect-flavoured suet block, this attractive ‘house-shaped’ feeding solution is sure to complement any garden. Retailing at around £1.99, it’s an affordable option for all! Simply insert some string into the hole at the top of the feeder, hang…

Xylella

Xylella fastidiosa – a threat to the UK horticulture industry

Guidance on sourcing plant material For Retailers, landscapers, growers, designers and all dealing with plants in a professional capacity. What is the threat? Xylella fastidiosa is one of the most harmful bacterial plant diseases in the world. It can cause severe losses in a wide range of hosts and there would be a massive impact on the plant trade across all business sectors in the event of an outbreak in the UK. An outbreak of this disease, where several different plants are infected, will trigger immediate stock destruction within 100 metres and a movement ban of host plants within a…

Smart Garden Products

Double GIMA award winners Smart Garden Products eye further expansion

As a company that prides itself on delivering market leading customer service and best-selling products, there is no doubt that receiving industry accolades makes all the hard-work worthwhile. Just last week Smart Garden Products received two GIMA awards, including ‘Supplier of the Year’. Not wanting to rest on its laurels, it now plans to build on this success.  Building Sales Smart Garden is now just weeks away from opening its new operations base, suitably named “The Eureka Building”. Set to open in October this brand-new hub demonstrates Smart’s unswerving commitment to achieving industry-leading service levels and stock availability. With a…

turtle

Turtle Mat to reveal new nylon collection at Glee

Turtle Mat – makers of the original dirt trapping mat – has chosen Glee to unveil its brand new ‘Lume Collection’ of nylon, design-led, washable doormats. Returning to the show, for the first time in over 8 years, the Turtle Mat Company’s stand will feature products from its Scion, Royal Horticultural Society and Dee Hardwicke Collections, in the brand’s traditional high-quality cotton, alongside its new nylon range of contemporary botanicals and geometric designs. The new Lume Collection is aimed at those consumers who like to refresh their décor with the seasons. The mats are made of nylon which can hold…

Frances

RHS announces new Frances Lincoln stationery gift range

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced the launch of a new RHS stationery gift range from Frances Lincoln Publishers, part of the Quarto Group. Called the RHS Birds range, it consists of three products: a journal, a pocket notebook set and a writing set. The RHS Birds Journal is a lined journal with four colour inserts, an expanding internal storage pocket and an elastic enclosure. It will retail for £9.99. The RHS Birds Pocket Notebook Set comprises three pocket notebooks, one with lined paper, one with graph paper and one with plain pages. It will retail for £7.99. Retailing at £12.99, the…

catering

Robert Meaney appointed as Stewarts Abby Garden Centre’s catering manager

Stewarts Garden Centres, the family owned business that acquired the Abbey Garden Centre in Titchfield in December, has appointed Robert Meaney, from Gosport, as catering manager.  With decades of experience within Chef and catering operations for national companies, and more recently with Marwell Wildlife, Robert has started to meet with regular customers to gain information on what menu suggestions they will prefer. “The feedback shows great enthusiasm for more freshly made and prepared food from local producers and to move away from the centre’s tradition of microwaveable dishes,” said Robert.  “Stewarts other centres are highly popular and praised for their…

board

HTA Board finalises structure review

Following a review carried out over the last few months, the HTA Board has decided to appoint a chairman to assist the Board in co-ordinating the activities of the executives and their teams at Horticulture House. Adam Wigglesworth, president, said: “The Board of the HTA has decided that the interests of the Members are best served by appointing a professional chairman. He or she will be able to give the time and energy to ensuring that the strategic objectives of the Association are being achieved. In addition, the Board will be expecting the chair to represent the HTA at a…

GIMA

GIMA Awards 2017 – And the winners are……

The winners of the GIMA awards 2017 have been announced at Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales. The pinnacle of the garden retail industry’s calendar, the event has brought together manufacturers, retailers, members of the press and industry figures, to celebrate the 16 highly-deserving winners. This year Westland Horticulture is the proud winner of the GIMA Sword of Excellence, whilst Smart Garden Products has scooped the GCA Supplier of the Year, and Briers take home the Gardenex Export Achievement Award. Elho, Burgon & Ball, Hutton Garden and Landscaping Products, Hawkesmill Nurseries, Forest Garden, Horticulture Trade Association, Fallen Fruits, and Gardman…

wales

GCA Wales and West regional award winners announced

The old Railway Line Garden Centre scooped the most awards during the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Wales & West regional awards evening on Thursday, July 13 at Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre in Somerset. The Welsh garden centre took home seven awards including Garden Centre of the Year in the Garden Centre (GC) category while Bernaville Nurseries in Devon won the same accolade in the Destination Garden Centre (DGC) category. Iain Wylie, chief executive of the GCA, said: “The first of our regional awards meetings was a great success and we’d like to say a huge ‘congratulations’ to all…

social

The power of social media in consumer spend

OnBuy.com have analysed data to determine exactly which aspects of social media hold the biggest influence over consumers – with interesting results. Some of the findings include: • 91% of retail brands use at least two social channels to reach audiences • 78% of consumers are influenced by online social media; an increase of 10% • 45% claim it is reviews, comments and feedback from stranger’s that influences them the most • 56% of consumers who follow brands on social media do so to view products with the intention of buying There are 2.3billion active social media users. Facebook has 1.71billion users, with…

primary

Primary school engagement programme introduced at Wyevale Garden Centres

Pupils from three Primary Schools in Andover, Hampshire and Morpeth, Northumberland took trips to their local Wyevale Garden Centres last month in the pilot of a school’s engagement programme. The programme, which aims to engage and educate primary school children across Britain, supports Wyevale Garden Centres’ commitment to nurturing the next generation of young gardeners. The school trips, designed to inspire the growing minds of young gardeners, began with an exploration of the centres, where the group of seven to eleven year olds discovered different types of plants, trees, flowers and garden tools. Shown various vegetables, herbs and fruit by…

dinosaur

Downtown Garden Centre introduces new dinosaur attraction

A new attraction at Downtown Garden Centre is sure to be a hit with youngsters. The Gonerby Moor garden centre has on display a 4.5m long Schleich Tyrannosaurus Rex – the only one in the UK. Toys buyer Alan Swain said: “We’re always looking for ways to improve our stores and add a little something extra. When this opportunity came up we just couldn’t say no.” There’s also a variety of dinosaur-themed activities – visitors can win Schleich sets in the ‘Name our T-Rex’ competition, embark on a dinosaur hunt and take part in a ‘T Rex selfie’ competition. Article…

Oswestry

New garden centre in Oswestry receives the go-ahead

A new garden centre is to be built on the edge of Oswestry after planning inspectors allowed an appeal by the developer. Shropshire Council would not determine the application because of a holding objection from Highways England over the complex on land at Weston Road, next to the town’s bypass, but this week Government inspector Robert Parker granted permission. Local company Knotwood, from Coed y Go, says that up to 70 jobs could be created at the new garden centre. Mr Parker said that the main issue in the case was the effect of the proposed development on highway safety on the…

pellets

Early indications from RHS study find ‘organic’ slug pellets perform just as well as synthetic controls

Initial findings from the first year of a two year scientific study by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to identify more effective ways to control slugs and snails, has found that organic slug pellets performed almost as well as their market leading non-organic equivalent across a range of plants. Researchers also found that when used on hostas the organic pellets outperformed their rivals. The research, which is supported by BASF, the only UK manufacturer of nematodes (which biologically control slugs and snails), also found that mulch, which was one of the six control strategies being studied*, actually increased slug damage…

grounds

Makita introduce four new outdoor maintenance and grounds care machines

Four new machines have been introduced to Makita’s outstanding range of outdoor maintenance and grounds care equipment with the latest 4-stroke MM4 engine technology at the heart of two of them.  The power and performance of the Makita MM4 engine, which delivers more horsepower, torque and reliability is coupled with ultra-low running costs, low noise and low vibrations while reduced fuel consumption, together make a valuable contribution to Makita’s sustainability and environmental policies. 4-stroke MM4 back-pack blower, lighter with great performance 4-stroke MM4 line trimmer with spring-assisted recoil starter 4-stroke mulching lawn mower cuts close to walls with offset blade…

front

Squire’s reveal new front garden display ideas

The front garden can sometimes be a poor relation to the back garden, with less money and time spent on it. However a beautiful front garden can really welcome you home at the end of the day, and it can of course increase your house’s kerb appeal, and even its value. According to Phil Spencer (Zoopla May 2017), sprucing up the front of your house can add up to £5,000 to the value of your home. To show people what a difference a delightful front garden can make, Squire’s Garden Centres held a competition for each of their centres to…

sizes

Hum pots now available in 3 sizes

Responding to customer demand, British manufacturer Hum is launching its eye-catching patterned pots in three sizes. Previously only available in one size, Hum pots now come in Small, Medium and Large. These exciting new products will be on show at the Hum stand at Glee, Birmingham (stand 20M42) and at Spoga + Gafa in Cologne (hall 9.1) this year. They bring a splash of colour and style to any space, from patios and gardens to balconies and conservatories. And the new small pot, is 15cm making it ideal for windowsills too. Made in Britain, the plastic pots are fade-resistant and…

splendour

New Notcutts rose named ‘Anniversary Splendour’

‘Anniversary Splendour’ has been chosen as the winning name for a new rose, as part of a national competition run by Notcutts Garden Centres in celebration of their 120th anniversary this year. Christine Trickett from Pontefract in Yorkshire has been crowned joint-winner of the competition, alongside Julie Yeomans from Norfolk who suggested the same name. Both winners were amongst 4,000 people across the country inspired to enter the competition. Caroline Notcutt, vice-chairman at Notcutts Garden Centres, helped to select the winning name alongside the Notcutts Planteria team. Caroline commented: “Congratulations to Christine Trickett and Julie Yeomans for both suggesting such…

debit

Debit cards are now number one payment method in UK, overtaking cash

The British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) annual Payments Survey reveals that cards accounted for more than 50 per cent of all retail transactions by volume. For the first time the volume of retail purchases made by card now accounts for more than half of all customer transactions, according to the BRC’s latest annual Payments Survey, released today. This has partly been driven by UK customers increasingly using cards for lower value payments. Cards have become the dominant payment method as retailers’ investment in payment technology has facilitated greater customer choice over how they pay for their goods both in store and online….

enterprise

Bradford Garden Centre awarded small or Medium Enterprise of the Year

Directors and staff at a Bradford Garden Centre are celebrating after being crowned Small or Medium Enterprise of the Year at the seventh annual Bradford Means Business awards. Tong Garden Centre, who beat stiff competition from ECSC Group and Approach PR, was rewarded for its strong financial performance, positive impact on the community, good staff and customer care and potential for future success. Tong Garden Centre co-owner, Mark Farnsworth received the award at the ceremony at The Midpoint Suite, Thornbury and said: “You can only achieve what we have achieved with a great team effort and this award is the…

bonningtons

Bonningtons set to celebrate 50th Anniversary with Open Showroom Event

In 2017 Bonningtons, the Nottingham based importer and distributor of gardening, home and leisure goods, celebrates 50 years of trading, and is to mark this milestone with a spectacular Open Showroom Event running from 5 – 14 September 2017. With around 2,500 products warehoused in the UK, Bonningtons supplies a broad spectrum of businesses, from high street retail chains, garden centre groups and independent retailers, right through to cash and carry wholesalers, large internet retailers and trade professionals. In 2016 Bonningtons was named one of the UK’s fasting growing SME’s, and in 2017 was listed in the London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000…

science

SBM Life Science – A new time, new way

SBM Life Science, established in October 2016 following the sale of Bayer Garden and Bayer Advanced to SBM, is now fully operational throughout Europe and North America and is moving into the next phase of its business development, with its New Time, New Way strategy. This company strategy reflects the very different approach SBM will take in the market over the coming years.  It encompasses some of the significant changes and trends taking place in the garden care sector and aims to intimately connect with gardeners and their gardens, providing them with effective and trusted product solutions that are well…

beefayre

Dobbies to stock Beefayre

Beefayre, a leading UK manufacturer of quality homewares, scented candles, beauty and gifting products, is delighted to announce they have been selected as a key supplier by Dobbies. From Autumn 2017, two of Beefayre’s bestselling collections will be available to purchase from any one of Dobbie’s 34 stores across Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. The introduction of Beefayre products will coincide with Dobbies’ launch of its revamped stores, where lifestyle brands and quality British suppliers will take centre stage. Suzanne Chapman, head buyer at Dobbies said: “We’ve recently had a revamp of our product ranges, and have added some exciting new…

combisystem

GARDENA combisystem – giving gardeners the right tools all year around

The GARDENA combisystem has a successful history that spans more than 40 years and includes everything a passionate gardener needs, from cultivating soil in vegetable and flowerbeds to tidying garden paths or cleaning fallen leaves. The innovative Fruit Collector is the latest addition to the range. The GARDENA combisystem is a clever system that combines different handles with various tool attachments to ensure that all garden tasks are possible. The range includes the Spring-Wire Rake attachment, which is perfect for tackling mossy lawn areas thanks to it’s robost wire prongs, which allow fast and effective work. The combisystem Grubber is…

wine

Design Collections introduces new Hands Free wine glass holder

The Hands Free wine glass holder is a unique accessory for picnics, barbecues and outdoor concerts and ends the frustration of spilt drinks and juggling with wine glasses. The ‘Hands Free’ is easy to use wherever you are. Just pop it into the ground, flip over the top and slot in your wine or Champagne glass. It makes a fun and innovative gift sure to be enjoyed at any event, from a glass of wine in the garden or on the beach to a flute of Champagne at Henley, or Glyndebourne. Pack of 4 glass holders:- rrp £4.99 MOQ 48 sets of 4 Merchandiser with…

groves

Construction starting on new Groves Nurseries and Garden Centre restaurant

The necessary permits for Groves Nurseries and Garden Centre have been finalised for the realisation of a new restaurant, with Smiemans Projecten now beginning planning work preparation. The garden centre, located in the south of England, will be able to accommodate 310 guests with the new restaurant, with its HighLight arc greenhouse of 415 m2  divided into a conservatory and a restaurant. There is also a large terrace where 120 guests can be seated. Unlike the Netherlands and Germany, almost every garden centre in England has a restaurant or cafe for their customers. It gives the garden centre a different look and…

marie

Perrywood Garden Centre and Nurseries in Tiptree holds tea party for Marie Curie charity

Kind-hearted staff at Perrywood Garden Centre and Nurseries in Tiptree have held a Blooming Great Tea Party and raised £1,316 for the terminal illness charity Marie Curie. The Blooming Great Tea Party is Marie Curie’s summer fund-raiser and encourages everyone to get together and hold a tea party, bake sale or special tea break in aid of the cause. Perrywood has chosen Marie Curie as their charity of the year to help support the 67 nurses the charity has working across Essex. These Marie Curie nurses, known as the ‘angels without wings’ look after people that are dying in their…