January 21, 2018


Garden centre in Devon wows customers with new cafe offering including ‘free from’ treats -

Friday, January 19, 2018

Catshill garden centre donates trees to Dudley Zoo -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Shoulder To Soldier makes plans at the Bents community allotment -

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Perrywood presents cheques totalling over £14,000 to chosen charities -

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

BBC comedian to compere GCA awards dinner -

Monday, January 15, 2018

Paradise Park Garden Centre supports town academy -

Thursday, January 11, 2018

New roads mean workers facing job losses at Willesborough Wyevale garden centre -

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bonningtons Announces New Website Launch -

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Squire’s in Long Ditton is Garden Centre of the Year -

Monday, January 8, 2018

Donkey Sanctuary thanks Dunbar Garden Centre visitors for their festive support -

Monday, January 8, 2018

Record breaking growth for Farplants’ Christmas offering -

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Notcutts celebrates successful 120th year -

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Tong Garden Centre launches staff reward and recognition scheme -

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Dogs met Santa at Squire’s -

Monday, December 18, 2017

Bunnings Warehouse opens its first store in South Yorkshire -

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Thieves steal thousands of pounds of stock from garden centre in Warmington -

Friday, December 15, 2017

Hawkesmill luanches new Geum For 2018 -

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Are millennials driving houseplant sales in garden centres? -

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Chris Pateman appointed as HTA Chair -

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Retail industry welcomes progress on Brexit talks -

Monday, December 11, 2017

New Xylella elearning module available from HTA


The HTA has launched an elearning module on Xylella fastidiosa providing plantarea and garden retail staff with the latest information about this plant disease that presents a huge threat to the industry. The module, which is available to all free of charge, is one of the actions to come from the emergency Xylella meeting held at the HTA offices at which garden retailers requested a resource which could be easily shared amongst staff in order to raise awareness about the plant disease. The 8-minute-long module can be accessed here: www.hta.org.uk/xylella Whilst aimed at plant area and garden retail staff the…

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Tesselaar: So, which new plants really stand out?


Amongst the many new plant novelties we see on the circuit, often some of them are not that great, just new, and some can be almost identical to what is currently on the market. Consumer-Lead If we are to expand the plant and garden market, we must be quite selective when introducing new products and understanding that ultimately its the consumer that keeps us in business. We would not produce a new car that is poor on fuel consumption, only has a reverse gear, and runs on square tyres.  Just how many plants have been introduced as novelties without full…

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Excitement builds as AQUA 2017 gets set to open


Final preparations are being made as the AQUA 2017 trade exhibition gets set to open its doors at Telford International Centre at 9.00am on Wednesday, October 18. With a record numbers of exhibitors and the biggest ever showcase of new products, there will be lots to keep visitors busy during this eagerly awaited aquatics and water gardening trade event. The excitement has been building for months with over 100 companies planning their new launches around AQUA 2017. Now the wait is almost over for both exhibitors and visitors, and the two-day show can soon begin, and with so many exciting plans,…

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Twice the Glee: Show to open concession show at Spring Fair 2018


Glee, the UK’s leading annual exhibition for the garden retail industry, will become a biannual event with the opening of a Glee concession show at Spring Fair 2018 (February, NEC Birmingham) – complementing Glee’s main exhibition at the NEC each September. Glee at Spring Fair will give retailers the opportunity to see new and best-selling ranges ahead of the spring season. A second addition at this time of year will give retailers an additional destination to refresh their ranges for key retail spikes.  Glee in February will also provide garden buyers with the latest concepts and trends for 2018, helping…

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Squire’s in Shepperton unveils new Café Bar


Squire’s Garden Centre in Shepperton has opened a stunning new Café Bar. It has stylish new decor and there are now distinct seating areas to choose from, including the main Café Bar, a sophisticated afternoon tea area with piano, a coffee lounge with relaxing sofas, plus a special family-friendly area. There’s also a delicious new menu and a new style of service – where you order at the till then take an electronic tracker to your table, enabling customers to relax and enjoy speedy waiter service. Sarah Squire, deputy chairman at Squire’s said: “We are absolutely thrilled to open our…

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KPMG Retail Sales Monitor: September sees growth of retail essentials


In September, UK retail sales increased by 1.9% on a like-for-like basis from September 2016, when they had increased 0.4% from the preceding year. On a total basis, sales rose 2.3% in September, against a growth of 1.3% in September 2016. This is above the 3-month and 12-month averages of 2.1% and 1.7% respectively. Over the three months to September 2017, In-store sales of Non-Food items declined 1.5% on a Total basis and 2.0% on a Like-for-like basis. Over the three months to September, Food sales increased 2.5% on a like-for-like basis and 3.5% on a total basis. This remains…

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‘Candy coloured’ Zinnia wins RHS People’s Choice Award


A Zinnia with petals that transition from deep purple to pale pink and white has seen off competition from more than 100 other plants to be voted best new variety for 2017. Candy coloured ‘Zany Rose Picotee’ won the RHS People’s Choice Awards as red and pink floral displays dominate this year’s list. The public were invited to vote for their favourite new variety – newly bred variations of a plant – from 108 trialled at RHS Garden Wisley’s five acre trials site this year. The runners up were Celosia argentea var. cristata ‘Dragon’s Breath’ and Ipomoea ‘Party Dress’. Visitors…

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Garden centre in Northern Ireland set to create 100 jobs with £5m investment


A Co Antrim garden centre says it will create up to 100 new jobs as part of a £5m investment. Colemans Garden Centre in Templepatrick has unveiled plans for a £5m investment to renovate and extend its facilities over the coming months, with an official opening in autumn. Phase one renovations of the garden centre, set up in 1965, will feature an 18,000 sq ft building consisting of a garden centre and restaurant. The first stage of the project will officially open later in the year, following the demolition of the current shop. And the new restaurant and shop will be a licensed 200-seat establishment, which…

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Shops lose £800m a year due to shoplifting


• The Metropolitan Police recorded the highest number of shoplifting offences at an astounding 47,580 • West Midlands Police had the second highest number of shoplifting incidences at 19,741 • City of London Police had the lowest number of shoplifting offences with 729 cases reported • Britain’s shops suffer a loss of £800 million per year due to shoplifting Shoplifting is one of the most common crimes committed by opportunist thieves. It’s a crime that can be very profitable for offenders but significantly costly for shops. This is signified by retail security firm Checkpoints Systems finding that Britain’s shops collectively lose £800m per year…

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BRC: Brexit uncertainty fuels workforce shortages with consumers paying the price


Without swift action to provide certainty for people from EU working in the UK and a new immigration system fit for the future, consumers could pay the price, according to a new report The People Roadmap published today by the British Retail Consortium (BRC). 170,000 people from the EU work directly in retail, which accounts for 6% of the industry’s UK workforce. In some regions of the country and different parts of the industry this is much higher – over a quarter in warehousing and distribution, for example. The latest report in the BRC’s A Fair Brexit for Consumers series, illustrates how the lack…

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