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

STV distributes Self Set – exclusive


Retail pest control specialist, STV, has struck an exclusive deal to distribute Self Set metal mouse and rat traps worldwide. The agreement between STV and Sunbury Manufacturing Company Ltd (SMC), makers of the Self Set range since 1947, confirms their position as the preferred supplier of rodent control products in the UK. “We are delighted to welcome Self Set Mouse and Rat Traps into the award-winning STV range,” said STV managing director, Edwin Allingham. “The products will certainly complement our existing rodent control range and the agreement will ensure that we provide our customers in the UK and around the…

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Millbrook launches its new rewards programme


THE MILLBROOK Garden Company Limited has this month launched its new rewards programme. The company, which has garden centres in Gravesend, Kent and Crowborough, East Sussex, has unveiled its loyalty programme called the ‘Millbrook Family’. Tammy Woodhouse, Managing Director of The Millbrook Garden Company, said: “The Millbrook Family is free to join and has been designed to treat people with personalised benefits and exclusive discounts at the garden centres and its cafés, and also at other favourite places in the Crowborough and Gravesend areas. “Once you’re a member of our extended family, we’ll be in touch regularly by email to…

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New Chair at the Growing Media Association

Growing Media Association

The recent Growing Media Association (GMA) annual general meeting saw Jamie Robinson of Westland elected as its new Chair and Charles Farmer of Bord na Mona as Vice Chairman for the next two years. Jamie, who takes over from James Hayes of Bulrush Horticulture Ltd comments “I am looking forward to the new challenge, at a time when there is a clear direction from government and the industry on the sustainable use of peat and ensuring the quality of growing media going forward, as peat usage is further reduced.” Everris was welcomed as a new member of the GMA at…

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Sales up a fifth at Studley Garden Centre as big investment pays off

Studley Garden Centre

Hillview Group’s Studley Garden Centre is showing a period of growth since it was relaunched under the new ownership 18 months ago. Hillview Garden Centres chief executive Boyd Douglas-Davies said: “Our sales have risen around 20 per cent year-on-year across the past six months, and we have added eight new staff to our team. With more retailers here we hope that as many as 20 additional jobs will be created.” Studley Garden Centre, in Worcestershire, previously known as the Hillier Garden Centre and a horticultural site for over 30 years, was relaunched in September 2011 and benefited from a big…

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HTA welcomes the launch of the Horticulture Innovation Partnership

Horticulture Innovation Partnership

The HTA welcomes the development of the Horticulture Innovation Partnership (HIP), a new collaborative industry group, launched yesterday in London by the Government Chief Scientific Advisor, Sir John Beddington. Bringing together key representatives from across the horticulture and potato research and knowledge community, as well as the commercial supply chain, the HIP was established following a series of round table discussions on the future of UK horticulture. These discussions identified the need for a collaborative network to provide the conduit needed by industry to address technological and commercial barriers preventing business development and to facilitate collaboration. HTA Director of Business…

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Hillier Celebrates Job-Creating Refurbishment

Hillier Garden Centre is celebrating the results of its refurbishment programme, which has contributed to improved sustainability and increased employment in Horsham. TV actor Richard Hawley, who stars in the new BBC drama Mayday, Hillier Garden Centre Manager Terry Clarke and Managing Director Andy McIndoe began a weekend celebration event (March 1-3) by presenting a cheque for £35,202 to the Alzheimer’s Society: their chosen charity for 2012. The celebrations continued with children’s entertainment and special offers on Saturday March 2 and Sunday March 3. Chairman Robert Hillier OBE said: “What better way to celebrate our new developments than mark the…

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Scotts Miracle-Gro blazes a trail

As part of Scotts Miracle-Gro’s community outreach activities, they support charities that use gardening and horticulture as a great source of help and therapy. The latest charity project is Trailblazers. Trailblazers is a national charity that reduces re-offending among young people through providing volunteer mentors. A pilot has been launched at HMP/YOI Littlehey in Cambridgeshire to work with 60 young people to design and build a therapeutic garden. If this pilot is successful, similar projects will be launched in other youth offenders’ institutes across the UK. Even in its early stages, the project has had some great success: 100% of…

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Fiskars Hedge Shears best by miles


Two and a half miles to be precise. In a recent product test by The Daily Telegraph, the Fiskars PowerGear Hedge trimmers and the Fiskars Quantum Hedge shears were put through their paces by Damian Mitchell, gardener in charge, and his team of skilled gardeners at Lytes Cary Manor – a National Trust property with over 2.5 miles of formal hedging, gardens abundant with complex topiary and 12 ginormous yew apostles. With this much precision trimming required the gardening team needs tools that offer not just consistently accurate cutting but are comfortable to use for extended periods. And this is…

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125 Years In The Making – A History Of E.W King & Co

Ernest William King founded E.W. King & Co in 1888 when he was just 18 years old. His great grandfather, John King first started growing seeds in Essex in 1793 initially with just 3 acres of land, but it was greatly enlarged by John’s son, John Kemp King who set up his company called J K King seeds. John Kemp King married twice. William, the son from his first marriage, ran the family brewing business. The sons from his second marriage, Herbert and Leonard, went into the J K King family seed business. It was Williams son, Ernest who asked…

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Plenty of ‘Food for Thought’ at HTA Garden Centre Catering Conference

The key ingredient to creating a successful destination garden centre restaurant is to have a point of difference that set’s you apart from the rest’. This was the message from Alan Roper from the Blue Diamond Group at last week’s sell out HTA Garden Centre Catering Conference, sponsored by Vision Commercial Kitchens, which took place in Birmingham. The event brought together those involved in garden centre catering – from small independents to the larger chains. Catering continues to play a fundamental role in garden centres with some operations contributing as much as 35% to turnover in some outlets. HTA Market Information…

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