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

Peter Rush is new William Sinclair CEO as Burns steps down

William Sinclair

Peter Rush is the new CEO of William Sinclair. He succeeds Bernard Burns who resigned as a director at the end of March. Mr Burns will remain a part time employee of the Company, with specific responsibility for progressing the Company’s negotiations with Natural England for compensation for the Bolton Fell bogs and manufacturing facilities. Commenting on Peter’s appointment, Chairman Bill Simpson said ” We are disappointed that Mr Burns has decided to retire but we understand his reasons and we wish him and his family all the very best for the future. In Peter Rush we have an experienced…

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HTA announce all to play for once spring arrives


The latest HTA Market Update, published this week, unsurprisingly shows that it has not been a great start to the year for the garden industry, with the country repeatedly hit by cold conditions which have been keeping consumers away from garden centres. Garden centre sales from the HTA Garden Retail Monitor show trade is currently down by 8% (to the end of February) with January 2013 down 15% on January 2012 and February down 1%. It must be remembered that January 2012 was 10% up on January 2011, so in comparison with 2011 January sales were down 5%. Whilst March…

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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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Bad weather caused slow sales but sledges flew off the shelves

PEOPLE were reluctant to shop in garden centres during January (2013) due to the bad weather according to figures from The Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. Following strong sales in the lead up to Christmas (2012) garden centres saw a slower month in January with indoor departments showing the best sales figures. Peter Burks, Chairman of the GCA, explained: “Our members saw an excellent run of sales prior to Christmas so January was a bit of a downer due to the weather with sales coming through in dribs and drabs. “Indoor departments performed much better than…

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Call for garden centre exemption from Easter laws

MEMBERS of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) are this month (March, 2013) calling for the Easter trading laws to be relaxed so gardeners can enjoy four days of uninterrupted sowing and planting. Under the 1994 Sunday Trading Act, retailers with 3,000 square feet of selling space cannot open on Easter Sunday despite being one of the busiest gardening weekends of the year. Peter Burks, Chairman of the GCA, explained: “Gardening is a family-friendly, relaxing pastime that brings people together and provides a wonderful respite from the stresses of modern life. It can be good for both mental and physical health….

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The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) restructures

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) restructures as part of its ongoing commitment to provide an efficient and cost effective service to members. As a result of that process Andrew Maxted is to leave the HTA this month after nine years in commercial and marketing roles at the industry trade association. “Working with and on behalf of HTA and its members has been an absolute privilege” Andrew commented.  “The garden industry is one of the most dynamic I know and it has been a pleasure to meet so many inspirational and entrepreneurial people over the past nine years.  The last 18…

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HTA announce Vinca as the plant of the month for March

Vinca is the UK’s plant of the month for March, according to the HTA As part of the “Spring into Summer in the Garden” campaign, the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) have named Vinca as their Plant of the Month for March. With its sky blue star shaped flowers and creeping arching stems, it makes an attractive and vibrant carpet of evergreen foliage throughout the spring season. Vinca minor is used as a very popular ground cover plant and is a smaller version of its vigorous relative, the greater periwinkle. Vinca minor’s leaves, flowers and growth rate are about two thirds…

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