March 22, 2018


HTA Board statement on Chairman -

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Popular garden centre raises more than £4,500 for Dorset Mind -

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Charlie Dimmock Opens Squire’s in Woking -

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Media statement from The Garden Centre Association regarding Gardman -

Monday, March 19, 2018

Kyle creates customer Plant Health Information Pack -

Monday, March 19, 2018

HTA introduces Recycling Scheme for members -

Monday, March 19, 2018

Garden centre group brings back popular competition to ‘Name the Rose’ and see it sold across centres -

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Gardman warehouse fire: Man arrested in arson inquiry -

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

From The Archives: If you build it… April 2016 -

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Thieves ransack garden centre in Darwen Lancashire -

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Webbs Wychbold up for ‘Food Hall of the Year’ award -

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Garden centre bosses expand plans to make site ‘vibrant destination’ for North East -

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Fire at Daventry garden centre supplier warehouse -

Monday, March 12, 2018

Smart Garden announces winners of the Sales Manager of the Year Award -

Monday, March 12, 2018

Hassle-free paving treatments with new start up Block Blitz -

Friday, March 9, 2018

A look to the future at the Garden Press Event 2018 -

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Gardman launching new Marie Curie products this year -

Thursday, March 8, 2018

RDA creates contemporary cafe for family-run garden nursery -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A new-product experience for all the senses at Tendence 2018 -

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Green Digit expands SeedCell range to three different products -

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Brackenburn creates renewable biofuel to burn in the home

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With an investigation looming into whether burning wood is bad for the environment, Brackenburn is helping shoppers looking for ways to stay warm with a clean conscience.

The link between burning wood and air pollution arises when the wood is wet.  Wet wood makes stoves and open fires work at a lower temperature, meaning less fuel is fully burnt and more escapes as soot.

To help, there’s a certification scheme in place to identify and promote dried wood – but the team at Brackenburn think they can do even better.

Based in Somerset, they harvest bracken from the surrounding countryside, before drying it, cutting it and compressing it into ‘Brackettes’.

Barry Smith, one of Brackenburn’s directors, commented: “Wood doesn’t have to be dripping to be classed as ‘wet’.  For dried wood suppliers to display a ‘Ready to Burn’ certification mark, they must prove that the moisture content of their product is no more than 20%.

“Our ‘Brackettes’ contain just 14% moisture or less and burn hotter and longer than oak, as well as producing less smoke in the process.”

Harvesting bracken increases the biodiversity of the local area and helps all kinds of flora and fauna to flourish – not to mention the trees that are being saved along the way.

And in more good news for gardeners, the residue leftover after burning contains two and a half times as much potash as wood ash – rich in potassium and perfect for fertilising plants.

Borne out of a conversation between a local farmer and the Senior Warden of the Mendip Hills, Brackenburn has gone on to receive backing from Centrica, the West of England Growth Fund and a local social enterprise.

Combined with their own investment, this has helped the team to grow the business and go on to sell ‘Brackettes’ nationwide.

A 10kg recyclable bag contains 10 ‘Brackettes’ – RRP £6.99.

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