December 13, 2017


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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

Profits wilt at Dobbies Garden Centres -

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Warner Bros order garden centre to take down festive Harry Potter display -

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Cardwell Garden Centre Dig In To Help Green-Fingered Pupils -

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Coconut Kitchen range now available in Dobbies Garden Centres throughout the UK -

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Santa’s grotto is being rebuilt after blaze at Notcutts garden centre -

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Council-run Inspirations Garden Centre faces axe as part of £2.7million cuts -

Monday, December 4, 2017

Fire engulfs Santa’s grotto at Notcutts Garden Centre in Woodbridge -

Monday, December 4, 2017

Garden centre worker jailed for fraud -

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Wyevale Garden Centre in Andover hosts ‘royal’ opening -

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Webbs Garden Centre in Wychbold, Droitwich, ram raided by gang -

Friday, December 1, 2017

Santa arrived in style at Squire’s Garden Centres -

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Composite Prime launches HD Fence to rival traditional timber panels -

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Perrywood Garden Centres celebrates winning GCA regional Christmas award -

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Dobbies makes a students Christmas wish comes true at King’s Lynn garden centre -

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

BRC responds to publication of industrial strategy paper -

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thetford Garden Centre unveils refurbished cafe -

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Hare Hatch Sheeplands in garden centre closure threat -

Monday, November 27, 2017

Growing media quality comes first for Westland

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For over 20 years Westland has been relentless in driving a sustainable growing media strategy, with horticultural excellence central to what we do. Exacting standards, consistency, growing performance and affordability are at the heart of their consumer and professional nursery offer.

Over this time, Westland, has invested over £30m to establish a multimaterial approach to their growing media offer. Ingredients like the West + (a sustainable natural growing medium) mean that the company is not reliant on any single material, including peat. It is true that peat is still in demand and the substrate of choice in many growing media formulations, used by gardeners and the wider £1.4 billion plant sector. However, it is not the critical factor it once was for Westland.

Supply issues are an industry reality for the coming season, but whilst having a cost impact it will have no effect on Westland product availability in 2018. More importantly, no effect on quality owing to the multi-material and sustainable approach we have taken for many years. Keith Nicholson, marketing director said: “The bigger concern is that when there are shortages of peat availability there is often the “silent” increase in the use of poor quality substitute materials to replace peat. The prime example is Green Waste. Westland has a proud record of not using Green Waste in any of its products, factories or facilities owing to highly inconsistent results for gardeners.”

Green Waste is a material that needs to be treated extremely carefully as it can be potentially damaging to the reputation of growing media with both gardeners and professionals alike. It is important the Westland’s growing media industry does not take these ‘silent’ short cuts and keeps product consistency at the heart of the company’s valuable market sector.

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