January 23, 2018


Garden centres scoop top awards at GCA conference -

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Smart Garden Products is bringing the Three Kings brand to Spring Fair -

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Wildlife World returns to Spring Fair in February 2018 -

Monday, January 22, 2018

Wyevale Nurseries landscape & amenity sales up by 20% -

Monday, January 22, 2018

Squire’s customers raise over £21,300 for local charities -

Monday, January 22, 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

Tom Heap announced as dinner speaker at HTA Garden Futures

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Broadcaster and presenter Tom Heap will be the after dinner speaker at the HTA Garden Futures dinner which takes place on 4 October at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire. Tom, who is the BBC Rural Affairs correspondent, is well known for presenting programmes including BBC Radio 4’s Costing the Earth, Panorama and BBC Countryfile. He will enlighten delegates with tales from his journalistic and broadcasting career.

The dinner, which also sees the presentation of the HTA Pearson Memorial Medal and the GTN Greatest Awards, follows the HTA Garden Futures Conference. The theme for this year’s conference is Garden Retail – the great escape – reflecting the role of both gardens and garden centres as an escape and focuses on the benefits, positive role and unique opportunities that this provides for the industry.

Hosted by journalist and broadcaster Cathy Newman, topics covered include the wider retail environment, changing demographics, use of technology, and the health benefits of gardening, along with an interview with Nicholas Marshall, CEO of Dobbies Garden Centres. The programme includes two panel sessions as follows:-

New for 2017 the Retail Lab @ Glee feature provided ideas and inspiration for bringing the themes of community, family, re-wilding and wellbeing to life instore. This panel session looks at how businesses might make use of the ideas on the shop floor and in their communications and asks how they would like the initiative to develop in the future.  Panellists include Paula Parker from PP8 Marketing (chair), Boyd Douglas-Davies from Hillview Garden Centres, Kate Ebbens from Cadix, Helen MacDonald from Merryhatton Garden Centre and Adrian Davey from Hozelock.

With Xylella presenting a huge threat to the industry this panel session looks at the latest information, the five-point plan and the preventative actions that businesses are taking. Chaired by Adam Wigglesworth (Aylett Nurseries and HTA Immediate Past President) the panel includes Colin Dale (Notcutts Garden Centres), Andy Smith (Klondyke Group), Jonathan Whitmore (Johnsons of Whixley), Dan Munro (APHA), Boyd Douglas-Davies (Hillview Garden Centres) and Raoul Curtis-Machin (HTA Head of Horticulture).

For the full programme please visit www.hta.org.uk/gardenfutures

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