Industry News

  • Plantscape opens second nursery

    By GCU on March 19, 2019
    Plantscape has developed a new nursery site in Yorkshire in response to rising demand for its self-watering planters and hanging baskets by towns, cities, In Bloom groups and BID organisations across the UK. The new 10,000 sq ft facility in York will enable the company to produce another 1,200 planters a year. Its current 100,000 sq ft nursery complex in […]
  • Bord na Móna boosts its credentials with triple award win

    By GCU on March 19, 2019
    Bord na Móna has added three new ‘Best Buys’ to its credentials, across both branded and own-label products, following a triple award win in the latest Which? compost trials. Since 2010, the company has won significantly more awards than any other growing media supplier and continues to set the industry benchmark as the premium brand of choice for the garden […]
  • Briers team joins Smart Garden Products

    By GCU on March 19, 2019
    Smart Garden Products has confirmed that the following staff have joined Smart from Briers: Tara Truman – national account manager Charlotte Prentice – key account manager Domenic Guglielmucci – assistant category manager April Raven – graphic designer Emily Swindells – data & content controller Jonathan Stobart, managing director of Smart Garden products commented: “We’re delighted to welcome this cohort of […]
  • Entries for GIMA Awards 2019 now open

    By GCU on March 15, 2019
    The annual GIMA Awards will be returning for its 39th year later this summer (July 4, Celtic Manor), with another glittering night of celebrations. Entry to this year’s awards is now open – with suppliers being urged to not miss out on their chance to win one of the industry’s highest accolades. Recognising excellence and innovation the GIMA Awards have […]
  • Bransford Webbs announces its zero to landfill status

    By GCU on March 14, 2019
    The Bransford Webbs Plant Company has announced its environmental credentials and have achieved the BS8555 accreditation for environmental management for ten consecutive years, having first achieved this important certification back in 2008. Its environmental objectives are reviewed and updated on an annual basis and the company has said it remains essential that it proactively chooses the most environmentally friendly methods of production as possible. Among other […]
  • Jane Lawler joins GCA team of inspectors

    By GCU on March 14, 2019
    The Garden Centre Association has this month (March, 2019) welcomed Jane Lawler as its new inspector. Ms Lawler, has more than 35 years’ experience in marketing and business development, will be responsible for inspecting member garden centres in North Thames, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Iain Wylie, GCA chief executive, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have Jane join Alyson Haywood, Michael […]
  • Studley Green GC announces new charity partner

    By GCU on March 13, 2019
    Capital Gardens’ latest centre acquisition, Studley Green Garden Centre, has concluded its hunt for a 2019 charity partner, as the centre looks to give back to the local community Following a month of customer voting, Studley Green revealed Four Paws Cat Rescue secured a landslide win to be named as its first charity partner. London independent garden company Capital Gardens puts a strong emphasis on commitment to community and wanted to extend this to its […]
  • Kingfisher bans metaldehyde

    By GCU on March 13, 2019
    Parent company of B&Q, Kingfisher plc, has today announced it will stop selling products that contain metaldehyde across its 1,200 stores and replace them with environmentally-friendly alternatives. The move follows three years of collaboration and product development with suppliers. This marks the latest milestone in Kingfisher’s Sustainable Growth Plan which sets out its goal to phase out harmful chemicals and become a […]
  • Three Greenfingers supporters take on wing walking

    By GCU on March 5, 2019
    It has been officially announced at the Garden Press Event last week, that three brave souls will be taking to the skies on June 2nd in aid of the Greenfinger Charity. However, this will be no ordinary flight, says Greenfingers. Each of the Greenfingers supporters will be strapped to the roof of a bi-plane for a 10-minute exhilarating wing walking experience. Featuring […]
  • Wyevale announces sale of Barnett Hill and Seven Hills centres

    By GCU on March 5, 2019
    It has been revealed that Barnett Hill will continue to operate as a garden centre under its new owners; Seven Hills has been sold to a development firm, with employees set to lose jobs within the next six months. Barnett Hill has been sold to Cherry Lane, the value garden centre group (part of QD Group) and will continue to […]