Industry News

  • 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 […]
  • Lawns will need extra TLC this spring says Johnsons Lawn Seed

    By GCU on March 5, 2019
    Johnsons Lawn Seed is warning that the nation’s lawns will need extra TLC this spring, if grass is to recover from the extreme conditions experienced during last summer’s heatwave and drought. Gardeners must overseed and feed lawns this spring, to restore turf in time for summer, says the lawncare firm, and retailers are in a prime position to advise customers […]
  • Wyevale nurseries introduces recyclable plant pots

    By GCU on March 1, 2019
    One of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries is now (March, 2019) using recyclable plant pots for all future retail plants that it’s currently potting. Wyevale Nurseries has started to phase out its black plastic pots replacing them with taupe coloured pots, supplied by Aeroplas in the West Midlands, in a bid to fight the war on plastic. Steve Reed, production director […]
  • Bord Na Mona increases focus in UK retail market

    By GCU on February 28, 2019
    Bord na Móna has revealed plans to significantly increase its focus in the UK retail market over the next year as it readies for Brexit with the opening of a new distribution site in Cambridge. The news follows the company’s recent restructure as it decarbonises its business in Ireland and moves away from peat harvesting for energy and towards ‘greener’, […]
  • Saddle up for charity with the Garden Re-Leaf cycle ride challenge

    By GCU on February 15, 2019
    Greenfingers Charity is inviting its supporters and others to put their pedal power to the test this spring by taking on the inspiring Cycle Challenge for Garden Re-Leaf Day. Garden Re-Leaf 2018 cyclists The cycle event, which was launched as part of the Garden Re-Leaf roster of events in 2018, is making its return in 2019, taking place on Friday […]