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  • GCA decides to postpone annual conference in wake of COVID

    By GCU on January 11, 2022
    The Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) 56th annual conference due to take place at the end of this month has been postponed as a result of the ongoing spread of Omicron (January 2022). The organisation’s executive committee has taken the decision to defer the event based on safety concerns and made the announcement to members this morning (January 10). Tammy Woodhouse, GCA […]
  • Furniture and barbecues top GCA’s BoT for sixth month running

    By GCU on January 4, 2022
    Outdoor living items continued to come out top in the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) for November (2021) – beating Christmas for poll position (December 2021). It revealed furniture and barbecues were up 59.97%, boosted by the ongoing trend for alfresco entertainment, which has become an all-year-round event. GCA Chief Executive, Iain Wylie explains: “Although during the […]
  • Strong Christmas sales for garden centre retailers reports HTA

    By GCU on January 4, 2022
    The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) reported strong Christmas sales for garden centres. The organisation’s Garden Retail Monitor shows overall sales figures in the last four weeks leading up to Christmas Eve up on 2020 by between 10% and 20%. Christmas ranges were up 15% on 2020 and 23% on 2019. Gift ranges were up 7% and 12% on 2020 and […]
  • Bee Conservation Trust’s founder to create a buzz at upcoming GCA conference

    By GCU on December 21, 2021
    Bee ecologist and founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust Dave Goulson will share his expertise on sustainability at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference in Blackburn in January (January 23 until 26, 2022). The Professor of Biology at University of Sussex will speak about the importance of ecology and the impact insects and bees have on the environment on […]
  • New electric vehicle charging points at Squire’s

    By GCU on December 9, 2021
    Brand new electric vehicle charging points have been installed at Squire’s Garden Centres in Badshot Lea, Milford, Shepperton and Twickenham, with Long Ditton and Wokingham following soon. Two-way fast 22 kilowatt charging points have been installed at each of these garden centres. Customers can park, charge, then shop or enjoy a drink or meal at Squire’s while they wait. There […]
  • Wyevale Nurseries supplies plants for London park regeneration

    By GCU on December 2, 2021
    Southwark Council has transformed a south London park at Elephant and Castle with the help of Wyevale Nurseries in Herefordshire and Devon-based landscaping company Tilhill. The UK commercial landscape and wholesale plant suppliers provided a selection of trees to Tilhill to help revitalise the inner-city area. Amenity Sales Manager, Andy Congera explains: “We’re delighted to have been able to supply […]
  • Plant-based dog treats set to shake up the market

    By GCU on November 26, 2021
    Brighton-based start-up W’ZIS? is aiming to liven up what it calls the last remaining ‘dull’ FMCG category, pet food, with its meat-free treats. The challenger brand has created a range of unique, all-natural, plant-based treats – which are also grain and gluten-free and low in calories. Each treat is presented in two eye-catching colours. The firm’s name is a truncated […]
  • Booking now open for GCA Conference

    By GCU on November 24, 2021
    Booking has now opened (November 2021) for the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference in January (January 23-26, 2022). The conference, which will include talks, industry updates and opportunities to socialise, takes place at the Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa in Lancashire from January 23 until 26. GCA Chief Executive, Iain Wylie, said: “As this is the grand return […]
  • Sniffe & Likkit signs up Anna!

    By GCU on November 5, 2021
    Fast-growing British dog grooming, gifts and treats firm Sniffe & Likkit has announced a partnership with renowned pet behaviour and nutrition expert, Anna Webb. Regularly featured across media such as SKY 1 (for its ‘A Different Breed’ show), The Observer, Talk Radio and various BBC radio shows, Anna is also an ambassador for the national charities ‘All Dogs Matter’ and […]
  • Sales of BBQs and furniture top GCA’s BoT for fourth month running

    By GCU on November 1, 2021
    The Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) reveals furniture and BBQ sales continued to remain strong and were up by 58.27% year-to-date according to its recently released figures for September (2021). Proving demand didn’t slow during the month, the report shows a year-to-date increase in 12 out of 13 categories. GCA Chief Executive, Iain Wylie explains: “Our members’ […]