• Horticultural Trades Association reiterate the call to ‘Let Britain Grow’ – a response to Lord Frost’s statement

    By GCU on July 22, 2021
    Following Lord Frost’s announcement today that the UK will be maintaining a “standstill period” for current grace periods for goods traded in Northern Ireland while the Protocol is renegotiated, the HTA have reiterated their call to ‘Let Britain Grow’ through the UK and EU agreeing equivalence in plant health standards. Speaking in the House of Lords today, Lord Frost specifically […]
  • Farm shops and houseplants remain dominant sellers in garden centres

    By GCU on July 21, 2021
    FARM shops and houseplant sales dominated at garden centres this May (2021) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) recent Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. As centres in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland reopened mid-May in 2020, this report used figures from 2019 and reveals farm shop sales were up 90.24% in May 2021. Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, […]
  • Record Sales for Oakio UK

    By GCU on July 19, 2021
    Exclusive UK supplier of Oakio oak composite decking and cladding products, Ronjack, has celebrated a record month for sales. “Sales of Oakio decking have smashed even our top predictions,” says Katie Morley, Managing Director at Ronjack, the UK’s sole supplier for Oakio. “In the first year of launching Oakio, we experienced a 30 percent increase in sales, which we’re so […]
  • With eight weeks to go until Glee 2021, show organisers unveil a new date for next year’s event

    By GCU on July 16, 2021
    There is great anticipation in the garden retail sector for the long-awaited return of Glee (14th – 16th September 2021, NEC Birmingham) as an in-person event; with suppliers and retailers set to reconnect and create new opportunities at this year’s show. Building on this excitement, the Glee team has confirmed that the 2022 event will move to a new date […]
  • Glee at the Yard becomes permanent showroom at Woodlodge

    By GCU on July 15, 2021
    Following the success of Glee at the Yard in September last year, Woodlodge’s showroom will open its doors once again to welcome customers and launch the company’s brand new 2022 product offering. The purpose-built facility will now be permanently based at Woodlodge’s Tetbury head office, where buyers will find the company’s extensive collection of pots and gardenware on display to […]
  • Master Mowers finish 10-week lawn cutting challenge raising funds for Greenfingers’ Charity providing hospice gardens for children

    By GCU on July 14, 2021
    Stratford-upon-Avon firm Sims Garden Machinery has completed a 10-week lawn mowing challenge against global garden tools manufacturer, STIHL. The Minutes Mowed challenge is in aid of Greenfingers – a charity dedicated to supporting children who spend time in UK hospices by creating inspiring gardens for them and their families to relax and benefit from. Both teams smashed their target to […]
  • Seiont Nurseries partners with Joy of Plants to promote new plants

    By GCU on July 13, 2021
    THE UK’s leading plug and liner supplier has this month (July 2021) partnered with a plant information company to offer its customers a library of images for webshops and websites. Seiont Nurseries has been looking at ways to help garden centres promote new plants via their webshops and websites and now contributes to Berkshire-based Joy of Plants’ ‘PlantShare’ library. Neil […]
  • The GIMA Judging is complete – find out who wins on Nov 11th

    By GCU on July 12, 2021
    Hot on the heels of its Charity Golf Day, the GIMA team was out and about again, this time onsite at Warwick Racecourse to oversee the (socially distanced!) 2021 GIMA Awards judging. With almost 250 products entered, the judges had their work cut out for themselves, with winners having to wait a little longer to find out who has scooped […]
  • New Manager at Squire’s Garden Centre in Chertsey

    By GCU on July 9, 2021
    Rupert Sleight has been appointed Garden Centre Manager at Squire’s in Chertsey. Rupert has worked in horticulture for sixteen years, and has been at Squire’s Garden Centres for over five years, with previous roles as Assistant Manager at Squire’s in Cobham, West Horsley, Milford and most recently Badshot Lea. Sarah Squire, Chairman of Squire’s Garden Centres, said: “I am very […]
  • DIY Week Awards 2021 – Shortlisted finalists and live-streamed event date revealed!

    By GCU on July 8, 2021
    This year’s DIY Week Awards presentation event (#diyweekawards) will be live-streamed to a global audience for the first time in its ten year history, reaching more DIY industry professionals then ever before and providing increased coverage for the sponsors, shortlisted entries and of course most importantly the winners of these prestigious accolades. You will be able to join the live-streamed […]