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  • GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund

    By GCU on August 19, 2021
    As activity ramps up ahead of Glee 2021, GIMA is encouraging new business and innovators to consider entering the 2021 GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund, with this year’s winner being unveiled at Glee, the leading annual exhibition for the garden and outdoor leisure industries (14 – 16 September, NEC Birmingham). Introduced in 2014 – and supported by Glee ever since […]
  • GCA announces regional award meetings

    By GCU on August 16, 2021
    The nation’s Garden Centre Association (GCA) members will find out who has come out on top in its annual inspections this year at regional award meetings taking place from late August (2021). Garden centres are encouraged to attend the event in their area to celebrate the efforts and achievements of their team members during this difficult year. Iain Wylie, Chief Executive […]
  • TV gardener refreshes Wellbeing Garden at Bradford Garden Centre

    By GCU on August 11, 2021
    A Bradford Garden Centre’s Wellbeing Garden has been revitalised with a seasonal planting scheme. TV Gardener, Katie Rushworth, visited Tong Garden Centre recently to refresh the garden that she created in May. Tong’s Plant Buyer, Steve Smith, worked with his network of growers to source the plants: “The Wellbeing Garden has been transformed from a tranquil relaxation space to a […]
  • Garden Connect resumes successful Meetup program

    By GCU on August 10, 2021
    For the first time since Covid-19 broke out, Garden Connect has managed to resume its successful Meetup program. The Garden Connect Meetup program was introduced in 2019 and the goal is to help garden centres understand how to get more out of their websites and webshops. “We’re glad we were able to resume our Meetup program since a lot happened […]
  • On trend garden decking solution provides environmentally conscious outdoor living option

    By GCU on August 9, 2021
    Be eco-friendly this summer with Ultra Decking’s Composite alternative. Consciousness with sustainability is becoming a key issue with many people looking for eco-friendly alternatives to their favourite products. Research from the Retail Times reveals that 80% of UK shoppers describe themselves as ‘environmentally friendly’ meaning sustainable products are more in demand than ever before. Wood Plastic Composite decking is the […]
  • Garden care categories boom with Evergreen leading the charge, accounting for a third of all growth

    By GCU on August 4, 2021
    With lockdown providing ample opportunity for us to spend time in our gardens, it’s no surprise that 2.7m new households entered the garden care category last year, resulting in a growth of 76.9% YOY (According to GfK data, YTD to April 2021). For Evergreen Garden Care, the growth was above and beyond this at 84.1% YOY.  According to GfK data, […]
  • BBQ island maker KamadoSpace expands as lockdown fuels home cooking boom

    By GCU on August 2, 2021
    A home cooking boom caused by the coronavirus lockdown has led KamadoSpace, a manufacturer of outdoor modular kitchens, to expand its product range. Infinite Island, its launch product, is a flatpack outdoor cooking island made specifically to fit all of the most popular brands of kamado grill. Initially designed in response to a customer’s request, Infinite Island is now available to […]
  • 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 […]