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Bunnings Warehouse store opens in Folkestone
Glee Buyers Power List 2017: the shortlist
Woodstock Chimes – It’s All About the Sound
Will Summer grottos solve the summer dip in sales?
Evergreen Enterprises prepares to launch Spring 2018 Home Decor range
Busy season sees Vitax grow
New products on display across many garden industry sectors on British stands at spoga+gafa
Outback barbecues cook up record SOLEX show success
Decco launches Johnston & Jeff brand Birdcare
Bents, Cowells, Fron Goch and Tong are GCA regional winners in the North
Greenfingers Charity Garden opened by TV gardener Adam Frost at Keech Hospice, Luton
Europe’s First 'Tipping Plank' comes to Sky Trail at Planters
Over fifties are "playing" in the garden
Mediterranean-style garden opens at Notcutts Staines to inspire local gardeners
Fire destroys Pet Shop at garden centre
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John Stanley - Developing a new experience in an Amazon World
Garden lighting reaches new highs
Xylella fastidiosa - a threat to the U.K. Horticulture industry
Taylors Maris Peer back to No 1
Calibrachoa MiniFamous® Double PinkTastic wins FleuroStar Award
Summer colour plant sales brightens patios and borders
Wyevale Nurseries say the shrub is back!
Special mix for growing media
spoga gafa 2017: Excellent final home sprint
Distinctively Different Plants!
More pond plants banned from sale by the EU
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Robert Meaney appointed as Stewarts Abbey Garden Centre’s Catering Manager
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Will Summer grottos solve the summer dip in sales?

As the school summer holidays arrive there is a flurry of new summer activities at garden centres this year.  Adding to the plethora of garden centre beaches there are outdoor cinemas (Webbs), crazy golf courses (Bents), maize mazes (Skylark) and now at least three Fairy & Dragon grottos (Hayes, Ruxley and Whitehall) opening.


As our graph below shows the summer low in garden centre sales volumes is very consistent year after year.  If only a substitute for Christmas could be found to drive high footfall and therefore push sales and create a summer peak instead.


Given the sales levels of garden lighting, plants looking great and other combinations of instant summer garden decoration any increases in family footfall generated by these initiatives could be the start of a new trend.


Are you opening a new summer footfall driving attraction this year? Let us know about your idea:

GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year.
  • Garden Products Top 50 – down 20%
  • Growing Media Top 50 – down 17%
  • Veg 2 Gro Products Top 50 – down 19%
  • All Plants index – down 10%
  • All Items index – down 8%
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