In This Issue
It’s like Christmas, only bigger!
Thank you for bringing a little floral cheer on #FloralFriday!
Fire at Millbrook Gravesend destroys compost and furniture
The biggest week for Growing Media sales, ever!
Dobbies sign up on new site that will be the biggest Dobbies in the South West
Bents dedicates more resource to popular Food Box service
Jump starting the gardening industry
Festives' trade ordering website sees significant growth in orders
2020 RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year Announced
Working together to meet the uk’s unprecedented demand for Growing Media
Innovative ideas for making outdoor dining safe
spoga+gafa 2020: Trends and new products for the outdoor season
2020 is one for the record books, says LifestyleGarden®
Fourfold sales increase for new Greenworks battery-powered mower
A speedy solution for queuing in comfort
Adapting sanitisation needs is key to garden centres staying open, says Cleaner Retail
Firewood sales have increased by over 320%
Gardenex launches website information source exclusively for member companies
Plant Area General Assistant
Get your own copy of GTN Xtra
All seasons, all reasons with new Multi-Tool Attachments
New record set for Garden Product sales
Trevor Wellington 29/4/47 – 14/5/20
Baker & Taylor ready to support your needs at short notice
Plants up by 35%
Four Oaks Trade Show 2020 Cancelled
Record Veg sales beat pre-lockdown peak
Smiemans to build huge leisure centre for Plantorama
HTA Launches New App
The best of last week's
Garden Centre sales reach record levels 2 weeks after re-opening
"Open For Business: Lessons Learned from Lockdown and The First Week of Trading". Watch the webinar replay now
Covid-19 Safe - Barton Grange Style
Post-Lockdown trading re-starts at 48% down year to date
GrowNation stores take 40% of sales outside business hours. Online garden sales booming.
Garden Centre Photo Tours
Haskins Snowhill re-opens after £15m re-vamp
Bestsellers Top 50 charts every week
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Catering Design Group's ten top tips for reopening your catering facilities safely
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It’s like Christmas, only bigger!

The number of new lines selling through and being recorded in the GTN Bestsellers Epos database was on a par with the start of Christmas.  Gardeners are buying EVERYTHING they can to be enjoying their garden this summer...

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Thank you for bringing a little floral cheer on #FloralFriday!

Speaking on behalf of the charity, Trustee Boyd Douglas-Davies said: “We all know it’s a really challenging time for our industry so thank you so much for getting right behind this campaign.  As well as keeping the charity and industry very much in the hearts and minds of garden lovers, thanks to your support #FloralFriday has so far raised a phenomenal £1,000 for Greenfingers.  So, let’s keep it going - it’s only together that we can continue to make a difference to those very many children and families who sadly need to use hospices across the UK”...

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Fire at Millbrook Gravesend destroys compost and furniture

"Luckily everyone was safe and the fire brigade put it out before it spread too far. We lost compost and garden furniture as well as the contents of our Christmas grotto..."

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The biggest week for Growing Media sales, ever!
 

 

Sales of Growing Media during the second week after re-opening soared to the highest levels ever recorded by GTN Bestsellers and not by a small margin...

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Dobbies sign up on new site that will be the biggest Dobbies in the South West

Dobbies Garden Centres have signed an agreement to lease with Cheltenham-based developer Robert Hitchins Ltd to open a 75,000 sq ft flagship garden centre.

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Bents dedicates more resource to popular Food Box service

With the re-opening of the main Centre, Bents Garden & Home has been able to welcome colleagues back to work and with this increased capacity it has also been able to dedicate more resource to its Food Boxes, helping to meet continuing demand for this popular service...

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Jump starting the gardening industry

The Millbrook Garden Company has published a blog on their website giving customers a clear picture as to why certain plants and products may be out of stock when they come to the garden centre, we thought it worth sharing with GTN Xtra readers...

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Festives' trade ordering website sees significant growth in orders

Festive have been operating their trade ordering website for a number of years and are seeing a significant increase in the volume of orders received through their site each year due to the ease and convenience of being able to check stocks and add to orders 24 hours a day...

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2020 RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year Announced

 

Vegebag announced as RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year

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Working together to meet the uk’s unprecedented demand for Growing Media
 

 

 

Mark Portman, Managing Director of UK & Ireland at Evergreen Garden Care, told GTN Xtra: "The demand for growing media is huge, it's astronomical, and we're doing everything we can. We are producing seven days a week. We're running our shifts on maximum capacity...

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Innovative ideas for making outdoor dining safe

Elite Greenhouses with toughened safety glass makes them an ideal option for outdoor dining in the UK whatever the weather...

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spoga+gafa 2020: Trends and new products for the outdoor season

The garden as a sustainable retreat is the focus of the coming spoga+gafa. From 6 to 8 September 2020, the world’s largest garden trade fair will again showcase current trends and themed areas in the gardens sector. International exhibitors will present pioneering solutions from the world of the garden and offer a comprehensive overview of the new products...

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Catering Design Group's ten top tips for reopening your catering facilities safely
  1. Review restaurant layout and flows to promote social distancing
  2. Think about zoning and reorientation of areas – use screens for divisions and segregation in high risk areas
  3. Introduce protective screens around counters and till stations
  4. Minimise ‘touch points’ within high risk areas – introduce ‘hands-free’ operation wherever possible
  5. Increase Hygiene/sanitisation points – consider additional technology...
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2020 is one for the record books, says LifestyleGarden®

2020 may have been a record-breaking start to the season, but 2021 is expected to look even brighter. With the LifestyleGarden® gaining more and more traction and the brand extending into close to 40 countries, many might expect them to take their foot off the gas. Not so. A new mega factory is on the way...

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Fourfold sales increase for new Greenworks battery-powered mower

Interchangeable batteries for garden equipment: a good idea in theory, but what if the batteries are too heavy?

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A speedy solution for queuing in comfort

Industry construction experts Fordingbridge have introduced their latest product designed specifically to aid the Garden Centre industry...

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Adapting sanitisation needs is key to garden centres staying open, says Cleaner Retail

 

Advice from Cleaner Retail – a new service designed to assist in creating a sanitised environment for safer shopping and a clean retail experience for the consumer...

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Firewood sales have increased by over 320%

Kindwood is reporting that since the beginning of lockdown, sales of its firewood products have increased by more than 320% as UK consumers look to make the most of their time in their homes and gardens during this period of uncertainty – a significant opportunity for retailers who want to optimise this increasingly popular product category...

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Gardenex launches website information source exclusively for member companies
 

Gardenex has launched a Members-Only Area on its website www.gardenex.com, containing business and export advice, information, market research and the latest business news and developments...

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