In This Issue
"Every single thing we do is driven at the moment by trying to manage the risk to customers and staff"
Four tips to maximise your garden centre on a budget
Hillier to Open New Garden Centre at Syon Park Estate
British nurseries are amongst the most eco-friendly on the planet, not that you’d know from watching Gardeners’ World
Restaurant gets star billing at redeveloped centre
GTN's Greatest Christmas Awards are back!
Change at the top for family-run Highfield Garden World
Sales jump by 20% to record mid-November levels
Plants are selling at record levels during Lockdown 2
Container issues continue to escalate at UK ports 
HTA launches Sustainability Roadmap to guide UK horticulture towards leading edge of sustainable business practice
The Most Jumperful Time of the Year Fundraiser starts tomorrow!
Work starts on site for largest Dobbies in South West
Possible Christmas tree shortage due to Danish mink cull
Henry Bell clinches deal with Future Marketing Group
Janssens Greenhouses – over 70 years of heritage
Garden centre gets new appearance thanks to Smiemans
GTN November issue now on-line
Get your own copy of GTN Xtra
Garden centre customers find happiness in houseplants in October
Two-thirds more gardening this Autumn – Wow!
End of season pot bargains and houseplant care star
HTA reacts to new December tier arrangements
Gonks fly through tills as Christmas sales jump up
A Christmas feast for your garden birds
The best of last week's
A Perfect Storm Hits the Garden Market
Sales fall by 5.5% in Lockdown 2
“The Smart Show must go on…line!”
Five creative ways to enhance your takeaway service during lockdown
Profits up at Notcutts in year to February 2020
Garden Centre Photo Tours
Haskins Snowhill re-opens after £15m re-vamp
British Garden Centres open their 58th centre at Thatcham
Barton Grange Christmas 2020 - Exclusive GTN Xtra Photo Tour
Bestsellers Top 50 charts every week
Buy your subscription to the GTN Bestsellers printed weekly newsletter
All the latest news from the world of pet products
Back to business for industry exhibitions
Tong donates stock to South Yorkshire dog rescue charity
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"Every single thing we do is driven at the moment by trying to manage the risk to customers and staff"
Garden Centres put the positive stories about retailing during Lockdown 2

Over the weekend, GTN Xtra has been speaking with garden centre owners and managers about how they have been pro-actively managing customer safety during Lockdown 2...

 

"Everyone has to be thoughtful and help. And that's the message we're trying to get across.”

“We spent a huge amount time last week, expanding the queues to two and a half rather than two metres and made them wider outside to make sure people are social distancing."

“We're being quite respectful about the fact that we're really fortunate to have been able to stay open.”

 

Read comments from Ayletts, Bents, Blue Diamond, Altons, Stewarts, St Peters, Perrywood, Green Pastures, Klondyke, Glendoick, Pughs, Baytree and Planters
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Four tips to maximise your garden centre on a budget
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With many planned investment projects on hold at present, garden centres can make small, cost effective design changes that could impact positively on footfall and profitability. Garden and farm centre design specialists, Catering Design Group (CDG), share some creative tips here on how to revamp on a tight budget...

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Hillier to Open New Garden Centre at Syon Park Estate

Hillier Garden Centres and the Syon Park Estate have announced the Spring 2021 opening of Hillier Syon Park...

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British nurseries are amongst the most eco-friendly on the planet, not that you’d know from watching Gardeners’ World

Peter Seabrook is sick and tired of our industry being critised, particularly by TV gardening presenters. So in The Sun at the weekend he put forward this case in answer to the critics...

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Restaurant gets star billing at redeveloped centre

A superb new restaurant and coffee lounge called the Summerhouse is one of the many impressive features of a transformed garden centre in Hampshire...

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GTN's Greatest Christmas Awards are back!

They’re back, all be it in a virtual form.  GTN’s Greatest Christmas Awards are back for 2020 to celebrate all that’s great about garden centres at Christmas through the pages of GTN and the GTN Xtra e-mail newsletter...

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Change at the top for family-run Highfield Garden World
 

Gloucestershire’s leading independent garden centre has strengthened its management team with the appointment of a new board member. Tim Armstrong, who has been General Manager at Highfield Garden World for five years, joins mother and son team Joan and Tim Greenway, plus Planteria Manager Jon Mason, on the Board of Directors.

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Sales jump by 20% to record mid-November levels

We’re halfway through Lockdown 2 and despite fewer people being allowed in garden centres, volume sales jumped last week by 20% to set a new record in sales volumes terms for the third week of November...

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Plants are selling at record levels during Lockdown 2

It’s mid-November and plant sales are still over a third up on previous years. Are you ready for a boom in plant sales in December? There’s no sign of sales flattening out just yet...

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Container issues continue to escalate at UK ports 

LOFA reported two weeks ago of the congestion that is causing major problems at UK ports, this crisis is now escalating, and the situation is now being highlighted by the BBC who are reporting on the struggle and financial impact this it is having on UK businesses...

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HTA launches Sustainability Roadmap to guide UK horticulture towards leading edge of sustainable business practice
 

 

“Not only is it in our interest to collaborate on ambitious targets, but the climate emergency means people will rightly look to us for the highest standards. Sustainability can be achieved by balancing impacts on people, planet and profit. When businesses work towards this and all three aspects of sustainability are in place and mutually supportive, we can deliver lasting benefits to the environment...”

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All the latest news from the world of pet products

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Back to business for industry exhibitions

Organisers of the PATS and AQUA exhibitions have welcomed news that the business events sector will be able to re-open under the revised Tier system when current Lockdown restrictions are lifted on December 2...

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Tong donates stock to South Yorkshire dog rescue charity

Tong Garden Centre has donated £1,500 worth of dog of leads, collars, bowls, snacks and portable pet carriers to Rotherham based dog rescue charity, Helping Yorkshire Poundies (HYPS)...

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The Most Jumperful Time of the Year Fundraiser starts tomorrow!

Tomorrow, Tuiesday 1st December, Natalie Porter of Happy Plants will embark upon a slightly ridiculous mission to wear a different Christmas Jumper for each day of advent, finishing up on Christmas Day...

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Work starts on site for largest Dobbies in South West

Building work has started on the Designer Outlet Cotswold development off the M5 in Gloucestershire, which will include the largest Dobbies Garden Centre in South West England...

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Possible Christmas tree shortage due to Danish mink cull
 

The UK could be facing a Christmas tree shortage after Denmark’s Covid mink cull impacted supply, experts have warned...

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Henry Bell clinches deal with Future Marketing Group

Pets and wild bird food producer Henry Bell has secured a one-year contract with independent garden centre group, Future Marketing Group (FMG). The company will be the primary supplier of wild bird care for FMG’s 20 nationwide garden centres, supplying its full range of over 130 products...

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Janssens Greenhouses – over 70 years of heritage

Vitavia is the UK distributor for Belgian company Janssens Greenhouses. Here Andrea Wells of Vitavia interviews Peter Janssens, owner and CEO of Janssens Greenhouses...

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Garden centre gets new appearance thanks to Smiemans

A metamorphose will soon be created by Smiemans Projecten for Tronsholen Garden Centre, member of the well-known Hageland chain. With a new entrance and the replacement of all  facades, this centre in the southwest of Norway is getting a complete upgrade. 

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GTN November issue now on-line

 

 

GTN's November 2020 issue, published this week, is now available to read on-line below:

Read GTN's November 2020 issue here
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