In This Issue
October gardening hits record levels
Monty Don makes headlines slamming garden centres
HTA calls on Welsh government to review ‘non-essential retail’ ruling on garden centres
Fordingbridge looks to expand polytunnel arm of business
A complete makeover for lawn seed: New formulations and packaging
Another week of plant sales up by over 30%
GIMA 2021 New Product Digest now live
GCA cancels annual conference and Christmas competition
Vitax donation helps hospital’s Secret Garden grow
GIMA calls for pragmatic approach to secure Brexit deal
IPM Essen 2021 Cancelled
The Greener Gardening Company unveils key sales drivers
Christmas gifts to help protect bees and encourage wildlife
VegTrug set to launch new product range
Dobbies launches new format store in Scotland’s capital
DJ Turfcare’s launches new organic-based Lawn Boost
US ambassador plants ‘American Dream’ in Keukenhof
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Steve Harper joins Southern Trident
Festive sales driven by stay-at-home Christmas
Azpects creates retail division with new appointments
Garden product sales increase during October
FleuroStar winner Dahlia Sincerity production tripled to meet high demand
Fat Balls dominate in Wild Bird Care
RHS announces plans to run 2021 RHS Chelsea Flower Show safely
Garden centre supports virtual marathon fundraiser
The best of last week's
'New Gardeners': how are garden centres reacting to them, or not...
Paul Sykes departs Apta after a decade of growth
Smart welcomes new National Accounts Manager
Back to the ‘New Normal’
Garden centre creates 24 jobs at new restaurant
Garden Centre Photo Tours
Haskins Snowhill re-opens after £15m re-vamp
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All the latest news from the world of pet products
Dobbies creates ultimate Christmas treat for pets
Pet treat business celebrates record turnover by expanding team
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October gardening hits record levels
Exclusive GTN Bestsellers Epos data analysis

Increased gardening activity has driven significantly increased garden centre sales this October...

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Monty Don makes headlines slamming garden centres

Monty Don made national newspaper headlines last week slamming garden centres, accusing them of "actively choosing to do harm" by selling peat compost and criticised the availability of "mass-produced disposable" plants...

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HTA calls on Welsh government to review ‘non-essential retail’ ruling on garden centres
 

The HTA has written to Ken Skates, the Welsh Government’s Economy Minister, expressing its great disappointment at the decision to classify garden centres as ‘non-essential retail’, which forced them to close on Friday. James Barnes (pictured), Chairman of the HTA, has requested a meeting to review the definition of ‘non-essential’  in order to safeguard garden centres' ability to trade in future...

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Fordingbridge looks to expand polytunnel arm of business
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Garden centre and horticulture construction specialist Fordingbridge, based in Arundel West Sussex, is looking for a new member of staff to focus on its horticulture sales and service...

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A complete makeover for lawn seed: New formulations and packaging
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Mr Fothergill’s range of high-quality grass seed benefits from new formulations and packaging for the 2021 season...

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Another week of plant sales up by over 30%

With plant sales up on last year by over 30% for another week in October, either existing gardeners are buying significantly more plants or the ‘New Gardeners’ are just loving their plots and keeping active regardless of the weather...

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GIMA 2021 New Product Digest now live

 

The annual showcase of innovation from GIMA members – the GIMA New Product Digest - is now available, providing retailers with a comprehensive guide to the latest product innovations, point of sale and marketing initiatives ahead of the 2021 spring/summer season...

 

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GCA cancels annual conference and Christmas competition
 

After calling off its inspections for the first time in 50 years because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the GCA has now cancelled its Christmas competition and its annual conference in January. Chief executive Iain Wylie said: "Due to the ever-increasing range of restrictions, we have had no choice but to make these decisions..."

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Vitax donation helps hospital’s Secret Garden grow

A hidden garden within the grounds of Glenfield Hospital in Leicester is set to see its kitchen garden grow with the support of Leicester-based garden product manufacturer, Vitax Limited...

 

Vitax chairman Paul Gooding with Sue Stevenson, UHL volunteer for The Secret Garden Project.

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GIMA calls for pragmatic approach to secure Brexit deal
 

The Garden Industry Manufacturers’ Association has joined with 71 other trade associations and the Confederation of British Industry to urge the government to reach an agreement regarding a Brexit deal to ensure that the UK remains a key player in international trade...

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IPM Essen 2021 Cancelled

 

IPM ESSEN, which was planned for January 26 to 29, 2021, is cancelled. The next IPM ESSEN will take place at Messe Essen from January 25 to 28, 2022...

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Dobbies creates ultimate Christmas treat for pets

 

This Christmas at Dobbies Garden Centres, pet lovers across the country have the chance to book their beloved pooch or feline friend in for the ultimate festive experience...

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Pet treat business celebrates record turnover by expanding team

Sniffers Pet Care is continuing to expand, with a record year-end turnover figure of £1.3m and plans to take on more staff...

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The Greener Gardening Company unveils key sales drivers

 

According to The Greener Gardening Company, however, category growth isn’t being driven solely by growing numbers of consumers who engaged in gardening for the first time during lockdown, but by surging demand for peat-free growing media...

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Christmas gifts to help protect bees and encourage wildlife

Wildflower specialist, Seedball, has launched Christmas gifts to help protect bees and encourage wildlife...

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VegTrug set to launch new product range
 

Following a significantly successful year breaking all sales records, VegTrug is currently preparing for the launch of its new product range for 2021...

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Dobbies launches new format store in Scotland’s capital

Dobbies is developing its first small format store – Little Dobbies – located on Raeburn Place in Edinburgh and scheduled to open in November. It is the first of its kind for the retailer that has 68 garden centres across the UK...

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DJ Turfcare’s launches new organic-based Lawn Boost
 

Following hot on the heels of the bestselling MO Bacter from DJ Turfcare, the company’s all-new Lawn Boost will help to complement sales of lawncare essentials this coming spring...

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US ambassador plants ‘American Dream’ in Keukenhof

Pete Hoekstra, the United States ambassador to the Netherlands, planted flower bulbs with the appropriate name ‘American Dream’...

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