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Haskins are buying Forest Lodge Garden Centre
Barton Grange and Fron Goch win top GCA Awards
GCA Conference raises £12,000 for Greenfingers
Your'e on the brink of a huge revolution Sir Tim Smit tells GCA delegates
Pictures from GCA Conference themed-party night
Garden centres receive top awards at GCA conference
AMES has ambitious targets in 2020
Klondyke Group acquire Garden Wise Plant and Garden Centre, Dumfries
GCA appoints two new members to team of inspectors
Great start to January sales in garden centres
Mike Burks to take over as GCA Chairman for 2020/21
Rising Stars prepare for finale at GCA Conference
Westland puts £500k behind Peckish radio and press ads
Tributes to John Ashley as Sue Allen takes over Greenfingers Charity chair
HTA pushes councils to pick up plant pots at kerbside
David Domoney named as Evergreen Garden Care brand ambassador
Hillier unveils plans for 'greatest ever' Chelsea exhibit
New ERP system boosts efficiency and planning at Wyevale Nurseries
Festive shoppers raise funds…to the tune of £2500
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Laurence Flatman dies
Snowdrop Festival gets under way in Scotland
Greening urban areas is priority for more Britain in Bloom entrants
Just days to go to beat scholarship funding deadline...
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Hayes Garden World announce sad passing of Elizabeth Hayes
Caulders buys Loch Lomond Homes & Gardens
Great start to the New Year, reports GTN Bestsellers
£1.5million investment in Kelkay's expansion
Planners approve major project at Hillier's Newbury site
Drive to Monte Carlo in an old banger to FUNdraise for Greenfingers
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Great start to the New Year, reports GTN Bestsellers

The wet winter weather doesn’t seem to have deterred people from making garden centre visits so far this January as the GTN Bestsellers All Products Sales Index reports volume sales are up by 13% on last year and up 21% on 2018.


Clearance sales post-Christmas and many great homewares offers are certainly driving overall volumes, and most encouragingly, sales of garden products, growing media and plants are up too. Wild Bird Care is the only sector measured by GTN Bestsellers that is down at the moment.


It would appear the desire to get gardening as soon as possible is definitely there so getting that turn around for Christmas into spring gardening and outdoor furniture is the key activity for the month


Another factor increasingly driving volume sales and more regular customer visits is the food hall of garden centres. Gates in Leicestershire have an organic milk vending machine in their new farm shop that is creating new regular traffic from customers looking for a sustainable shopping experience.  Read more about it in the GTN Sustainability Directory to be published later this month.


GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year (week 2)

  • Garden Products - up 25%
  • Growing Media - up 91%
  • Wild Bird Care - down 8%
  • Veg-2-Gro - up 15%
  • All Plants Index - up 16%
  • All Items Index - up 25%

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