In This Issue
Dobbies close their centres this morning
Rainbows of Cheer
Dobbies remain open and social media gets heated
David Domoney gives garden centre delivery services a lift on national radio
Gardening for Children - what a great opportunity for garden centres to help during the emergency
Garden Centres close their doors "We want to be part of stopping the spread of Coronavirus"
Pop up Veg shops - Garden Centres help ease pressure on buying fresh food
Gardening starts to grow as people prepare for long stay at home
Orangutan Books specialise in extremely high-quality bespoke gift books for your Christmas event
For sale - A long Established Garden Centre Business
Notcutts celebrates one million donations through Pennies
Floriculture contributes to public health with #flowers4oxygen
Garden Re-Leaf Day 2020 celebrates another superb day of FUNdraising
BBC Gardeners’ World Live postponed following recent COVID-19 advice
David Domoney urges people to garden during difficult times
Deliveries to customers - another way to help your community
A message from Greenfingers Charity Chairman, Sue Allen
GTN Bestsellers Garden Re-Leaf Subscription Offer
Nursery calls for more centres to sell veg & food
Get your own copy of GTN Xtra
Thank goodness for gardening
Rapid sales of veg plants
Stockpiling compost – whatever next?
Veg-2-Gro sales caught on the hop
Christmas Grotto Gift Books
The best of last week's
Trading update from this weekend - UPDATED
Rising to the Challenge
100% Business Rates Reliefs for Garden Centres Confirmed
Blue Diamond Awards Shine Brightly
Garden Re-Leaf Day 2020 is a FUNdraising success
Haskins Snowhill re-opens after £15m re-vamp
Garden Centre Photo Tours
Bestsellers Top 50 charts every week
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Gardening starts to grow as people prepare for long stay at home


Last week as the government announced 14 day self isolations along with other measures the picture looked really bleak and uncertain.  However, gardeners initially have galvanised themselves into action and got ready for a long spring and summer of growing and enjoying their garden.


Whilst there is still uncertainty as to what further restrictions may be imposed one thing is certain, gardening has taken off for the season big time and we expect the GTN Bestsellers figures for next week to show an acceleration of sales.


Our Epos data only covers volume item sales so we are unable to factually comment on restaurant sales but we know they have been hit, so there are holes in turnover and activity that need to be filled.  Farm Shops appear to be part of that, and we saw plenty of chocolate items selling through in the data.


It’s a bit like Easter and Christmas rolled into one.  We now need to make gardening so relevant to peoples well being during the next 12 weeks so garden centres can remain open as they are in Germany.


Stay safe and well.


GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year: week 11

•           Garden Products Top 50 – up 19%

•           Growing Media Top 50 – up 74%

•           Wild Bird Care Top 50 – up 33%

•           Veg 2 Gro Top 50 – down 29% 

•           All Plants index – up 20%

•           All Items index – up 18%


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