In This Issue
Garden Centre Sales double during half term
What Lies Ahead for 2021? - GTN's February Issue On-Line Now
Last chance to view Woodlodge’s new Snowlodge Christmas Décor range
Sue Allen and Tammy Woodhouse to Brave the Shave on Garden Re-Leaf Day
Hozelock adds to popular trigger sprayer range
Beast from the East (2021 edition) hits sales
It's 'love plants' as Valentine's Day boosts sales
Petitions in Wales and Scotland go over 6,700 and 3,100 signatures, but they still need our help to get centres re-opened
Garden centre seeks planning permission for holiday lodges
HTA reacts to Wales, Scotland and North Ireland plans
More walkers welcome! Join the Garden Re-Leaf Lands’ End to John O’Groats virtual walk
Gardening comes to the Sun on Sunday
The Plant Based Podcast returns with new format and new sponsor to celebrate the continued popularity of gardening
New company offers eco-friendly greetings cards
Altons BBQ World, Aylett Nurseries, Barton Grange, Baytree, Busy Bee, Groves, Pengelly, Pughs, The Old Railway Line and Squires Badshot Lea are the winners of GTN's Greatest Christmas Awards
Christmas Future Trends at Glee's Festive Focus Day
GTN's Christmas Special Issue - read on-line here
Get your own copy of GTN Xtra
James Parr joins Smart Board
Pots and seed trays beat the cold
Spring has begun at GROEN-Direkt in 2021
Growing media sales hit by big freeze
RHS members vote in support of a change to the RHS Bye-Laws for recruiting Council Members
Wild Bird Care up by 21%
The best of last week's
Online garden products retailer sold to private equity firm
One good week and gardening sales get going
Scotsdale warehouse extension gets green light
Floralsilk opens impressive purpose built showroom
Garden centres in Top 10 list for 'popular local retailers'
Record manufacturing output and inventory holding to serve increased customer demand
Get set go – supporters confirm plans for Garden Re-Leaf
Get your own copy of GTN Xtra
Barton Grange Christmas 2020 - Exclusive GTN Xtra Photo Tour
Squires Badshot Lea - Christmas 2020
Perrywood at Christmas 2020 - with correct photo gallery now...
British Garden Centres open their 58th centre at Thatcham
Haskins Snowhill re-opens after £15m re-vamp
Bestsellers Top 50 charts every week
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All the latest news from the world of pet products
Henry Bell secures exclusive contract with Blue Diamond
Nature's Harvest dog food unveils new brand packaging
Skinner’s celebrates 50 years with a range expansion
Wilsons Pet Food extends eco-friendly dog food range
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Beast from the East (2021 edition) hits sales
Exclusive GTN Bestsellers analysis


After all the gains of the first week of February, the Beast from the East (2021 edition) caused garden centre sales to plummet, but not to the depths of the Beast from the East (2018).


With footfall patchy during the snow and freezing conditions every area of garden centre sales dropped week on week. Only Wild Bird Care sales saw an increase on the same week last year.


As we all wait for the Prime Minister’s plan for moving out of lockdown now is the time to be making sure your social media marketing is getting into gear and that your team is ready to answer all those questions that will come from new gardeners.  


Over the next few weeks more people will be venturing out into their gardens. As a retail sector, we need to make sure garden centres are the first port of call and that we figuratively wrap our arms around them to help them get the most from their outdoor spaces in 2021.


Have you implemented any specific new training programmes for your staff? And what have you added to your information delivery to cater for more new gardeners?  Do let us know about your new ideas to support new gardeners.  Email


GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year: week 6.

  • Garden Products Top 50 – down 8%
  • Growing Media Top 50 – down 37%
  • Veg 2 Gro Top 50 – down 10%
  • Wild Bird & Wildlife Care Top 50 – up 21%

GTN Bestsellers All Sales volumes compared to the same week last year: week 6.

  • All Plants with Barcode index – down 56%
  • All Items with Barcode index – down 28%

See the full GTN Bestsellers Top 50 charts, compiled from garden centre Epos data every week, with a years subscription to the printed newsletter for only £145.00 using this link.

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