In This Issue
GTN's Greatest Christmas Awards are back!
Barton Grange Christmas 2020 - Exclusive GTN Xtra Photo Tour
Plants & growing media are star performers at start of Lockdown 2
Simpsons expands with purchase of Aberdeenshire garden centre
Little Dobbies opens in Edinburgh
Homebase up for sale after recent overhaul
Plant sales increase in Lockdown 2
From minus 50% to plus 2%, growing media feeds the gardening bug
Supply chain keeps moving with Stax during pandemic
Horticultural businesses optimistic but cautious for 2021
Thieves break into Dobbies Garden Centre
BBC Gardeners’ World Live set to return in 2021
Tong Garden Centre keeps it local for new uniform
Glow illuminations to continue at RHS gardens
Kew Greeen Hotels and Tabletop are joint winners of Pennies Breakthrough Award
RHS receives record £1.8m donation to Bridgewater
bio-bean Certifies as a B Corporation
Casual Dining postponed until September 2021
Dobbies teams up with Teenage Cancer Trust to thank local heroes this Christmas
Tim’s Ties help Mr Fothergill’s Raise Money for BBC Children in Need
Get your own copy of GTN Xtra
MP visits at British Garden Centres
Houseplant care feeds sales
Who will be The Greatest Christmas team for 2020?
Garden Press Event goes virtual for 2021
HTA launches new training development programmes
Dobbies launches series of Christmas podcasts
Celebrating with Christmas Lunch at Squire’s
The best of last week's
Lockdown 2 leaves garden centre car parks empty after record sales for October
Suttons Seeds acquired by T&M
LOFA reports severe disruption at UKs three main container ports
Not your average garden centre - Dobbies launch Christmas Ad Campaign
Lockdown 2 hits sales, but volumes still ahead of last year
Fosseway Garden Centre make the right choice with Corby & Fellas’ WinRetail system
Festive announce Christmas 2021 showroom opening dates
Garden Centre Photo Tours
Haskins Snowhill re-opens after £15m re-vamp
British Garden Centres open their 58th centre at Thatcham
Bestsellers Top 50 charts every week
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All the latest news from the world of pet products
Personalised Christmas Stockings and Pod Toys
Christmas cracker for cats and dogs
Raw frozen meatball pet food brand launched
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From minus 50% to plus 2%, growing media feeds the gardening bug


Growing media sales continue at a pace unseen for this time of the year, pushing the year to date sales in the GTN Bestsellers database up to 2.3% ahead of last year despite zero sales being registered during the seven weeks of Lockdown 1.


That means volume sales have caught up all of the lost sales during lockdown and some. Remember, those centres that operated delivery and click and collect services sold huge volumes back in April and May too.


Thirty of the Top 50 lines in the GTN chart increased their sales last week at a time of year when normally growing media sales are dwindling every week and the sales area gets less attention due to Christmas.

We’ll see from next week’s data whether any of these increases were down to people stocking up in advance of lockdown or whether the demand continues.


Highlights of the week were:

  • Westland Gro-Sure All Purpose Compost & 4 Month Feed 50 litres was the highest climber up the chart, moving up to No 12.
  • Evergreen Horticulture Tub & Basket Compost 75 litres re-entered at No 27.
  • Strulch Organic Straw Mulch 100 litres also re-entered at No 28.

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