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
Buy your subscription to the GTN Bestsellers printed weekly newsletter
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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Plants & growing media are star performers at start of Lockdown 2
Exclusive GTN Bestsellers Epos data analysis


As we went into Lockdown 2 it was plants, growing media, and wildlife and wild bird care that performed best versus last year – up on last year’s sales for the same week by 41%, 76% and 23% respectively. According to the GTN Bestsellers Epos data, Christmas sales volumes were the sector worst hit, down 8% on last year.


All that gardening activity, possibly in preparation for lockdown, meant total volume sales for the week were up overall by 11%. Thank goodness for being allowed to stay open and thank goodness for continued high levels of gardening activity, even as we move into November.


With social distancing and general adherence to the lockdown with people NOT going out for non-essential shopping, Christmas sales present an even bigger challenge than normal. That’s why the team at GTN are putting together plans to bring back The Greatest Christmas Awards this year. Watch out for details in GTN Xtra and the November printed magazine issue of GTN.


GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year: week 45

  • Garden Products Top 50 – down 30%
  • Growing Media Top 50 – up 76%
  • Veg 2 Gro Top 50 – up 58%
  • Wild Bird & Wildlife Care Top 50 – up 23%
  • Christmas Top 50 – down 8%


GTN Bestsellers All Sales volumes compared to the same week last year: week 45

  • All Plants with Barcode index – up 41%
  • All Items with Barcode index – up 11%

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

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