In This Issue
UK’s leading garden centres scoop top awards at GCA conference
And the rising star is Jayne Scott from Daleside Klondyke
Greenfingers fundraising at GCA Conference reaches more than £30,000
Barton Grange, Bents, Webbs, Stewarts, Fron Goch, Stratford, Fairways, Gordale win awards at GCA conference
Cowells and Bents picked up Ruxley Rose Awards
‘Fun and frolics’ event raises over £20,000 for Greenfingers
Castle Gardens and Bents presented with Christmas Awards
Mike Lind takes over as GCA chairman
Paul Dye's funeral details announced
Happy Spring!
Girl Power takeover for Rising Stars
Easy instant colour flies out of planterias
Wildlife World returns to Spring Fair 2018
Squire’s customers raise over £21,300 for local charities
Wyevale Nurseries landscape & amenity sales up by 20%
Successful trials of membrane to contain Japanese knotweed
Perrywood presents cheques for over £14,000
Seedball launch Natural History Museum range
GIMA launches new Foreign Exchange service
Looking for Christmas Ideas for 2018?
GTN's Greatest Christmas Team Winners to be announced during Glee@Spring Fair
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Lights continue to sell after Christmas
Creative Products boosts marketing team
Red Baron sets the pace for veg sales
Early Birds drive sales of growing media
Sign up to a Garden Re-Leaf Day challenge
Young Gardeners of the Year 2018 launch
The best of last week's
Shake-up at the top of Dobbies but Nicholas Marshall stays
Jobs at risk at Wyevale Garden Centres following ‘challenging trading conditions’
Global giant Venanpri Tools acquires Burgon & Ball
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All the latest news from the world of garden centre catering
Casual Dining show expands its drinks menu
HTA Catering Conference 2018 - ‘A Recipe for Growth’
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Happy Spring!


Gardening sales have got off to a great start for 2018. Ok, so we are only two weeks in and the weather could turn against us but at this stage of the year any indication that gardening activity and interest is on the up is good news.

After only two weeks our GTN Bestsellers All Products index is running at 12% up but most importantly, plant sales volumes are 30% up after two weeks, Growing Media Top 50 sales are up 74% and even Top 50 Garden Product sales, which were consistently down last year, are currently 22% up.

Let’s hope, after all the snow in December we have a short continuation of winter and that spring comes early.


As Derek Bunker told GTN this week “after Christmas the whole of the UK garden centre industry should start wishing everyone a Happy Spring!”  What a great idea Derek, and with all the Primula and pre-planted Narcissus sold last week a Happy Spring is what customers are looking for too.


Do you agree with Derek about wishing customers "Happy Spring"?  What ideas could we develop across garden centre retailing to make the most of the idea?  Let us know using the comments link below or e-mail


GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year...
Garden Products - up 43%
Growing Media - up 168%
Wild Bird Care - down 15%
Veg-2-Gro - up 18%
All Plants Index - up 74%
All Items Index - up 34%


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Robin Tuppen
So, spring is to get earlier now is it? Two months to go yet to spring! Everyone got their Easter eggs in?
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