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Blue Diamond now 3rd largest Garden Centre Group in the UK
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42 more Homebase closures named as former owners lick their wounds
43% of gardeners use weedkillers, survey suggests
Beardshaw lends weight to bee and wasp sting awareness campaign
Hilliers set out to make a family's dream come true
Multiple triumphs for Haskins in GCA regional awards
Thinner cut turf makes for healthier lawns says STRI research
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August lows at heat takes its toll
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August lows at heat takes its toll


The heat continued to take its toll on garden centre sales last week. We’ve now had five consecutive weeks of sales volumes down on last year. And even plant sales dropped below last year’s volumes for the first time since mid-April.


Hopefully the rain and cooler weather this week will re-ignite gardening activity and most importantly make it more appealling for people to eat and drink in garden centre restauarants.


In all the years we’ve been reporting on garden centre sales this is the first time we’ve had consitent reports to say that catering has been down. 


Perhaps air conditioning will move up the list of priorities when it comes to re-vamping and increasing coffee shop and restauarnt seating areas. 


But then again we’ll have all forgotten about the heatwave by the time Christmas is in full swing during October!


GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year: week 31

  • Garden Products Top 50 – up 1%
  • Growing Media Top 50 – up 2%
  • Veg 2 Gro Top 50 – down 41%
  • Wild Bird Care Products Top 50 – down 44%
  • All Plants index – down 1%
  • All Items index – down 9%

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