In This Issue
UK-first for Dobbies as garden centre chain launches own brand peat-free compost with added John Innes
Perrywood Sudbury granted planning permission to build £8-10m garden centre
30% growth in first week of June bucks trends of past years
GIMA Charity Golf Day welcomes the industry back with a day of sunshine and friendly competition
GIMA Golf Day Photo Exclusive
HRH The Prince of Wales visits Bloomin Amazing
Plants are the stars of Summer 2021
Squire's: An 85-year love affair with gardening
New garden wellies set to ignite year-round sales
BBC Gardeners’ World’s Spring Fair is a sell-out
Online Marketplace kickstarts digital wholesale trading with over 4,500 products
Gardeners offered chance to make solar-powered water feature or pond fountain without electricity
Horticulture industry backs moves to reform packaging producer responsibility system
Dorset LEP invest in Stewarts Agritech Glasshouse
Farplants launch Garden your way to Wellbeing
Bio-based building materials to be introduced at Chelsea
Petite rose from Whartons is a genuine innovation
Enhance the shopping experience and prepare for Natasha’s Law
Unprecedented Demand - Record Easter garden centre sales lead to stock shortages - Read GTN's April issue on-line now
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Garden Product sales set new rules
Gardeners Delight for Veg-2-Gro sales
June starts with double bubble for compost
Hot weather further stints Wild Bird Care sales
Inside Horticulture: a new magazine to inform and inspire the garden industry in 2021 and beyond
The best of last week's
Tong gets go-ahead to build £14m garden centre
Work on new centre set to start in mid-July
Shed prices set to soar
Private equity group acquires leading garden product firm
Man arrested after burglary at garden centre
Barton Grange Christmas 2020 - Exclusive GTN Xtra Photo Tour
Squires Badshot Lea - Christmas 2020
Perrywood at Christmas 2020 - with correct photo gallery now...
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Vital Pet Group to exclusively stock leading organic pet food range Yarrah
Expanding pet treat business grows into new premises after surge in demand
Sandringham estate launches Royal dog accessory range
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UK-first for Dobbies as garden centre chain launches own brand peat-free compost with added John Innes

Dobbies claims to be the first UK garden centre business to launch an own-brand, peat-free compost with added John Innes.

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Perrywood Sudbury granted planning permission to build £8-10m garden centre

Planning permission has now been granted, so Perrywood can now move ahead with their £8-10m investment in an inspirational new Garden Centre at their existing site in Newton Road, Sudbury. Existing buildings will be repurposed with the potential to be leased out to other rural businesses and organisations...

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30% growth in first week of June bucks trends of past years

Summer 2021 sales are bucking the trends of past years. Usually, sales start falling during the first week of June but this year the reverse has happened with sales increasing to the highest volume sales level of the year and almost matching the post Lockdown#1 closure peak of 2020...

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GIMA Charity Golf Day welcomes the industry back with a day of sunshine and friendly competition

Marking the return of in-person events, the 11th annual GIMA Charity Golf Day was a fun-filled day of friendly competition, reunions, networking, fundraising, and glorious summer sunshine...

 

The Zest 4 Leisure team was crowned 2021 Golf Day champions with 96 points.

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GIMA Golf Day Photo Exclusive

Full Results and photos from the GIMA Golf Day 2021
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HRH The Prince of Wales visits Bloomin Amazing

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales returned to Rainbarrow Farm on Wednesday to formally open the next exciting development that will contribute further to the site's overall sustainability. He originally opened the UK's first commercial biomethane anaerobic digestor (AD) plant on the site in October 2012...

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Plants are the stars of Summer 2021

Plant sales in the last two weeks have been enormous, with last week’s plant volumes in the GTN Bestsellers Epos data beating the first week of June 2020 by an incredible 38%...

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Squire's: An 85-year love affair with gardening

Squire’s Garden Centres celebrates its 85th Anniversary this year. The company was incorporated on the 8th July 1936 and the original certificate of incorporation, though faded over time, still hangs on the boardroom wall alongside the first handwritten bank statement. Sarah Squire is now Chairman, and she tells us a bit about the changes in gardening and garden centres over the last 85 years.

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New garden wellies set to ignite year-round sales

A new name in wellington boots is helping to drive year-round sales, whilst also showcasing new material innovation to mix up the gardener’s favourite footwear category. Introducing Leon Boots Co Ltd – the name behind the all-new ‘revolutionary’ ULTRALIGHT garden ankle boot, the lightest and most comfortable wellington boot to ever hit the UK market...

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BBC Gardeners’ World’s Spring Fair is a sell-out

Thousands of keen gardeners headed to the brand-new BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair last bank holiday weekend. The beautiful grounds of Beaulieu in Hampshire were the stunning backdrop to the latest event from Immediate Live, which was officially opened by Beaulieu’s Lord Montagu with BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine editors Lucy Hall and Kevin Smith....

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Online Marketplace kickstarts digital wholesale trading with over 4,500 products

Since launching in May, the Spring & Autumn Fair Online Marketplace has seen astonishing growth and response with the first trade taking pace within 48 hours of going live...

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Gardeners offered chance to make solar-powered water feature or pond fountain without electricity
 

Gardeners and pond lovers are being offered the chance to create an attractive, easy to maintain and cost-effective solar-powered water feature or fountain without the need of electrical cables...

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Horticulture industry backs moves to reform packaging producer responsibility system

Leaders from the horticulture sector have come together to write to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) backing the principles of the recently announced Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) consultation on packaging, but tempered by concerns around the short timescales and lack of detail. If introduced, the scheme would see packaging producers liable for the full cost of managing packaging once it becomes waste...

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Dorset LEP invest in Stewarts Agritech Glasshouse

 

Stewarts Garden Centres are nearing completion of a £3 million agritech glasshouse and education facility at Broomhill, made possible thanks to funding from Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Low Carbon Dorset...

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Vital Pet Group to exclusively stock leading organic pet food range Yarrah

Pet trade specialist Vital Pet Group has become the exclusive distributor of 100% organic pet food range Yarrah.  With almost 30 years of experience, Yarrah is one of the leading organic pet food brands in Europe, with a full range of premium dog and cat food and treats...

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Expanding pet treat business grows into new premises after surge in demand

Sniffers Pet Care is moving into larger premises and taking on more staff to cope with growing demand for its products. The business will move to a new 22,500 sq ft home at the Lowfields Business Park, Elland, this month while director Simon Brown said three roles had been created as a result of the move, taking the headcount to 12.

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Sandringham estate launches Royal dog accessory range

Dog-loving visitors to the Royal residence at Sandringham in Norfolk can now treat their pets to a new lead and collar from an exclusive range...

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Farplants launch Garden your way to Wellbeing

Farplants Garden your way to Wellbeing range is now heading to UK garden centres. The launch of the range was impacted by last year’s lockdown restrictions but can now make its debut in 2021. The range has been carefully crafted to promote plants that can give a mood boost and create a sense experience...

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Bio-based building materials to be introduced at Chelsea

A garden, originally intended to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Florence Nightingale in 2020, will be built by award-winning landscape company Bowles & Wyer and unveiled at RHS Chelsea 2021 to celebrate the importance of nursing in the 21st century...

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Petite rose from Whartons is a genuine innovation

Whartons has unveiled a genuine innovation in the world of roses called Zepeti (Meibenbino). At its peak it looks quite unreal, a mass of fire engine-red blooms over neat glossy foliage. This is one for the urban or starter gardener and anyone with limited space...

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Enhance the shopping experience and prepare for Natasha’s Law

Choosing the right food and drink packaging for your garden centre catering operation adds value for your customers while building your brand’s reputation. Tri-Star’s range of stackable quick-serve foodservice packaging is not only convenient, hygienic and fit for purpose, but also easy to store and use, therefore speeding up service...

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Unprecedented Demand - Record Easter garden centre sales lead to stock shortages - Read GTN's April issue on-line now

In GTN's April issue of news and information for garden centre professionals:

  • Back to the NEC for Glee!
  • Life – Norfolk Leisure Style
  • 1000 years and growing at Coolings
  • Investment is back on the agenda for garden centres
  • Pictures of a Record Easter from Aylett Nurseries, Burston Garden Centre and Scotsdales
  • Unprecedented demand leads to stock shortages
  • Enhancing our understanding of New Gardeners
  • GIMA Charity Golf Day returns this summer
  • B-bag takes Extreme Lounging to new places
    LOFA Update – Are we over the worst of the shortages?
  • HTA Column – Success Brings Stress

 

Read GTN's April 2021 Issue on-line here
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