In This Issue
Barton Grange, Fron Goch and Klondyke Burnside win GCA North region awards
Adverse weather conditions hit garden centre sales
Frosts in discussion with Blue Diamond about the prospective sale of their two remaining garden centres
ecofective Organic Superfood – a sustainable value-added feed
Scotts of Southend implements WinRetail
After the Euros, are you ready for Olympic promotions? - Trademark warning added
Zest wins double at SOLEX
HTA solar panels save over 9 tonnes of carbon emissions in first year
Save the date: The Greenfingers Floral Ball
Give customers a cut above the rest with Kent & Stowe
Castle Gardens praised for innovation at regional GCA awards
Taylors Bulbs Launch New Spring 2025 Catalogue
Poundbury Gardens wins best local garden centre at regional GCA awards
Secure your Handy LIVE 2024 tickets!
spoga+gafa changes to Tuesday start in 2025
Blue Diamond goes for Gold at RHS Tatton Park show
Tatton ‘Long Border’ designs sponsored by Wyevale Nurseries for second year
Ruxley Manor, Ransoms and Millbrook win GCA South-East region awards
SOLEX 2024 hailed a ‘tremendous’ success
YPHA delegates visit The Netherlands for Launch Success Challenge
Colegrave Seabrook Foundation - such a warm welcome into the friendliest industry
Autumn Fair New Business Pavilion brims with pioneering makers and creators
RHS partners with Crane Garden Buildings for major collection
Six packer awards for two Bransford Webbs Apprentices
Otley garden centre provides plants to renovate Leeds children's charity garden
Deco-Pak relaunches its Chelsea Horticultural range
Boost your summer holiday sales with Johnsons Lawn Seed Quick Lawn and help revive the UK's lawns
HTA welcomes embassy attachés on nursery visit
Double Gold win for She Grows Veg at RHS
Get your copy of GTN Xtra
BBC Gardeners’ World Autumn Fair returns to Audley End
Less than 2 weeks left to enter HTA Grower of the Year Awards
Brand evolution for National Garden Gifting Scheme
HTA launches political engagement drive and new resources for members
The best of last week's
Yorkshire Garden Centres to join the Tillington Group
Prosper bidding farewell to Yorkshire Garden Centres
Planters, Old Railway Line and Poundbury Gardens crowned GCA Midlands, Wales & West winners
30 years of student scholarships celebrated at Ball Summer Showcase
Celebrate the future of garden retail at Glee's 50th anniversary exhibition
Kate Ebbens is halfway though her 366 Running Challenge
Business Manager needed at Grimsby Garden Centre
GTN team bring you the best stories from SOLEX
Zest, Hex Living, Supremo, Eco Fuego, Pit Boss and 4 Seasons Outdoor win SOLEX 2024 Awards
Team Kadai win the Chicken Euros BBQ Competition at SOLEX 2024
Football-themed After Party scores at SOLEX
The Loving Outdoor Living Zone proves popular
Award winners celebrate their success
LOFA make donations to Greenfingers and Perennial
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Barton Grange, Fron Goch and Klondyke Burnside win GCA North region awards

The Destination Garden Centre of the Year at the GCA's North region award presentations was presented to Barton Grange (above), the Garden Centre award went to Fron Goch Garden Centre (below left) and Local Garden Centre to Klondyke Garden Centre, Burnside (below right)...

Click here for the full list of GCA North region award winners
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Adverse weather conditions hit garden centre sales

In its July Market Update, the Horticultural Trades Association reports that challenging trading conditions for garden centres continued in June 2024. Despite a general improvement in consumer confidence, ongoing adverse wet weather significantly affected sales in core gardening categories...

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Frosts in discussion with Blue Diamond about the prospective sale of their two remaining garden centres

Frosts are currently in discussion with Blue Diamond about the potential sale of their garden centres in Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes and Willington, Bedford. The two parties have now entered into an exclusive dialogue about Blue Diamond becoming future prospective owners of Frosts, Woburn Sands and Frosts, Willington. While these discussions are continuing neither party will be making any further comment.

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ecofective Organic Superfood – a sustainable value-added feed
GTN Xtra Promotion

Promoting bigger, healthier, and happier plants and produce, Organic Superfood liquid feeds has started its debut season well, with gardening retailers reporting positive sales results for the value-added ecofective® range...

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Scotts of Southend implements WinRetail
GTN Xtra Promotion

Corby + Fellas has announced a new partnership, one of many in the next few months, this time with Scott’s of Southend Garden Centre...

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After the Euros, are you ready for Olympic promotions? - Trademark warning added

After the ups and downs of the Euros, Skylark Garden Centre in Cambridgeshire have switched their summer promotions to the upcoming Olympics in Paris with the design of their Maize Maze using the Team GB logo.

 

That got the GTN Xtra team wondering about other garden centre Olympic related promotions.  Will anybody be bringing back the Little Chef style "Olympic Breakfast"?  

 

We are sure you've all got better ideas than that.  If you do, send in a photo to trevor@pottingshedpress.co.uk and we'll publish the ideas over the next few weeks.

 

Read more including a trademeark warning
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Zest wins double at SOLEX

‘A great event all round’ was the verdict from timber garden furniture and decorative garden structure specialist, Zest on SOLEX 2024. The company won Best Small Stand at Solex and Best New Individual Product for the Terraza Kitchen...

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HTA solar panels save over 9 tonnes of carbon emissions in first year

Since the solar panels were turned on at the HTA, over 45,000 kWh of clean energy has been generated, saving 9.36 tonnes of CO2e – this is the same as powering more than 16 average UK homes for a whole year...

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Save the date: The Greenfingers Floral Ball
Celebrating 25 years of magical hospice gardens

Mark the 26th June 2025 in your diaries now, as you will not want to miss the Greenfingers Charity’s Floral Ball, a truly special event to mark the charity’s 25th anniversary...

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Give customers a cut above the rest with Kent & Stowe
 

Kent & Stowe is renowned for its high-quality tools that help gardeners achieve extraordinary results. The brand is committed to designing gardening tools that feature exceptional attention to detail to deliver unrivalled performance. 

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Castle Gardens praised for innovation at regional GCA awards

Castle Gardens in Sherborne, Dorset took first place in The Barton Grange Trophy for Commercial Innovation and Creativity at the Midlands, Wales and West GCA Awards...

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Taylors Bulbs Launch New Spring 2025 Catalogue
 

As the seasons roll around, Taylors Bulbs are busy preparing for a busy Autumn season and at the same time, launching their new Spring 2025 catalogue incorporating summer flowering bulbs and grow your own products such as seed potatoes, onion sets and associated products...

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Poundbury Gardens wins best local garden centre at regional GCA awards
 

Poundbury Gardens in Poundbury, Dorset has won Garden Centre of the Year at the Midlands, Wales and West Garden Centre Association (GCA) Awards...

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Secure your Handy LIVE 2024 tickets!

Don’t miss out on your last chance to secure a free ticket for Handy LIVE 2024, where British garden machinery company Handy will be showcasing its extensive product ranges and highlighting its support for dealers.  Held at the prestigious Moulton Grange Country Estate in Northamptonshire on Thursday 5th September, tickets are limited to this popular event – only a few tickets remaining! 

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spoga+gafa changes to Tuesday start in 2025

spoga+gafa is reacting to the industry's wishes and is changing its schedule. From 2025 onwards, the trade fair will no longer start on a Sunday, but will in future begin on Tuesday and end on Thursday. The dates for 2024 will be 24 to 26 June 2025 in Cologne...

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Blue Diamond goes for Gold at RHS Tatton Park show
 

Blue Diamond Garden Centres are exhibiting at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park where they have three stands, two in the Floral Marquee, one of which is in collaboration with the National Trust (Stand FM 57), an exhibit showcasing their own brand, Fryer’s Roses, (Stand FM 33) and a display garden in the RHS Partner Garden area of the show.

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Tatton ‘Long Border’ designs sponsored by Wyevale Nurseries for second year

Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford is once again this year providing plants for some of the ‘Long Border’ designs at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Flower Show at Tatton Park (July 17-21, 2024)...

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Ruxley Manor, Ransoms and Millbrook win GCA South-East region awards

In the GCA South-East regional awards, Garden Centre of the Year in the Destination Garden Centre category was Ruxley Manor (above), the Garden Centre category award went to Ransoms Garden Centre and Local Garden Centre to Millbrook Garden Company (below), Staplehurst...

Read more and see the full GCA South East results
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SOLEX 2024 hailed a ‘tremendous’ success

The three-day SOLEX exhibition held at the NEC Birmingham this week has been hailed as a huge success as the organisers announce that next year’s event will take place on 8-10 July 2025...

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YPHA delegates visit The Netherlands for Launch Success Challenge

The YPHA’s Launch Success Challenge is finally underway with the first masterclasses having taken place in The Netherlands at the start of the month...

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Colegrave Seabrook Foundation - such a warm welcome into the friendliest industry

The Colegrave Seabrook Foundations' Smart Garden Products Student Scholarship scheme, now in its second year of operation, is so much more than just the financial support it gives to the winning students studying horticulture...

Read more and see photos from the Smart Scholarship Scheme Tour
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GTN team bring you the best stories from SOLEX

The team from GTN were present at SOLEX throughout the three days of the show to produce live daily issues of SOLEX SUN. Below are some of the main stories from the show.

Click here for links to all editions of SOLEX SUN
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Zest, Hex Living, Supremo, Eco Fuego, Pit Boss and 4 Seasons Outdoor win SOLEX 2024 Awards

Zest, Hex Living, Supremo, Eco Fuego, Pit Boss and 4 Seasons Outdoor were the winners in the SOLEX 2024 Awards, presented by Dion Dublin this evening at the NEC...

See the full SOLEX 2024 Awards results here
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Team Kadai win the Chicken Euros BBQ Competition at SOLEX 2024

Team Kadai beat off stiff competition from teams from Charbroil, Outback, Grillstream and Delavita in the SOLEX BBQ Magazine Chicken Euros challenge...

See photos from the event
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Football-themed After Party scores at SOLEX

SOLEX exhibitors celebrated the 16th edition of SOLEX at a football-themed evening, which coincided with the UEFA Euro semi-final between Spain and France...

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The Loving Outdoor Living Zone proves popular

The Loving Outdoor Living Zone proved to be a popular destination at SOLEX. Our photographer Paul Webb captured some of the action…

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Award winners celebrate their success

The award winners at SOLEX 2024 were celebrating their success on the second day of the show...

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LOFA make donations to Greenfingers and Perennial

Greenfingers Charity and Perennial were presented with cheques for £7,500 each from LOFA during SOLEX...

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Autumn Fair New Business Pavilion brims with pioneering makers and creators
 

The New Business Pavilion at Autumn Fair, the UK’s largest seasonal showcase for Home, Gift & Fashion, will brim with the next generation of makers and creators offering them the chance to be retail’s next bestsellers...

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RHS partners with Crane Garden Buildings for major collection

The Royal Horticultural Society has announced a partnership with Crane Garden Buildings, a UK leading supplier of high-quality garden buildings, to produce the RHS Garden Building Collection by Crane Garden Buildings, a range of leisure buildings, offices, outbuildings and garages...

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Six packer awards for two Bransford Webbs Apprentices

 

Emmeline Yourston and Samantha Oleksy, from The Bransford Webbs Plant Company, have both been awarded six packer places at this year’s IPPS conference taking place in Guildford, Surrey... 

 

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Otley garden centre provides plants to renovate Leeds children's charity garden

The team at Otley Garden Centre has provided subsidised plants to support the renovation of three areas of Leeds Children's Charity's Lineham Farm in Eccup...

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Deco-Pak relaunches its Chelsea Horticultural range
 

On a mission to arm retailers (and consumers!) with everything they need to transform and truly personalise their garden spaces, Deco-Pak has taken steps to improve its popular Chelsea Horticultural range to provide even more solutions for gardeners....

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Boost your summer holiday sales with Johnsons Lawn Seed Quick Lawn and help revive the UK's lawns

In light of the significant challenges UK garden lawns have faced since the start of 2024, Johnsons Lawn Seed urges retailers to order its popular Quick Lawn with Accelerator mix to meet the growing demand for effective and rapid lawn care solutions...

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HTA welcomes embassy attachés on nursery visit

On a visit organised by the Horticultural Trades Association, diplomats from a range of European embassies based in London were welcomed at Provender Nurseries in Kent. This visit was significant as it provided the attachés with a unique opportunity to witness the operations of a leading UK grower, Provender Nurseries, first-hand...

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Double Gold win for She Grows Veg at RHS
 

In its very first year on the garden show circuit, Suffolk based brand, She Grows Veg, has scored a hat trick of awards that champion the brand’s dedication to horticultural excellence...

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