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Sales up by 49% compared to previous nine years, despite being closed for Easter Sunday
Thanks a million to you all from Peter Seabrook
Derek Bunker adds his thanks to suppliers for "their efforts throughout this amazing period in garden centre history"
Easter thank you to growers, manufacturers & distributors from British Garden Centres
Hozelock unveils new sprayers range for 2021
Plymouth Garden Centre installs WinRetail system
Hamac Trading offers complete display solution to make Christmas special
Garden Centres re-open in Scotland... and it snows!
Wildlife Trusts call for immediate end to peat sales
Immediate ban on peat use unrealistic, says HTA
March sales break all records
East Yorkshire garden centre sells for £1.5m
Dobbies unveils Spring advertising campaign
Wyevale Nurseries sees record sales in all sectors
Plant sales soar to record high
National Plant Show 2021 postponed
Blue Diamond Group announces exclusive partnership with The Soil Association
Flymo and Gardena partner with Evergreen
Ball Colegrave introduces 2021 Autumn Portfolio
Bradstone launches first low carbon paving range
Scatter seeds for a brighter year ahead, says Seedball
Garden centre invests in leadership skills training
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GIMA Charity Golf Day returns this summer
Garden centre chef fakes invoices totalling more than £14,000, court hears
Garden reunions set the pace for product sales
Mad March sales for growing media
Wild Bird Care up by 11%
PlantSavers deliver more than just plants
D-Grade Fibre trays extended
Haddonstone recognised in leading industry awards
The GIMA Awards are back!
George brings the first-ever RHS kids’ clothing line to Asda stores
Royal Horticultural Society calls on public to help map sweet chestnut trees
The best of last week's
Garden centres report busiest ever day as gardens are the focus for family re-unions this week - More comments added
Suez Canal blockage causes further delays for garden furniture
Cherry Lane acquires Langford Garden Centre
little dobbies opens its doors in Bristol
DJ Turfcare responds to Monty Don’s call to stop mowing our lawns
Barton Grange Christmas 2020 - Exclusive GTN Xtra Photo Tour
Squires Badshot Lea - Christmas 2020
Perrywood at Christmas 2020 - with correct photo gallery now...
Bestsellers Top 50 charts every week
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All the latest news from the world of pet products
Interpet launches new LED lighting range to make fish shine and aid plant growth
Major pet companies book stands at PATS Telford
Vet charity urges pet owners to be vigilant over Easter
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The GIMA Awards are back!
Make a note of November 11th in your diaries now!


Following an imposed year off in 2020, the leading trade association, GIMA, is pleased to confirm that its annual awards evening will be making its highly-anticipated return on November 11th, 2021.


Taking place at the ever-popular Celtic Manor Resort, this year’s event will be a night to remember, celebrating not just a return to normality but also the best that the garden retail sector has to offer.


Whilst the Covid pandemic resulted in the event being cancelled for the first time in its 40-year history in 2020, the industry has not stopped. Suppliers have stayed busy creating exciting new product, marketing and merchandising innovations throughout the 2020 and 2021 season. These launches and initiatives are what will be celebrated in a special glittering night of awards and merriment, with all of the usual categories – including the GCA Supplier of the Year (GCA), Gardenex Export Achievement and the Sword of Excellence (last won by Primeur in 2019) - set to make a return. A new Sustainability award will also be joining the line up to recognise a product, business initiative, or wider business ethos that demonstrates how suppliers are successfully driving the sustainability agenda.


Commenting on the welcome return of the GIMA Awards, GIMA Director, Vicky Nuttall said: “We could not be happier to confirm that the annual awards ceremony will be back later this year. I know how missed the event has been, so being able to confirm its return is a very special moment for us. 


“This year’s awards may be a little later in the year than we are used to but that won’t stop us celebrating in style! We are very much looking forward to throwing open the doors to Celtic Manor once again and being able to celebrate the incredible hard work that our suppliers have achieved in the face of adversity over the past two years.”


To mark the ruby anniversary of the event, GIMA is asking attendees to add a splash of red to their glad rags to help mark the celebrations even further. 


This year, the GIMA Awards will be sponsored by a wealth of fantastic industry brands, including Glee which returns, once again, as headline sponsor, as well as the HTA, GCA, Gardenex, Garden Trade News, Gardenforum, Garden Radio, Garden Centre Retail, Garden Centre Update, DIY Week, CM Ventures and Hornby Whitefoot PR.  Additional sponsorship opportunities are also available - please contact GIMA to find out more. 


Entry is now open!

Entry to the 2021 GIMA awards is now open. This year, the entry criteria has been extended to cover both the 2020 and 2021 season, giving suppliers the chance to showcase efforts that may have been missed during the pandemic. The closing date for entries will be 28th May, with the judging process taking place at the end of June at Warwick Racecourse. This year’s judges will include representatives from Bents Garden & Home, British Garden Centres, The Gardens Group, Altons Garden Centre, Dobbies and Wickes.


To find out more about how to enter the 2021 GIMA Awards or to book your place at what is set to be a night to remember please visit

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