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Feed wild birds this spring

Leading quality wild bird and pet food producer, Henry Bell & Co, is sharing its top tips on what to feed wild birds at this time of year. Spring is an important time for wild birds, as it is the season for egg development and for young birds to receive the right nourishment as they grow. It’s also important to look after parent birds to help them raise their chicks successfully. 

Henry Bell & Co is a fourth-generation family-owned British business that produces quality animal feeds. The company launched… Full story

improve your garden

With many now spending a lot more time at home for the foreseeable future, experts offer their top tips to spruce up your outdoor space and improve your garden without spending a penny. 

As people look to cut back on unnecessary costs and spending, experts at Hitachi Personal Finance share insight and handy tips to help create a simple and effective checklist for a low budget garden makeover.

 

  1. Start with a tidy up… Full story

glasshouse from Hartley Botanic

Historic Glasshouse and Greenhouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic has launched a new stately, bespoke Glasshouse as part of its Modern Horticulture range. The Opus Grand Botanic, which was set to be unveiled at Chelsea… Full story

Gardening deemed critically important

With the nation currently isolating in their homes and facilities shut down, we have little choice but to try and enjoy this enforced staycation.  Maintaining mental and physical wellbeing during this time will be of paramount importance as so many areas of our lives feel very much out of our control. Thankfully the sun is beginning to make a more regular appearance, which means the garden is finally open for business. Here, leading garden PR agency, Hornby Whitefoot PR,explore the vital role gardening has for mental and physical wellbeing – as if we needed any further excuses to get out… Full story

geraniums on table

With vibrant colours that brighten up any outside space or more subtle tones that can create a relaxing floral oasis geraniums can transform gardens, patios and terraces – whatever the size.

Loved for their stunning flower heads, geraniums (also known as Pelargonium) are real beauties with gorgeous green leaves and fabulous flowers in a variety of colours such as red, white, pink, purple, lilac and orange. Great as a pop of colour in the summer garden, Pelargonium for Europe know that geraniums … Full story

Lifestylegarden support retailers during lockdown

LifestyleGarden®, the pioneer of the ground breaking DuraOcean® chair and stunning outdoor furniture ranges backed by an environmental and sustainable business agenda, has taken steps to ensure that extensive stock of its leading product portfolio is readily available to its customers including those set-up with transactional webstores, in a bid to meet consumer demand during the nationwide lockdown.

Since the Government ordered all non-essential retailers, including garden centres, to close their doors just weeks before the peak Easter sales period, LifestyleGarden® has vowed to … Full story

Adam Turley - What you should know about protecting intellectual property

From gardening tools to revolutionary new product designs, too often those behind the original design forget to ensure their intellectual property is protected, says Adam Turley, Intellectual Property specialist at Baines Wilson LLP.

The effects of doing so can have tremendous consequences on businesses financially, as well as rendering the benefits of originality virtually invisible. Knowing how to protect and maximise your intellectual property, particularly within the garden trade, ensuring that it is solely you and… Full story

Keeping your garden dog-friendly - none poisonous plants

Owning a dog and having a beautiful garden do not have to be mutually exclusive; however when tending to your garden and planting for spring it is important to consider the plants and products that can be poisonous, in order to look after your pet’s health. It's a well known fact that foods such as chocolate are toxic to dogs, but there are hundreds of plants which can also pose a danger without owners realising. For example, most mushrooms are non-toxic to dogs so their risks are discussed less, however a small few can cause paralysis or even death so it is safer to remove all mushrooms… Full story

Gardening has been proven to help beat depression

Many of us feel anxious and depressed at some point in our lives. In the UK, nearly a fifth of adults experience depression or anxiety, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The data also found that women were more likely to report that they suffer from the conditions than men. Key reasons were said to be overthinking and big life events, including family bereavement. Of course, anyone can be at risk of the illness, but certain genetic variations may make some more prone to the condition than others.

Unfortunately, while anti-depressants are prescribed to help as a… Full story

Robins are just one species which will be attracted to your wildlife haven

Unfortunately, in recent years the bee population has seen a drastic decline — a third of bees have died, and if they became extinct this would have devastating effects on our ecosystem. This is because bees pollinate around 70 of the 100 different crop species that provide food for 90 per cent of the global population. It can be extremely rewarding helping wildlife thrive by attracting animals to a garden – here's what to invest in to help create a natural haven for animals…

Water features

Ideally, if your garden is big enough, you’d be able to integrate a pond.  This,… Full story

Award winning vegan fertiliser - Natural Grower

Natural Grower is a nutrient rich organic, vegan fertiliser that is free from any animal matter and made from the by-product of a renewable energy plant that is fed with maize to make electricity for the National Grid. The business which launched last year is Organic Farmers and Growers, The Vegan Society and Soil Association approved and won the GIMA Innovators award in September 2019.

The brand is looking forward to being stocked nationwide in 2020, with a distribution partnership agreement confirmed with Decco. Decco are… Full story

preparing a garden for spring - mulch

Gena Lorainne from Fantastic Services speaks to Garden Trade Specialist magazine about the best ways to prepare your garden for Spring.

Spring is an ideal time to start off the “gardening season”. So take the time during late winter to prepare the garden for all the new plants and flowers you will sow, by following these steps: 
1. Rid your lawn of weeds
The removal of weeds is the first essential step you need to take when preparing your… Full story

Kimberley, Matthew and Vicky at The Garden Re-Leaf Walk

Every idea has to start somewhere and in the case of the annual Garden Re-Leaf Day Walk it started at a bar where many “great” ideas begin!
 
The brainchild of Glee’s Event Director, Matthew Mein, the Garden Re-Leaf Day Walk has become an integral part of the Garden Re-Leaf agenda, and to-date it has seen hundreds of walkers rack up the miles in places such as London, Cambridge and Buckinghamshire.
 
Now in its sixth year, the event welcomes almost 100 people from across the garden retail sector as well as other Greenfingers supporters – a far cry from the 30… Full story

luxury greetings cards

Kali Stileman Publishing was established in 2002 by Kali Stileman,luxury greetings cards the owner and designer, who has previous experience in ceramics and teaching. The business focuses on design led luxury greetings cards, gift wrap and homeware for children and the young at heart, and has gone from strength to strength since its small beginnings. 

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A shed painted in the Somerset Heritage Colour Collection

Thorndown is delighted to introduce the new Somerset Heritage Colour Collection, celebrating the beautiful tones and colours of the countryside. These 18 new colours provide an additional palette to compliment the 48 colours in the Wood Paint range, and are made with the same leading eco water-based technology that makes Thorndown’s Wood Paint so high-performingly brilliant.
 
As the county of Somerset abounds with nature, this collection of eighteen new wood paint colours is rustling with the browns and greens of hill and field, and brimming with the deep reflective blues of… Full story