Primeur team at GIMA Awards

Sustainability agenda to boost sales for Primeur in the 2020 season. Find out more from Jenny Douthwaite, Sales Director.
With sustainability becoming a hot topic and setting the long-term agenda for garden retailing, 2019 was a year that saw unprecedented growth for Primeur and rightly so.  The company’s garden product range made from recycled rubber tyres won multiple awards and met the needs of the ever-increasing eco-consumer.
The success of 2019 culminated at Glee where Primeur showcased its full Eco-Garden range to the industry which, in turn, brought about many… Full story

Garden Centres of Excellence winners announced - GCA logo

The winners of the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) most prestigious awards including its Garden Centres of Excellence were announced at its annual conference on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.
The awards ceremony took place at the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel.
Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA, said: “What a fantastic night we had celebrating our Garden Centres of Excellence winners. All of them have shown immense dedication, hard work and enthusiasm in what they do and couldn’t be more deserving. Each and every winner is a real credit to the horticultural… Full story

Pines and Needles Christmas tree - website

Christmas tree provider Pines and Needles is going green this festive season by ditching plastic artificial trees from its stores.

Founded by Sam and Josh Lyle more than 20 years ago, the company is joining the global drive to be more sustainable in 2019 by only supplying natural firs grown on its picturesque Scottish plantations to customers.

The trees Pines and Needles will be selling for this Christmas are left to mature for 10 years on average to mature, allowing them to absorb carbon as they grow.

The brothers believe this is a step in the right… Full story

Rosebourne Aldermaston, Berkshire, Opening Saturday 6 October

New garden centre Rosebourne in Berkshire is celebrating a fantastic first year of trading after turning over more than £6 million.

Celebrating its one-year anniversary, Rosebourne marked this impressive achievement by throwing a huge birthday party for the public on Sunday 6th October, 2019.

The event included a guest appearance from Strictly Come Dancing Judge, Craig Revel Horwood, who signed books for fans.

The first 100 customers also received a free orchid on arrival and all shoppers… Full story

Graham Thomas - A partnership for Garden Centre growth launches

Following Eight Days a Week Print Solutions’ impressive growth servicing Garden Centre clients with all their printing, direct mail and customer journey planning needs, they have now joined forces with Spring Marketing, who have extensive experience in marketing and design for over 40 UK Garden Centres since 2006.

Between them they have delivered over 10,000 design, print and/or mailing projects for Garden Centres over the past eight years, making them the leading one stop shop for all a Garden Centre’s… Full story

Waterless pet shampoo - a new way to wash your pet!

UK Manufacturer invents a NEW way to wash your pet - Is this the future?

Waterless Limited specialises in "towel off" washing, for bed bound and immobile patients in hospital. But with a huge love of dogs and owning naughty pouches, the family used this technology to develop a new way to wash your pet effectively without water or rinsing that easily removes mud, odours and even fox mess! This is NOT a dry powder or alcohol gel that masks dirt, but a water based, clever solution that feels like your pet has really been in the shower.

Nilaqua leaves no sticky residues, smells… Full story

the new Certainly Wood Sustainability Line

Herefordshire firewood company Certainly Wood has launched a new £400K firewood processing line - one of the largest of its kind in the world. The project was part funded by the Rural Development Programme for England under the Countryside Productivity Forestry Grant scheme.

The development is part of Certainly Wood's ongoing commitment to sustainable methods, as it gives the business the means to deal with woodland thinnings of all sizes.

The new processor was manufactured by Italian firm Pinosa and runs alongside Certainly Wood's existing Pinosa machine. Not only can it… Full story

The new Haskins Garden Centres Christmas shop

Haskins Garden Centres has launched its Christmas shop at all four of its centres across the south.

Customers can browse a huge variety of festive gifts for the home, plus inspired ideas for gardeners of all ages and abilities.

There is also the chance to purchase decorations for the home, with a wide range of choice for seasonal shoppers looking… Full story

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GIMA confirms two Knowledge Exchange Workshops for its autumn schedule

6th & 21st November, Horticulture House, Didcot, OX11 0RN

This autumn, GIMA’s Knowledge Exchange programme will be bolstered with two new one-day workshops, this time focusing on optimising key social media channels such as LinkedIn and Instagram to grow your business, as well as looking at ways to advance existing Microsoft PowerPoint skills. Places are filling up fast, so interested parties – both GIMA members and non-members – are invited to secure their place now to avoid disappointment.

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Artificial Christmas Tree

THE UK’s leading supplier of artificial Christmas trees - Christmas Tree World, has joined forces with Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) in a bid to help save the rainforest.

The business has pledged ‘a tree for every customer’ in a partnership which will see a new tree planted in the Borneo rainforest for every order placed on their market leading Website,

The partnership will help protect some of the most important and damaged areas of… Full story

Woman shopping for BBQS and houseplants

THE AUGUST Bank Holiday Weekend helped lift sales at garden centres across the country at the end of the month according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade report.

Houseplants were up 20.69% compared to the same month last year (2018) and outdoor plant sales were up 6.09%. Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said: “After experiencing soaring temperatures in July, we were hopeful that it would continue into August, however at the beginning of the… Full story

200 years candles for Johnsons Lawn Seed

Johnsons Lawn Seed, the UK’s oldest seed brand with a prestigious track record of grass seed breeding and innovation, is getting ready to celebrate 200 years at the forefront of the lawn care business in 2020.

The company, now owned by Danish co-operative DLF Seeds, was founded in 1820, the year in which King George IV ascended to the throne. The story began when 17-year-old entrepreneur William Wade Johnson, a keen botanist, bought some land in Boston, Lincolnshire, and set up in business as a market gardener.

William selected his finest plants to grow on and produce a… Full story

The Haskins reusable water bottles

Leading garden centre group, Haskins Garden Centres, has allocated all 600 team members with a reusable water bottles to help reduce single-use plastic in the overall business.

Head office has been looking further into the company’s recycling and waste policy in order to make small steps along the way to reduce its environmental footprint.

In order to kickstart an awareness campaign, Haskins chose to reduce the use of single-use water bottles and cups in the workplace and issued all staff with a refillable water bottle.

Lisa Looker, brand director at Haskins Garden… Full story

Last years Cuprinol shed of the year

Shed superstars, garden enthusiasts and out-building aficionados are looking for the public’s support after being shortlisted for one of the most celebrated awards in the UK - the Cuprinol Shed of the Year.

Celebrating the great British shed in all its forms - from the miniature to the massive, the modern to the traditional, the cosy to the minimal and everything in between. The competition welcomes entries in all shapes, sizes and functions.

Now 21 works of art, with a true cross section of the glory and creativity of British sheds, have made… Full story

Greenfingers Charity logo

Evergreen Garden Care is delighted to announce that it will be partnering with the Greenfingers Charity, donating essential funds and gardening products which will help the team continue the vital work it does supporting seriously ill children and their families throughout the UK.

Greenfingers Charity works with children’s hospices across the UK to create inspiring sensory gardens and outdoor spaces. These specially designed gardens provide an opportunity for children and their families to embrace the benefits of being outdoors and engaging with the natural environment, whether… Full story

Johnsons Lawn Seed Accelerator

Johnsons Lawn Seed unveils Accelerator – the key to a lawn that germinates and establishes at speed

Johnsons Lawn Seed has unveiled a major innovation in seed treatment technology that meets the needs of consumers who increasingly demand lawns that germinate and establish quickly.

Quick Lawn with Accelerator-treated seed offers three key benefits: rapid germination; faster lawn establishment; and requires just a third of the amount of water that’s usually needed for lawn establishment. The result is a strong, thick and healthy lawn – even in cold or wet conditions.

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