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Castle Gardens National Christmas Display Winner 2021 in the GC Category

BARTON GRANGE Garden Centre and Castle Gardens have recently (December 2021) been announced as the national winners of the 2021 Garden Association’s (GCA) annual Christmas competition.

The garden centres were judged to have the best festive displays in the country by the organisation and will receive their awards at its annual conference in January 2022.

Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, says: “We’d like to say a huge congratulations to Barton Grange Garden Centre in Preston, Lancashire who won in the Destination Garden Centre (DGC) category and Castle Gardens in Sherborne, Dorset who won in the Garden Centre (GC) category. I’d like to say an additional thank you to everyone who created some truly joyous and memorable displays.

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Wyevale Nurseries Allium Lavender Bubbles

ONE OF THE UK’s leading commercial nurseries has put together a selection of plants for garden centres to follow the predicted trends for the retail sector next year (November 2021). Wyevale Nurseries predict boldly coloured, British-grown and low maintenance plants that look set to be on-trend for 2022, so its plant collections for retailers include options ticking all the boxes.

Carol Dickinson, Head of Business Support at Wyevale Nurseries based in Hereford, explains: “Our 2022 promotional catalogue for garden centres showcases some of our boldest and brightest plants on the nursery. Ideal for the nation’s army of new gardeners! Here we’ve highlighted just a handful of our collections for 2022 but we have a large range available right from the start of the year through to early autumn.

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Christmas Themes from British Garden Centres - A Winters Tale

British Garden Centres has officially launched Christmas in all their centres across the UK and following their success, they are already seeing clear Christmas trends and success. This festive season has already seen a 30% increase in sales of Christmas Lights across British Garden Centres. 

People are lighting up all areas of their homes, whether it's for Christmas trees, garlands, around the fireplace or outdoors, this area of our Christmas departments is proving very popular this year. British Garden Centres are also proud sponsors of this year’s Illumination Street. For more information and to get involved with this fantastic competition visit:  https://illuminationstreet.com. This year there's £5000 worth of prizes to be won! 

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Halloween pumpkins trick or treat

When looking at giving your home a temporary makeover for the spooky season, it’s important to consider the effect that single-use items can have on the environment when they are thrown away and end up in landfill. For example, 19 major UK retail outlets revealed that 83% of the material offered in clothing or costumes promoted for Halloween is plastic.

My Tool Shed are here to provide you with all the tips needed to make sure your home is full of ghosts and ghouls throughout October, but ensuring you can sleep well knowing you’re looking after the environment too. 

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Oriental Poppies

One of the most wonderful benefits of owning a Glasshouse or Greenhouse is the ability to extend the growing season – even in winter. A Glasshouse also provides an invaluable tool for the propagation of seeds and cuttings and the over-wintering of tender plants. Heritage Glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic has provided some useful tips and know-how for Greenhouse gardeners this winter, to help them make the most of their Greenhouses even in the coldest months. Insight has been taken from Hartley Botanic’s online magazine, which provides a wealth of knowledge and inspiration. Visit: https://hartley-botanic.co.uk/magazine/

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zest 4 leisure team

Award-winning Zest 4 Leisure, which manufactures and sources FSC® Certified timber garden furniture, fencing, trellis, gazebos, arches and a wide range of planters, is celebrating its best Glee yet.

The company showcased new products for 2020 at the recent garden and outdoor living trade show which were designed by the in-house design team in response to customer feedback, and based upon current and future market trends.

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A woman Greenhouse Gardening

Evika are Getting People Started on Their Greenhouse Gardening Journey.

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Christmas tree with themed decorations

Turning your garden centre into a ‘Christmas destination’ is no easy task though. There are lots to consider, how many baubles to buy, have you got enough fairy lights, which colours work together - the list goes on… But commercial Christmas experts Fizzco Trade have come up with the answer – ready-made themed decoration

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Tax rules IR35 – what you need to know if you employ contractors

Adrian Marlowe, managing director of employment law specialists Lawspeed, discusses new tax rules IR35 and what they mean if you use contactors…

For many years the options available to businesses for hiring in staff have included the use of contractors, and the number of people willing to work as contractors has grown exponentially over the last decade. Engaging talent therefore has been a relatively straightforward exercise given the few obstacles that have existed when hiring in contractors; all that is needed is to identify the person with the right skillset and availability, agree a rate, make sure the person has a company (PSC), enter into a contract for the work requirement with that company and pay gross on invoice delivered. No tax risk, no employment rights. And the contractor gets higher net receipts. This method has been particularly suitable for businesses that have a policy to hire temporarily and have no need to hire employees.