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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

Eco Garden stand

Following a period of unprecedented growth, Primeur, the leading suppliers of environmentally friendly and innovative garden products, has continued to roll out its instore merchandising displays, revolutionising garden retailers’ sales floors in the process.
The Eco Garden range, which includes Primeur’s award winning recycled rubber stepping stones and garden borders, were originally housed on pallets and took up a large footprint instore.  Following customer feedback, the merchandising units were transformed into attractive… Full story

Dog receiving grooming treatment

When Crufts airs on our televisions this year (5th-8th March), some of the best-groomed pooches in the nation will be gracing our screens. Grooming treatment is not just for the dogs taking to the stage next month, though; it also plays an essential part in keeping them healthy overall. From clipping their nails to brushing their coats, a bit of pampering is an essential part of maintaining your dog’s overall health.

Regardless of whether your dog is best in show, or prefers to stay at home, care, attention and careful grooming treatment can prevent a range of health issues, such… Full story

New Century Glasshouses - large glasshouse

New Century Glasshouses Ltd is a family run business specialising in the supply and erection of second-hand refurbished Venlo glasshouses. The Managing Director, Ken Sharpe has over 50 years experience in the horticultural supply business and he leads a small team of dedicated staff to ensure the services provided are of the highest quality. The Company employs its own Site Team of specialised and experienced erectors, led by the Site Manager Graham Dixon, who has worked with Ken for over 30 years.

Based in Lincolnshire, the experienced and friendly staff, handle work across the UK… Full story

Streetwize Accessories garden accessories

The Ace Supply Company Ltd (trading as Streetwize Accessories), who are now in their 34th year of trading, are expanding their Gardenwize range with the introduction of decorative planters, a new solar light range and soft garden furnishings which include scatter cushions, ottomans and seat cushions.

The new decorative planter range by Gardenwize are all made from fiberstone to withstand various weather conditions and are ideal for both flowers and plants. They’ve been elegantly designed to add character and reinvigorate your garden. 

The solar light range brings your… Full story

red squirrels in the garden



The red squirrel population is rapidly declining, but if you're not ready to say goodbye to these beautiful creatures just yet, there are plenty of ways you can encourage them into your outdoor space. Here, Kathryn Eccles from pet supply specialist Millbry Hill, discusses how to attract red squirrels to your garden. 
Red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) are hard to miss with their characteristic fiery red fur, bushy tail and large ear tufts. And, while these remain among one of our best-loved woodland animals, the reality is… Full story

Jostaberries

With the new Confi®Berries from Lubera, the essential characteristics of jostaberries have been decisively improved, growth has been significantly reduced in two varieties, and the fertility has been considerably enhanced in all three varieties so that the new Confi®Berries now come much closer to the original vision:

• The Confi®Berries are thornless
• Two new varieties, Jodeli and Jofruity, have reduced growth and much better fertility. Although Jogusto still grows slightly stronger; the fertility is also significantly… Full story