Rob Harrison of garden centre consultant Macolm Scott advises on the Environment Bill

Ecologists at garden centre specialists Malcolm Scott Consultants have been working with clients to help them take steps toward helping achieve the aims of the Government’s new Environment Bill.

The Bill was announced in the Queen’s Speech on 14 October 2019 and is scheduled to be passed by the new Government in early 2020.  

It will bring into force a mandatory approach to Biodiversity Net Gain, and the business’s Environment team has been advising on measures to comply.

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Beatrix Potter Mug Of The Year

Contemporary gift and homeware retailer, Enesco, is proud to present its second exclusive Mug of the Year, a new concept within the licensed Beatrix Potter Collection.

Having launched in 2019 with none other than Peter Rabbit™ himself, the idea behind this offering is that on an annual basis, the featured character will change to showcase an original piece of artwork taken from author Beatrix Potter’s much-loved classic children’s tales, making the Mug of the Year a highly sought-after and super collectable piece with your customers.

The Mug of the Year for 2020 features… Full story

Thorndown garden design wood paint

Specialist water-based paint manufacturer Thorndown, bring long-term colour and style to garden design. Their paints are made to the highest specifications using raw materials at the forefront of environmentally considerate water-based technology. 

Colour plays an essential part in garden design and the use of wood paint to decorate and protect timber buildings and features is seen prominently in gardening magazines and on TV programmes such as “Love your Garden” with Alan Titchmarsh.

Selecting the right colour can be a… Full story

DIY know-how video

DK Tools Limited caters to a new generation of DIYers who just want to get things done, quickly and simply. By Steve Hemsley

The tradition of parents teaching their offspring basic household DIY is on the wane, but manufacturer DK Tools is reaping the benefits.

The company, through its successful Amtech brand, designs, manufactures and distributes around 2,000 powered and manual hand tools to retailers and wholesalers. They’re aimed at shoppers who need affordable products to complete jobs around the house – such as putting up shelves, laying decking,… Full story

Amtech Spring Fair Stand

DK Tools Limited and their Amtech brand, has been identified and selected by The Telegraph Business Club for their senior business community, as one of fifteen cross-industry companies to watch out for in 2020.

The Telegraph Business Club provides engaging and informative content that offers interesting insights into the strategic levers that drive success. The use of mini-documentary films about companies and key people, creates compelling viewing for a senior business community with a global footprint.

The Telegraph expressed an interest in creating a short film about DK… Full story

xmas gifts - cooking scales with gingerbread pattern

We’ve all been there. You’ve got a million presents to buy at Christmas, very little time and, quite frankly, inclination to go gift hunting for the hard-to-buy-fors. Your customers are no different – they want stand-out products which are reasonably priced and readily available – preferably in an eye-catching display near the tills. Instead of leaving empty-handed, they could be tempted by one of these beauties as chosen by Garden Trade Specialist editor Victoria Galligan in our Xmas gifts guide…


Gingerbread Digital Kitchen Scale (£19.99)Full story

Hot dog pet products - heated dog beds

A NEW range of mains powered centrally heated dog beds featuring a pressure activated heat pad - Hot Dog Pet Products is a family owned business located in the beautiful market town of Northallerton, North Yorkshire. Our entire range of thermal and central heated dog beds are all crafted by our dedicated and skilled workforce. Made in Britain our unique, luxurious dog beds are all designed, produced, packaged and posted from right here in Yorkshire. 

How It Works
The centrally heated dog beds feature a pressure activated heat pad, so when your dog lays… Full story

WaterSave Basket Liners

Tom Chambers have announced the launch of a full range of Eco-friendly coco fibre liners developed with an innovative ‘WaterSave’ layer. This biodegradable material covers the bottom section of the liner and works as a reservoir to hold and retain water, meaning much less watering.

The liners also feature an integral built in over-spill which avoids over-watering and root saturation and allows excess water to drain away. The new liners are exclusive to Tom Chambers and are a new and exciting concept to the market.

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houseplant sales grow

THE UK’S current love for indoor plants shows no sign of diminishing according to the Garden Centre Association (GCA) as new research claims most flatsharers own at least one houseplant each.
In the GCA’s Barometer of Trade for October (2019) the houseplant was recorded among the bestsellers by member garden centres for the third consecutive month, with sales up 13.47% on last year.
Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive explained: “The UK’s current love of houseplants seems to be growing, particularly amongst renters, as new research from the company Spare Room has… Full story

Sue Allen for Greenfingers Charity

Greenfingers Charity is delighted to announce that Sue Allen, founder of Millbrook Garden Centres has joined the charity’s Board of Trustees.
Sue is a well-known face within the garden retail sector, having established the first Millbrook Garden Centre in Crowborough, East Sussex, in 1979, alongside her late husband, Dick. Since then, Millbrook has grown to incorporate three centres in the South East of England and is now run by the extended family including daughter, Tammy, her husband Ben and sister, Kirsty, with Sue holding the role of Chairman. In addition, Sue also sits… Full story

Natural controls - slug defence

Strong consumer demand for natural controls is underpinning confidence in the sector, says ecofective®
Ecofective®, the pioneering brand of environmentally friendly natural controls, reports that high levels of footfall in organic categories at retail outlets is seeing demand for chemical-free solutions gain rapid momentum – helping ecofective® to expand and develop its customer base.
The company, part of crop protection giant Sipcam UK, has reinforced its position as a leading supplier of natural plant feeds, pest controls, lawncare, weedkiller, animal… Full story

The Evika Greenhouse

Introducing Evika’s unique new collection of contemporary greenhouses backed by a community that will nurture the next generation of gardeners
Engaging a new generation of gardeners while catering for the needs of experienced green-fingered enthusiasts is the ultimate challenge for retailers. If there’s one product that offers the potential to attract novices and seasoned growers alike, it’s a greenhouse. Growing under glass dramatically extends the gardening season in the UK – and while the sale of a greenhouse itself presents lucrative opportunities for stockists, savvy… Full story

Iain Wylie - GCA expands its team of inspectors

THE GARDEN Centre Association (GCA) is expanding its team of inspectors after seeing a record number of new members join the organisation this year.
It is seeking a new inspector to visit member garden centres in one or two of the area groups around the country.
Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA, said: “We have seen a record-breaking 13 new members join us this year and we are processing further applications at the moment, which means we are expanding our team of inspectors in order to ensure we have the coverage required to help our members maintain their… Full story

Opening of the Greenfingers Nest & Rest Garden

A new Greenfingers Charity therapeutic garden at Grace House, Sunderland was officially opened by the Mayor of Sunderland on Monday 21st October.  This inspiring new garden will provide a peaceful place for relaxation and enjoyment for the seriously ill children and their families that call GraceHouse ‘home’.

The Nest and Rest Garden - Greenfingers 58th garden project to be completed - was designed and created by Sean Murray, who most famously won the BBC’s Great Chelsea Garden Challenge in 2015.  Working alongside Sean was landscaper Keith Ball. Together Sean and Keith transformed… Full story

Andy Johnson from Wyevale Nurseries holding new catalogue

Wyevale Nurseries Ltd says it is investing in the future with strong growth predicted
ONE OF the UK’s leading nurseries says it is investing in the future and has seen exceptional demand for British-grown stock.
Wyevale Nurseries Ltd says it’s able to supply British-grown plants from its extensive production facilities in Herefordshire into a market struggling to secure its supply-base for the next season and beyond.
Andy Johnson, Director at Wyevale Nurseries, which celebrates its 90th Anniversary in 2020, said: “As a company we… Full story