Haskins Garden Centre

Ben Harrison has been promoted to Operations Director of Haskins Garden Centres after 12 years with the family business.

He will be responsible for overseeing all operational aspects of the garden centres and restaurants. As part of his new role, Ben also joins the Main Board of Haskins Garden Centre, alongside Julian Winfield (Chief Executive of Haskins), John Dunlop (Finance Director), Lisa Looker (Brand Director) and Andrew Harris (Buying Director). 

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Chetwoods Sun Garden

Chetwoods, the award-winning architecture practice, designed the centrepiece of the Fifteenth United Nations Biodiversity Conference, which opened in Kunming, China, on 11 October. 

The innovative ‘Future City Garden: Nature and City’’ – a thought-provoking depiction of biodiversity through architectural and landscape design – welcomes delegates as they arrive at the conference centre building hosting COP 15. The entire garden will be equivalent to over 10 of the largest ever displays at London’s world famous Chelsea Flower Show.

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Real Christmas Tree

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a few curveballs, and the potential shortage of Christmas trees could be a disastrous one. With new processes brought in through Brexit, growers this year have warned of shortages.  

It’s estimated that Britain goes through a staggering 8 to 10 million trees every Christmas time, one third of which are imported from Europe each year. This year Primrose estimates that 3 million homes this year will be going without a festive tree, unless they choose to buy British. 

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The new 21 inch pedestal wall mounted Touchscreen Kiosks featuring Joy of Plants' plant finder

JOY OF PLANTS and Review Systems Digital Signage Ltd have recently launched a new smaller ‘Plant Finder’ Touchscreen Kiosk to solve staff and skills shortages at garden centres.

The innovative 21-inch digital touchscreens are supplied as freestanding kiosks or wall mounted units, include Joy of Plants’ Plant Finder, and can be individually branded for each garden centre.

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Landscape show image of round plants

The UK’s premier landscaping exhibition is less than a month away - have you registered yet? 

Hall 12 on the 3rd & 4th November at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham - Make sure it's in your diary! 

The LANDSCAPE Show provides the first in-person opportunity to reconnect
with others in the industry! LANDSCAPE welcomes exhibitors with a vast collection of leading products, services and innovations for the design, build and management of exterior and interior landscape projects. 

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Jonathan Opdam found that homeowners are unaware of gardening regulations

Two-thirds of British homeowners are not aware of the outdoor tasks that must be reported to a local authority to ensure gardening regulations are met.

Even though 61% of those surveyed would “always give something a go” or “love DIY and want to learn how to do everything themselves”, 41% of homeowners admit to not being confident at landscape gardening, including knowing which gardening regulations to follow. 

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Blush Roman Patio Design - pastel shades and natural textures

Top Takes From The Most Pinned Patio Styling Designs On Pinterest

With the hot weather meaning many of us have had the opportunity to get out into our gardens, what better way to enjoy the summer months than by spending time in a stylish patio area?

When it comes to home and garden design, there’s no denying that Pinterest is one of the go-to platforms for inspiration.  With many of us looking for design ideas and style tips, windows and doors specialists, Genesis, have… Full story

Haskins Snowhill receiving 3 awards at the Garden Centre Association Awards

Haskins receives multi-award recognition at regional garden centre industry awards

Haskins Snowhill centre has been named ‘Destination Garden Centre of the Year’ in the Garden Centre Association (GCA) South Thames Regional Awards.

The Snowhill centre in Copthorne, West Sussex, scooped up a further two awards on the night, adding The Barton Grange Trophy for Commercial Innovation and Creativity, and The GIMA Award for Best Garden Products Retailer, to its collection of accolades.

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wild bird food

As the welcomed summer sun is finally seeping into our gardens, balconies and outdoor spaces, and fauna and flora is looking lush, at the same time water supplies can also become scarce. Fresh water is essential for wild bird wellbeing so it is important they have access to plentiful sources. By providing birds with water for drinking and bathing can encourage a flurry of beautiful and interesting birds to your garden.
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Glee will return in-person on 14th – 16th September 2021

Industry leading brands set to appear on the exhibitor line-up. Glee’s theme will be Time to Grow, reflecting the opportunities for garden retail

After over a year away from in-person events, Hyve Group are delighted to announce that Glee will return to the NEC Birmingham from 14th – 16th September 2021. Following their Time To Grow manifesto, Glee will be designed to support the industry, helping garden retailers and brands to build on the momentum the industry has gathered over the… Full story

Ken Sharpe

After a short illness we are sorry to announce the sad passing of Ken Sharpe. Some will remember him from his days at the Hull company Westdock, starting there in 1959 selling glasshouses across the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands. After only 3 years and staying within horticulture, he started his own company, initially based in Ireland, he then moved back to Yorkshire in the late 1960’s to carry on his business.  In his time, he experienced many highs and lows in the industry, but his determination to succeed and provide an excellent service to customers, ensured his Company’s… Full story

Christmas tree grower Charlie Hood

Ideal growing conditions and an adaptable retail sector mean the public can look forward to easy access to real British Christmas trees in prime condition this coming festive season.

According to the British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA), favourable weather patterns have boosted growth this year, with a good mix of rainfall and sunnier spells throughout spring and summer leaving popular tree varieties in great shape as the countdown to Christmas begins.

Narrower trees that take up less space in the home are… Full story