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The Farplants become Perennial’s latest Platinum Partner logo

Farplants, the leading wholesale nursery co-operative, have become a Platinum partner of Perennial – the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping people who work in horticulture.  Perennial is a ‘lifeline’ for many, providing free and confidential advice and financial assistance to over 1,200 people every year.

Perennial have been helping horticulturalist for 180 years and Farplants are their latest Platinum partner. Farplants are a West Sussex co-operative formed of four member growers;Binsted Nursery, Fleurie Nursery, Toddington Nursery and Walberton Nursery. At the height of the… Full story

Houseplant sales increase in 2019

THE category with the biggest increase in sales during last year (2019) at garden centres across the country has been announced by the Garden Centre Association (GCA) as part of its Barometer of Trade (BoT) report.
 
Houseplant sales saw a year to date increase of 17.6% compared to 2018.
 
Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA, said: “We’re not surprised to see houseplants as the fastest growing category at garden centres across the country in 2019. Demand for them has been phenomenal.
 
“On a monthly… Full story

Forest Lodge, Garden Style and Birdworld sold Haskins Garden Centres

Haskins Garden Centre is delighted to confirm the acquisition of Forest Lodge Garden Centre, Garden Style and Birdworld, in Farnham.

This acquisition is part of a long-term plan for Haskins to expand its group of four garden centres across the south. The family-owned company has been looking for the right business, in the right location, for a number of years to add to its portfolio of sites.

Warren Haskins, Chairman of Haskins Garden Centres, explained: “We have long admired Forest Lodge, Garden Style and Birdworld and are delighted to welcome the businesses and its teams… Full story

Quick lawn grass seed sales

Johnsons Lawn Seed, the UK’s oldest grass seed supplier, is celebrating a 40% rise in grass seed sales over the past two years, as demand strengthens for its market-leading portfolio of quality lawncare products.

The company, owned by DLF Seeds, says the UK market for grass seed has remained buoyant since autumn 2018, when demand tripled from garden retailers as consumers sought to repair lawns that were left parched by the UK’s joint hottest summer on record.

According to Johnsons, the sales bonanza, which drove demand for its Luxury Lawn, Shady Place, Lawn Thickener,… Full story

Henry Bell Showroom

Leading quality wild bird and pet food producer, Henry Bell & Co, has opened a product showroom close to the company’s headquarters in Grantham. Retailers will be able to review Henry Bell’s full extensive range of products and POS solutions displayed in a retail environment.

Henry Bell Wild Bird Care launched in July 2019 with 120 quality products catering for every type of garden bird, all designed with health and wellbeing of birds in mind. The family-owned wild bird and pet food producer has over 20 years’ experience in the bird food industry and has been pivotal in the… Full story

Forest garden fences still standing after storm Ciara

Following what the Met Office is calling 'the storm of the century', when Ciara's wind gusts in parts of the UK topped almost 100 mph, Britain's premier manufacturer of fence panels is prepared for an unprecedented peak in demand for replacement fencing.
Forest Garden, the UK's industry leader in fence panel production, is well placed to meet the challenge, from the forest to the doorstep they are a vertically integrated business. With their own sawmill, automated manufacturing site and UK wide delivery network - there is… Full story

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