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water supplier

It is coming up to a year since Garden centres in England have been able to choose their water supplier. Nearly 92,000 supply points have so far switched, with more in the pipeline, and many companies have renegotiated a better deal with their existing provider.

If you’ve never explored the options, you could be missing out on benefits including:

  • The convenience of dealing with a single supplier, reducing administration time and cost.

  • Lower prices.

Zest 4 Leisure Announces Recruitment Drive

Zest 4 Leisure, a leading trade supplier of quality timber garden products, is increasing its workforce with the creation of numerous jobs at its warehouse and distribution centre in Saltney, near Chester.

The company is set to recruit a minimum of 20 people across a range of departments including:

  • transport planners and administrators;
  • warehouse administrators;
  • warehouse and production operatives; and
  • general yard labourers.

The nine-acre site, which was purchased last year, is now officially up and running following a… Full story

Interview with Marian Maenhoudt, Laurica Plants - Glee Spring Fair
  • Why have you chosen to exhibit at Glee’s Spring Fair concession event?

We feel that the timing of the Spring Fair exhibition is the ideal time of year to present our plants to the market, with immediate turn around to optimise consumer spending habits. The core sales season is just around the corner, so we want to be able to showcase our bay trees looking their best ahead of this key sales spike. 

  • Do you exhibit at the main September exhibition?

We do indeed. We have been proudly exhibiting at Glee for… Full story

Glee welcomes new team member to boost UK coverage

The team behind Glee – the UK’s leading annual trade exhibition for the garden retail industry – has recently been expanded with the recruitment of Daniel McAlpin.

Daniel will be responsible for raising awareness of Glee’s exciting new dedicated pet sector – Pets @ Glee. Driving pets directly into the heart of the exhibition, Daniel’s remit will include securing leading UK and international pet brands for this thriving showcase; ultimately helping to arm garden retailers with everything that they need to maximise profits of pet products and grooming services… Full story

Wyevale Nurseries supplies trees to Malvern Hills Trust

ONE OF the UK’s leading nurseries was selected to provide trees to help secure the future of a woodland on the Malvern Hills in Herefordshire cared for by the Malvern Hills Trust (January, 2018). Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford supplied the charity with 30 trees to plant in Thirds Wood, a small 15-acre parcel of woodland located on the western side of the Malvern Hills in between Pinnacle and Perseverance Hills. 

Jules Griffiths, Transplants Division Sales Administrator at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “We have been supplying trees to the Malvern Hills Trust on and off since 2009 and are… Full story

National Home Improvement Week Promotions

Love your garden with G Plants Ltd & NHIW! Promote DIY Gardening Sales this spring with FREE stock from G Plants! G Plants Ltd are official supporters of the very first National Home Improvement Week, a consumer-facing marketing initiative running from 12th until 18th March 2018.

The DIY week lead by BHETA to encourage consumers to get involved in ‘Loving the home you live in’ will help drive sales ahead of the busy Easter period.

Director Alex said “As members of BHETA we were invited to become involved in the first NHIW, and as the only partner… Full story

Smart Garden Products

Last night’s Garden Centre Association (GCA) 52nd annual conference and Gala dinner saw the Smart Garden Products team scoop the prestigious Associate of the Year award, proudly claiming the title as top supplier to the garden industry.

Delighted with the accolade, Sales Director Paul Knott comments “To be rewarded by our customers with such a significant award is an honour.  We are over the moon to be recognised in such a way and will be working hard to ensure that we retain the title”.

Managing Director, Jonathan Stobart, adds “This award is a testament… Full story

glazed extensions

In previous years, neutral shades such as white and ivory, have typically been the preferred paint colour choice for conservatories, orangeries and garden rooms, especially around the time when white uPVC was very much en vogue. However, Westbury Garden Rooms, designer and manufacturer of bespoke timber extensions has seen an exciting new trend emerging amongst their customers, with more homeowners choosing to paint the exterior timber of their extension in black shades of paint, in order to create a real statement in their garden.

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Pave the way for a new direction in 2018 with online gardening courses that help you fit lessons from experts around your lifestyle

It's the time of year we take stock of where we’ve been and plan ahead for a 2018 that will take us in the direction we want to go. A new year can be the perfect time to hone in on your passions and start taking the steps that could lead into a fresh career you’ve always dreamed of. Training provider, Learning with Experts, has tuned in to the fact people love learning throughout life and has put together a selection of online courses aimed to fit… Full story

BBC comedian to compere GCA awards dinner

RADIO and TV comedian Jo Caulfield will be compering the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) conference awards’ dinner this month (January, 2018).

Jo, who is also a comedy writer, has worked on some of the biggest shows and with some of the top names in British comedy.

Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA, said: “Not only has Jo been the regular warm-up performer for the BBC’s ‘Have I Got News For You’ for many years, she has appeared as a guest on the show, as well as on ‘Mock The Week’ and ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’. She has also appeared on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy… Full story

Banish those blues and go somewhere new this year with your dog

As the January blues settle in and the weather gets wetter our minds turn to travel. Maybe one of your resolutions is to travel more this year, and who better to join you on your adventures than your canine companion.

Taking your dog travelling with you is a great idea but there are a few important things to remember when taking your pet pooch somewhere new.

As part of their ongoing “Happy Dogs, Happy Days” campaign, Lintbells, manufacturers of premium pet supplement YuCALM Dog, works with dog behavioural expert Dr. Emily Blackwell to offer owners some helpful tips and… Full story


On Monday 15 January, Tiptree based Perrywood presented cheques totalling a value of over £14,000 to its chosen charities at the garden centre: Mid and North Essex Mind, Marie Curie and Greenfingers.

Throughout 2017, Perrywood’s staff and customers raised a total of £14,334.73 for the three charities. This total was then presented to the charity representatives Jenny MacPherson and Stephanie Mills of Mid and North Essex Mind, Val Kruse and Irvine Turner of Marie Curie and Mandy Rooke of Greenfingers.

These funds were raised… Full story