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Demand for natural slug controls will continue to grow, despite High Court withdrawal and review of metaldehyde ban, says ecofective

Leading eco-friendly pest control supplier ecofective is pressing ahead with its strategy of bringing pioneering slug control products to market - despite the shock news that the ban on chemical metaldehyde slug pellets has been overturned following a legal technicality.

Following a legal challenge by Chiltern Farm Chemicals, the High Court has decided to withdraw and review DEFRA’s ban on metaldehyde slug controls, which saw… Full story
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THE GARDEN Centre Association (GCA) has seen a record number of new members join in 2019 – with 10 signing up so far this year (2019).

These include three centres from the Klondyke Group, an additional centre for Perrywood Garden Centre, as well as six other… Full story

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Material matters: LifestyleGarden® sets benchmark for artificial wicker material usage

Riding high from its successful exhibit at the SOLEX trade event, which saw the industry shower praise upon its new Eden Project partnership range and the DuraOcean® chair made from ocean plastic – the latter scooping the 2019 SOLEX New Product award – LifestyleGarden® has shone a light on its other benchmark setting material usage, particularly its Petan® artificial wicker collections.

Over the last decide, artificial wicker has become the mainstay of outdoor furniture design. But until… Full story
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WET WEATHER caused poor sales in traditional garden centre categories in June (2019) the Garden Centre Association has revealed in its Barometer of Trade report for the month.

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As activity ramps up for Glee 2019, GIMA – the leading trade association for garden product manufacturers - is encouraging new businesses and innovators to enter this year’s annual GIMA Innovators’ Seed Corn Fund (GISCF); a special fund set up to encourage grass root business and product development. 

Judged by a panel of industry experts, the GISCF helps to bring to market never before seen products and inventions and aids the winners with the opportunity to showcase their creation to leading manufacturers, retailers and distributors within the gardening industry.  A successful… Full story

 Ruth Bolam, Commercial and Operations Director at Horticruitment

Horticruitment UK Ltd is marking its 30th anniversary this year. In 1989 Horticruitment UK was born and was the first agency to provide a specialist recruitment service for the horticultural industry.

Originally set up to serve the Garden Centre and Nursery sectors, Horticruitment quickly established itself as one of the leading recruiters within the industry. This was further strengthened in 1999 when our current Managing Director Mike Fuller joined the company, since then we have developed our services to cover all sectors of the Horticultural and Landbased industries.

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What can garden centres learn from supermarkets? Focusing on consumer retail psychology can unlock the secrets to higher sales

Supermarkets roll out a host of sophisticated techniques to encourage shoppers to part with their disposable income. From BOGOF (buy-one-get-one-free) deals to premium products strategically placed at eye level, every aspect of retail space dedicated to fast-moving consumer goods is engineered to maximise spend on high margin products.

The aroma of baking pumped to the front of stores gets customers salivating, ramping-up impulse… Full story

Garden Pride Logo - 2020 Work Begins

Its already that time of year again when the creative minds and practical brains get together to design and manufacture our 2020 ranges. We are working hard to add new and improved products to each of our 10 core categories: Pot care, rusty range, plant supports, climbers, growing, brackets, patio planters, accessories and gift ware, Autumn and Christmas.

This year we have really listened to our customers and their customers feedback and taken on board suggestions for new merchandising stands and adaptations of long standing tried and tested products aswell as some new unique… Full story

Evergreen garden care

Evergreen Garden Care, which boasts an enviable portfolio of some of the most tried and trusted brands, celebrates the achievement of a 4-star award for its trade stand at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The educational stand, which was designed by Geometry Global, was awarded a prestigious 4-stars for it’s excellent presentation, meeting criterion such as delivery of product message, use of plant material, visual merchandising and scale of endeavour.… Full story

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Choice Marketing has announced the addition of 3 new garden centres to the Group. Highfield Garden World, from Whitminster joins from the 1st July 2019, and Blackbrooks Garden Centre of Sedlescombe has also added their 2 new garden centres, at Hastings and Lower Dicker, adding significant turnover to the Group.

This brings the total number of centres within Choice Marketing to 45 and a group retail turnover in excess of £135m.

Tim Greenway, Managing… Full story

Small dog on Scruffs bed in rehoming charity

Manchester-based pet bedding and accessory specialists Scruffs® have recently supported“Barking Mad Dog Rescue”, a rescue and rehoming charity based predominately in Romania.

Barking Mad Dog Rescue was formed when Hilary Anderson and Alex Shipp, travelled to Romania in a bid to understand the stray and abandoned dog problem across the country.They said: “Nothing could have prepared the Barking Mad team for the impact of seeing so many beautiful, affectionate dogs, all desperate for attention, crammed into a small shelter. Many were thin, all were full of ticks and fleas.”

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Four staff members from Wyevale Nurseries with their 120 years of service awards

FOUR MEMBERS of staff from Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford were recently (June, 2019) presented with medals to honour their long service to the company of 120 years. 

Andy Johnson, Chris Mason, John Sockett and Sheila Jackson all received bronze medals from the Three… Full story