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E.P Barrus Merchandising Team

Leading garden tools and accessories supplier E. P. Barrus has expanded its merchandising team to meet demand as the business continues to grow.

The latest recruit to the team is James Utton, who joins E. P. Barrus with years of experience in garden centre retail. James said: “I’m delighted to be part of the merchandising team at Barrus where I will be looking after the South East region of the UK. I have… Full story

Greenhouse conservatory surrounded by flowers

Being inside a greenhouse can create an overwhelming sense of calm, the natural light combined with the warmth and the sound of trees or birds outside can provide a sanctuary for a number of different activities.

“Glasshouses and greenhouses are more than just places to grow and nurture plants,” says Griffin Glasshouses’ Linda Lane. “Our customers like to get the most from of their investment and often use them as an extension of their living space.

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DuraOcean chair by LifestyleGarden

It’s a well-known fact that much of this plastic waste ends up in our oceans, about eight million tonnes in fact – that’s enough to circle the earth 425 times. Each year this ‘ocean plastic’ is killing in excess of 100,000 marine creatures, and by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish calling the ocean its home2. However, there is help at hand. Initiatives such as the Ocean Recovery Project are helping to raise awareness and encourage UK consumers to take responsibility for local ocean clean-up operations. But what happens to the ocean plastic that is recovered? In the case of the… Full story

Inside Glee 2018

If you have a team of willing participants and a weekend spare, then the inaugural Greenfingers Glee to Monte-Carlo Banger Rally could be just what you are looking for.

This exciting new event will see teams from across the industry pitch themselves against each other to travel from Glee at the NEC Birmingham, to the world-famous Monte-Carlo on the French Riviera. But to make it even more exciting, each team must complete the 1,000mile course, commit to raising at least £1000 all in a car worth no more than £500! 

The rally won’t be about speed, but instead teams will be… Full story

Ray Jenkins from Wyevale Nurseries

ONE OF THE UK’s leading commercial nurseries based in Hereford recently (April, 2019) had its UK Sourced & Grown Assurance Scheme (UKSG) application renewed.

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Treadstone Clever Clip Gloves hanging on a wall

As part of its ongoing development and expansion plans, Treadstone Products has made a number of changes to its business operations. The company is now housed in larger offices, which incorporate an improved showroom area. In addition, Treadstone has a new 3PL (third party logistics) partner, enabling it to offer an even better customer service via more superior warehousing facilities.Full story

Harriet Andrews has joined the Wyevale Nurseries Sales Team

HARRIET ANDREWS from May Hill in Gloucestershire has recently (April, 2019) joined one of the largest, family-run wholesale nurseries in the UK as a Sales Trainee.

Nineteen-year-… Full story

2019 GIMA Awards logo

As the GIMA Awards gets set to celebrate its 39th anniversary in 2019 (July 4th, Celtic Manor), this year’s judging panel has been confirmed. 

Featuring buyers from both leading independent and multiple garden centres, DIY giants, and members of the trade and consumer media, this year’s panel brings with it a wealth of experience that will no doubt help them to pick the best that GIMA members have to offer.

Meet the 2019 GIMA judges

Andy Smith, Head of Buying, Klondyke Group

During his 30 plus years experience in the horticulture and retail … Full story

LifestyleGarden® sustainable garden furniture
Sustainability matters: how LifestyleGarden® is setting a new standard for sustainable business

 

sustainability

/səsteɪnəˈbɪlɪti/

noun

  1. the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level.

"the sustainability of economic growth"

  1. avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.

"the pursuit of global environmental sustainability"

 

It’s a point of… Full story

Purple flower in the Spring

THE START of spring saw sales in outdoor plants soar at garden centres across the country (2019).

During March, outdoor plant sales were up 90.85% compared to the same… Full story

A little boy outside enjoying gardening

Leading garden centre group, Haskins Garden Centres, is delighted to announce the launch of its new Garden Gang Facebook page, designed to get children outside and involved in gardening.

The Facebook page provides parents with regular updates suitable for children, including how to encourage wildlife into the garden, an array of fun and educational worksheets, sowing seeds and a selection of games.

Lisa Looker, brand director at Haskins, commented: “Family is rooted into our core here at Haskins so we feel we have a responsibility to help parents encourage their children to… Full story

Plants on table at Glee 2019 

The horticultural heart of the exhibition, Glee Plants, showcases an extensive range of plants, trees and shrubs from UK and international suppliers. To date a host of brands – of all sizes – have confirmed their presence at the September show (10th – 12th September, NEC Birmingham), bringing with them the best new plant varieties for the season ahead.

Look out for key suppliers such as Laurica Plants, Javado, Florna Plants, Strawson Woodland, H.S Hommes & Sons, Key Essentials, Leybaert BVBA, and The Christmas Cabin. Together these brands – along with a host of yet to be… Full story