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Zest 4 leisure celebrates another successful GLEE

Zest 4 Leisure, a leading trade supplier of quality timber garden products including furniture, arches, arbours and fencing, is celebrating another successful year at Glee 2018.

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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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https://www.gleebirmingham.com/

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

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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

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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.

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Woodlodge plant pots

With exhibitions off the agenda this year, garden trade suppliers are looking for alternative ways to showcase their latest product introductions ahead of the new gardening season.

Not wanting its retail customers to miss out, Woodlodge, the UK’s leading brand for plant pots, containers and garden décor, has confirmed that it will be launching new showroom tours in what is being dubbed as ‘Glee @ Woodlodge’.

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RHS careers resource - lupin plants in bloom

The RHS has created a new careers resource - rhs.org.uk/careersinhorticulture - with over 60 individual films showcasing some 45 different horticultural careers, as a survey shows that almost three in 10 (28%) people say not knowing enough about careers in the industry puts them off working in horticulture.

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Plant donation to NHS Nightingale

Set up as part of the ongoing fight against Covid-19 the temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital at ExCel London has become ‘home’ to over 1,600 support staff bravely facing the virus head-on. Thanks to LifestyleGarden® and a wealth of generous donors, these workers now have a stunning garden space in which to relax and find a moment of calm away from the frontline.

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plant your future competition

Plant Your Future, the Registered Charity that works with subsistence farmers to restore the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, has launched a competition to help keep children entertained and inspired during the COVID-19-enforced lockdown. The ‘Rainforest in a Box’ competition will encourage children aged 6-14 to get crafty, all while learning more about the rainforest.

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Haskins plant finder selling more online in COVID-19 crisis

Plant Finder team says garden centres are selling more online in COVID-19 crisis
 
GARDEN centres are using upgraded website software that recommends not only plants to gardeners but also care products as sales of gardening goods soar in the wake of COVID-19 (March 2020).
 
Joy of Plants’ Plant Finder plug-in has been added to 46 garden centre websites since it launched in 2018 including the Blue Diamond Group, Longacres, Barton Grange, Scotsdales and Perrywood.
 
Terri Jones, Managing Director of Joy of Plants in Twyford, says: “We’re hearing from our clients that they are experiencing an uplift in trade, as gardeners, who are self-isolating or social distancing, are ordering from them and asking for their items to be delivered, so they can spend the Easter break in their gardens.”

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