Garden Trade industry news


The LOFA (Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association) “LOFAssured” initiative ensures that all cushions sold by members comply with current government fire safety regulations.

LOFA is raising awareness of fire safety standards/regulations for garden furniture cushions in this young campaign and, already, twenty-five members are certified with 13 in progress and soon to be completed.


At Glee this year, Woodlodge, the UK’s leading supplier of garden pots, will be promoting its partnership with the UK’s leading terminal illness support charity, Marie Curie, to raise vital funds and awareness.

The Marie Curie charity pots will be on show for retailers to order on the Woodlodge stands (6T30-U31 and 6T40-U41). 

The stackable pots, available in three different colours, all display the charity’s well recognised daffodil logo, and will help to raise money to help nurses care for more people with a terminal illness.

The Glee Buyers Power List

The Glee Buyers Power List has been set-up to recognise the individual buyers and buying teams who have gone above and beyond to make a difference within the garden retail industry this year. Voting has been open since early summer, with nominations flooding in from all corners of the market. Now, details of those shortlisted have been confirmed.

Formed of the top nominations in each of the six categories, the shortlist is representative of the leading buyers and buying teams from retailers across the country. The shortlist is now open to the industry to cast their vote for their top buyers or teams in each category. These votes will then be counted, with the buyer or team with the most votes being crowned as individual category winners during a special Buyers Power List ceremony taking place on Tuesday 11th September at Glee 2018. A ‘winner of winners’ will also be announced at the same ceremony.

Town & Country

In February this year, leading gardening glove and wellington boot manufacturer, Town & Country launched a new charity partnership with the UK’s leading breast cancer charity, Breast Cancer Now and, just six months later, the company has reported the success of the range.

The partnership saw a limited edition range of charity products being launched, with 10% from the sale of each product being donated to Breast Cancer Now to help fund vital breast cancer research.

There are three products in the range; gloves, secateurs, and a gardening pouch. Each has been designed with the charity’s iconic pink colour scheme in mind, and boast maximum functionality paired with contemporary design, making the tools aesthetically pleasing and easy to spot in the garden.


BRITISH homeowners are investing in their gardens and outdoor spaces as the heatwave continues, recent research reveals.

A survey of 1,009 UK adults carried out by lighting store, LED Hut, found that Brits spend an average of £389 refreshing their gardens for summer.

The top garden items Britons have been investing in included outdoor furniture (63%), followed by BBQs (59%) which came in second as Brits plan to cook up a storm for their guests.

Plant Area Forum, GCA

THE GARDEN Centre Association (GCA) held a successful Plant Area Forum at Ball Colegrave this summer (July, 2018).

The event was the GCA’s third and was attended by more than 50 delegates, including plant area managers, buyers and supervisors and was facilitated by GCA inspector, Roger Crookes with assistance from Michael Cole.

Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said:

“Our third annual Plant Area Forum was a huge success and I would like to thank everyone who helped Roger and Michael with the content and presentations and, of course, the delegates from busy garden centres who attended. The day would not have been the success it was without their contributions. I would also like to thank our hosts Ball Colegrave, whose glorious grounds made the event that much more special.”

Barometer of Trade, BoT report

SALES at garden centres across the country continued to soar in June (2018) thanks to the sunny weather according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report.

Outdoor plant sales were up 26.94% compared to the same month last year (2017) and sales in houseplants were close behind at 24.1% up.

Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said:

“It’s hard to believe that earlier in the year we had such terrible weather, including heavy snowfall, which really affected sales, but recently we’ve enjoyed heat waves across the country. After a big boost in sales in May thanks to the weather and the Bank Holidays, it was great to see the good weather continue into June and it has done wonders for our member garden centres.”