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Henry Bell packet of Wild Bird Care feed

Henry Bell & Co, the family-owned and leading quality animal feed producer announces the release of its own brand: Henry Bell Wild Bird Care.

Henry Bell has over 20 years’ experience in the bird food industry and has been pivotal in the growth of many private label wild bird food brands. The company has now combined its strong expertise and knowledge to launch its own high-quality range of products specially designed to provide health and wellbeing for wild birds.

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Garden centres see surge in outdoor plant sales in February

THE POSITIVE start to 2019 continued into February (2019) as garden centres across the country saw outdoor plant sales soar according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report.

Sales in outdoor plants were up 61.1% compared to the same month the previous year (2018).

Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said: “This year’s sales figures just prove what a difference the weather can make. In February 2018 we were greeted by the Beast from the East followed by an early Easter washout, which made for a very miserable start to the year, however this year the weather has been much milder, with only a dusting of snow very early on in the month.

“Gardeners have been able to get on with readying their plots for the season. They’ve also been working on hard landscaping as sales are up 58.79% compared to last year.”

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Garden Re-Leaf day on Friday 22nd March

Garden centres across the UK are being encouraged to take part in Garden Re-Leaf Day on Friday 22nd March and raise vital funds for the Greenfingers Charity, the national charity that creates magical gardens for children’s hospices.

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Wyevale Nurseries’ Karen gets British Empire Medal

A MEMBER of the sales support team at one of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries in Hereford has recently been awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List (January 2019).

Karen Jones, who works at Wyevale Nurseries, received the medal for her long and dedicated service to Kingsland Cub Scouts in Herefordshire.

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STAFF at garden centres across the country are celebrating after receiving awards at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference in Luton yesterday (Monday, January 21, 2019). 

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Worrall Cup winners

THE GARDEN Centre Association (GCA) has launched its Worrall Cup competition (November, 2018) that is designed to find the member garden centre with the best marketing expertise.

The garden centre with the best marketing campaign or initiative will be awarded the prestigious cup during the GCA’s annual conference at Luton Hoo from January 20-23.

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The Innocent Pet branches out to Garden Centres

Luxury British pet treat manufacturer, The Innocent Pet, will be introducing its high-end range of treats to garden centres at Glee.  

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Haskins Muscari bulbs

Garden centre group Haskins has launched its very own Bulb Market, which takes place from Monday August 20 to Monday November 19 across all four of its centres.

More than 250 bulb varieties will be available at Haskins’ Bulb Market, as well as a showcase of rare and unusual bulbs. The festival will also have a special focus on British-grown bulbs, with 24 varieties on sale that are UK-grown.

Lisa Looker, brand director at Haskins Garden Centres, commented: “We’re delighted to announce the return of our popular Bulb Market, with a special focus on embracing and supporting UK bulb growers.

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Vitax

Hot on the heels of last year’s success, Vitax will be taking its experiential marketing stand one step further in 2018 as it continues to showcase its award-winning packaging, point of sale material and new products.

Visitors to Glee will be encouraged to explore Vitax’s product garden as it takes them on a journey of how its leading brands can be used in a real garden setting.

New product lines will be on show as well as additions to key ranges, but supporting garden centres to help educate gardeners and recommend the right product is at the top of the agenda.

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JFH team

JFH Horticultural Supplies Ltd are based in Sandbach and here, sales director Nelson Hutchins discusses the firm’s range of recycled, biodegradable products…

Why are biodegradable products so important to the garden trade?

As an industry I guess we are always looking at sustainability and protecting the environment. Customers are passionate about the ‘green’ vision and saving the environment.