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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.”

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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.”