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HTA reiterates the call to ‘Let Britain Grow’

HTA reiterates the call to ‘Let Britain Grow’

Following Lord Frost’s announcement today that the UK will be maintaining a “standstill period” for current grace periods for goods traded in Northern…
GCA finds farm shops and houseplants still key to garden centre sales

GCA finds farm shops and houseplants still key to garden centre sales

Farm shops and houseplant sales dominated at garden centres this May (2021) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) recent…
HTA June Market update indicates changes in consumer behaviour as lockdown measures ease

HTA June Market update indicates changes in consumer behaviour as lockdown measures ease

The Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) Market Update report for June shows that garden centre sales nationally were up 30% in May…
Horticulture industry backs moves to reform packaging producer responsibility system

Horticulture industry backs moves to reform packaging producer responsibility system

Leaders from the horticulture sector have expressed concern around the short timescales and lack of detail in the recently announced principles…
Last chance to enter the 2021 GIMA Awards

Last chance to enter the 2021 GIMA Awards

Time is running out to enter the GIMA Awards, taking place on 11 November at Celtic Manor. The deadline to…
GIMA re-elects president

GIMA re-elects president

GIMA has announced the re-election of Simon McArdle of Westland Horticulture as GIMA president, following its AGM held virtually on…
Garden centre customers keen to sample horticultural hospitality

Garden centre customers keen to sample horticultural hospitality

As lockdown measures continue to ease across the UK, there is no sign of the incredible growth in sales by garden centres slowing. In fact, overall sales for…
Greenfingers thanks LOFA for generous donation

Greenfingers thanks LOFA for generous donation

The Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association (LOFA) has donated £10,000 to the Greenfingers Charity. The donation from the trade association…
GIMA Charity Golf Day returns this summer

GIMA Charity Golf Day returns this summer

As lockdown restrictions ease and golf clubs reopen, GIMA has confirmed its Golf Charity Day will be making its return…
Suez Canal remains blocked

Suez Canal remains blocked

More than 180 ships remain blocked in the Suez Canal in both directions, unable to get through one of the…
GCA teams up with Planet Mark for inspection process

GCA teams up with Planet Mark for inspection process

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has teamed up with Planet Mark to help evolve its inspection process as part of…
HTA announces appointment of new gifting director

HTA announces appointment of new gifting director

The HTA has signalled its commitment to developing and improving the gifting side of its offer with the appointment to the new…
Appetite for gardening remains strong despite a cold February, according to HTA report

Appetite for gardening remains strong despite a cold February, according to HTA report

The Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) Market Update report for March shows national sales of garden/gardening categories were 69% up in February 2021 compared…
SOLEX 2021 cancelled

SOLEX 2021 cancelled

The Leisure & Outdoor Furniture Association (LOFA) has taken the decision to cancel this year’s SOLEX Exhibition after much discussion with…
The GIMA Awards return this year

The GIMA Awards return this year

This year’s GIMA Awards will be taking place at the Celtic Manor Resort on 11 November 2021. Last year’s ceremony…
Garden centre food hall and farm shop sales stay positive in January

Garden centre food hall and farm shop sales stay positive in January

The food hall and farm shops category within garden centres saw positive sales during January (2021) according to the Garden…
GCA members hail virtual area meetings a success

GCA members hail virtual area meetings a success

The first regional meetings of 2021 for Garden Centre Association (GCA) members were held online and were hailed a great…
Dire St David’s Day predictions for horticulture in Wales

Dire St David’s Day predictions for horticulture in Wales

Welsh growers and garden retailers are bracing themselves for the impact of continued restrictions and say they need a miracle, like that said to have…
HTA’s OMC agrees to form group to communicate industry’s future research needs

HTA’s OMC agrees to form group to communicate industry’s future research needs

The HTA’s Ornamental Management Committee (OMC) has agreed to convene a working group to establish and communicate the industry’s future…
GCA elects new members of the board at AGM

GCA elects new members of the board at AGM

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) have elected new members to its board during the organisation’s virtual AGM. The…
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