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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…
GIMA launches the UK garden industry’s first ‘Plastic Packaging Pledge’

GIMA launches the UK garden industry’s first ‘Plastic Packaging Pledge’

Trade association GIMA has launched the industry’s first ‘Plastic Packaging Pledge’. The pledge is in response to the global impact…
GCA announces virtual regional meetings

GCA announces virtual regional meetings

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) will still be able to get together for their regional meetings in a…
Brett Avery to join HTA Board as Vice-President

Brett Avery to join HTA Board as Vice-President

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is delighted to announce that Brett Avery, Managing Director of Farplants, is to join the…
GIMA announces virtual Buyer Connect with British Garden Centres

GIMA announces virtual Buyer Connect with British Garden Centres

On Tuesday 18th August, GIMA along with buyers from the UK’s second largest garden centre chain, British Garden Centres, will…
GCA and GIMA join forces

GCA and GIMA join forces

A new joint initiative between the Garden Centre Association (GCA) and The Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association (GIMA) has launched to…
Furniture and barbecue sales soar after garden centres re-open

Furniture and barbecue sales soar after garden centres re-open

Furniture and barbecues were the biggest sellers when garden centres re-opened in May according to the GCA Barometer of Trade…
Response from The HTA: opening of Garden Centres in Northern Ireland

Response from The HTA: opening of Garden Centres in Northern Ireland

The HTA Chairman, James Barnes, comments: “We welcome the Northern Ireland Executive’s announcement that garden centres will be able to…
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