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A rehabilitation service which helps people living with a brain injury or neurological conditions is setting up a horticultural project. Momentum Skills is calling on garden traders to help build up its project, which will offer a therapeutic and empowering experience for its users, by donating garden tools and supplies. Alistair Rowan from the organization explains how the project will work…
What is Momentum Skills and what services does it provide?
Momentum Skills West Midlands is a non-profit organisation based in the Birmingham City Centre that provides psychological and vocational rehabilitation services to those living with brain injuries or neurological conditions. Through a comprehensive training program, we aim to empower our clients so they can achieve their personal goals, gain the skills they need to live independently and gain access to employment.
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ONE OF the UK’s leading water garden product companies has launched a series of ‘how-to’ videos to support retailers selling its new Liberty 200 pump while also attracting a younger social media-driven audience (August 2019).
Blagdon says it isn’t just launching its easy-to-install Liberty 200 mains-free, solar-powered pump, but is also suppling retailers with the means to educate and pull-in new markets too.
Development Manager at Blagdon, Andrew Paxton explained: “To help our retail partners inspire new consumers and, also, to provide an easy-to-use, step-by-step guide for users to follow, we’ve created three ‘how-to’ films for three different styles of water feature that people can create from the Liberty 200.
When residents at Green Park Care Home in Warrington visited Bents Garden Centre recently, they thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to smell the roses and take in the brilliantly coloured lupins.
The trip was organised at the request of one of the care home’s residents, Dorothy, who recalled visiting there previously and not being able to go as regularly as she once had since moving to the home. This shows how important getting out and about is for someone living with dementia.
Weed, feed and control brand Neudorff will launch a new Vegan Society Accredited range of products at Glee 2019.
Neudorff’s range already focuses on products that use natural active ingredients where possible with many products certified by the Organic Farmers & Growers Association.
Vegan products have been included in the product line-up for a number of years and the brand has now been given the vegan stamp of approval across new and existing products.
“Demand for vegan growing products has grown massively in the past few years thanks to a new generation of gardeners and increased consumer awareness for the ingredients included in weed, feed and control products,” said Neudorff’s Jude Beharall.
Evergreen Garden Care and its portfolio of market leading brands will be exhibiting at Glee with marketing campaigns, new POS and, most importantly, exciting product launches for 2020.
The new stand features a number of different immersive zones aligned with each product area, including lawn care and feeding, to showcase Evergreen Garden Care’s ongoing commitment to product development.
Designed to illustrate Evergreen Garden Care’s impressive research and development heritage and unique facilities in Levington, the stand features a modular greenhouse to create a supersized world where visitors can be immersed into the brand and gain a deeper understanding of the products.
Experts will be on-stand throughout the exhibition to talk about the new products in detail and how to deliver outstanding results.
Demand for natural slug controls will continue to grow, despite High Court withdrawal and review of metaldehyde ban, says ecofective
Leading eco-friendly pest control supplier ecofective is pressing ahead with its strategy of bringing pioneering slug control products to market - despite the shock news that the ban on chemical metaldehyde slug pellets has been overturned following a legal technicality.
Following a legal challenge by Chiltern Farm Chemicals, the High Court has decided to withdraw and review DEFRA’s ban on metaldehyde slug controls, which saw retailers clear shelves of metaldehyde-based products by the end of June.
Ecofective’s Head of Sales, Nigel Thompson, said: “The news that metaldehyde could return as a result of this decision is disappointing and flies in the face of growing consumer demand for natural and environmentally friendly pest control products. We know that retailers and consumers are crying out for slug control products that protect precious plants from molluscs without posing a risk to nature or the wider environment - and that is what we will continue to deliver.”
THE GARDEN Centre Association (GCA) has seen a record number of new members join in 2019 – with 10 signing up so far this year (2019).
These include three centres from the Klondyke Group, an additional centre for Perrywood Garden Centre, as well as six other independent garden centres from across the country.
Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA, explained: “We’d like to welcome all of our new members, Bellis Brothers Farm Shop & Garden Centre, Buckingham Garden Centre, Dunbar Garden Centre, Haddenham Garden Centre, Parkers Garden Company, Waresley Park Garden Centre, Klondyke Garden Centres in Edinburgh, Livingstone and Polmont and Perrywood Sudbury.
Material matters: LifestyleGarden® sets benchmark for artificial wicker material usage
Riding high from its successful exhibit at the SOLEX trade event, which saw the industry shower praise upon its new Eden Project partnership range and the DuraOcean® chair made from ocean plastic – the latter scooping the 2019 SOLEX New Product award –LifestyleGarden® has shone a light on its other benchmark setting material usage, particularly its Petan® ‘artificial wicker’ collections.
Over the last decide, artificial wicker has become the mainstay of outdoor furniture design. But until now the majority of material used has been non-recyclable. This means that at the end of their lifecycle there is no choice but for consumers to add their old furniture to landfill, contributing to the ongoing plastic waste issue that is shaping much of our political and economic agenda.
Recognising this, LifestyleGarden® developed an alternative; an alternative that looks to minimise its impact upon the environment. Introducing Petan® LifestyleGarden®’s exclusive artificial wicker alternative material.
WET WEATHER caused poor sales in traditional garden centre categories in June (2019) the Garden Centre Association has revealed in its Barometer of Trade report for the month.
Outdoor plant sales were down -12.56%, furniture and barbecue sales were down -14.71% but houseplant sales were up 11.56% compared to the same month last year.
Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said: “In June 2018 we were all enjoying a summer heatwave, but this was certainly not the case this year as we experienced lots of much wetter weather, which didn’t bode well for our traditional garden centre categories.
“In some areas of the country, a week’s worth of rain fell in two days, so it was impossible for gardeners to get out onto their plots.”
Seed and bulb sales were up 8.49%, garden sundries were down -10.23% and pets and aquatics sales were up 2.37%.
Vegepod, the Australian manufacturer of innovative raised garden beds, will be showcasing its range at GLEE 2019.
At the show the company, which launched in the UK in spring 2018, will be focussing on sustainability. In the midst of the “war on plastics”, Vegepod will be highlighting that its polypropylene beds are indeed eco-friendly, particularly when compared to timber or iron raised alternatives. With a minimum 10+ year lifespan they outlive untreated timber counterparts five fold without the need for harvesting and deforestation. Additionally, the Vegepod eco-covers manage the climate of plants by allowing water and air to penetrate but not insects, encouraging plant growth. Furthermore, the self-watering functionality reduces water usage by 80% and furthers the products’ sustainable credentials.
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