Garden trade industry features including events, exhibitions, and shows

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Green Protect logo

Green Protect is a leading retail brand in Scandinavia (known there as ‘A Green Way’) which offers a simple, effective and sustainable route to a pest-free home.

With many consumers adopting an eco-approach in their everyday lives, there is an ever increasing consumer focus over the mid-long term. We have seen an increase in the level of adoption of natural products in the European market and this is set to continue to grow across the continent with more eco-focused individuals than ever before.

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Fly on a leaf - Pest-Stop - domestic pest control products

Pest-Stop is a leading manufacturer of high quality, market leading domestic pest control products for the retail market worldwide.

The Pest-Stop brand offers a comprehensive range of market-leading products, from the Little Nipper mouse traps, one of the longest standing pest control brand names, to contemporary products designed with the domestic user in mind.

Pest-Stop has over 120 years of brand heritage and brings professional expertise to the amateur pest control market with new product development being driven by Europe-wide technical knowledge.

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The Wheat Bag Company stand

The Wheat Bag Company pride ourselves on manufacturing quality products in the UK.
We have our own in house designers who design our own bespoke fabrics that we use to make our Microwavable Wheat Bags, PADi Pillows and a range of textiles products.
Our Microwavable Wheat Bags are filled with English wheat and lavender and are comforting, warming and relaxing and a natural way to soothe aches and pains. They are available in a large selection of designs with finest English lavender buds or unscented. We also offer bespoke eye catching wooden display units free of charge to display our products.

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Winter garden - Preparing your Garden for Spring, in Winter

In the colder months, it’s easy to neglect, forget or put off looking after your garden. And it’s understandable, especially with the drop in temperature and sunlight that the winter months bring. 

But, for many homeowners, the garden is your pride and joy. In fact, the average Brit spends more than 2000 days gardening in their life, and it can add as much as 20% to the value of a home. Your garden could be the reason you purchased a house in the first place, and where you plan to host friends and family for next year’s sports spectacular when the Olympics, Euro Championships and Wimbledon all come back around. 

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Malini soft furnishings design - orange and grey geo print

Garden Trade Specialist editor Victoria Galligan catches up with Malini, a leading brand in premium softs furnishings, to find out the interiors trends for 2020 and find out why the brand is a popular choice for garden centres…

Malini is likely a brand you’ll have come across – its luxury cushions, throws rugs and quilts are stocked in many of the high-end garden centres in the country. When the company began trading in the 90s, its first big deal was with the Pier chain of furniture retailers and since then it’s gone from strength to strength, becoming a favourite supplier of premium cushions, throws, quilts and rugs.

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OKI plant loops - garden centre printing must be sustainable

The post-digital environment will see the horticultural sector ever more dominated by developing technologies and artificial intelligence – and sustainability remains of the utmost importance.

The horticultural industry contributes more than £24 billion a year to the UK’s GDP and employs more than 550,000 people.  Garden centres are booming, but how environmentally sustainable is the sector as a whole? Larger retailers have diversified their business with cafés, adventure playgrounds, gift shops, workshops, Christmas grottos and by hosting events to attract visitors all year round.  Smaller retailers concentrate on their core business and attempt to increase profitability by extending opening hours and delivery services.

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Flowers on a Pictur-esque Greetings and Christmas Cards
Flowers on a Pictur-esque Greetings and Christmas Cards
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Copdock Mill Wholesale Logo

Copdock Mill is a family-run business with over a century of trading expertise, manufacturing and supplying premium quality foods for cage and wild birds, poultry and household pets such as dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters. Today, the company also supplies its own specialist fishing bait and essential foods and bedding products for the equine industry. Established in 1912 by Herbert George Gladwell, Copdock Mill originally started as a country mill. The family run business continues today, whilst diversifying to produce and supply premium quality animal food supplies and accessories to customers nationwide. With four generations of the Gladwell family having played a part in the business, customers are assured of a first-class personal service at competitive prices. Copdock Mill is now one of the largest independent distributors of animal food supplies and accessories in the south-east of England.

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Formbar trolley

Formbar stock traditional and modern, innovative trolleys and baskets so Garden Centres can give a true impression of their brand values from the first moment a customer arrives. We have a range of trolleys that are suitable in garden centres and our customers love. We have a traditional wire garden centre trolleys that your customers will be familiar with as well as some unique new products. We stock plastic Polycart trolleys and garden centres tend to love the plastic flatbed and the small 78 litre trolley. 

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Rob Harrison of garden centre consultant Macolm Scott advises on the Environment Bill

Ecologists at garden centre specialists Malcolm Scott Consultants have been working with clients to help them take steps toward helping achieve the aims of the Government’s new Environment Bill.

The Bill was announced in the Queen’s Speech on 14 October 2019 and is scheduled to be passed by the new Government in early 2020.  

It will bring into force a mandatory approach to Biodiversity Net Gain, and the business’s Environment team has been advising on measures to comply.

Rob Harrison, Principal Ecologist at the garden centre consultant, said: “Ever since the Bill was introduced, we’ve been asked one question more than any other: “What is Biodiversity Net Gain?”. 

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