Garden trade industry features including events, exhibitions, and shows

Haskins give advice on water harvesting

Haskins Garden Centres are encouraging gardeners to look after their plants and wildlife due to the ongoing warm temperatures.

Alasdair Urquhart, Haskins’ in-house plant expert, commented:

“Long-range forecasters are warning that hot weather is looking likely to hold out through the rest of summer and even into autumn. As there is nothing in the forecasts to suggest that the conditions are going to change any time soon, now is a good time to think about how the weather will be affecting your garden.”


With beautiful sunshine and high temperatures all over the UK, it’s no wonder that gardeners are making the most of spending time outside this summer. The dry weather does bring with it some cause for concerns, including news of a temporary hosepipe ban coming into effect in the North-West of England and one already in place in Northern Ireland.

As temperatures rise, the absence of rain means parched plants, browning lawns and a struggle for Britain’s wildlife to find food, shade and water to drink. Reservoir levels across England are being reported as lower than expected and water bodies including United Utilities and Scottish Water are cautioning residents to use water wisely.

Certainly Wood release Kindle Roll

Certainly Wood – - has come up with an ingenious little way for campers & holidaymakers to get their fire going without any hassle. The Kindle Roll has an SRP of £1 and is made up from a neat little bundle of 8 poplar kindling sticks together with one of Certainly Wood’s Flamers – a natural firelighter made from wood wool. Also included are easy-to-understand instructions on the best and safest way to light a fire.  

Kindle Rolls make the perfect addition to any campsite shop or included in a welcome pack. What’s more, the kindling is grown in Britain and the Flamers made in Britain,  so all very patriotic too.

Father's Day gifts - Bulletproof Rocks

Want to offer customers something a little special than just the norm? Check out our top Father’s Day gifts to get some out-of-the-box ideas…

1. The Bulletproof Rocks Glass - £21.99 - The Fowndry 

For the man in your life who loves a tipple, check out this awesome hand sculpted whiskey glass with a genuine .308 bullet lodged in its side! Holding 325ml of your favorite sauce, every glass is crafted by hand making each one totally individual. What’s more this Bulletproof Rocks Glass comes beautifully gift wrapped making it an ideal gift this Father’s Day.

Rhino app on phone

Garden centres are getting a helping hand with their accounts from the new HMRC-recommended Rhino App.

HMRC Approves the Rhino Small Business App for Digital Record Keeping and Direct Accounts Submission to its new Making Tax Digital Platform.
As part of its Making Tax Digital (MTD) initiative, HMRC has approved the new Rhino App for the submission of business accounts directly from the app to its online MTD portal. That portal went live on 15th March 2018. Rhino integrates directly into the Making Tax Digital platform and is the only accounts package approved by HMRC that allows a business to submit its own returns.

Spring Garden Essentials From Creative Products

As experts in consumer and seasonal trends, Creative Products has the Spring season covered with its new range of innovative products for 2018, all available for the peak gardening retail season.

Tidy borders and beds

Badger Paw Gardening Gloves have been cleverly designed to offer an innovative way to tidy up your borders and flower beds. The comfortable and durable gardening gloves feature built in ‘claws’ which make easy work of preparing and digging soil and are perfect for a range of garden tasks including planting, raking and clearing roots. The gloves are ergonomically designed and made from breathable fabric for added comfort, making them ideal for use on warmer days.

Saddle up for charity with new Garden Re-Leaf Cycle Ride Challenge

Greenfingers Charity is inviting their supporters to put their pedal power to the test this spring by taking on an inspiring new Cycle Challenge for Garden Re-Leaf Day.

The event, which takes place on Friday 16th March, will now feature a new Cycle Ride Challenge for bike enthusiasts. 

The route will start in World's End Garden Centre, Wendover and take in the scenic Chiltern hills and idyllic countryside.  There will be two routes available, 50 miles and 100 miles .