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Jonathan Opdam found that homeowners are unaware of gardening regulations

Two-thirds of British homeowners are not aware of the outdoor tasks that must be reported to a local authority to ensure gardening regulations are met.

Even though 61% of those surveyed would “always give something a go” or “love DIY and want to learn how to do everything themselves”, 41% of homeowners admit to not being confident at landscape gardening, including knowing which gardening regulations to follow. 

In the new survey by … Full story

Blush Roman Patio Design - pastel shades and natural textures

Top Takes From The Most Pinned Patio Styling Designs On Pinterest

With the hot weather meaning many of us have had the opportunity to get out into our gardens, what better way to enjoy the summer months than by spending time in a stylish patio area?

When it comes to home and garden design, there’s no denying that Pinterest is one of the go-to platforms for inspiration.  With many of us looking for design ideas and style tips, windows and doors specialists, Genesis, have… Full story

Haskins Snowhill receiving 3 awards at the Garden Centre Association Awards

Haskins receives multi-award recognition at regional garden centre industry awards

Haskins Snowhill centre has been named ‘Destination Garden Centre of the Year’ in the Garden Centre Association (GCA) South Thames Regional Awards.

The Snowhill centre in Copthorne, West Sussex, scooped up a further two awards on the night, adding The Barton Grange Trophy for Commercial Innovation and Creativity, and The GIMA Award for Best Garden Products Retailer, to its collection of accolades.

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wild bird food

As the welcomed summer sun is finally seeping into our gardens, balconies and outdoor spaces, and fauna and flora is looking lush, at the same time water supplies can also become scarce. Fresh water is essential for wild bird wellbeing so it is important they have access to plentiful sources. By providing birds with water for drinking and bathing can encourage a flurry of beautiful and interesting birds to your garden.
The Henry Bell Wild Bird Care Essential Collection - Three Arm and Four Arm Complete Feeding Stations and Heritage Collection - Four Arm and Four Arm Complete… Full story


Glee will return in-person on 14th – 16th September 2021

Industry leading brands set to appear on the exhibitor line-up. Glee’s theme will be Time to Grow, reflecting the opportunities for garden retail

After over a year away from in-person events, Hyve Group are delighted to announce that Glee will return to the NEC Birmingham from 14th – 16th September 2021. Following their Time To Grow manifesto, Glee will be designed to support the industry, helping garden retailers and brands to build on the momentum the industry has gathered over the… Full story

Ken Sharpe

After a short illness we are sorry to announce the sad passing of Ken Sharpe. Some will remember him from his days at the Hull company Westdock, starting there in 1959 selling glasshouses across the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands. After only 3 years and staying within horticulture, he started his own company, initially based in Ireland, he then moved back to Yorkshire in the late 1960’s to carry on his business.  In his time, he experienced many highs and lows in the industry, but his determination to succeed and provide an excellent service to customers, ensured his Company’s… Full story

Christmas tree grower Charlie Hood

Ideal growing conditions and an adaptable retail sector mean the public can look forward to easy access to real British Christmas trees in prime condition this coming festive season.

According to the British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA), favourable weather patterns have boosted growth this year, with a good mix of rainfall and sunnier spells throughout spring and summer leaving popular tree varieties in great shape as the countdown to Christmas begins.

Narrower trees that take up less space in the home are… Full story

plant pots by Woodlodge

With exhibitions off the agenda this year, garden trade suppliers are looking for alternative ways to showcase their latest product introductions ahead of the new gardening season. Not wanting its retail customers to miss out, Woodlodge, the UK’s leading brand for plant pots, containers and garden décor, has confirmed that it will be launching new showroom tours in what is being dubbed as ‘Glee @ Woodlodge’.

The company’s Gloucestershire facility will become home to a new COVID-Secure showroom from 7th September until 16th October, where the full product portfolio will be on… Full story

RHS careers resource - lupin plants in bloom

The RHS has created a new careers resource - rhs.org.uk/careersinhorticulture - with over 60 individual films showcasing some 45 different horticultural careers, as a survey shows that almost three in 10 (28%) people say not knowing enough about careers in the industry puts them off working in horticulture. The top two things putting people off a career in horticulture, which is currently suffering a skills crisis, is lack of knowledge, both in not knowing enough about plants or gardens (40%) and not knowing enough about careers in… Full story

Plant donation to NHS Nightingale

Set up as part of the ongoing fight against Covid-19 the temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital at ExCel London has become ‘home’ to over 1,600 support staff bravely facing the virus head-on. Thanks to LifestyleGarden® and a wealth of generous donors, these workers now have a stunning garden space in which to relax and find a moment of calm away from the frontline.
Co-ordinated by the superb team at Biotecture Limited, this new garden space came together in just a matter of days thanks to the hard work and dedication of the on-site team. Adding a splash of colour to proceedings… Full story

plant your future competition

Plant Your Future, the Registered Charity that works with subsistence farmers to restore the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, has launched a competition to help keep children entertained and inspired during the COVID-19-enforced lockdown. The ‘Rainforest in a Box’ competition will encourage children aged 6-14 to get crafty, all while learning more about the rainforest.

Plant Your Future is encouraging children to create a mini rainforest using an old shoebox and other materials they can find around the house. The organisation has… Full story

Haskins plant finder selling more online in COVID-19 crisis

The Plant Finder team say garden centres are selling more online in COVID-19 crisis.
GARDEN centres are using upgraded website software that recommends not only plants to gardeners but also care products as sales of gardening goods soar in the wake of COVID-19.
Joy of Plants’ Plant Finder plug-in has been added to 46 garden centre websites since it launched in 2018 including the Blue Diamond Group, Longacres, Barton Grange, Scotsdales and Perrywood.
Terri Jones, Managing Director of Joy of Plants in Twyford, says: “We’re hearing… Full story