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Tammy Woodhouse, GCA Chairman Elect speaking to delegates at the last GCA conference, which was held in 2020..jpg

THE GARDEN Centre Association’s (GCA) 56th annual conference due to take place at the end of this month has been postponed as a result of the ongoing spread of Omicron (January 2022).

The organisation’s executive committee has taken the decision to defer the event based on safety concerns and made the announcement to members this morning (January 10).

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Michelle Allen of Allen Designs

Michelle Allen of Allen Designs Joins Enesco Team to Continue Leading Development of Her Brand

Enesco, LLC is pleased to announce the completion of its acquisition of Allen Designs, a growing creative and whimsical international branded line of quality and functional products sold by retailers around the world.  Leading the continued development and execution of her brand will be creator and designer Michelle Allen who joins the Enesco Team.

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Christmas Trees

As the festive season is nearing, it is time to think about your Christmas Tree. All 58 British Garden Centres have a wide variety of freshly cut and potted Christmas trees. Over 26,000 cut Nordmann trees, the most popular tree, will have been lovingly grown in the British Isles and are now on sale.

This year British Garden Centres are delivering over £25,000 worth of bird care products to children’s hospices throughout the UK.  The carefully curated collection of items will bring the hospice gardens to life through the winter and beyond. By buying a tree from one of the British Garden Centre family you are supporting this wonderful gift as 50p from every fresh-cut Christmas tree sale goes towards making Christmas a little better for the life limited children cared for at the hospices. The present includes bird food and feeders, a bird table and even a bird bath. It will certainly make the birds go chirp, chirp, chirp! We will deliver to 52 Children's Hospice in the UK just before Christmas.

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Real Christmas Tree

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a few curveballs, and the potential shortage of Christmas trees could be a disastrous one. With new processes brought in through Brexit, growers this year have warned of shortages.  

It’s estimated that Britain goes through a staggering 8 to 10 million trees every Christmas time, one third of which are imported from Europe each year. This year Primrose estimates that 3 million homes this year will be going without a festive tree, unless they choose to buy British. 

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The new 21 inch pedestal wall mounted Touchscreen Kiosks featuring Joy of Plants' plant finder

JOY OF PLANTS and Review Systems Digital Signage Ltd have recently launched a new smaller ‘Plant Finder’ Touchscreen Kiosk to solve staff and skills shortages at garden centres.

The innovative 21-inch digital touchscreens are supplied as freestanding kiosks or wall mounted units, include Joy of Plants’ Plant Finder, and can be individually branded for each garden centre.

Jonathan Brown, Managing Director at Review Systems Digital Signage Ltd in Preston, said: “Our new pedestal-style Plant Finder Kiosks are affordable, attractive and enticing. We recently received great feedback at Glee, with visitors calling them ‘phenomenal’ and ‘fantastic’.

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Landscape Show Image of plants

The UK’s premier landscaping exhibition is less than a month away - have you registered yet? 

Hall 12 on the 3rd & 4th November at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham - Make sure it's in your diary! 

The LANDSCAPE Show provides the first in-person opportunity to reconnect
with others in the industry! LANDSCAPE welcomes exhibitors with a vast collection of leading products, services and innovations for the design, build and management of exterior and interior landscape projects. 

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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. 

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Blush Roman Patio Design - pastel shades and natural textures

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 revealed the most pinned patio designs on Pinterest this summer.

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