Garden Trade industry news

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DuraOcean chair by LifestyleGarden

Initiatives such as the Ocean Recovery Project are helping to raise awareness and encourage UK consumers to take responsibility for local ocean clean-up operations.

But what happens to the ocean plastic that is recovered? In the case of the DuraOcean chair from LifestyleGarden®, it becomes a beautiful piece of outdoor furniture – the first of its kind in the UK. A representative of a significant period of research and development, the DuraOcean chair showcases true product innovation.

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Inside Glee 2018

If you have a team of willing participants and a weekend spare, then the inaugural Greenfingers Glee to Monte-Carlo Banger Rally could be just what you are looking for.

This exciting new event will see teams from across the industry pitch themselves against each other to travel from Glee at the NEC Birmingham, to the world-famous Monte-Carlo on the French Riviera. But to make it even more exciting, each team must complete the 1,000mile course, commit to raising at least £1000 all in a car worth no more than £500! 

The rally won’t be about speed, but instead teams will be faced with exciting challenges and adventure along the way, all with the aim of putting the FUN into FUNdraising.

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Ray Jenkins from Wyevale Nurseries

ONE OF THE UK’s leading commercial nurseries based in Hereford recently (April, 2019) had its UK Sourced & Grown Assurance Scheme (UKSG) application renewed.

Wyevale Nurseries applied for inclusion in the joint Woodland Trust and Grown in Britain scheme and will be able to offer those trees for sale under a verified UK Sourced and Grown label. 

Chris King, Assistant Production Manager at Wyevale Nurseries’ Transplants Division, explained: “The scheme guarantees our buyers that trees in our stock marked with the UKSG badge are raised from seeds sourced only from the UK and grown in the UK for their entire lifespan. 

“Being part of the scheme allows our customers to come to us and source full traceable UK provenance stock. This is particularly important in not only sustaining our own business but reducing the requirements for imports, by creating more demand for UK provenance stock.

“This reduction in imports supports our industry, while minimising the risk from foreign pest and diseases, which can have a devastating impact on our landscape.

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Treadstone Clever Clip Gloves hanging on a wall

As part of its ongoing development and expansion plans, Treadstone Products has made a number of changes to its business operations. The company is now housed in larger offices, which incorporate an improved showroom area. In addition, Treadstone has a new 3PL (third party logistics) partner, enabling it to offer an even better customer service via more superior warehousing facilities.

Changes are also being made in the area of staffing, again in order to facilitate improved customer service. The company is currently recruiting a new Office and Administration Manager, and is seeking to exapnd its team going forwards. Treadstone has already boosted its sales force in the East Midlands and The Wirrall with the recent recruitment of Mark Gillott as Sales Agent. This takes to eleven the number of sales professionals employed by the company. Treadstone is also currently seeking more Sales Agents to cover other parts of the country.

At the same time, Treadstone is also busy developing a range of high quality safety gloves for use in industry and by those in the building trades. Full details of this product innovation are expected to be revealed in the next few months.

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Harriet Andrews has joined the Wyevale Nurseries Sales Team

HARRIET ANDREWS from May Hill in Gloucestershire has recently (April, 2019) joined one of the largest, family-run wholesale nurseries in the UK as a Sales Trainee.

Nineteen-year-old Harriet is currently developing her knowledge of the stock at Wyevale Nurseries and is working on sales related tasks within the cash and carry team. 

Harriet said: “I am delighted to have joined Wyevale Nurseries as a Sales Trainee. I know I have a lot to learn and I’m very eager and excited about this opportunity.

“Prior to my role at Wyevale Nurseries, I worked at Fleurie Nursery in Chichester as a stock control and sales support assistant. I also attended Pershore College and gained a Level 3 extended diploma in Horticulture.”

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2019 GIMA Awards logo

As the GIMA Awards gets set to celebrate its 39th anniversary in 2019 (July 4th, Celtic Manor), this year’s judging panel has been confirmed. 

Featuring buyers from both leading independent and multiple garden centres, DIY giants, and members of the trade and consumer media, this year’s panel brings with it a wealth of experience that will no doubt help them to pick the best that GIMA members have to offer.

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LifestyleGarden® sustainable garden furniture

It’s a point of principle for many businesses to be as environmentally friendly as they can be, however there is one company that is priding itself on setting a new benchmark, and that is LifestyleGarden (under its parental company, ScanCom International).

ScanCom, together with LifestyleGarden, is raising the bar in regard to sustainable business in a way that has not been seen before within the garden and leisure sector. From corporate social responsibility, human and labour rights, and environmental management practices, every part of the business, from production to people, is heavily focused on ensuring the company’s motto ‘Doing Business the Right Way’ is carried out.

But what does being a sustainable business really mean? We focus on the extensive efforts that ScanCom’s team undertakes every day to achieve a true sustainable status.

Investing in truly green materials

We’re all familiar with terms such as FSC, ‘low-impact’, minimal waste and ‘recyclable materials’ but in a world that is waking up to the dangerous impact of certain materials, these terms are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to better material control. 

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Purple flower in the Spring

THE START of spring saw sales in outdoor plants soar at garden centres across the country (2019).

During March, outdoor plant sales were up 90.85% compared to the same month the previous year (2018), according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. 

Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said: “Garden centres across the country have enjoyed a fantastic start to the spring season thanks to the milder days we’ve been experiencing, which have brought customers out and about in their droves to stock up on plants and products.

“The weather has been very kind to us and we also had the added bonus of Mothering Sunday at the end of the month, when lots of families chose to pop to their local garden centre. 

“We’ve also seen great sales in hard landscaping at 88.16% up, garden sundries at 58.53% up and furniture and barbecue sales up 55.33%.”

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A little boy outside enjoying gardening

Leading garden centre group, Haskins Garden Centres, is delighted to announce the launch of its new Garden Gang Facebook page, designed to get children outside and involved in gardening.

The Facebook page provides parents with regular updates suitable for children, including how to encourage wildlife into the garden, an array of fun and educational worksheets, sowing seeds and a selection of gardening games.

Lisa Looker, brand director at Haskins, commented: “Family is rooted into our core here at Haskins so we feel we have a responsibility to help parents encourage their children to get involved in gardening. 

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Plants on table at Glee 2019 

The horticultural heart of the exhibition, Glee Plants, showcases an extensive range of plants, trees and shrubs from UK and international suppliers. To date a host of brands – of all sizes – have confirmed their presence at the September show (10th – 12th September, NEC Birmingham), bringing with them the best new plant varieties for the season ahead.

Look out for key suppliers such as Laurica Plants, Javado, Florna Plants, Strawson Woodland, H.S Hommes & Sons, Key Essentials, Leybaert BVBA, and The Christmas Cabin. Together these brands – along with a host of yet to be confirmed names -will be showcasing an exciting mix of nursery stock, bedding plants, house plants, cut flowers, trees and shrubs, herbs and florist sundries.