Garden Trade industry news

Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown announces new partnership with Dorset Wildlife Trust

Haskins in Ferndown has teamed up with Dorset Wildlife Trust to help protect Dorset’s precious wildlife. As a new supporter of the charity, Haskins will help promote a sustainable future for Dorset’s wildlife and people.

As part of its partnership, Haskins will be supporting Dorset Wildlife Trust’s ongoing campaign, ‘Get Dorset Buzzing.’ The charity’s campaign aims to encourage gardeners to make their garden a haven for wildlife, which is a perfect fit for Haskins Garden Centre as the centre also strives to inspire people to protect the wildlife in their garden.

Haskins in Ferndown has signed up to be one of the selected venues for Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Facebook Live roadshow, promoting ‘Get Dorset Buzzing.’ Selected members of staff at Haskins will be interviewed as part of the charity’s live Q&A session, aiming to create positive outcomes for garden wildlife.

Garden retail on track to power ahead in 2019 as industry defies gloomy outlook for Britain’s High Streets

Retail success stories seldom hit the headlines with the UK gripped by Brexit jitters – but the nation’s garden centres are riding on the crest of a wave. While Britain’s High Streets are facing economic headwinds that have seen big name retailers consigned to history, garden centres are bucking the trend and experiencing healthy levels of growth.

According to the Horticultural Trades Association, the UK garden market is worth around £5.7billion (excluding landscaping and amenity) and business is booming for the UK’s 2,300 garden centres and retail nurseries. 

The January 2019 issue of HTA Market Update found that garden centre sales were up by 3% in 2018 compared to 2017. Houseplants were star performers, up by 15% year-on-year. Christmas categories saw strong growth in 2018 with December sales 9% up on 2017.

Willow Wands with newly launched trade display units

The team behind the popular Willow Wand has unveiled its new self-contained trolley display units, perfect for helping retailers drive sales instore.

Pre-loaded with 100 Willow Wands, in three sizes, the display unit has been designed to make it unbelievably easy for retailers to start selling; simply unload, wheel into position and let consumers take their pick.

Based on a Euro-trolley design, the new Willow Wand display units serve as both secure transport, and also a superb eye-catching display with full point of sale materials to maximise sales. What’s more, the tiny 0.48m2 footprint offers significant profit potential, with featured stock offering an RRP of £1,500, supported by great profit margins.

Brambles PAW Helping Wildlife Rescue Centres

Brambles Pet and Wildlife are continuing to run Facebook giveaways where members of the public nominate their favourite wildlife rescue centre to be in with a chance of the rescue winning food and other essential supplies.

David Tracey commented “our last giveaway was for Brambles Hedgehog Food and Esbilac Milk Powder and generated over 2,500 comments which shows how passionate members of the public are about wildlife and their local rescue centre. We we’re delighted to announce the winner as Bernie’s Hedgehog Rescue in Durham who was delighted with the outcome. We will be continuing with these giveaways as it’s a great way to help these amazing people who are self-funded and often rely on donations.”

Robin retires after 39 years at Wyevale Nurseries

ROBIN TRUMPER from Hereford celebrated his retirement yesterday (Wednesday, March 20, 2019) after 39 years of service at one of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries.  

Robin, who was an Amenity & Landscape Sales Executive at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, started working at the firm in October 1980. 

Andy Johnson, Managing Director of Wyevale Nurseries, said: “Robin has been an incredibly loyal and committed member of the sales team for nearly 40 years, with an encyclopaedic-like knowledge of plants, suppliers and the history of production methods. 

“He was always willing to give an opinion and answer all manner of questions to help colleagues and customers alike. Robin had been considering retirement for a number of years, with plenty of hobbies and interests to keep him busy, but in typical Robin-style, he decided the spring equinox was as good a day as any.

Garden centres see surge in outdoor plant sales in February

THE POSITIVE start to 2019 continued into February (2019) as garden centres across the country saw outdoor plant sales soar according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report.

Sales in outdoor plants were up 61.1% compared to the same month the previous year (2018).

Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said: “This year’s sales figures just prove what a difference the weather can make. In February 2018 we were greeted by the Beast from the East followed by an early Easter washout, which made for a very miserable start to the year, however this year the weather has been much milder, with only a dusting of snow very early on in the month.

“Gardeners have been able to get on with readying their plots for the season. They’ve also been working on hard landscaping as sales are up 58.79% compared to last year.”

Glee 2018

The beating heart of Glee, the Glee New Product Showcase provides a one-stop-shop for all the latest product innovations from around the show. Each year 11 products are selected as winners by a panel made up of leading industry figures and gardening experts. Six months have now passed since the 2018 winners were crowned, making it the perfect time to catch up with some of the brands to find out how the award has helped grow business, and to see what 2019 has in store.  

Glee is always a key event in the calendar for Westland Horticulture. Not only is a prime opportunity to speak to existing retailers while recruiting new stockists, it is also the chance to showcase new products and unveil months of product development for the first time.  At the 2018 exhibition, the company launched two new products - the Squirrel Proof Suet Pellets from Peckish and the New Rodenticides Range from Deadfast, both of which were awarded best new product awards in their individual categories.

Scruffs® “Best in Show” Bed Crufts® 2019

Manchester-based pet bed manufacturers Scruffs® have announced a successful exhibition at Crufts® 2019 earlier this month.

Scruffs® showcased many of their fan-favourite products, including the Snuggle Blanket and Noodle Dry Mat. Additionally, the pet-bedding company displayed beds from newer collections, such as the Rustic (pictured) and Habitat (pictured), which are designed for smaller breeds.

Dubby Klyne, Sales Director at Scruffs®, said: “We’d like to thank everyone for visiting our Stand at Crufts® 2019. We’re thrilled to report how successful the show was for us this year, and we’re very pleased with the feedback on new products, including the Noodle Drying Collection and the Scruffs® for Small Dog Collection.”

Plant in Posh Planters this Spring

Winter is slowly coming to an end and spring is on the horizon. As the weather starts to warm up and we see more daylight hours, the garden finally is beginning to awake from hibernation. But as you begin to dust off the watering cans and gardening tools, you may be looking at what you can do to spruce your garden up this year.

The Posh Shed Company’s Posh Planters are the perfect way to create a statement in your garden thanks to their simple yet stylish design. Posh Planters can be used to plant flowers, vegetables, ornamental or fruit bushes and trees this spring.

Made from FSC preserved timber, the Posh Planters are extremely hard wearing – meaning when the winter months come back there is no need to store these away. The planters are also available in a beautiful range of pastel colours – including Woodland Green, Pearl, Forget Me Not Blue, Dusky Rose, Spearmint and Posh Elephant.

Garden Re-Leaf Day sponsors walkers

As the garden retail industry makes final preparations for the forthcoming Garden Re-Leaf Day (Friday 22nd March), the event organisers – the Greenfingers Charity – would like to take a moment to thank this year’s amazingly generous sponsors.

The Garden Re-Leaf Sponsored Walk & Cycle Challenge will this year be supported by a range of leading brands, all of which come together to make the event such an enjoyable and exciting event.

Kickstarting the day will be team at World’s End Garden Centres, who – as the walk and cycle start and end point – will be providing breakfast for all those taking part, as well as refreshments at the end of the challenges, helping weary souls refuel.

Once again this year, SBM Life Science will be sponsoring the medals. Given out to all participants at the finish line, these medals provide a memento from a fun-filled day, and help participants to celebrate their own personal physical achievement.  Whilst leading EPoS suppliers, CSY Retail, will be building brand awareness with sponsorship of the lanyards, provided to every walker.