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  • RocketGro supports GARDENA’s ‘Greenest Garden’ at RHS Chelsea

    By GCU on May 24, 2023
    RocketGro has teamed up with GARDENA to help create the garden tool and watering brand’s sustainable trade stand, in partnership with leading eco-designer Lynne Lambourne, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year.   RocketGro’s unrivalled 100% organic, peat-free compost will be used for planting across the ‘Greenest Garden’, which forms part of GARDENA’s ReThink campaign. It is the second […]
  • UK Government confirms ban on all peat-based gardening products will not be implemented until 2030

    By GCU on March 24, 2023
    Defra (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs) has confirmed that while some peat-containing products will be banned from shelves in 2027, others will be exempt from a ban until 2030. This means that for some professional growers, peat use will still be permitted for the next 7 years.  Ailis Watt, peat policy officer at The Wildlife Trusts says: “Today’s announcement […]
  • Bradford Garden Centre relaunches its butchery offering

    By GCU on March 7, 2023
    A Bradford garden centre has relaunched its butchery offering following feedback from customers. Hearty’s Food Hall at Tong Garden Centre has introduced a new butchery department in partnership with East Yorkshire-based Yorkshire Wold butchery. Yorkshire Wold’s MD, Christopher Smith, is excited by the opportunity: “This is our first retail partnership, and we’re delighted to be working with the Hearty’s team, […]
  • Garden Press Event celebrates award winners and HTA welcomes House of Lords committee members

    By GCU on February 26, 2023
    Over 400 members of the garden press and media made their way to the Garden Press Event on 21 February, for a one-day exhibition showcasing the entire supply chain of the environmental horticulture industry, organised by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) and Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA). The event, held at the Business Design Centre in London, culminated in the […]
  • Perrywood raises over £45,000 for the local community

    By GCU on January 5, 2023
    Over the last two years, Perrywood Tiptree and Perrywood Sudbury have raised a grand total of £45,000 for local charities, schools and community projects. Every two years, Perrywood choose local charities or community groups to support. In 2021/2, £35,000 was raised for Abberton Rural Training, Together We Grow, Colchester Hospital, ActivLives and Greenfingers. Fundraising activities by the Perrywood team and […]
  • Richard Claxton GP joins the Greenfingers Board of Trustees

    By GCU on November 5, 2022
    The Greenfingers Charity’s Board of Trustees has further expanded with the inclusion of Richard Claxton, GP and therapeutic garden designer. Richard, who trained at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals Medical School has specialised in both paediatrics and general practice medicine. After a long career that has spanned over 25 years, Richard has now retrained as a garden designer, and specialises […]
  • Thank you to the 2022 GIMA Awards sponsors

    By GCU on September 20, 2022
    This year’s GIMA Awards are fast approaching (20th October, Celtic Manor) and, as always, the event is only possible due to the incredible support of the industry it represents, including a host of sponsors made up of manufacturers, suppliers and media representatives. From champagne for the winners to the table and pre-dinner drinks, raffle prizes and category sponsors, this year’s roster […]
  • Zest Charity Initiative Supports Ukraine

    By GCU on September 9, 2022
    Garden furniture, grow your own and decorative garden structure specialist, Zest is spearheading an initiative to deliver humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine. The company has coordinated partners and local businesses to fill an articulated lorry with much-needed provisions such as non-perishable food, water, medical and first aid equipment. Commenting on the initiative, Zest director, Rhys Hughes, said, “One […]
  • Zest Showcases Awarding Winning Range at Four Oaks

    By GCU on September 8, 2022
    Timber garden furniture, grow your own and decorative garden structure specialist, Zest is a having a great time at Four Oaks meeting new and existing customers and showcasing its new on-trend products for the 2023 season alongside its best- selling range of award-winners. Zest has also shown off its new consumer-facing brand positioning: Zest Outdoor Living – The Natural Choice, […]
  • Evergreen Garden Care continues leading gardening industry in going peat-free following official government ban announcement

    By GCU on September 7, 2022
    The UK Government announced this week that the sale of peat and peat-containing products will be banned for use in the amateur gardening sector by 2024, in a bid to protect peatlands and the natural environment and reach their pledge of restoring 35,000 hectares of peatlands by 2025. Evergreen Garden Care supports this peat ban and has been committed to reaching […]