• Gethin Jones to host the 2023 GIMA Awards

    By GCU on August 24, 2023
    TV and radio broadcaster, Gethin Jones has been confirmed as the host of the 2023 GIMA Awards. Taking place on Thursday 19th October at the prestigious Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales, it will be Gethin that will help to reveal the winners of this year’s highly coveted GIMA awards. Gethin will be highly recognisable to delegates of the […]
  • GCA launches new GROW module on Sustainable Disease Control

    By GCU on August 21, 2023
    The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has just introduced another new module to its Garden Retail Online Workshops (GROW) e-Learning platform – this time on Sustainable Disease Control. With growing public environmental awareness, it’s designed to provide garden centre staff with the knowledge they need to help customers prevent and treat plant diseases in a more sustainable way. Antony Snow, Instructional […]
  • GARDENA celebrates growth in the UK market

    By GCU on August 20, 2023
    Europe’s number one watering brand, GARDENA, is celebrating continued growth across the watering and hand tools categories, after a successful spring and summer season in the UK. The UK gardening market has grown after a small decline in 2022, with the watering category seeing positive growth. GARDENA has made significant growth in the garden watering market, gaining shares in the […]
  • Glee Preview: Green Heart brings plants to the forefront

    By GCU on June 19, 2023
    Glee’s Green Heart has become a must-see part of the annual garden retail exhibition with growers bringing plants to the fore at the NEC (27th -29th June). A leading showcase of both UK and international growers, the Green Heart in 2023 will once again be found in the light-filled atrium and, this year will feature interactive exhibits that will provide […]
  • 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 […]