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‘Love the Plot You've Got' launches at Glee

GIMB (Gardening Industry Marketing Board) is launching the first ever industry-wide consumer marketing campaign at Glee this year.

‘Love the Plot You’ve Got’

Under the campaign title ‘Love the Plot You've Got', the campaign will work to demystify and popularise gardening amongst consumers who currently see the pastime as hard work and primarily for older people.

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Horticultural Scholarship Season Opens

The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) Scholarship Season is now open with several scholarships up for grabs.

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Young horticulturists have two months to apply for one of five Student Scholarships and five months to apply for a Sponsored Scholarship.

This year sees a new scholarship opportunity from the South West Growers Show offering £1,500 financial support to a student, as well as the relaunch of the Wyevale Garden Centres Scholarship, formally the Garden Centre Group Scholarship. Wyevale Garden Centres is offering two students a £1,500 study support payment each and the opportunity to organise paid weekend and/or holiday work at a Wyevale Garden Centre.

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HTA comments on 20th Anniversary of the 1994 Sunday Trading Act

The HTA is calling on Government to exempt garden centres from the outdated 1994 Sunday Trading Act

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Today in 1994, the Sunday Trading Act came into law. Twenty years later, some of the regulations introduced by the Act seem particularly outdated. This is especially the case for garden centres, which are covered by the Act purely due to their need to be a large size, a necessity for display their live products. 

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2014 HTA Garden Retail Market Analysis now available!

The 2014 HTA Garden Market Retail Analysis, published this week, shows that the market was slightly down in 2013 with plant sales hardest hit due to the very cold March and April weather.

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Changes in the number and size of gardens and the levels of home ownership are identified as key factors that will impact the market over the coming years.

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HTA Benevolent Fund restructures Trustees

HTA Benevolent Fund is pleased to announce a restructure of its Board of Trustees following an Annual General Meeting in July 2014.

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Chairing the Board is Andrew Richardson of Johnsons of Whixley, while Dougal Philip of New Hopetoun Gardens steps up as Vice Charirman. Tim Woodland of Simple Pleasures, a bulb wholesaling company, joins as a new Trustee to sit alongside existing Trustees Robert Hillier of Hillier Nurseries, Tom Wood of Oakover Nurseries, and Eddie Topping of Barton Grange Garden Centre. Jeffery Bernhard of Bernhards Nurseries has now stepped down as a Trustee.

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A garden of late blooms with Japanese Anemone

September is a time when some border plants come into their own, just as the rest of your summer flower plants are past their prime.

Plant of the Month 2014

A classic late flowerer is the pretty Japanese Anemone, a favourite with gardeners and the perfect choice for the Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) Plant of the Month for September.



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