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Christmas Greetings from all at GTN Thank you! That seems the best way to end this year. Thank you to everybody working in garden centre retailing and suppliers for all your efforts to make our sector one of the safest places for people to visit and shop in, and for doing everything you could to keep customers happy and supplied with their gardening requirements, even though sometimes demand outstripped supply. Thank you also to the trade associations who all worked together to lobby government from all angles so that garden centres could re-open ahead of all other retail. As a result, garden centres have had a trading year that was way beyond any expectation as the pandemic crisis deepened during March. Perhaps we should make an extra Greatest Award in the new year to James Barnes and Boyd Douglas-Davies to acknowledge the deep gratitude of all in our sector for their many long hours spent pulling us all together and achieving not only early re-opening but also essential retailing categorisation which meant trading could continue during Lockdown 2 and produce a record November sales. Good idea? Let us know your thoughts on this special award: trevor@pottingshedpress.co.uk


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Next year will bring more challenges that will undoubtedly fill the pages of GTN and GTN Xtra. But in the meantime, may we wish you all a Happy Christmas!

Even Christmas trees had to be socially distanced this year. Drone photo from Aylett Nurseries

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In this issue

Noma is coming for you Front Cover Back to the future – the year that was and what’s in store for 2021 6 2021 the year of the Whistler Grill 9 The COVID year - 2020 in numbers from GTN Bestsellers 12

£7k worth of prizes to be won in GTN’s Greatest Christmas Awards 2020 14 HTA Column 22 GIMA Column 23


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GTN December 2020 - Garden Trade News, UK  

In this issue of news and information for garden centre professionals: Noma is coming for you. Back to the future – the year that was and wh...

GTN December 2020 - Garden Trade News, UK  

In this issue of news and information for garden centre professionals: Noma is coming for you. Back to the future – the year that was and wh...