GTN January/February 2022 - Garden Trade News, UK

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What a start to 2022

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ime flies when you’re enjoying yourself, and we have really enjoyed the great start to the gardening year here at GTN. Data analysis from the GTN Bestsellers Epos reports each week have seen sales soaring at previously unheard-of levels for January and February as we benefit from a combination n of new gardeners and better than expected weather. Everyone we speak to seems to agree that the weather could, as we get back to “normal”, be the biggest factor in levels of growth for 2022. If we have a fine and mild spring, then sales could grow by as much as 10% and if the weather goes against being outside in the garden then growth may be as low as 2%. From the amount of stock being delivered and already in store at many garden centres I guess many

In this issue...

5 Peter Seabrook “Mr Gardening” 10 Record year for Choice Marketing 6 Thinking outside of the box 4 – Pughs Garden Kitchen 19 GCA Awards for 2021 20 Cultivation Street 2022 24 GTN’s Greatest Christmas Awards Christmas at: 26 The Old Railway Line 28 Squires Badshot Lea 30 Silverbirch 32 Altons 32 Little Dobbies Richmond 33 Millbrook Gravesend 33 Newquay Garden Centre 34 Bents 36 Cherry Lane Podington 36 Downtown 37 Fron Goch

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will be hoping for the better weather! One thing is for certain, Garden Centre Christmas retailing is greater than ever! The reason this issue is late in publishing is that we saw so many great examples of Christmas excellence when judging The Greatest Christmas Awards we just had to hold the press and add pages to the issue to fit in as much as we could. There are 36 pages of garden centre Christmas coverage in this issue with more to follow in GTN Xtra over the coming weeks. The sad start to this year came with the news of Peter Seabrooks sudden death. Peter was a good friend to GTN and to the industry as a whole and especially a great supporter of garden centres. We will miss him hugely and send our sincere condolences to his family and close friends.

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Hillmount Cheshire Pughs Pengelly Planters British Garden Centres Garsons Esher Gates Garden Centre Aylett Nurseries Blue Diamond Rosebourne Woodlands, Kent Barton Grange Sapcote Garden Centre Webbs of Wychbold The judges and sponsors

60 BBQ Gourmet – LOFA Member Profile 61 HTA Column – Christmas is here to stay 62 Garden Re-Leaf Day 2022

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