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E g g s t ra o rd i n a r y E a s t e r g e t s s e a s o n o f f t o a fl y e r
After a few weeks in March and April when sales dipped below last years levels and people were starting to wonder how the year would pan out, the sun shone well and truly for Easter and as the GTN Bestsellers graph below shows, volume sales reached a new peak, even exceeding the levels immediately after the end of Lockdown #1 in 2020.
Now one great week doesn’t make a whole season, but, with underlying trends of record sales for Grow Your Own plants and incredibly high volumes of growing media still coming through in the GTN Bestsellers data it does seem as though gardens are going to play an important part in many people’s lives this summer.
The long weekend for the Queens Platinum Jubilee could well be the catalyst for high levels of garden décor, garden furniture and BBQ sales. If that proves to be the case, it will be a right royal summer too!
Unfortunately, the GTN team were hit with COVID at the start of March, with the aftereffects taking a long time to clear, which is why this is a joint March-April issue to catch up on all that has happened while some of us have been out of action.
We’re all recovered now, which is a good job considering Glee is just 60 days away at time of going to press and there’s much to do in preparation for the first ever June Glee event at the NEC. We’ll see you there if not before while we are out on our garden entre visits.
Have a great May!
In this issue...
4 Shaping a new future at Coolings 8 Blue Diamond Awards – GTN Photo Exclusive
12 Garden Centres Aid for Ukraine
14 Primeur – Ready for 2022 16 Latest trends and products from the Garden
22 LOFA’s Plant a Tree Campaign 25 Greetings from Woodmansterne –
GTN meets the suppliers 29 Easter Trading records broken –
GTN Bestsellers Exclusive
35 GTN Bestsellers – Subscribe Now! 36 YPHA member opens Dor’s Garden in Ross
On Wye 38 Glee 2022 Update 40 Garden Re-Leaf Day 2022 42 LOFA Column – Working Together 44 HTA Column – Reasons to be Cheerful 46 GIMA Column – Sourcing New Products
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3 Clever Pots - Kin Brands 7 Norfolk Leisure 10 GIMA Awards 11 STV International 19 Altico 21 Algon 24 Handy Distribution 28 Bulldog Tools 35 Bathgate Horticulture 37 Hartman 38 The Real Soil Company 39 SBM – Phostrogen 40 Four Oaks 41 Durstons 41 Fordingbridge 43 Whistler Grills 45 Vitavia 47 Patio Black Spot 48 SOLEX 22
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