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We are delighted to introduce the newest addition to our attachment range for our CX tractors - the CityVac vacuum sweeper!

Read more: New Sweeper Attachment for Multihog

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A major scientific conference on European research into Xylella fastidiosa is to be held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, from 13-15 November 2017. The conference is being organised jointly by EFSA, the University of the Balearic Islands, the Euphresco network for phytosanitary research coordination and funding, and the EU Horizon 2020 projects POnTE and XF-ACTORS.

Read more: European conference on Xylella fastidiosa: finding answers to a global problem | European Food...


Managers and geologists from over 60 European UNESCO Global Geoparks will gather in County Clare this week to attend an international meeting and to visit the Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark. 

Read more: Burren to host European Geopark Network Event

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We have announced today that HTA CEO, Carol Paris, will be leaving the organization at the end of April. Carol has served the HTA for seven years in total, as Vice President, President, and CEO.

Read more: Carol Paris is leaving the HTA

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Catering continues to play a huge role in the make-up of garden centers accounting for in excess of 25% of sales in many cases. Over half of all garden centers have a café or restaurant with many having invested further to increase their covers and grow their offer.

Read more: A piece of cake? HTA Catering Conference and Dinner

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It is one of the most debated questions in chemical risk assessment: can exposure to chemicals such as pesticides cause ill health in humans? Scientists currently rely on experimental toxicology evidence, such as animal or cell studies, to assess their safety. A new approach proposed by EFSA will help further our understanding by making better use of epidemiological studies on human health.

Read more: A new path for pesticide assessment | European Food Safety Authority

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The Stichting Beurshal and the Nursery Trade Fair Foundation join forces to make the new growers' square at Plantarium 2017 a great success. The Stichting Beurshal (representative of the arboriculturists) with "Varb" and the Nursery Trade Fair Foundation with "Plantarium" both have as mission to advance the trade in nursery stock products.

Read more: Flying start to autumn trade at the Plantarium Grower's Square

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This question has been asked of me a number of times over the last few weeks. In early March I was invited to Ukraine to work with garden centres and present a workshop to the industry. This was my first visit to the country and new experience for me.

Read more: Does Ukraine have Garden Centres? - John Stanley


The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) is ‘the world’s champion for the power of plants’. To serve the needs of the global ornamental horticulture industry AIPH has defined its Strategic Plan until 2020.

Read more: AIPH Approves New Strategic Plan – International Association of Horticultural Producers


As the leading show for the garden retail industry, Glee prides itself on providing an unrivaled platform for discussion. In this, the first of a series of special ‘talking head’ style features, the topic of Brexit is addressed. To some a dirty word, others a fear-inducing prospect, and to many, a word that evokes feelings of the unknown, here Glee exhibitors and supporting trade associations share their thoughts on Brexit and how it is shaping their future.

Read more: Glee Talking Head: Brexit – the current mood


From 2018, hortivation by IPM ESSEN will be integrated into IPM ESSEN. That was announced by Messe Essen during the most recent edition of the world's leading fair for horticulture.

Read more: In the Future, hortivation Will Take Place During IPM ESSEN

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The HTA Catering Conference is designed to inspire and support garden centres with catering operations by tapping into catering best practice from inside and outside the sector. It brings together garden centre owners, garden centre managers, catering managers, and supervisors, together with industry specialists and those that have made changes within their own garden centres.

Read more: HTA Catering Conference 2017


ENA -European Nurserystock Association- accepted Ukraine as a new member, shared information with American colleagues and discussed new projects.

The European Nurserystock Association (ENA) General Assembly met in Essen, Germany, during IPM trade show, on January 26th, 2017. Over thirty delegates from sixteen countries participated and discussed the main concerns of the European nursery sector in a meeting chaired by Mr. Jan-Dieter Bruns, ENA Vice-president.

Read more: ENA General Assembly Meeting

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The Most Admired research reviews a company’s performance on nine criteria, including innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment value, quality of products and services, and global competitiveness.

Read more: Deere & Company is among World’s Top 50 Most Admired Companies


The design has been revealed for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show industry showcase exhibit entitled “40 Sunbury Road”.

As featured in The Sun gardening supplement on Saturday, plans are progressing well for the first back garden exhibit at the Great Pavilion at Chelsea.

Read more: HTA | Design revealed for RHS Chelsea industry exhibit “40 Sunbury Road”

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In 1896 Arthur and Robert Bunning left London for Peth, West Australia. This was the start of a journey that started in the timber industry, grew into Westfarmers and eventually the move into hardware retailing and supermarkets.

Read more: London to Perth to St Albans… The return of Bunnings - John Stanley


The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) is ‘the world’s champion for the power of plants’. To serve the needs of the global ornamental horticulture industry AIPH has defined its Strategic Plan until 2020. 

Read more: AIPH Approves New Strategic Plan

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John Deere, a worldwide leader in manufacturing and services for agriculture, construction, forestry, and turf, has been named the Official Golf Course Turf Equipment Provider to the PGA of America.

Read more: PGA of America Signs Agreement with John Deere

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Glee, the UK’s leading annual exhibition for the garden retail industry, will become a biannual event with the opening of a Glee concession show at Spring Fair 2018 (February, NEC Birmingham) – complementing Glee’s main exhibition at the NEC each September.

Read more: Twice the Glee: Show to open concession show at Spring Fair 2018

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Following a hugely successful SALTEX 2016, show organizers have reported that a record number of exhibitors have already rebooked for the 2017 event.

Compared to January 2016, SALTEX has accumulated more than 50 additional exhibitors during the loyalty re-booking period – the number of SALTEX 2017 exhibitors now stands at an impressive 182, which continues to grow by the day.

Read more: Record number of exhibitors re-book for SALTEX 2017

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The first major expansion in 30 years at the John Deere Horicon Works factory in Horicon, Wisconsin, USA has resulted in a new 388,000ft2 facility for manufacturing the company’s popular Gator utility vehicles. The expansion has added about 80 new jobs – around 70 in the assembly area and 10 new salary positions – bringing the total workforce to 1100 employees during the peak season.

Read more: John Deere Expands Gator Factory to Meet Demand


The International Plant Trade Fair in Essen (IPM) has once more proven that it is an indispensable inspiration, communication and ordering platform for the global green sector. As the top speaker, the digital expert Sascha Lobo talked about the subject of digitization in the green sector.

Read more: Over 57,000 trade visitors from all over the world travelled to IPM Essen


The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has welcomed new members over the last year as associations representing the interests of the ornamental horticulture industry recognize the benefit of working together for a better future. 

Read more: AIPH Grows Stronger as New Members Join Including Ireland

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On Thursday 26 January 2017, the Mentha requienii MATCH & MOSS MENTHOL® of Van Son & Koot from Kaatsheuvel has been awarded the Show Your Colours Award IPM 2017 during the trade fair IPM 2017 in Essen (Germany).

Read more: Show Your Colours Award IPM 2017 for Mentha requienii MATCH & MOSS MENTHOL®

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Imagine what would happen if the owners from some of leading Independent Garden Centres from around the globe Gathered in a  room for two days and worked together to developed ideas for the future of their businesses.

That is exactly what happened in mid-January.

Read more: Independent Garden Centres Gather in Paris - John Stanley


Bord na Móna is pleased to confirm the acquisition of one of the UK’s most successful horticulture companies, White Moss Horticulture Limited (WMH).

Read more: Bord na Móna acquires UK Green Waste company


Members of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) heard about major national initiatives on city greening from around the world as members shared their key projects and experiences during their meeting on 23 January near Dusseldorf in Germany. 

Read more: Green City and Plant Health Key Subjects at AIPH Spring Meeting

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Turf Rewards users throughout the UK and Ireland will be spoilt for choice this year after ICL and Syngenta announced that a number of new qualifying products and reward items have been added to the loyalty scheme’s portfolio.

Read more: New line-up of Turf Rewards for 2017


The best IPM plant innovations have been decided: For the tenth time, innovative breeds were honored in six categories with the Innovation Showcase. In total, 35 exhibitors submitted 61 innovations. Appropriately for the anniversary, the jury thought that one innovation was worthy of a Special Prize.

Read more: IPM 2017 - Excellent Plant Innovations at the World's Leading Fair for Horticulture

Following the Brexit vote, the decreased value of the Pound did not seem to have any immediate effect on Consumer Price Index. However, figures from this week show that the Pound’s slump has finally begun to impact inflation, which has risen to its highest rate for over two and a half years.

Read more: BREXIT VIEW: Food Prices Rise as Inflation is Predicted to Overtake Regular Pay Growth

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Retailing is constantly changing, that is part of the fun.

Over the last few years, we have seen a reduction in the number of florists and traditional garden centers, there are several reasons for this decline, one of them has been the retailer not keeping up with the consumer.

Read more: Evolution or Revolution ?….The changing face of Indoor Plant Retailing - John Stanley

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