Garden retail industry show support for Retail Lab @ Glee Preferred Supplier Partners & Selected Supplier Partners confirmed

One of the most innovative features at the annual Glee exhibition, the Retail Lab @ Glee – new for 2017 – has secured backing from a wide range of leading suppliers, who have come on board as ‘Preferred Supplier Partner’ and ‘Selected Supplier Partner’ of the Retail Lab’s four trend-lead areas.  Brands confirmed as ‘Preferred Supplier Partners’ of the Retail Lab @ Glee in 2017 are Cadix, Hozelock, Petface, Ivyline, Woodlodge and Elho. Continue reading

It’s the year of pets at Glee 2017

This year Glee will be home to its strongest pet contingent for many years. From the PetQuip Business Village that has doubled in size, to the wealth of UK and international exhibitors and the newly introduced Buyer Connect event, pet buyers and garden retailers will be spoilt for choice.  Continue reading

Floral is the new black

2017 is proving to be a season in full bloom – not just in the flower bed, but on fabrics, furnishings and even fabric-feel rubber wellington boots. Briers, the award-winning gardening lifestyle brand behind four new collections, explains why this year’s floral trend is a must-have for greenfingered gardeners. Continue reading

Burford House Motor Show returns for a second lap

The Burford House Motor Show will return once again on Sunday 6th August for another great day of automotive fun for all the family.  The event might still be two months away, but organisers, Burford House Garden Store, are already gearing up to host hundreds of visitors to see a wide variety of classic, vintage and unusual cars.  Continue reading

Buyers Power List 2017: the shortlist

The Glee Buyers Power List has been set-up to recognise the individual buyers and buying teams who have gone above and beyond to make a difference within the garden retail industry this year. Voting has been open since early summer, with nominations flooding in from all corners of the market. Now, details of those shortlisted having now been confirmed. Continue reading

Double GIMA award winners Smart Garden Products eye further expansion

Coming soon…new logistics hub & range expansions

As a company that prides itself on delivering market leading customer service and best-selling products, there is no doubt that receiving industry accolades makes all the hard-work worthwhile. Just last week Smart Garden Products received two GIMA awards, including ‘Supplier of the Year’. Not wanting to rest on its laurels, it now plans to build on this success. Continue reading

GIMA Awards 2017 – And the winners are……

Last week the winners of the GIMA awards 2017 were announced at another sell-out event (Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales). The pinnacle of the garden retail industry’s calendar, the event brought together manufacturers, retailers, members of the press and industry figures, to celebrate the 16 highly-deserving winners.  Continue reading

The Skylark Maize Maze: 10 things you never knew!


  • The Skylark Maize Maze is the largest in East Anglia. In total the maze covers an area in excess of 12 acres! That’s the same size as 12 football pitches or 192 tennis courts!
  • The maize used within the Skylark Maize Maze is a tropical crop, and needs warm wet weather to thrive. As you can tell, we like a challenge here at Skylark! On average there will be 20,000 plants per acre.
  • At Skylark we use a special variety of maize called ES Ballade by Grainseed Ltd. It grows up to 2.4 metres in height.
  • The 2017 maze marks the 12th maze at Skylark.
  • Previous designs have include Minions, a map of the world, a monkey-tastic safari theme, and the infamous Lord Kitchener ‘Your Country Needs You’ poster.
  • In total the maze features 3km of pathways – that’s almost 200 calories burned, though expect to burn a few more as the adrenaline kicks in!
  • Each year, over 15,000 people visit the Skylark Maize Maze, travelling from across Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and further afield.
  • The average time to complete the maze is around 45mins, but that doesn’t account for getting lost!
  • We’re award winners! In 2015 the Skylark Maize Maze won an award for ‘Best Tourist Attraction in Fenland’.
  • The Maize Maze trend started in Anneville, Pennsylvania USA, however the first mazes date back almost 4,000 years to the times of Greek mythology.

For more information, interviews or images please contact:

Kimberley Hornby Tel: +44 (0)1604 373700 / 07851610573