Last chance to enter the 2021 GIMA Awards

Don’t miss the May 28th entry deadline

 Suppliers wanting to gain unrivalled market-wide recognition for their latest product innovation, marketing support or approach to sustainability will want to take centre stage at the forthcoming GIMA Awards (11th November, Celtic Manor). However, time is running out, as the deadline for entering the 2021 event– Friday May 28th – is now just days away.   Continue reading

The healing power of horticulture

The pandemic and lockdown life has given everyone a new-found appreciation for green spaces and being outside. Whether you grabbed the chance to revamp your garden last year, channelled your energy into growing and gardening at home, invested in an allotment, or just took the time to enjoy being in your outdoor space; it is no coincidence that these were activities you were drawn to. It is also why it is no surprise that this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 10th-16th) focused on nature as its theme. Experts have long extolled the health benefits of gardening and connecting with nature. So, yes, the sun was shining, but gardening sales soared during lockdown because the nation instinctively turned to the outdoors for a wellbeing boost to combat the pressure of dealing with the fall-out of COVID Continue reading

Top gardening tips for May

Spring reaches its crescendo in May, as spectacular blooms of rhododendron, clematis, wisteria and iris steal the show. With light evenings and warm temperatures finally here, the experts at Robert Dyas share their top tips to make the most of this wonderful month… Continue reading

Hug It out

We seem well on our way along Boris’ roadmap out of lockdown and, with each big date, comes a new taste of freedom. We’ve heard the cheers from fans, as outdoor sport kicked off again, watched people hit the high street for some retail therapy, seen pub gardens and outdoor restaurants bursting with thirsty punters and hungry diners desperate to go ‘out-out’ – even in the rain – and delighted as the nation was finally able to get a haircut. Surprisingly, even Boris went in for this one! The next milestone, on May 17th, sees indoor hospitality open up, 30 guests allowed at a wedding and, yes, hugging will finally be given the green light! Amazing news right? But, after more than a year of elbow taps, Zoom chats, and two-metre standoffs, without so much as a gentle squeeze, are you primed and ready to throw those arms wide and embrace your loved ones with gusto? If not, don’t panic because the lovely people at Robert Dyas will have you match fit in no time. Continue reading

Greenfingers Charity unveils new garden design by RHS Chelsea Gold Medal Winner, Ann-Marie Powell

Greenfingers Charity is thrilled to once again be working with RHS Chelsea Gold Medal winner, Ann-Marie Powell. The charity’s latest project to deliver a garden design masterplan for The Nook, a children’s hospice in the heart of Norfolk, brings together Ann-Marie’s inspirational, professional expertise and passion for well-being through nature.  Unveiling the masterplan, this ambitious and long-term garden project for The Nook is part of Greenfingers’ mission to bring therapeutic gardens to more life-limited children and families who spend time in hospices across the nation. Continue reading

Catering to the greener gardeners of the future

Whether changing their diet and lifestyle or trying to adopt better habits, consumers are making more informed decisions and better choices for their own health and that of the planet. The interest in vegetarian and vegan diets has increased steadily, whilst concern for the environment and the effects of climate change is escalating. Shoppers are actively seeking products that have minimal impact on the environment, from production and the way materials are sourced, right through to what happens to the packaging after use. This is a growing movement in gardening, with demand soaring for sustainably-sourced, plant-based products that work with nature to deliver impressive results. Retailers need to act now and get on board with this emerging category. Continue reading