This horticulture week in numbers

Westland's Capability Trowel
Westland's Capability Trowel

58: British Garden Centres buys ex-Wyevale Thatcham Garden Centre, which has been shut for almost a year. The Wyevale leasehold centre closed in September 2019. The current landlord acquired the freehold and leasehold interest but wanted a vacant property. The centre was on the market at £900,000 for more than a year. BGC previously bought 37 Wyevales in 2018/19 - one centre in December 2018, five centres in February, eight centres in June 2019, and one centre in August 2019.

£4,000: A variegated minima house plant which recently sold for NZ$8,150 in New Zealand. 

40%: Westland website page views in August were 40% up on August 2020.

2.2m: Westland research conducted with 1,200 consumers in June and July has identified 2.2 million new gardeners who have never gardened before. Some 37% have tried something new for the first time and 73% did more gardening than before. Three-quarters had success with what they did and 89% said they would do it again.

10-fold: Suttons seed sales lockdown increases, 95% in edibles: 

10,000: Notifications from EU companies to export certain hazardous chemicals outside the Union have continued to steadily rise over the last three years. More than 10 000 notifications were processed in 2019 – an increase of around 35 % compared to 2016. With the increased workload, adequate resourcing is a necessity for future PIC work.

30,000: Trees for Cities are looking to support organisations to plant small to medium size planting schemes. We are looking for whip planting schemes of between 0.5ha -7ha (2,000-30,000 native trees).

82% of consultees in favour of increasing plastic bag charge to 10p, five years after it was introduced at 5p.

73%: Freddie's Flowers saw customer numbers rise 73% for its home-delivered bouquets during lockdown from 60,000 to 104,000. Freddie's Flowers offers a weekly subscription for bouquets that buyers self-assemble for £25 – but one-off boxes can be ordered for £28. Average order rate grew by 25% compared with last year.  More than 45,000 boxes were delivered in one week alone. Peony sales doubled.

1.6%: Shop prices fell by 1.6% in August compared to a decrease of 1.3% in July. This is below the 12- and 6-month average price decreases of 1.0% and 1.5%, respectively, according to the British Retail Consortium. Non-food prices fell by 3.4% in August compared to a decline of 2.9% in July. This is below the 12-and 6-month average price declines of 2.4% and 3.3%, respectively.

10%: Dutch accountants Van Oers Agro say woodland and hedging grower clients average revenue growth was 10% in autumn 2019 - spring 2020. March-June was up 10%. Container plant growers turnover grew 10% in spring with March-June sales falling5%. Labour costs grew by 20% by spring 2020. 

6ha: Boxford Farming moves to over 6 hectares of glasshouse production, with planning permission for a further 2 hectares after acquiring Wallings Nursery.

£775,000: CJ Wildlife pledge over five years to give to the National Trust after collaborating for bird food and feeders/homes range.

75: Gordon Rigg garden centres celebrates 75th anniversary.

40: Mark Reynard celebrates 40 years at Johnsons of Whixley.

12.9%: Belgian multinational produce supplier Greenyard first quarter of the year sales were €1,149.3 million showing growth of 11.4%, partly thanks to positive Covid-19 impact on volume within the Fresh segment, which generated more than €100m extra sales. Fresh sector sales increased in quarter one from €849.4 million to €959.0 million, up 12.9%.

2%: Total Produce revenue was up 2.0% to €3.112 billion, and adjusted profit before tax rose 1.7% to €67.1 million in the first half of 2020.

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