Horticulture Week passes one million readers in 2020

Horticulture Week has passed the one million readershop mark after the first eight months of 2020.

This year, HW has campaigned to reopen garden centres and accurately predicted when that would happen, lobbied to keep parks and gardens unlocked, led on the Black Lives Matter campaign in horticulture, set the agenda on areas such as sustainability and published throughout lockdown to keep readers informed on how to deal with the coronavirus crisis - while many other publications stopped.

Readership levels have doubled since 2019, with greater engagement driven by breaking news, in-depth features and analysis and data-driven reporting.

Coverage of garden retail, ornamentals, parks, gardens, landscape, fresh produce, arboriculture, turf, policy, careers and pests and diseases makes Horticulture Week the only publication to extend over the whole industry.

HW forthcoming exclusive industry reports include the top 150 garden centres, out in September and top 30 arborists, published in October. More data-led regular features are set to be launched this autumn. HW also began a regular podcast this summer, while the Spirit of Four Oaks virtual show is underway at https://www.hortweek.com/four-oaks

Top stories this month:

Floods hit north west bedding plant suppliers.

Brown mamorated stink bug trapped in UK for first time.

Twitter lauds Adam Frost after replacing Monty Don for third time as BBC Gardeners' World presenter.

Coronavirus outbreak at growers and B&Q distribution centre.

One year on: what happened to Wyevale Garden Centres?

Redundancies expected in garden centres.

Closures: Fosters Garden Centre the latest to close in wake of coronavirus crisis.

Non-plastic pots: Hillview Hardy Plants' Sarah Millington's MHort dissertation has shown favourable results for growing in non-plastic pots. GIMA members have made a non-plastic pledge.

RHS expects to lose 25,000 members as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

Chelsea Physic Garden says it is unable to move its Sir Hans Sloane statue after slavery row.

English tree planting has fallen by 30% during the coronavirus crisis.

Oak Processionary Moth has been found in five locations outside London.

88% of garden centre restaurants have reopened: exclusive HW research.

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