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Defra secretary of state Michael Gove's tough new stance on neonicotinoids has increased the focus on garden centres, which are accused of selling plants dosed with the pesticides that are linked to declining bee health.
Ferndale Garden Centre's Neil Grant believes lawn-care franchise Green Thumb is taking from the "big bad lawn-care sales" of the past.
The winter wild bird care market is worth £299m to the wider garden industry according to the HTA's Garden Industry Monitor - but has become highly competitive in recent years.
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