GCA press releases 

The Garden Centre Association issues a number of press releases each month.  Below is our recent releases.

Click on the highlighted area to access each release.

August, 2017

GCA Ruxley Rose finalists announced

Clothing remains a bestseller in June

July, 2017

GCA North Thames award winners announced

GCA's South Thames area winners revealed

GCA award winners announced for Midlands area

GCA reveals N.East and N.West regional winners

GCA Wales and West winners receive awards

June, 2017

Weather divides north and south in May

Bookings up at GCA Plant Area Forum at Ball Colegrave with more places now available

Is Stratford-upon-Avon 'to be or not to be' home to GCA's January 2018 conference?

GCA announces regional awards meetings

Garden centre customers geared up for good weather in April

March, 2017

Two garden centre staff sponsored for IGCA Congress

February, 2017

GCA announces Chairman elect for 2018/19

January, 2017

Garden Centre team lift Greenfingers Challenge Cup

GCA reveals ‘Garden Centres of Excellence’ winners

Garden centres scoop top awards at GCA conference

GCA welcomes new inspectors

What is your internal soundtrack saying to you?

Plus fours at the ready for Greenfingers Challenge Cup

Is ‘the extraordinary often surprisingly normal’?

Garden centres invited to get creative to be competitive


High seas adventurer to speak at GCA Conference

December, 2016

GCA dinner compere announced oh-aye!

GCA delegates to get ‘fascinating explanations for everyday numbers’

Alex Polizzi’s Fixer Karl to speak at GCA conference

Booking now open for GCA conference

GCA announce festive display winners


November, 2016

GCA moves HQ to Chester but retains close HTA links

October, 2016

Ruxley Rose judging reveals ‘recipe retailing’ at its best

Garden centre marketeers to battle for Worrall Cup

Furniture and barbecue sales sizzle in summer

September, 2016

Scotland and N.Ireland winners unveiled by GCA

GCA steps up search for new inspectors

GCA Plant Area Workshop success at Ball Colegrave

August, 2016

Ruxley Rose garden centre finalists announced by GCA

GCA announces area award winners

July, 2016

Non-traditional categories shine despite weather in June

Rising Stars participants reach crucial stage in programme


Alyson, Andy and Ian step down as GCA inspectors

June, 2016

May Bank Holidays boost garden centre sales

May, 2016

April showers dampen traditional garden centre sales

April, 2016

Food halls and farm shops take a bite of March sales

March, 2016

Mark says cheese for Swiss experience

Sales of houseplants grow in February


February, 2016

Catering sales kick off the New Year

Bumper year of hand-outs from GCA Trust

January, 2016

Garden centres of Excellence revealed at GCA conference

Garden Centre team lift the cup after Zubaball game

Top garden centres get awards at GCA conference

Less traditional categories see biggest increases in sales in 2015

Gardeners prepare for the new season in December

Future of garden centres in the hands of a new shopper

Last call for Worrall Cup entries


December, 2015

Alyson takes on GCA inspector’s role

Gardeners improved their outdoor spaces in November

National GCA festive display winners announced

Comedian Hal Cruttenden to compere GCA dinner

November, 2015

GCA garden centres sparkle with Christmas displays

Retail guru from Germany to inspire GCA members

Outdoor categories and Christmas performing well in October

October, 2015

Conference to get ‘fresh perspectives on leadership’

GCA members’ marketeers to compete for Worrall Cup

Conference delegates to be inspired to be champions

September sees sales of clothing and food soar

September, 2015

Scotland and N.Ireland winners unveiled by GCA

Shoppers make the most of the outdoors during August

August, 2015

Clothing and food are big sellers during July

GCA members see standards and profitability improve

July, 2015

GCA Trust award goes to Capel Manor student Sian

Ruxley Rose garden centre finalists announced by GCA

GCA reveals its N. East and N. West regional winners

Wales & West winners receive awards

South Thames area winners revealed

GCA award winners announced for Midlands area

GCA announces North Thames winners

Sales of outdoor plants jumped in June

GCA regional award meetings announced

Liz steps down from GCA’s inspector role

June, 2015

Catering departments serve up good sales for May

Has your inspector called yet?

GCA reveals venue for 50th anniversary year conference

May, 2015

Comfy furniture & sizzling BBQ sales boost April’s figures

April, 2015

Weather affects plant sales while non-traditional categories soar

March, 2015

Core gardening categories spring into life

GCA reveals its new area chairmen

February, 2015

GCA’s e-learning initiative to continue to GROW through 2015

GCA conference heralded as biggest and best yet

GCA offers ‘how to achieve inspection excellence’ tips

Nominate your Rising Stars for 2015

Bird food flies off the shelves during January

January, 2015

Nation’s top garden centres collect awards at annual GCA conference

Rising Stars winner announced

GCA members can learn how to ‘reinvent their retail’

Furniture and barbecue sales light up 2014

Customers kit themselves out with new clothes during December

When in Chester…it’s thumbs up for some Roman games

GCA gets training and leadership tips from former army commander

Not too late to book GCA conference places

December, 2014

Top TV comedian to host GCA awards dinner

National GCA Christmas display winners revealed

Economist to speak at GCA annual conference

Christmas and catering come out on top in November

Top boss who headed up Porsche GB to speak at GCA conference

GCA garden centres dazzle with Christmas displays

Learn how to achieve the impossible at GCA Conference

November 2014

Outdoor categories stole the show in Oct at GCA centres

World record holder to speak at GCA conference

GCA members invited to compete for the Worrall Cup

GCA announces headline sponsors for conference

Early birds catch a discount for the GCA conference

October 2014

Hard landscaping sales paved the way in September

Regional Ruxley Rose winners announced

September 2014

Clothing sales were on the up at GCA member centres

Scotland and N.Ireland winners unveiled by GCA

GLEE visitors invited to GCA's stand

August 2014

Record turnout at GCA regional meetings

GCA reports good sales for July

July 2014

South Thames winners announced by the GCA

North Thames winners announced by GCA

Midlands regional winners revealed by the GCA

Wales & West regional winners unveiled by GCA

N. East & N. West regional winners unveiled by GCA

BBQ sales continue to sizzle in June

GCA signs up five more members in June

June 2014

Good weather helps ignite BBQ and other sales in May

GCA announces regional award meetings

GCA inspector called yet? They are coming this week...

May 2014

GCA garden centres report a good start to May

Rising Stars reach round two

GCA centres report mixed results for end of May

April 2014

Garden centres give GCA inspection feedback online

Outdoor living sales soar at GCA garden centres

March 2014

New area chairmen announced for the GCA

An inspector calls...

Industry’s Rising Stars start their ascent

Sign up for the International Garden Centre Conference

Clothing sales fly off the rails in February

February 2014

New GCA Chair plans to reinvigorate the regions

Wet weather didn’t dampen outdoor plant sales

January 2014

GCA 2014 conference hits all the right notes

GCA award winners announced

Garden centre team wins Greenfingers Challenge Cup

GCA Christmas display competition winners announced

Garden centres invited to compete for Worrall Cup

Not too late to book GCA conference places

Expanded Rising Star prog to launch at GCA conference

GCA seeks sponsors for annual conference

Garden centres had sparkling results with Christmas sales

July 2012

Barometer of Trade results for June 2012 - GCA says catering, clothing and gifts were June bestsellers


Wales & South West, South Thames and North Thames Area Award winners 2012 - press release and results list


GCA comment about the lifting of the hosepipe bans for DIY Week


The GCA is set to reveal best area garden centres


June 2012

Barometer of Trade results for May 2012 - The sunshine boosts garden centre sales in May


Garden centre sales slow during Jubilee weekend


May 2012

Barometer of Trade results for May 2012 - April showers rain on sales but catering continues to shine


Companies invited to sponsor GCA conference 2013


April 2012

GCA inspections get underway


March 2012

Barometer of Trade results for February 2012 - Garden centre catering sales up despite cold spell

GCA announces details of 2013 conference


February 2012

Barometer of Trade results for January 2012 - GCA reports sales of outdoor plants are up