Editorial ... More analysis and insight from bumper HW issue

Welcome to this bumper 72-page July edition of Horticulture Week magazine, packed with exclusive analysis, insight and expert advice on the biggest issues impacting all sectors of the UK horticulture industry right now.

Among the many trends we are watching in this issue is garden centre catering and just how much outlets should invest. We report on the views of a selection of leading players from across the sector.

Meanwhile, as Dobbies continues to drive forward with its big plan to utilise Ocado for plant sales, we ask just how big could online plant sales grow - and what are the challenges for the market?

And as concern mounts over Bristol City Council's plans to remove all funding from parks services by the 2019-20 financial year, we ask whether those facing the self-funding challenge can deliver a secure future for parks.

Also in this edition, we look at how repackaging plants can generate more sales and ask landscape suppliers what players in the sector can do to protect themselves against uncertainty in the wake of the Land Engineering Scotland collapse (p13).

Our "how to" articles also include a look at how garden attractions can gain from the school holiday pound.

Meanwhile, on the horizon we ask whether China really could prove to be an export frontier for UK horticultural suppliers.

Within this weighty edition, there is plenty of celebration too - with full write-ups of this year's outstanding winners of the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards, which were presented by Lord Heseltine at the magnificent Woburn Abbey Sculpture Gallery in June.

Congratulations to all the winners - and thank you to everyone who took part and joined us on the day at Woburn for the awards and our very first Parks & Gardens Live.

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