Willowbrook Garden Centre gains planning permission in Green Belt 

Willowbrook garden centre in Bromsgrove has had a planning application for a proposed development for the erection of a canopy with a retractable roof and the retention of an ancillary cafe terrace seating area approved by the Bromsgrove District County Council. Read more

For Sale: The Plant Plot Garden Centre in Lichfield

Savills, on behalf of a private client, has launched the sale of The Plant Plot Garden Centre in Lichfield, Staffordshire. Read more

Plant Pot Garden Centre

Hillier becomes Government accredited training provider 

Hillier has proudly announced that it has become a Government accredited training provider, helping to further its mission to inspire the future of horticulture. Read more

Green Light Trust and Notcutts announces Corporate Partnership

Today East Anglian based charity, Green Light Trust (GLT), and Notcutts, the UK’s leading family-owned garden and horticulture business, are delighted to announce an on-going corporate partnership. Read more

A group enjoying one of The Green Light Trust’s woodland activities.

Greenfingers opens new sensory garden at Tŷ Hafan Children’s Hospice

The 62nd Greenfingers Charity garden at Tŷ Hafan children’s hospice – one of the UK’s leading paediatric palliative care charities, offering care to children with life-limiting conditions and their families throughout Wales – has been officially opened by BBC Radio 2’s resident gardener, Terry Walton. Read more

Mackenzie & Cruickshank celebrates local award

Moray Chamber of Commerce voted Mackenzie & Cruickshank best SME business 2022. “This is a lovely award to get as it is voted on by our fellow businesses,” says Peter Wilson. Read more

Trading figures are down for March but up for the year

GCA figures show a fall in March sales, but comparisons can be misleading.  Garden Centres are in a good place says chief executive, Iain Wylie. Read more

GC Customers queuing in the coffee bar

Garden centres making the news locally

A fire at Fletcher’s, a debut book by Perrywood’s HR director and planning approval for Trowell are among recent local news items about garden centres. Read more

Devastating damage to a miniature railway at Fletcher's in Eccleshall

The Frustrated Gardener launches Dan Cooper Garden

A blogger at The Frustrated Gardener and former senior buyer at John Lewis launches Dan Cooper Garden on April 5th to partner the best products and with sound, expert advice. Read more

Dan Cooper

MP Michael Gove hears of challenges for horticulture

North Hill Nurseries in Chobham hosted their local MP and Secretary of State for Levelling Up and Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, this week for a visit that brought to life a range of current issues being faced by horticultural businesses across the country.  Read more

Dobbies Garden Centre partners with The Tree Council

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, will be planting 500 trees and 100 metres of hedgerows across the UK, as part of its partnership with The Tree Council, formed in celebration of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  Read more

AMES UK experience the value of volunteering

On Garden Re-Leaf Day (March 18th), the AMES UK team froze the business and asked its staff from across the La Hacienda, Kelkay and Apta brands to join them at a special volunteering event to help support the Greenfingers charity. Little did they know just what an impact this day would have……. Read more

The shift to online will reduce B&Q store size

B&Q had an outstanding year says Kingfisher in its 2021/2 results.  It reveals how the shift of demand online is driving a move towards more localised compact stores. Read more

Kingfisher's unique outdoor Verve range -

Extension unveiled at Root One GC

Root One Garden Centre in Wallingford has unveiled extensions to its coffee shop and retail areas to improve its customer experience and increase the range of goods stocked at the site. Read more

1 million FREE seed balls for UK school children UPDATED

Seedball is delighted to be working with the BBC to deliver one million seed balls to school children as part of ‘The Green Planet’ TV series. Teachers can apply for a free pack of ‘Green Planets’ to help re-wild schools and teach the next generation about the importance of biodiversity. Read more

Fiskars creates bee-friendly garden to mark World Bee Day 2022

Fiskars, one of the UK’s leading gardening tool suppliers, has teamed up with several green fingered influencers to support the vital bee population as part of its Urban Gardening project. Read more

Studley Grange Garden Centre continues its development

The new owner of the former Wyevale near Swindon, Studley Grange Garden Centre, working with Malcolm Scott Consultants, has planning permission to expand. Read more

Green-tech takes time out to get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week

Landscape supplier Green-tech is a keen supporter of recognising Mental Health and has embraced Mental Health Awareness Week with a series of planned down-time events. Read more

Garden centres making news this week

Recent local headlines include a garden centre worker 'sacked in row over pink hair', the fight to save Leighton Buzzard Garden Centre, Frosts staff walking 26m in their bras for cancer and a new garden centre. Read more

Frosts team taking part in The Moonwalk London on May 14.

Labour shadow minister visits Whartons

The HTA invited opposition Minister Daniel Zeichner to Whartons Garden Roses in Norfolk to see their business and highlight several challenges facing the industry Read more

 Daniel Zeichner MP (centre) with Paul Wharton

Garden centre targeted as part of £45,000 fraud

News from around the country includes a garden centre targeted as part of £45,000 fraud, Bloom & Wild’s sustainable scheme to sell tired plants and a garden centre protest by Extinction Rebellion. Read more

Bloom & Wild TLC Plant Kit

Landscape architect students take a tour of Wyevale Nurseries

One of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries recently played host to 60 landscape architect students from the University of Gloucestershire. Read more

Students from the University of Gloucestershire during the guided tour of Wyevale Nurseries.

Maze expands logistical operations and opens its third distribution centre

Maze, the outdoor furniture creator, has opened a new distribution centre in Peterlee. The 90,000 sq. ft space is the brand’s third distribution hub, and will act as a superb support to local communities and infrastructure. Read more

The Maze Distribution centre management team

Heavy Plant Crossing

British Garden Centres have had such a successful couple of months that Heavy Plant Crossing signs have been added in front of all centres, as people are leaving with truckloads of plants. Read more

Entry to the GIMA Awards now open!

After a successful return in 2021, GIMA has confirmed that its annual awards evening will be returning later this year, bringing with it a host of leading award categories, a celebrity host and a glittering night of networking. Entry to this year’s awards is now open at www.gima.org.uk. Read more

GIMA Awards 2021

Garden centre harvests rainwater through Victorian plumbing system  

Castle Gardens in Sherborne, Dorset has put plans in place to dramatically reduce its mains water consumption, connecting a brand new 50,000-litre rainwater harvesting tank to an underground Victorian brick-lined well and plumbing system. Read more

A Victorian brick-lined well at Castle Gardens in Sherborne, Dorset.

Big Thank You for backing Garden Re-Leaf Day

Another Garden Re-Leaf Day is over.  This year’s Garden Re-Leaf supporters pulled out all the stops and the Greenfingers charity would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone that took part! Read more

Export conference hailed ‘a huge success’

The Future for International Trade Conference, organised jointly by Gardenex, PetQuip and BHETA, has been hailed as a huge success by more than 80 delegates. Read more

Broil King 2022 dealer training day

Broil King's 2nd annual dealer training event has been an outstanding success. Selected Broil King stockists attended the event last week in the Midlands which covered barbecue theory, barbecue practical, merchandising and sales techniques. Read more

Blue Diamond Group donate sale proceeds from the ‘Peace’ rose

The Blue Diamond Group of Garden Centres are donating 100% of sale proceeds from the ‘Peace’ rose to the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal Read more

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