Garden centres expanding (and closing) around the UK

Our latest round up of local news includes a fight for British Garden Centres, the opening of RHS - The Plant Space in Bluewater, new owners for Findon Garden Centre and two sales by Christie & Co. Read more - members only

RHS Bluewater

Tillington hat trick for Henry Bell

Henry Bell & Co has secured a 12-month primary supplier contract for its wild bird food and accessories range with the Tillington Group for a third year running. Read more - open to all

A successful 'Nuts Challenge’ for Perennial 

It was mad and it was muddy, and it brought individuals and organisations together in a fantastic show of support for the UK’s only charity dedicated to supporting everyone who works with plants, tress, flowers or grass – Perennial.  Read more - open to all

Choice Marketing brings RocketGro on board as Associate Supplier

The leading buying and marketing group has signed RocketGro as an Associate Supplier with immediate effect, connecting its garden centre members with the Somerset manufacturer’s game-changing growing media products. Read more - open to all

Imagine a world with no horticulture

A frank opening speech by Fran Barnes, The HTA’s new chief executive, challenged politicians attending the HTA Conference to imagine a world with no horticulture.  Read more - members only

Fran Barnes

Launch of National Education Nature Park

Schools, nurseries and colleges in England are invited to join the National Education Nature Park – developing young people’s green skills and enhancing biodiversity. Read more - members only

Old Railway line grows community spirit

300 households in Three Cocks are set to experience a burst of spring colour with a donation of daffodil bulbs. Read more - open to all

Just four weeks until the GIMA Awards 2023

The garden retail sector is abuzz as the GIMA Awards are set to return in just four weeks! Read more - open to all

One bike, 900 miles in 8 days, one daft Geordie and £10k for two amazing charities

From 15th to 22nd September, Martin Cowell of Cowell’s Garden Centre in Newcastle, is cycling 900 miles passing through seven countries to help celebrate his 50th year and to raise vital funds for two of his favourite charities. Read more - open to all

Sipcam’s ‘Floral Thursday’ charity auction for Greenfingers Charity

Sipcam Home & Garden are once again raising money for Greenfingers charity, this time by auctioning off the last remaining Sipcam Floral Thursday shirt. Read more - open to all

Christmas starts early at Woodthorpe Garden Centre… in August

The magic of Christmas has arrived in Lincolnshire early as Woodthorpe Garden Centre becomes one of the first in the country to open its Christmas store  Doors open at 5pm on Monday August 21st. Read more - open to all

Meadow View Stone become silver partners to support Greenfingers’ Silver Anniversary Appeal

With the Greenfingers Charity celebrating its 25th anniversary next year, it is pleased to gain even more support from the garden retail sector with Meadow View Stone confirming its silver partner status. Read more - open to all

St Albans garden centre using £180k solar power investment to drive growth

A Hertfordshire-based nursery and garden centre is investing in driving sustainability with the support of a £180,000 loan from Lloyds Bank. Read more - open to all

Aylett Nurseries

5 New Garden Centre members for Choice Marketing

Buying and marketing group Choice Marketing has announced 5 new members expanding its nationwide network of independent garden centres to 52. Read more - members only

Gardentime in Dartmouth

Vitax renews charity partnership with £10,000 donation

Vitax has renewed its horticultural partnership with ABF The Soldiers’ Charity through donating £10,000 to help the organisation continue its vital work with soldiers, veterans and their immediate families. Read more - open to all

L-R: Paul Gooding, Vitax’s chairman; Claire Buck & Andy Gurney, Vitax directors; with Stuart Wiles

Problem solving plants event at Provender Nurseries

Over 130 customers were a part of an extremely successful, fully booked, Problem Solving Plants event at Provender Nurseries. Read more - open to all

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RHS lists peat-free growers

The Royal Horticultural Society has surveyed hundreds of UK nurseries and growers to find their peat-free status and movement towards transitioning away from using peat. Read more - members only

Bransford Webbs raises over £6,000 for Perennial

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company have raised over £6,000 this year for Perennial through sales of the stunning Nemesia ‘Peaches n Cream’. Read more - open to all

Nemesia ‘Peaches n Cream’

British Garden Centres raise over £6300 for Macmillan’s Coffee Morning

British Garden Centres is delighted to have raised an impressive £6370.79 for the Macmillan Coffee Morning last month. This charitable event, organised annually by Macmillan Cancer Support, aims to raise funds to help improve the lives of those affected by cancer. Read more - open to all


10,000 sign up for Garden Centre's loyalty programme

Perrywood Garden Centres has launched a new loyalty programme called ‘Perrywood Bloom’. In just one month 10,000 customers have already signed up. Read more - open to all

The Bloom Team

Greenfingers selected as a chosen charity

The Greenfingers Charity is delighted to have been selected by the President of the Sandringham Association of Royal Warrant Holders (SARWH) as his chosen charity. Read more - open to all

Linda, Johan & Rachael Huibers .Royal Warrants Sandringham

Wellingborough GC to be rebranded after sale

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co has sold Wellingborough Garden Centre in Great Doddington, Northamptonshire to the Howard Family.

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Wellingborough Garden Centre

Competition to provide Downing Street Christmas tree

The British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA) will be hosting a competition to determine the supplier of this year’s Christmas tree for Downing Street. Read more - open to all

Peter Wright, star of Channel 5’s The Yorkshire Vet

Dobbies reveals line up of festive events

Dobbie’s line up of fun and affordable events to make the festive season special include Santa’s Grotto, Santa’s Quiet Grotto and a Santa Paws Grotto. Read more - members only

CJ Wildlife set to climb Snowdon to raise money for two Shropshire charities

Staff from the Upton Magna based business, CJ Wildlife, will be lacing up their walking boots as they prepare to climb Mount Snowdon to raise vital funds for two Shropshire charities, Severn Hospice and Hillbrae Rescue Kennels. Read more - open to all

80 years on, Squire’s goes electric

Squire’s Garden Centres has become one of the first garden retailers to introduce electric delivery vehicles to its fleet. Read more - open to all

Colin Squire at wheel of electric van

Green-tech takes its first delivery as an Official Tubex Collection & Recycling Programme Drop-off Hub

Green-tech’s Trade Centre at Rabbit Hill Business Park was named as an Official Drop-off Hub for the Tubex Collection & Recycling Programme in June and took its first collection at the end of July. Read more - open to all

Mountfield donate mowers and tools to 'Children's Hospice South West'

The Mountfield team relish the chance to help charities whenever they can and were pleased to donate mowers and gardening tools to the team at Children's Hospice South West (CHSW). Read more - open to all

Garden Centres in the Regional News this month

Latest regional news reports on garden centres include, a £10,000 theft, introduction of facial recognition and garden centres opening and closing. Read more - members only

Scotch Corner Designer Village

First new rapid EV charging sites open

First new rapid EV charging sites open at British Garden Centres’ stores. British Garden Centres has partnered with Osprey Charging to increase access to public charging at its stores, supporting residents, businesses and visitors with reliable EV infrastructure. Read more - open to all

Osprey charge points at Wolseley Bridge

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