Ashford local shaves head in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust

Julie Porter (60), who works at the Dobbies Garden Centre in Ashford, is swapping her gardening shears for hair clippers as she has shaved her hair in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT). Read more - open to all

Barton Grange, Cowells and Tong join Prosper

UPDATE: Barton Grange, Cowells and Tong Garden Centres have signed up to the Prosper Buying Group.  So has St Peter’s Garden Centre saying time is right for a change. Read more - members only

Greenwood Plants wins contract to grow 3m native trees

Greenwood Plants has been awarded £2.7 million of funding by National Highways to grow three million native trees from seed, over five years. Read more - open to all

Malcolm Dare with Melanie Asker

An official drop-off Hub for FREE Tubex Collection & Recycling Programme

Tubex has expanded its Tree Shelter Collection and Recycling Programme by offering hubs around the UK where tree shelters can be dropped off to be recycled, completely free of charge. Read more - open to all

Dean Latten Site Director Berry Global Inc. presenting Josh Hebden with the certificate.

British Garden Centres partners with Diabetes UK

British Garden Centres is delighted to announce it is partnering with leading charity Diabetes UK, for its annual Wellness Walks this summer. Read more - open to all

Wellness Walk London Bridges

Inverness Garden Centre Goes Green

Inverness based garden centre, Simpsons transformed its roof space this spring, taking a big step forward in its sustainability journey to reduce energy costs. Read more - open to all

Dobbies increases support for team members’ mental health

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has committed to positively supporting the mental health of its 4,000 team members by increasing the number of mental health first aiders. Read more - open to all

700-mile journey to buy gas barbie

Mark Whalley made an incredible 700-mile round trip from the West Midlands just to buy a gas barbecue from a Scots garden centre. Read more - open to all

Mark Whalley, left, with Cardwell staff member, David Douglas

Squire's turns carrier bag charge into charity cash

Squire’s Garden Centres is pleased to once again make a significant donation to Greenfingers Charity from the sale of carrier bags in its 16 centres over the last year, with the total amount raised £3,226. Read more - open to all

L-R: Sarah Squire, Squire’s Garden Centres with Linda Petrons, Greenfingers Charity.

Dobbies teams up with RSPB

The UK’s leading garden centre, Dobbies, has teamed up with the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, the RSPB, to educate its customers on the declining house sparrow population this May and encourage them to do their part to welcome this bird species into their gardens. Read more - open to all

The Bearded Botanist makes it 500 for the YPHA

The Young People in Horticulture Association reveals that the Bearded Botanist becomes their 500th member.  Plus, there are three additions to the committee. Read more - members only

Frances Tophill with Jordan Weston

Barnsdale Gardens donate plants to Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice

The Barnsdale Gardens team are proud to support the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice by donating a selection of their plants to this worthy cause. The 4500 snowdrops, 900 winter aconites and dogwoods were presented to Martin Russell, the Head of Operations at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, last week. Read more - open to all

GCA opens applications for 2023 Rising Stars programme

Garden Centre Association (GCA) members are being invited to nominate staff for the organisation’s 2023 Rising Stars programme sponsored by Westland Horticulture. Read more - open to all

Rising Stars finalists 2022-23

In numbers: Garden Re-Leaf 2023

24th March was Garden Re-Leaf Day and this year the event was bigger than ever!  Here we find out some key stats about the event and the incredible efforts to raise much needed funds for the Greenfingers Charity. Read more - open to all

Garden ReLeaf Day north walkers

Planters buys Brookfields following the deaths of its owners

After protracted negotiations, Planters has acquired the £4m Brookfields Garden Centre in Nottingham and has plans for substantial growth. Read more - members only

GIMA Charity Golf Day 2023 – the results

Earlier this month over 100 golfers enjoyed a fun-filled day of golf, networking and fundraising at the 13th annual GIMA Golf Day, with the Zest team walking away as course victors once again having missed out on the trophy at last year’s event. Read more - open to all

Up, up & away – the Greenfingers Wing Walk is back!

An afternoon strapped to the roof of a plane might sound like a daunting prospect to most, but for seven lucky Greenfingers supporters it’s just another afternoon fundraising for the children’s hospice gardens charity. Read more - open to all

Mark Portman took to the skies back in 2019

1,738 new gardening-related shops in London since 2017

A NatWest study has revealed that the gardening sector has blossomed across the UK, with a +267% uptick in gardening-related shops opening since 2017.   Read more - members only

little dobbies in central Cheltenham

Gates joins the Tillington Group

Gates Garden Centre near Oakham in Leicestershire, has joined The Tillington Group,  a buying and marketing group for top independent garden centres. Read more - members only

British Garden Centres teams up with the Colegrave Seabrook Foundation

British Garden Centres is delighted to announce it is sponsoring the first-ever Colegrave Seabrook Foundation reception at the HTA National Plant Show later this month.  Read more - open to all

GIMA Innovators’ Seed Corn Fund in Partnership with Glee

GIMA, in partnership with Glee, are delighted to be able to offer an annual grant of up to £6,000 to help launch innovative, exciting, never before seen products for the gardening market. Read more - open to all

Bransford Webbs donates plants to Schools Garden Challenge

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company have donated over £12,000 worth of impulse and flowering plants to the Schools Garden Challenge, taking place next weekend at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival. Read more - open to all

Wyevale Nurseries scoops Plant Healthy Certification for third year running

The team at Wyevale Nurseries is celebrating this week after being awarded a Plant Healthy Certificate for its high biosecurity standards for the third year running (May 2023). Read more - open to all

Kyle with Plant Health Certification 2023

MP visits Knights Garden Centre to hear of regulation impact

Sir Paul Beresford MP met with the HTA and Knights Garden Centre on Thursday to discuss policy issues that are impacting the horticulture industry. Read more - open to all

David Lydiat, HTA; Sir Paul Beresford MP; Andy Knight, Director & Martin Lines, Manager, Knights GC.

Greenfingers Charity officially opens garden at Haven House

Greenfingers Charity is pleased to announce that the stunning new Reflective Garden at Haven House Children’s Hospice in Essex is now officially open. Read more - open to all

Haven House opening

Provender Nurseries wins Trade Nursery of the Year 2023

Provender Nurseries won the prestigious Trade Nursery of the Year Award 2023 at the Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2023. Read more - open to all

Staff celebrating win of Trade Nursery of the Year 2023

The Times features Blue Diamond’s Newton apple auction

Blue Diamond’s upcoming auction of a limited number of Isaac Newton's Apple Trees have recently been featured in The Times newspaper, (Wednesday 19th April edition). Read more - open to all

Fire closes Staverton Nursery

A major fire has closed Staverton Nursery until further notice.  It broke out before the garden centre was due to open on 12th April. Read more - members only

Garden centres heading the regional news

Garden enterprises making the local news headlines include the biggest plant supermarket in the south West, a garden centre closing its doors and the theft of an 8ft gorilla. Read more - members only

Bramblecrest Charity Walk April 2023

A fifteen strong team of intrepid walkers from Bramblecrest successfully completed a very hilly and extremely muddy 370km charity walk raising just shy of £8,000. Read more - open to all

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