Haskins Garden Centre in Snowhill opens new temporary building

Julian Winfield, CX of Haskins, said, “Doing the construction in two phases like this has undoubtedly added time and cost to the project, but we believe that there are enormous benefits to our approach.” Read more

Facelift for Leighton Buzzard garden centre

The new owner of Leighton Buzzard Garden Centre has just completed phase 1 of a face lift.  He also owns Willington Garden Centre near Bedford and owns a supplier of terracotta glazed pots. Read more

APAC to build centre next to Wyevale Rowena

APAC Group is to build its first floristry centre, a new concept, next to Wyevale’s Rowena garden centre in Leicester. Read more

Wyevale to close Crowland at the end of April

Wyevale is to close Crowland garden centre Nr Peterborough at the end of April if no buyer has been found, according to local news reports. Read more

30+ Wyevale garden centres likely to be sold

The sale of 30+ Wyevale garden centres is likely to be announced within weeks with Dobbies a likely purchaser and other groups in negotiations. Read more

Andover, one of the Wyevale garden centres yet to be sold

Three more garden centres for Blue Diamond

Blue Diamond announced the locations of a further 3 garden centres, including its biggest, at last night’s awards evening as Alan Roper received a standing ovation to recognise his 20 years contribution. Read more

David Danning hides behind the Blue Diamond fashion team

Fleurie Nursery buys Star Plants

Fleurie Nursery, one of 3 growers belonging to Tristram Plants has acquired fellow Farplants producer, Star Plants. Read more

Erysium Bowles Mauve No 1.

Wyevale sells 2 more garden centres

Wyevale has sold Barnett Hill Garden Centre to Cherry Lane Garden Centres and Seven Hills Garden Centre at Walton on Thames to a property developer. Read more

Seven Hills Garden Centre

Defra consults on waste and updates no-deal Brexit plant import advice

The government is consulting on proposed changes to regulations on waste and resources that will affect many companies. It has also updated its guidance on importing plants and plant products in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Read more

Caulders buys 2 garden centres from Dobbies

Caulders has purchased Cumbernauld and Kinross garden centres from Dobbies. This will increase Caulders portfolio to 7 garden centres – all in Central Scotland. Read more

Wyevale Garden Centres sells a further six garden centres

Wyevale is selling five garden centres to British Garden Centres and gets ready for the season with a vast majority of its remaining centres. Read more

Bold Heath Garden Centre

Customers flock back to the Wyevale centres bought by Blue Diamond

December sales leapt 50% at the centres that Blue Diamond bought from Wyevale. Bicester is getting the full East Bridgford treatment at a cost of £3m to be ready for April. Read more

Court lifts jail threat for Hare Hatch Sheeplands boss

A court has thrown out an appeal by Wokingham Borough Council which, if successful, would have landed the owner of the retail nursery at Hare Hatch Sheeplands with a suspended jail sentence and a fine. Read more

Rob Scott

Top awards for garden centres at GCA conference

Staff at garden centres across the country are celebrating after receiving awards at the Garden Centre Association's (GCA) annual conference in Luton yesterday (Monday, January 21, 2019). Read more

Barton Grange Trophy for Commercial Creativity and Innovation – Bents Garden & Home

Notcutts reveals upgrade plans for Ditchling

A 300 seat restaurant is central to Notcutts’ plans to upgrade Garden Pride at Ditchling, one of 5 garden centres with planning permission to redevelop. Read more

Artists impression

Evergreen TV campaign to improve connection with consumers

Evergreen has started its TV campaign for Miracle-Gro and Roundup which runs till the middle of June. Read more

Paul Grinsell to leave as BHETA restructures

Following the purchase of Brooke House Exhibitions, BHETA is to restructure with Will Jones as COO and Clare Holland as finance director. Read more

Paul Grinsell

Notcutts recognises its best performers

Notcutts Garden Centres, has hosted its annual conference and awards dinner to celebrate the success of colleagues and teams across its 18 garden centres nationwide. Read more

Norwich Garden Centre won the award for Best Restaurant Performance

Dobbies signs up to Nisa

Dobbies has identified an opportunity to grow sales by addressing visitors everyday shopping needs.  This has led to a deal with Nisa across 35 foodhalls. Read more

Prime Minister helps Hare Hatch Sheeplands retail again

The Prime Minister has helped convince a planning inspector to allow Hare Hatch Sheeplands to re-open a garden shop 22 months after it lost its planning battle with Wokingham District Council. Read more

Rob Scott

Veronique Laury to leave Kingfisher

Veronique Laury the Group CEO of Kingfisher is to leave along with 2 other executives. The announcement coincided with news of a fall in profits at group that owns B&Q and Castorama in France. Read more

Véronique Laury

Hillier boosts efficiency with Despatch redevelopment

Hillier Nurseries has completed a major redevelopment of the Despatch facility at the company’s nursery in Hampshire. Read more

Hillview sells Billing and Pavilion

Hillview Garden Centres has sold the two sites to the charity Shaw Trust as forecast by Gardenforum last month. Read more

Smart gets to grips with Briers

Since acquiring glove supplier Briers earlier this month, Smart says it has been ‘running hard’ to restore the business but there will still be some gaps until its re-launch in September. Read more

Council to debate housing on Hare Hatch garden centres

A parish council is to debate the future of Wyevale’s Hare Hatch Garden Centre and the controversial Hare Hatch Sheeplands. Both have been zoned for possible re-development in Wokingham Borough Council’s draft local plan. Read more

Hare Hatch Garden Centre

Recent sales mitigate Wyevale’s cashflow risks

2017 Accounts for Wyevale Garden Centres Capital show a loss of £-105.3m and warn of material uncertainty concerning the ability of the group to meet its liabilities. Today the Wyevale CEO says the recent sales mitigate this risk. Read more

Andover - oe of the garden centres still for sale

Smart Garden buys Briers

Smart Garden Products has announced the purchase of Briers, the leading glove supplier, from administrators. Read more

Hillview Group is for sale

Hillview Group is to announce the sale of 2 short lease garden centres shortly. 6 other centres have been advertised for sale as investors explore the best options for the group. Read more

GCA reveals its ‘Garden Centres of Excellence’ winners

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) revealed the winners of its most prestigious awards at its annual conference including its 10 Garden Centres of Excellence and the Garden Centres of the Year. Read more

Destination Garden Centre of the Year - Bents Garden and Home

Mclaughlan and Emslie to leave Wyevale Garden Centres

Roger Mclaughlan, CEO of Wyevale will leave the business at the end of January as will Paul Emslie, trading & marketing Director.  Anthony Jones, chief financial officer is to take over and becomes chief operating officer. Justin King, becomes executive chairman.  Read more

Roger McLaughlan leaves at the end of January

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