Approval recommended for second Tong garden centre

Local reports confirm that Leeds City Council is recommending that plans for Tong’s proposed big new garden centre are approved next week. Read more - members only

Tong Directors Charlie Barker, Sharon McNair and Mark Farnsworth

Covid secure recognitions for Bents

Glazebury based Bents Garden & Home has been presented with two Covid secure accreditations which it hopes will help visitors to feel safe and welcome at the family owned and run centre. Read more - open to all

Price increases forced on The Pot Company

The Pot Company has written to customers to say prices have increased by 10% across all ranges due to higher shipping and raw material costs. Read more - members only

Dobbies to buy Johnsons of Boston

It is confirmed that Dobbies is to take over Johnsons of Boston, in Lincolnshire and will assume control on Monday 18th April. Read more - members only

Johnsons of Boston

Smart Garden in the UK’s Top 100 Profit League

Smart Garden Products came 74th in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100 which charts the UK’s private companies with the fastest growing profits. Read more - open to all

Homebase is trialling garden centres within Next stores

Homebase has announced a trial with Next, opening six garden centres in Next stores, today, 12th April. Read more - members only

Profit drop for Squire’s is a very good result

Squire’s Garden Centres reports a drop in profits for the year covering the first Coronavirus lockdown but believe this is a very good result, given the events of 2020. Read more - members only

British Association of Landscape Industries rebrands

The British Association of Landscape Industries has unveiled its new look ahead of its 50th year in business in 2022,  dropping the BALI acronym and the term Registered Members. Read more - members only

Operations Manager Kirsty Wood and Chief Executive Wayne Grills at Landscape House

Dobbies unveils spring TV adverts

Dobbies’ spring advertising campaign highlights the impact gardening can have on your wellbeing, no matter the size of your indoor or outdoor gardening space. Read more - members only

Plantorama opens Denmark’s biggest garden centre

Last weekend Plantorama opened two Smiemans designed garden centres in Denmark.  One becomes the country’s biggest. Read more - members only

New 3000 sq ft. food hall opens at Essex garden centre

A new 3,000sq ft Poplar Food Hall opened today, 24th March,  offering a huge variety of locally sourced and homemade delicacies from producers not just in Essex but the whole of Britain. Read more - members only

“Staggering” Garden Centre Sales Growth for Smart

With sales up 73% this year Smart Garden Products says there are enormous challenges, especially with availability.  Paris Natar says that, in 40 years, he has never experienced such dramatic growth. Read more - members only

Jonathan Stobart and Paris Natar

Dobbies Swansea reopens

Dobbies Garden Centres, will reopen its Swansea store today (Monday 22 March) following updated guidance from the Welsh Government that garden centres may open. Read more - open to all

Ricky Williams - Horticulture Manager

Dobbies launches virtual gardening events

Dobbies has announced a programme of exclusive virtual events this Spring to help gardeners of all ages and abilities take their green spaces to the next level. Read more - open to all

Marcus Eyles

2nd Little Dobbies to open in Bristol

It has been reported that Dobbies is to open its second Little Dobbies in Bristol, following the success of the first that was opened in Edinburgh last November. Read more - members only

Latest company results show impact of first lockdown

Sales jumped over the first lockdown at T&M, Hozelock and Crocus.  Others in this report which is open to all include Stewarts, Dobbies, Rosebourne, Tong and The Greener Gardening Company. Read more - open to all

Ekju management forms AMATA for MBO

The management of garden furniture specialist EKJU has completed a MBO as AMATA in what it calls turbulent times.  Demand is high and there’s a shortage of raw materials. Read more - members only

Syon Park - Hillier’s first destination garden centre

Hillier opens at Syon Park later this week, drawing on the nursery and garden centre group’s Chelsea and plant heritage to become a destination for London gardeners.  Read more - members only

Mark Skinner, Chris Francis and David Morely

Spring & Autumn Fairs launch online marketplace for all year trading

Hyve Group is to launch the Spring & Autumn Fair Online Marketplace, enabling the wholesale home, gift, and fashion business to trade throughout the year. Read more - members only

Large fire next to Longacres at Shepperton

LATEST UPDATE RE: Longacres was forced to close its Shepperton Garden Centre at lunchtime today as a large fire blazed on neighbouring industrial land. Read more - members only

View across M3

Nicholas Marshall looks set to return

Nicholas Marshall, now chief executive of the Country House Group, looks set to return to garden retailing if, as expected, a lease is signed to take over the plant centre at Lavershot Barns. Read more - members only

Nicholas Marshall

Blue Diamond signs exclusive Partnership with The Soil Association

Blue Diamond and The Soil Association aim to break down any perceived barriers to gardening in an organic and more nature friendly way  Read more - open to all

Sustainable logistics help EnviroBuild's carbon neutral goal

EnviroBuild Materials Ltd is moving warehousing and logistics to champions of sustainability, Howard Tenens Logistics - a bold step towards becoming a carbon-neutral company. Read more - members only

New owners for California Gardens in E. Yorkshire

California Gardens, a large garden centre at Howden in East Yorkshire, has been acquired by the owners of Ellerker Lodge Garden Centre near Brough, who plan significant investment. Read more - members only

Cherry Lane acquires Langford Garden Centre

The value driven garden centre group, Cherry Lane, continues its expansion with the acquisition of Langford Nurseries & Garden Centre in Bedfordshire. Read more - members only

Dalverton Garden Centre to extend plant area

Dalverton Garden Centre on the Isle of Wight is set to increase its plant sales area by 20 per cent with support of Malcolm Scott Consultants. Read more - open to all

Covid boosts profits at Kingfisher

Kingfisher reports retail profit up +27.4%, largely driven by B&Q performance.  Low double-digit growth is forecast for the spring, but the group can see sales falling -5% to -15% in the second half. Read more - members only

Eddie Topping retires after career spanning 7 decades

After 65 years at the helm of one of Lancashire’s most successful family businesses, Eddie Topping has stepped down as Chairman of The Barton Grange Group. Read more - open to all

New appointment at Wildlife World

Wildlife World, designer and manufacturer of wildlife habitats and feeders, have appointed Graham Robinson to their management team, to lead their operations and procurement function. Read more - open to all

Graham Robinson

The Berkshire Gardener has opened to customers

The Berkshire Gardener, the former Ladds Garden Village, has reopened under new ownership after an extensive upgrade. Read more - members only

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