Kingfisher adopts a mobile first approach for B&Q

Revealing resilient half year results, Kingfisher has accelerated e-commerce plans, with a focus on fulfilment from stores which it says are integral to delivering a seamless customer experience. Read more - members only

Blue Diamond opens online fashion shop

Blue Diamond has launched an online fashion shop.  It will be followed next week by Christmas going live.   Read more - members only

Primrose has been put up for sale

Online garden retailer, Primrose, has been put up for sale, reports The Times.  This confirms rumours within the trade that the company was looking for a buyer.  Read more - members only

Morrisons' acquisition widens range of plants 

Morrisons has acquired Lansen Nursery.  This, its says, will enable its garden centres to develop further, widening the range of outdoor plants. Read more - members only

Hillier Garden Centre Marlow complete their transformation

A major transformation project at Hillier Garden Centre Marlow that began just before the spring has now been completed. Read more - members only

Evergreen looks ahead to 2021

Evergreen Garden Care says demand continues to be 20%-30% up on last year, but warns about expecting growth in 2021. Read more - members only

Granary Group to re-launch Ladd’s next spring

The Granary Group are delighted with the acquisition of Ladds Garden Village as it continues to expand its garden centre portfolio.  Read more - members only

Positive covid-19 test at Dobbies Ayr

Dobbies garden centre at Ayr has asked visitors to its restaurant last Friday to be vigilant after a visitor tested positive for Covid-19. Read more - open to all

Beckworth Emporium to start £2m upgrade

Beckworth Emporium, between Northampton and Wellingborough, is about to start work on a major upgrade that will lift its sales of plants and gardening. Read more - members only

Fosters of Thrybergh is to close

Fosters Garden Centre in Thrybergh, Rotheram is to close at the end of October after 40 years trading.  Read more - members only

Tong adds second restaurant

Tong garden centre is to open a second 180 seat restaurant this autumn on the mezzanine of a recent extension at the Bradford site. Read more - members only

John Lewis looks at garden centres

Part of Dame Sharon White’s transformation review for John Lewis includes building a new gardening business, potentially with new partnerships and acquisitions.  Read more - members only

Dame Sharon White

Kingfisher upgrades profit forecast

Kingfisher, the group that operates B&Q and Screwfix in the UK, increased sales by 26% in June.  Half year profits will be ahead of last year. Read more - members only

B&Q New Malden

Dobbies partners with Sainsbury’s to sell groceries

Dobbies has partnered with Sainsbury’s to sell a range of the supermarket’s food and groceries at its garden centres. Read more - members only

Northern Irish growers to share £1.5m support package

The HTA reports a £1.5m COVID-19 support package is being offered to Northern Ireland horticultural businesses and calls again for a grant aid scheme for British growers. Read more - open to all

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Store openings to accelerate at B&M

B&M is to accelerate UK store openings after 23% like-for-like growth in the 6 months since end of March, opening up to 45 new stores this year.

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Dobbies reopens 31 soft plays this month

Following updated guidance from the UK Government that soft plays may reopen in England, Dobbies Garden Centres, is reopening 31 soft plays through September. Read more - members only

Perrywood plans major new garden centre for Sudbury

Perrywood is seeking permission to expand and upgrade the Sudbury garden centre it bought from Wyevale 2 years ago, to a size similar to Tiptree. Read more - members only

Online booking for all Dobbies Xmas events

Dobbies has launched its Christmas events programme, with Santa due to arrive at all 68 stores. Safety is Dobbies’ number one priority so booking will be online. Read more - members only

Desch Plantpak acquires IPP factories

Desch Plantpak has acquired all IPP’s commercial activities. This will boost to Desch’s leading position in thermoformed and injection moulded products for the horticultural industry. Read more - members only

Steve Harper leaves The Greener Gardening Company

Steve Harper, sales and marketing director of The Greener Gardening Company (formerly Bord na Mona), left the business last week. Read more - open to all

Steve Harper

BGC acquires vacant Thatcham GC

British Garden Centres has acquired the former Wyevale garden centre at Thatcham, which has been closed for several months.  Re-opening is planned for October. Read more - members only

Which plant varieties will be hot for 2021?

Which plant varieties will be hot for 2021?... the industry has voted at the Ball Colegrave Trial Grounds at West Adderbury. Read more - open to all

Overhaul of Hay Lane Garden Centre

Landlord Tony Miller has given Wyevale’s Swindon Hay Lane a complete overhaul and renamed it Studley Grange Garden Centre. Read more - members only

Greenfingers Trading is in liquidation UPDATED

Greenfingers Trading Ltd that ran was put into liquidation on 4th August. The website however continues to trade. MD 0f M8 Group, Scott Torrens, explains what happened. Read more - members only

Handy Garden Machinery to close retail outlet

Handy completes its transformation to wholesaler as it closes its retail outlet in Swindon. Read more - members only

Pictures of first Sainsbury's/Dobbies partnership

Dobbies Garden Centres celebrates introducing a range of Sainsbury’s food and grocery products to its flagship store in Edinburgh. Read more - members only

Sainsbury's in Dobbies

Woodlodge buys Adobe Wholesale and The Garden Foundry

Leading pot supplier, Woodlodge, is extending its garden decoration offer with the acquisition of Adobe Wholesale and The Garden Foundry. Read more - members only

Fresh @ Burcot Garden Centre is closing later this month

Fresh @ Burcot Garden Centre at Bromsgrove is closing later this month. The garden centre is being sold by Nicci and Neil Gow. Read more - members only

Two acquisitions for Eliza Tinsley

Eliza Tinsley has bought Reedy Tools and Greenman Garden Tools. Read more - members only

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