Tong Garden Centre hosts team awards evening

180 of the 240 strong work force at Tong Garden Centre attended a dinner and disco at The Hilton Hotel in Leeds where a number of the team were given awards. Read more

Winners of the 2022 values awards

Dobbies partners with Elho to recycle plastic pots

Sustainable plant pot designer, elho, has partnered with Dobbies to provide plastic plant pot recycling bins across its 69 centres nationwide. Read more

Ownership of Coolings Nurseries transferred to staff

75% of the third-generation garden centre group, Coolings Nursery with four sites in Kent & East Sussex, is being signed over to an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT). Read more

Gary Carvosso, Ian Hazon, David Cooling, Paul Cooling and Dwayne Ross

Blue Diamond takes over Manchester Cathedral

The Blue Diamond annual awards rocked Manchester Cathedral last night with managing director, Alan Roper, hailed as the eternal high priest for the night. Read more

Alan Roper

British Garden Centres is set to become a national chain

British Garden Centres have grown from from 10 to 60 sites in a little over 3 years.  Charles Stubbs talks about how they have achieved this and the future. Read more

New houseplants POS

Trebaron Garden Centre makes it 60 for BGC

British Garden Centres have bought Trebaron Garden Centre at Lytham St Annes, bringing the group's total sites to 60.  Read more

Steve Morgan completes the Doddie Cup 500 raising £28,500

Zest MD, Steve Morgan, has raised £28,500 for motor neurone research by completing the Doddie Cup 500 as part of a team of four former rugby players. Read more

Steve Morgan is 2nd from right

Mr Fothergill’s sold to Management buy-out

Mr Fothergill’s Seeds, has undergone a management buyout by managing director, David Carey, with the backing of Harwood Private Capital.  Read more

Dave Carey (Left) with the departing John Fothergill.

Barton Grange has done it once again!

At a virtual awards presentation held on 15th February 2022, Barton Grange Garden Centre was announced as the winner of the ‘Destination Garden Centre of the Year’ award. Read more

Guy Topping with Tammy Woodhouse

Nottingham acquisition for Cherry Lane Garden Centres

QD Stores' value garden centre group, Cherry Lane, has acquired Retford & Gainsborough Garden Centre in Nottinghamshire. Read more

Bosworths Garden Centre to move

Bosworth’s have lodged plans to build a new, larger garden centre three miles from its Latimer garden centre in North Northamptonshire. Read more

Timmermans makes it 59 for British Garden Centres UPDATED

British Garden Centres has announced the group’s 59th garden centre with the purchase of Timmermans Garden Centre of Nottingham.  It will be renamed Woodborough Green. Read more

The Gardens Group’s green collection scheme

With 1,500 Christmas trees to collect from Dorset homes and 7,500 bags of peat free compost to be delivered, The Gardens Group developed a clever system to maximise efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint. Read more

Sarah Raven Kitchen and Garden acquires Rookery Farm 

On the 31st January 2022, Sarah Raven, the online gardening and lifestyle brand, acquired Rookery Farm nursery in Lincolnshire.   Read more

Sarah Raven and David Robinson

Durston doubles production capacity

Following a period of continued growth, Durston Garden Products has made two significant investments in machinery offering improved production levels and quality. Read more

Garden Trading hits targets for Joules

When Joules acquired The Garden Trading Company in 2021 for £12.5m, £3.5m was deferred.  It has now confirmed that GT has met all targets and the balance will be paid. Read more

Richard Pyrah is commercial director of Altico

Having invested more than £6m since acquisition in May 2021, Altico MD, Antony Harker has invested further with the senior team appointment of Richard Pyrah as Commercial Director. Read more

At last, Hare Hatch Sheeplands – Garden Centre

A bitter 10-year battle has ended in success for Hare Hatch Sheeplands.  It has been granted permission to become a green, community-focussed garden centre. Read more

Joint owners Rob Scott and Andy Dicks

Dobbies CFO director appointment is terminated

Company House reports the Termination of appointment of Lynne Gilder as a director on 8 March 2022.  Lynne was the chief financial officer of Dobbies Garden Centre Ltd and the group. Read more

A brilliantly positive year for Southern Trident

2021 was a brilliantly positive year for Southern Trident.  Harmony Gardens Multipurpose Compost won both the Sustainability Award and the Best New Growing Media Product at Glee 2021. Turnover doubled. Read more

Darlac announce cutting tools distribution deal with Blue Diamond

Darlac, the cutting tools experts, have secured a distribution deal with one of the UK’s largest garden centre retail chains, Blue Diamond. Read more

Laylocks secures planning to extend 

Laylocks Garden Centre in Worcestershire has secured planning permission to increase its shop, undercover and plant canopy space. Read more

Glee Innovators – where are they now?

Launched in 2009, the Glee Innovators Zone has helped hundreds of companies break into the garden retail market.  See where they are now. Read more

Introducing Hex Living

HEX Living, a new outdoor storage and garden furniture brand has been unveiled today, with a range of premium-quality, British made metal sheds, storage and furniture. Read more

HEX Living’s Neal Lafford, Paul Clews, Martin Smith, Rupert King

GCA announces its 2021 winners, remotely

Barton Grange and Old Railway Line win the best garden centre categories and Allensmore is named Supplier of the Year in the 2021 GCA Awards. Read more

GCA Chairman, Tammy Woodhouse announcing the awards

Notcutts unveils new-look Woodbridge garden centre

To mark 125 years of glorious gardening, Notcutts cuts the ribbon at a refurbished Woodbridge Garden Centre.  Read more

‘Your Local’ to open 3rd garden centre

Alver Valley Garden Centre is set for a soft opening in the second week March to become the third location for Paul Richard’s ‘Your Local Garden Centre’ group. Read more

Garden centres making the local headlines

Local news headlines include tributes to the owners of Brookfields Garden Centre, an otter raiding Otter Nurseries, approval for a new Sunderland garden centre, an acquisition by Kybotech and developments at Newbridge Nurseries. Read more

Highfield Garden world's Greenway family with some of their planet-friendly products

Artevasi SA opens new stand-alone business in the UK

Artevasi, one of European’s leading pot manufacturers, invests further in the UK market with the formation of Artevasi UK Ltd.   Read more

Syngenta has acquired two next generation bioinsecticides

Syngenta Crop Protection has acquired two next generation bioinsecticides, NemaTrident® and UniSpore®, to combat increasing resistance and a wide range of insects and pests across horticulture and ornamentals. Read more

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