Westland to fund community gardening projects

Westland Horticulture has launched the New Horizon Fund to support community gardening projects across the UK and Ireland in 2024. Read more - members only

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Best Christmas displays in the UK

Castle Gardens and Garsons Garden Centre, Esher have been declared the national winners of the GCA’s Christmas display competition for 2023.  See the Regional winners. Read more - members only

Christmas in Numbers by British Garden Centres

Popular demand brings back ‘Christmas in Numbers’ by British Garden Centres, the country’s largest family-run garden centre group. Read more - members only

Evergreen’s last bag of compost with peat

A major milestone for Miracle-Gro and Evergreen Garden Care as the very last bag of peat compost came off our manufacturing line. Read more - open to all

Tiger enters landmark deal with British Garden Centres

Specialist online garden building retailer Tiger, a part of Woodlands Home & Garden Group, has just agreed a landmark deal with the British Garden Centres group. Read more - members only

4th Generation steps in at Barton Grange as Landscapes is sold

Profits have risen at the family-run Barton Grange Group in a year when it completed the disposal of its landscapes division. Read more - members only

Sarah Raven makes second acquisition with Taylors Clematis

Sarah Raven has acquired Taylors Clematis to become, she claims, the largest clematis retailer in the UK. Read more - members only

Sarah Raven

A new chapter at Hillier Nurseries

Chairman Robert Hillier will be standing down from his position of Chairman of Hillier Nurseries and will hand the reins of the family-run business to his son, George. Read more - open to all

Robert Hillier photo Michael Butters

Garden Trading invests to support growth

Garden furniture and lifestyle retailer, Garden Trading, is investing £2m to support its growth following its acquisition by a private equity firm last year. Read more - members only

Man dies in accident at Titchfield Garden Centre

UPDATED A former Olympian in his 70’s has died after being hit by a lorry at Stewarts Abbey Garden Centre in Titchfield, Hampshire. Read more - members only

Klondyke buys the Crieff Food Company

The Klondyke Group Limited has announced the acquisition of The Crieff Food Company from founder Jamie Landale.   Read more - members only

RHS announces chocolate and confectionery deal

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced an important partnership in the confectionery category, further underlining the appeal of the UK’s favourite gardening charity to companies in a wide range of diverse product categories. Read more - open to all

Henry Bell retains primary contract with Future Marketing

Leading pet and wild bird food producer Henry Bell & Co has won a 12-month primary supplier contract with Future Marketing Group (FMG) for the fourth consecutive year. Read more - members only

“Your Local” group to open its 4th garden centre

“Findon Vale Garden Centre” is set to be the 4th garden centre in Paul Richards “Your Local Garden Centre” group. Read more - members only

Rising costs impact Woodthorpe Hall results

Woodthorpe Hall Garden Centres, about one half of British Garden Centres, makes progress despite the effects of post-Covid trading and rising costs. Read more - members only

Dobbies unveils £130m loss

Dobbies Garden Centres Group blames difficult trading conditions in the year to Feb 2023 for declining sales and a pre-tax loss of £130m. Read more - members only

Dobbies CEO David Robinson

Scottish minister calls for removal of peat deadline

Scottish minister backs HTA calls on Westminster to remove arbitrary 2026 deadline for banning sale of peat in professional horticulture. Read more - members only

Mairi Gougeon MSP

Serious warehouse fire at Garland Products

We can confirm that we suffered a serious fire in the smallest of three industrial units on The Pensnett Estate in Kingswinford in the early hours of the morning on 30th November. Thankfully we can confirm that no one was injured in the incident. Read more - members only

Notcutts surpass 1.5 million charity donations through Pennies

1.5 million micro-donations at Notcutts, in partnership with the UK charity Pennies, have raised over £500,000 for various charity partners. Read more - members only

Greenwood Plants reaches 100% peat-free target

Greenwood Plants is growing 100% peat-free across all six of its nursery sites in the UK, reaching its end of 2023 target ahead of schedule. Read more - members only

Notcutts wins Best Employer award

Notcutts Garden Centres win the Hospitality and Retail category in the Eastern Region Awards for Best Employer. Read more - members only

Stacey East, Woodbridge GC; Sarah Dempsey, HR Director; Sarah Brittain, Norwich GC.

National recognition for Blue Diamond

National recognition for Blue Diamond.  The garden centres group joins Boots, Tesco and Wickes in the final eight for judging in Retail Week’s Award for Best Retailer over £250m.  Read more - members only

B&M increases store opening target

B&M plans 125 new stores in next 3 years as it announces another half year of ‘disciplined profitable growth’. Read more - members only

Winnersh reopens after Storm Ciarán closure

Flooding caused by Storm Ciarán forced the closure of Winnersh Garden Centre, part of British Garden Centres, last week. Read more - members only

Alton Garden Centre re-open fire-hit restaurant

A restaurant at Alton Garden Centre in Essex has risen from the ashes and re-opened after a major revamp and rebrand. Read more - members only

UK wellie brand Evercreatures bought by Rouchette

UK wellie brand Evercreatures has been bought by French footwear company Rouchette as part of a deal for its parent company Astbury Collections. Read more - members only

Tony Bailey

Blue Diamond joins National Trust to create main show garden at Chelsea

Blue Diamond Garden Centres, working with the National Trust and Ann-Marie Powell, is to build a main show garden at Chelsea 2024 for the first time. Read more - members only

Blue Diamond continues support for students studying horticulture

Blue Diamond Garden Centres continue their work supporting students studying horticulture.  Since 2021, 14 students have benefited. Read more - open to all

Begonia Sweet Spice - all royalties go to the Colegrave Seabrook Foundation

Auction of Newton’s Apple raises £30,000

More than 1,800 bids were placed in the auction, held jointly by the National Trust and Blue Diamond Garden Centres, for 10 saplings propagated from Sir Isaac Newton’s apple tree. Read more - members only

Sir Isaac Newton’s apple tree

Notcutts Dukeries restores Edwardian Glasshouses

Notcutts Dukeries on the Welbeck Estate, Nottinghamshire, is restoring the Edwardian Messenger Glasshouses that are part of the garden centre. Read more - members only

Restoration of Edwardian Messenger Glasshouses at the Welbeck Estate

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