Garden centres are cautious about restaurant reopening

While Dobbies are reopening their restaurants as soon as permitted, others are adopting a more cautious approach.  Some are not opening this month. Read more - open to all

Blue Diamond at East Bridgford, before the lockdown

SBM restructures its European marketing team

SBM has restructured its European marketing team adding four including James Ramnought in the UK as head of marketing for North West Europe (United  Kingdom / Benelux). Read more - members only

Tragic accident at Westland’s Dungannon factory

The BBC has reported that a man has died in what has been described as a "tragic accident" at Westland's peat plant in Dungannon, County Tyrone.  Read more - open to all

Homebase restructures SSO and closes Wallington office

News has been published by Insight DIY of a significant restructuring of the Homebase business which took place earlier this week.  Read more - open to all

Record sales for Klondyke since lockdown

2019 Results show steady sales and profit growth for Klondyke.  Subsequently, the company weathered the Covid-19 lockdown without needing extra funds and has had 3 weeks of record sales. Read more - members only

Houghton Hall Garden Centre

Merger creates Europe’s largest hydroponics distributor

UK based HydroGarden has merged with leading German hydroponics wholesaler, Grow In, based in Berlin, creating the largest hydroponics wholesaler in the European market. Read more - members only

England's driest May leads to record demand for water

May was the sunniest on record and the driest in England at only 17% of the average, leading to a call to cut back on paddling pools and sprinklers. Read more - members only

B&M sales surge as DIY and garden retailers are closed

B&M has revealed like-for-like sales grew +22.7% in the first 8 weeks of the new financial year, driven by exceptionally strong DIY and gardening. Read more - members only

Broil King aims to be number 1 in the UK

Broil King BBQs aim to become the dominant market leader in the UK luxury BBQ sector within 3 years.  Read more - members only

Manufacturers struggling to keep up with growing media demand

Unprecedented consumer demand for growing media, even during the lockdown, means manufacturers are struggling to keep up with deliveries. Read more - open to all

A well stocked compost display earlier in the year

Ivyline introduces Cleaner Retail to help retailers re-open

Ivyline, best known for its range of trend-led indoor plant pots, has launched Cleaner Retail to help retailers get ready to open, remain compliant in regards to hygiene and social distancing. Read more - open to all

Homebase begins to lift Covid-19 lockdown

On Saturday 25th April, Homebase says it will be trialling the opening of 20 stores, with strict controls in place to ensure shopping is safe for everyone. Read more - open to all

Sussex nurseries build living walls for Nightingale hospital

Three West Sussex growers: Farplants, Hills and Newey have donated plants for an initiative run by Plant Box to ‘give something back’ to the people doing such an amazing job on the Coronavirus front line. Read more - open to all

Fire at Johnsons Garden Centre (Updated)

Fire broke out at Johnsons Garden Centre near Boston on Sunday, causing smoke to billow above the site. Read more - members only

B&M closes 49 stores, temporarily

B&M has decided to close 49 stores temporarily in light of current trading conditions out of a total 656 in the UK. Read more - open to all

Wyevale Garden Centres has been wound up

On 28th May Wyevale Garden Centres Ltd, one of garden centres’ biggest names disappeared into history, when it was wound up after trading for 58 years.  We look back through the years. Read more - members only

Immediate action saved Blue Diamond from a very serious financial problem

2019 results show Blue Diamond had a strong year.  What followed with Covid-19 threatened up to 3 months with no sales.  “This would have been a tragedy as well as a major financial loss.” Read more - members only

Queues at Redfields on Saturday afternoon

done is better than perfect’ replaces One Kingfisher

Along with its annual results, the new CEO of Kingfisher, Thierry Garnier, reveals a new strategy for Kingfisher. “It needs to be simpler, leaner, more agile, open to partnerships, and even more customer-focused.” Read more - members only

Garden Centre in Bury St Edmunds to close

Marlows Home and Garden Centre in Bury St Edmunds is to close, blaming poor trading conditions caused by Coronavirus. Read more - members only

Positive Covid-19 test closes B&Q store - UPDATED

UPDATED B&Q reacted quickly to a positive Coronavirus test of a staff member, asking customers to immediately leave its store in Wallasey.  Now a second store, in Wales, has been closed. Read more - open to all

Parasene set to return to the market

The Parasene brand has been bought by a former employee, John Cartwright, the owner of Fireside Products Ltd. Read more - members only

John Cartwright, MD of Fireside Products

Dobbies signs as anchor at proposed Tewkesbury designer outlet

Dobbies has signed up as the leisure anchor at the planned Designer Outlet Cotswolds at J9 of the M5, close to Ashchurch. It is planned to open in 2022. Read more - members only

Scottish Garden Centres may open from Friday 29th

Nicola Sturgeon has said Scotland can now move to phase one of easing the lockdown. Garden centres will be permitted to reopen from Friday 29th May. Read more - open to all

Scottish garden centres are likely to re-open from 28th May

Nicola Sturgeon has announced that Scottish garden centres are likely be permitted to reopen from 28th May as part of limited easing of the lockdown. Read more - open to all

Kingfisher sales down -24%

Kingfisher, owner of B&Q and Screwfix, has sufficient cash reserves to withstand a long period of reduced sales, according to its latest quarterly report. Read more - members only

The Gardens Group donates surplus stock to charities, hospitals and schools

The Gardens Group is putting excess stock to good use in support of key workers and everyone doing their bit to stay home throughout the lockdown, donating unsold plants to carers, hospital staff and teachers. Read more - open to all

B&Q reopens 14 stores

B&Q has reopened 14 stores as a trial, with the garden centres selling a range of self-service plants. A range of plant bundles are also available from Read more - open to all

John Grayson joins Hozelock

Hozelock announces the appointment of John Grayson as Commercial Director for UK and Ireland, Scandinavia and Southern Hemisphere. Read more - open to all

John Grayson

Port costs threaten LOFA members with closure

Containers of garden furniture, delayed by the Coronavirus lockdown in China, are arriving in the UK as retailers are closed leaving LOFA members facing crippling demurrage and other costs. Read more - open to all

B&Q closes for a day

Government classifies DIY and Hardware as essential. B&Q closes for a day as it prepares to provide only essential products. Homebase remains open but its website is unavailable. Read more - open to all

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