Steve Pitcher joins Homebase / Bunnings

Steve Pitcher started work with Homebase / Bunnings last week, a year after leaving B&Q. Read more

Steve Pitcher

Kingfisher Nurseries to close as YouGarden takes over the site

Leading heather producer Kingfisher Nurseries is to close at the end of this month, the owners are retiring and have sold the site to YouGarden. Read more

BGC wins permission for a massive new garden centre at East Durham

British Garden Centres have been given permission for a massive re-development of their East Durham garden centre that will create 250+ new jobs. Read more

Westland Horticulture files 2016 accounts

Westland Horticulture increase sales to £127.7m and made a pre-tax profit of £4.1m after charges for integrating William Sinclair, bad debt write-offs and foreign currency losses. Read more

Barrus signs up for new 16 acres site

E.P. Barrus, distributor of brands such as Wolf, Wilkinson Sword and Energiser, is to consolidate its operations under one roof and remain in Bicester, Oxfordshire. Read more

The Kelling Estate has acquired Emcy Garden & Leisure

The Kelling Estate has acquired the business and assets of Emcy Garden & Leisure including the land and buildings. Read more

B&Q sales down 4.6% on back of store closures

Quarterly results from Kingfisher show a strong performance from Screwfix to compensate a fall in sales at B&Q as the ONE Kingfisher transformation plan progresses. Read more

Amazon seeks improved links with BHETA suppliers

At the recent BHETA networking event, Amazon buyers were out in force and outlined several services that could take the supplier opportunities to new levels.  Read more

Oliver Sawers (L) and Jeff Wemyss

Blue Diamond agrees a deal on Bridgford

Blue Diamond is to take on the lease of the new £10m Bridgford garden centre near Nottingham once it has been built. Read more

The proposed new garden centre

3 garden retailers listed as UK’s most dynamic businesses by the LSE

The London Stock Exchange has listed 3 garden retailers in its list of 1000 companies to inspire Britain.  They are Creative Gardens, Notcutts and Primrose. Read more

Sarah Downing joins Kelkay as head of marketing

Kelkay has announced that the former Gardman marketing director, Sarah Downing, has been appointed as head of marketing, a newly created role. Read more

Sarah Downing

Berwick buys 14 acre Plantsplus

Berwick Garden Centre has revealed that they bought a third site at the end of last year. Primarily a retail nursery, Plantsplus is being extended to include a restaurant. Read more

Surrey grower seeks planning for new nursery

RC Kemp & Son, a bedding and veg plant grower in Worplesdon, Surrey, is seeking to build new nursery to cope with increasing demand. Read more

Dobbies to launch national online garden centre

Dobbies is to launch an online store early next year serving the whole of the UK following an agreement with the Ocado Group’s Speciality Stores. Read more

George Hillier takes a senior management role as Hillier rewards loyalty

Hillier has recruited from within and attracts a buyer from Dobbies to fill the vacancies left after last month’s departures to Dobbies. Read more

George Hillier

Squire’s has closed Woking Garden Centre for redevelopment

Squire’s has closed Woking Garden Centre for redevelopment, it will re-open in the spring – 50% larger. Read more

Archiect's impression of the re-modelled garden centre at Woking

Marshall tells growers, “Your Country needs you”

Marshall challenged UK growers to grab the opportunity presented by Brexit. About Ocado he said online gardening sales are ‘piffling’ and now is the time for this to change. Read more

Nicholas Marshall

Dobbies to open at 7am for ‘Coffee to Go’

A highlight of the first day of the HTA Catering Conference was Costas Constantinou explaining to Matthew Appleby, how he would improve the Dobbies restaurants. Read more

Costas Constantinou

Wesfarmers says further investment in Homebase depends on successful pilots

It has been reported that Bunnings was disappointed with the Homebase performance in May, but that the two pilots are trading well. Read more

Garden centres making the headlines around the country

Garden centres have made headlines in their areas for reasons as different as a fire, planning permission for housing, giving a facelift to a hospital garden and pleading not guilty to breaching planning laws.  Read more

Fire at Solent Nurseries

Squire’s is to close Woking GC in June for redevelopment

Having completed upgrades at Long Ditton, Chertsey and Hersham, Squire’s is to close Woking in June for redevelopment.  Read more

Artists impression for Squire's Woking

B&M reports a very strong performance in gardening

B&M the ‘disruptive’ discounter with a strong gardening offer, opened 53 new stores in the UK during 2016-17 and increased sales to £2,035m. Read more

Wyevale is propped up by Terra Firma -UPDATED

The Sunday Telegraph appears to confirm trade rumours that Terra Firma was forced to prop up Wyevale earlier this year. Updated with  comments from Guy Hands. Read more

Guy Hands

Crocus to trial clicks and bricks, the original online garden centre, is to test a new retail concept with a geographical presence starting next year at Dorney Court. Read more

Rapid growth continues at Blue Diamond as profits jump 28%

Blue Diamond plans to double turnover by 2022 as profits jump by 28%. So far 2017 trade has been promising. Read more

Strong domestic sales for Marshalls

Marshalls, UK manufacturer of paving and hard landscaping products, says domestic order books are the longest ever as overall sales are up 6% so far this year. Read more

Work starts on creating one of the largest garden centres in the UK

Newspan has started construction to create one of the biggest destination garden centres in the country at Bridgford garden centre. Read more

What Bridgford will look like...

New team to improve Dobbies restaurant offer

Nicholas Marshall brings in former Wyevale colleagues as he builds a new Dobbies catering team with plans for significant improvements. Read more

Gardena pilots first Ambassador Store at Gordale

Gardena is piloting an Ambassador store to showcase its product range at Gordale Garden Centre in the Wirral. Read more

Blue Diamond closes on £100m threshold

248 Blue Diamond staff celebrated at the group’s annual awards and were told by MD Alan Roper that the group is fast becoming a titan of its industry. Read more

Fryer's Garden Centre Team with Manager Bijal Mistry (centre)

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