Seed shortages due to border confusion

The shortage of tomato and other seeds due to the destruction of bulk quantities of seed at the UK border was a big talking point at the Garden Press Event. Read more - members only

AI generated view of seed checking at the border

Haskins plans biggest project yet

Haskins submits plans to redevelop Forest Lodge garden centre and Birdworld.  However, trading confidence must improve before any development would start.  Read more - members only

Klondyke showcases 2024 outdoor living ranges

A sprinkling of Sherbert at Klondyke Group's Outdoor Living Showcase Event hosted this week at our Polmont centre. Read more - open to all

Plants for Europe and Altman working together

Plants For Europe Limited (PFE) is working with California-based Altman Plants, to bring their stunning plant varieties to Europe and the UK.  Read more - members only

 Agapanthus Atomic Bloom

Blackstone BBQ Griddle comes to the UK

Blackstone, America’s leading griddle brand with over 80% market share, is entering the UK market through an exclusive partnership with JDM Products. Read more - members only

Flowerpot merger announced

Naylor Gardenware has agreed to merge with Smith & Jennings with effect from Friday 1 March 2024. Read more - members only

Above inflation pay rise at B&Q

B&Q claims to be the highest paying major retailer in the country after above inflation wage rises. Read more - members only

BGC takes the covers off Fern Living

British Garden Centres has taken the wraps off Fern Living, an outdoor living brand that will be unique to the group. Read more - members only

Bells Horticultural acquires Peter Beales Roses

Family-run Bells Horticultural announces the acquisition of the Peter Beales Roses business and assures customers of a smooth transition. Read more - members only

Apta relocates to East Yorkshire

Apta, a pot and planter brand with a 35-year heritage, has recently relocated to a new home at the AMES Companies headquarters in Pollington, East Yorkshire. Read more - members only


Evergreen business performance was strong in 2023

Accounts for Evergreen Garden Care Ltd for the year to 30 Sept 2023 show an operating profit of €38m before finance charges of €65m. Read more - members only

Iver Flowerland closes after night-time fire

Flowerland Garden Centre in Iver was forced to shut after a fire on Monday morning (January 15). Emergency services rushed to the garden centre after reports of a fire at about 2.30am on Norwood Lane. Read more - members only

Garden centres cautious about 2024

Most garden centres were satisfied with relatively strong Christmas trading. But there’s concern about 2024 with rising costs and thefts. We gather the views of garden centre leaders. Read more - members only

Restaurants - the success story of 2023

New CEO for Mr Fothergill’s

Mr. Fothergill’s Seeds Limited has named Michael Yates as new the CEO.  He comes with 25 years of global brand building experience. Read more - open to all

Michael Yates, CEO at Mr Fothergill's Seeds

Westland's online houseplant hub for consumers

8th – 14th January is National Houseplant Week and Westland has launched an online educational hub for consumers to find their houseplant advice. Read more - members only

Homebase is up for sale reports The Times

Homebase could soon be sold to new owners after talks were held with a number of potential buyers, reports The Times. Read more - members only

Woodthorpe Hall and Dobbies fined for breaking regulations

Woodthorpe Hall Garden Centres has been fined for displaying cushions without fire labels.  Dobbies has been penalised for failing to pay the minimum wage or national living wage. Read more - members only


Chat from aisles of the Garden Press Event

300 members of the garden media visited around 100 exhibitors at a buzzing Garden Press Event. Best new product was a Dipping Tank. Blue Diamond won the Best Stand award. Read the chat. Read more - members only

The Dipping Tank

Cotton Traders explains garden centre strategy

With concessions in 64 garden centres, Nick Hamblin the COO of Cotton Traders explains how he drives traffic into the stores. Read more - open to all

Bridgnorth to become the biggest in BGC group

British Garden Centres has confirmed plans to double the size of Bridgnorth garden centre near Wolverhampton, making it the biggest garden centre in the group. Read more - members only

Dobbies Garden Centres launches outlet stores

Dobbies has opened two new outlet stores at its branches in Morpeth in Northumberland and Atherstone in Warwickshire. Read more - members only

Dobbies appoints new Commercial Director

Dobbies has appointed Andy Hannan as Commercial Director.  He replaces Richard Hodges who has stepped down from this role. Read more - open to all

Andy Hannan, Dobbies Commercial Director.

Commercial Director to leave Dobbies

Richard Hodges, who joined Dobbies in November 2021, has announced that he is preparing to leave the group and prepare for the next chapter of his life. Read more - open to all

Richard Hodges

Notcutts CEO discusses how the company has developed

Since 2015, when Nick Burrows joined Notcutts, the company has upgraded almost its entire portfolio of 18 garden centres and invested in developing its people. Read more - members only

Nick Burrows

Greenwood Plants named ‘International Grower of the Year’

Greenwood Plants won three awards, including overall ‘International Grower of the Year’ at the annual AIPH awards, held at IPM Essen, Germany on 24th January. Read more - members only

Melanie Asker with Jaap Huisman of Greenwood Holland and Commercial Director Alastair Fairbairn

BHETA welcomes Einhell

DIY and garden tools brand, Einhell has joined BHETA.  Founded in Germany in 1964 and established in the UK in 1999, the company is widely promoted to consumers and is well known for its interchangeable battery system. Read more - open to all

Notcutts appoints new Marketing and Customer Experience Director

Notcutts has announced the appointment of Jane Gray as the company's new Marketing and Customer Experience Director. Read more - open to all

Jane Gray - Marketing and Customer Experience Director, Notcutts

Flooded Garden Centre won’t reopen until March

The owner of a garden centre ‘wiped out’ by Storm Henk says flooding has caused six figures worth of damage. Waterside Garden Centre in Baston was among the businesses badly hit by the flooding last week. Read more - members only

Blue Diamond warns about dogs in Garden Centres

Endsleigh Garden Centre, in Ivybridge, Devon, part of the Blue Diamond Group has re-kindled the debate about allowing dogs in garden centres. Read more - members only

New Year and new growth for Sipcam Home & Garden

Sipcam Home & Garden has started the new year with a bang, with the news that their owners Sipcam Oxon have acquired the Blumen Group. Read more - members only

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