B&Q pre-empts mandatory plastic bag charge

B&Q has introduced a 5p plastic carrier bag charge in England, a year ahead of when the law comes into force. Read more

Will Gardman have new owner soon?

The Daily Telegraph reports that Gardman has appointed advisers to manage a possible sale as several private equity firms circle the business.  The company says whatever happens it's business as usual. Read more

Redfields to be template as BD aims for £80m

Blue Diamond expects a turnover of more than £70m in 2014 and £80m in 2015. Alan Roper offers confidential discussions to garden centre owners thinking of leasing or selling their sites. Read more

Wadebridge makes it sweet 16 for Blue Diamond

Trelawney’s Wadebridge operation is the latest addition to the Blue Diamond network. The sale of Trelaweney@Ashord should be completed next month. See more… Read more

Electrolux Home Products acquires BeefEater Barbecues

Electrolux Home Products has purchased the BeefEater brand of barbecues and outdoor lifestyle appliances from Woodland Home Products. Staff of both companies were informed last week. Read more

New showroom part of Scotts Solus 3-year plan

Scotts has reopened the Solus Droitwich showrooms with a permanent display of the wider gardening range offered by Scotts Solus.  This is a first manifestation of a 3-year integration plan. Read more

Will Tesco sell Dobbies?

The financial press has been speculating that Tesco will offload non-core assets, such as Dobbies, as the supermarket responds to its accounting crisis. Read more

Wyevale buys Moreton Park Garden Centre

Wyevale Garden Centres has announced the purchase of Moreton Park Garden Centre at Wrexham on the England Wales border. Read more

Notcutts opens phase 2 of Wheatcroft

Notcutts is to open phase 2 of Wheatcroft garden centre. The centrepiece is “The Street Kitchen” themed restaurant where each van cooks a different type of cuisine. See more… Read more

Tom Chambers buys Auld Lang Stone

Tom Chambers has announced the recent acquisition of Auld Lang Stone, the first of several acquisitions targeted by the company. Read more

C-Crafts to open first manned concession in Bents

C-Crafts, the company run by former of Hobbycraft chief executive, is to open its first manned arts and crafts concession in Bents with the second to be announced shortly.  See more… Read more

Administrators appointed at Nottinghamshire garden centre

Administrators will continue to trade Tall Trees Garden Centre and The Nottingham Aquatic Centre for a short period while a purchaser is sought. See more... Read more

Shareholder vetoes Homebase sell-off

Homebase continues to close stores amid media speculation that it could be spun-off from the Home Retail Group. But a shareholder vetoes a sell off. See more... Read more

Crest names its gardening brands

Crest Garden has supplied over 300 stockists in its first month of trading and goes public on the three brands to be unveiled at Glee. See more… Read more

Will Wyevale shortly be for sale? - UPDATED

Financial information services, Bloomberg and Reuters, are reporting that Terra Firma is looking to sell Wyevale, until recently The Garden Centre Group. But Gardenforum understands there is little behind these stories. See more… Read more

Choice and Gardman expand trading partnership

The Aftershocks from the Solus earthquake continue with news that Choice Marketing has formed a deeper trading relationship with Gardman. Read more

Caulders buys Erskine Garden Centre (UPDATED)

As of 1st November Erskine Garden Centre will be owned by Caulders Garden Centres.  It will be their 4th. Read more

Young Hagedorn gets his own business within Scotts

Scotts Miracle-Gro has formed a new urban gardening company, to be headed by Chris Hagedorn, eldest son of chairman Jim Hagedorn. Read more

Timing and more details of the Trelawney sales

The sale of the two Trelawney garden centres should complete within 3 weeks. One will include a sale of the freehold, the other will involve a lease. Read more

Homebase to close a quarter of its stores

The Home Retail Group has confirmed about 80 Homebase stores, a quarter of its portfolio, will close within the next three years. See more… Read more

Is this the future of garden furniture retailing?

Garden centres regularly complain they are the showroom for online garden furniture retailers. A recent collaboration between Primrose.co.uk and Toad Hall Garden Centre may be a signpost to the future. Read more

Hands confirms Wyevale is moving away from Plants

Guy Hands tells the Evening Standard, that Terra Firma has moved Wyevale from being plant- and horticultural-based to more like a leisure company. Read more

Wyevale's Blooms at Gloucester

Revitalised Sinclair to advertise on TV next spring

Sinclair is to advertise on TV next spring as it completes the new sales team, refreshes its brands, returns to wholesalers and promises to be a company that is easy to deal with. Read more

Barton Grange to sell three nurseries

Barton Grange group is to sell Garden Centre Plants and two nurseries belonging to Northern Liners. This will allow the group to concentrate on the garden centre at Brock and its substantial landscaping business. Read more

More changes at Wyevale as head of horticulture leaves

One Tim leaves Wyevale as another joins. Tim Clapp, head of horticulture, is to leave at the end of the month for B&Q. Tim Patten joins as multi-channel director. Read more

Hillview seals the deal with The Garden Store

Hillview has completed the paperwork to acquire The Garden Store business, eight months after the two companies effectively started trading as one. See more… Read more

Burford House Garden Centre

Cheshire announces his successor and the strategy for B&Q

Sir Ian Cheshire names his successor as group chief executive of Kingfisher and outlines B&Q’s strategy of store closures and resizing as it adapts to the new digital age. See more… Read more

Sir Ian Cheshire

Westland launches two new ventures at SPOGA Gafa

Last November, Westland acquired Seramis, the German manufacturer of water retaining clay granules. It used SPOGA Gafa to launch a new range of products for Europe. See more... Read more

No mother, no sale

Garden centres and pet shops are facing a possible ban on the sale of puppies and kittens in a move designed to stamp out ‘horrific’ puppy farming. See more… Read more

Desch Plantpak and Westland’s Crest Garden enter a joint-venture

Westland backed Crest Garden has announced a joint-venture with pot and tray manufacturer Desch Plantpak, which is completing a £2 million investment in the UK. See more… Read more

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