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

Landscape Juice reports Amazon sales of banned weed killer

A Landscape Juice investigation has revealed that Amazon.co.uk is openly advertising the banned herbicide Sodium Chlorate on its website via its sellers. See more… Read more

Fulham Palace GC to close at the end of August

The Prince’s Trust justifies the closure of Fulham Palace Garden Centre, despite a petition to retain it. See more… Read more

New restaurant lifts sales at Highfield Garden World

Highfield Garden World has shown significant growth following the opening, this spring, of additional retail space and a 450 seat restaurant with views over the river Severn. See more… Read more

Solus debtors must pay Scotts

It appears that a number of garden retailers have unexpectedly run into credit problems with Scotts Miracle-Gro because of money still owed to Solus. See more… Read more

All–in-One Garden Centre fined for underage firework sale

Rochdale online reports that All–in-One garden centre faces a bill of £2500 in fines and costs having sold fireworks to underage volunteers last autumn. See more… Read more

Mindless vandals bring havoc to Aylett’s dahlia fields

Weeks before the start of Aylett’s dahlia festival, thieves drove a stolen Land Rover through the nursery beds devastating the display. See more… Read more

Gateacre garden centre to close at end of July

Gateacre Garden Centre, one of the first in the country, is to close after 80 years. Some staff will move to Burleydam. See more… Read more

Call us Wyevale, again (Updated)

The Garden Centre Group is history. As of today, the group has reverted to its former name, Wyevale Garden Centres. See more… Read more

Whites Stores seeks garden furniture concessions

White Stores is looking for a move into garden centres and will pay up to £100,000 a year for an outdoor living concession. See more… Read more

Sinclair chairman steps down with immediate effect

Sinclair chairman, Hugh Etheridge, is stepping down as chairman with immediate effect. His seat is taken by non-exec director and investor, Rupert King. See more… Read more

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

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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

Dobbies opens first store within a store

Dobbies schedules an autumn opening for its first new format ‘store within a store’, within a Tesco. See more... Read more

Fulham Palace GC still closing as suitor pulls out

A petition signed by neighbours has been successful in persuading Pets at Home to withdraw from leasing the Fulham Palace Garden Centre according to GetwestLondon. See more... Read more

Decco calls for co-operation to plan 2015

The COO of Decco says that there are a lot of uncertainties for 2015. Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers must plan and work together closely to manage distribution after the loss of Solus as a wholesaler. See more... Read more

Scotts gives update on Solus brands

Scotts recognises that it has much to do before Glee, to restore confidence with Solus customers. It has written today confirming that all Solus products will be available for the autumn, but has yet to determine a permanent route to market. See more… Read more

Two London garden centres are under threat of closure

Two London garden centres, Fulham Palace and Morden Hall are under threat of closure though neither is definite. See more… Read more

Pasco tells breeders - 'Consumers don't get your message'

Adam Pasco tells frustrated plant breeders at the Fleuroselect conference that their message is not getting to the consumer. Or is it even the right message? See more... Read more

B&Q sales slip in second quarter

Lower sales of outdoor and seasonal products pulled B&Q down in the second quarter against strong comparisons last year. However the year-to-date figures are up. See more... Read more

New name... new profile for Wyevale, starting with Xmas

In the centre of London’s Soho, on the hottest day of the year, the newly named Wyevale launched its Christmas displays to the consumer press and discovered many had no idea that garden centres did Christmas. See more… Read more

Scotts to apply brand management formula to Solus

Scotts will bring its brand management skills to the Solus brands, namely adding value to brands, innovation and in due course, advertising direct to the consumer. See more... Read more

Scotts buys Solus Brands

The Scotts Company (UK) Limited, has reached an agreement to acquire proprietary brands from Solus Garden and Leisure Limited (in Administration). Read more

Trading normal after fire at Coolings

Fire destroyed two storage buildings at Coolings Green and Pleasant garden centre on Friday night. See more... Read more

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