be inspired - a new loyalty scheme for Bents

Bents Garden and Home has introduced a new loyalty scheme for customers. The new "be inspired" club will reward members with exclusive privileges, personal benefits and special surprises. See more... Read more

8th Garden Centre for BGC

British Garden Centres buys its 8th garden centre, but it is said that it took a marriage proposal to get it. See more... Read more

Steve Pitcher to leave TGCG

The Garden Centre Group has named a new trading director and a new retail operations director who will oversee standards in the garden centres. Steve Pitcher, currently the purchasing director, is to leave after a short handover. See more... Read more

£5m redevelopment for Almondsbury Garden Centre

Park Garden Centres is to invest £5m at Almondsbury following the sale of its other two sites to TGCG. See more… Read more

Prepare for the demise of the Horse chestnut and the common ash

Disease will see the demise of the Horse chestnut and the common ash, predicts the head of trees at Kew. But there may be a silver lining. See more... Read more

It’s the weather – it always was!

After a dismal start to 2013, leading garden centres have now experienced 5 months continuous growth. In August sales were up 8%. See more... Read more

G7 shares Glee stand with new owner

G7, a major supplier of EPOS to garden retailers, has agreed to sell the business to Swan Retail. See more... Read more

The Garden Centre Group buys Garden & Leisure

The Garden Centre Group is this morning telling staff employed by Garden & Leisure that it has acquired the business. See more... Read more

Growth in outdoor seasonal products fails to lift B&Q

Half year sales fell at B&Q despite 17% growth in outdoor seasonal products in the second quarter. Group sourcing continues to expand, while store resizing continues. See more... Read more

TGCG buys Cheddar and Lechlade

The Garden Centre Group has bought Cheddar and Lechlade Garden Centres from Park Garden Centres. See more... Read more

£75,000 fine on Dobbies was lenient

Judges have rejected Dobbies appeal against a record £75,000 fine for pumping poorly treated sewage into a stream, saying the penalty had been lenient. See more… Read more

Solus seeks to rebuild after departures from sales team

Gardenforum talks to Solus, the leading garden wholesaler, to assess the impact of recent departures from the sales team. See more... Read more

Former Hobbycraft CX offers craft service to garden centres

The former chief executive of Hobbycraft is introducing a specialist craft service, C-Crafts, to independent garden centres. In the past he believes they have not handled the category well. See more... Read more

Next continues its rapid expansion of Home & Garden stores

Next opened its fourth and largest Home & Garden store last month and has 4 more confirmed, probably opening in time for next spring. See more… Read more

Allensmore Nurseries doubles growing space

Allensmore Nurseries has acquired additional land to provide the space to grow in the next 10 years, along with its key customers. See more… Read more

Stephen H Smith Garden Centre at Scunthorpe is to close

In a move first suggested in June 2011, Stephen H Smith is to close its garden centre on the outskirts of Scunthorpe. It will be cleared to make way for a development by M&S. See more... Read more

Date agreed for Blue Diamond to take on the lease of Fermoy’s

A date has been set in mid-October for Blue Diamond to take on the lease of Fermoy’s Garden Centre, near Newton Abbot in S Devon in what is seen as a partnership to develop the site. See more... Read more

Proportion of peat substitutes grows but is this due to the weather?

Growing media sales fell 12% in 2012 and within that the proportion of peat fell, particularly for amateur use. Was this the result of unfavourable weather or increased demand for more sustainable products? See more... Read more

Deadline for removing banned neonicotinoids

Products containing the three banned neonicotinoids must be removed from shelves by the end of September. Consumers must use or dispose of any products they have by the end of November.  See more... Read more

Sell a tree, sell a stake and tie - not anymore

The traditional training to sell a stake, a tie and some compost when selling a tree, is wrong according to two leading tree experts at the Palmstead Nurseries workshop. See more... Read more

New MD for Stagecraft as it moves to new premises

Stagecraft is to move to new, permanent premises after its factory was destroyed by fire in March. It also has a new managing director. See more... Read more

Glee New Product Awards 2013 - Winners announced

Ten, ground-breaking new garden products have been confirmed as the winners of the coveted Glee New Product Awards 2013. See more... Read more

Van Hage returns to normal after fire

Fire led to the evacuation of Van Hage garden centre at Great Amwell on Wednesday afternoon. See more… Read more

Notcutts enters discussions to sell Cambridge site to Scotsdales

Notcutts Garden Centres have entered into discussions with Scotsdales with a view to selling their Cambridge Garden Centre. The sale is expected to complete on 1st October 2013. See more… Read more

Sinclair to sell direct

William Sinclair has taken the decision to do all its own distribution rather than use wholesalers. Gardenforum asks new CEO Peter Rush why and if this is an indication of wider changes in distribution. See more... Read more

Plantasjen closes Gardenworks in Dublin

Plantasjen, the 100 strong Scandinavian garden centre group is closing one of its two stores in Ireland defeated, says the Irish press, by the difficult retail sector. See more… Read more

Gardman’s new CEO starts on Monday

Stewart Hainsworth starts work with Gardman on Monday as its new Chief Executive Officer. He completes the new team at Gardman under chairman, Jonathan Halford. See more... Read more

Garden and Leisure sells half of Percy Throwers to Waitrose

It has taken two years for Garden & Leisure to tie up a deal with Waitrose to redevelop Percy Throwers. The garden centre multiple has announced today that it has sold half the site to the supermarket chain. See more... Read more

Whetmans carries the flag for the UK, in Canada

Can Whetman Pinks be named the world’s best grower at the first congress of the AIPH to be organised by Tim Briercliffe, which will be held in Canada, this Autumn. See more... Read more

Independence for Bellagio UK

Bellagio UK, originally a subsidiary of the Bellagio Group, has become an independent UK business after Julian Windsor and his family bought the shares they didn’t already own. See more... Read more

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