Blue Diamond continues support for students studying horticulture

Blue Diamond Garden Centres continue their work supporting students studying horticulture.  Since 2021, 14 students have benefited. Read more - open to all

Begonia Sweet Spice - all royalties go to the Colegrave Seabrook Foundation

Auction of Newton’s Apple raises £30,000

More than 1,800 bids were placed in the auction, held jointly by the National Trust and Blue Diamond Garden Centres, for 10 saplings propagated from Sir Isaac Newton’s apple tree. Read more - members only

Sir Isaac Newton’s apple tree

Notcutts Dukeries restores Edwardian Glasshouses

Notcutts Dukeries on the Welbeck Estate, Nottinghamshire, is restoring the Edwardian Messenger Glasshouses that are part of the garden centre. Read more - members only

Restoration of Edwardian Messenger Glasshouses at the Welbeck Estate

Hillier opens new retail building at Newbury

A new retail building, the first part of the redevelopment at Hillier’s Newbury Garden Centre, has been unveiled.  Read more - members only

Excellence in Housewares Awards 2023

Blue Diamond have won Best Garden Centre Retailer of Housewares at this year’s Excellence in Housewares Awards 2023 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. Read more - members only

Dobbies opens its largest ever store

Dobbies has officially opened its largest ever garden centre at The Junction Retail and Leisure Park in Antrim on 5th October, creating 120 new jobs. Read more - members only

General Manager Ken Ferguson, Pamela Ballantine and Operations Manager Jenny Campbell

Staff take control at Majestic Trees

Majestic Trees has announced that MD Steve McCurdy and his wife Janet have sold 74% of Majestic Trees to their team via an Employee Ownership Trust. Read more - members only

Fern Snowling, Sarah Shynn, Eliot Barden, Helen Morgan, Maria Bengtsson, Carlos Guinand

Expansion work at Laylocks Garden Centre

Work is underway expanding the family owned Laylocks Garden Centre in Cotheridge near Worcester, with the aim to open the new development in March 2024. Read more - members only

Laylocks garden centre

AMES appoints new Operations Director

The AMES Companies have named, a new operation director. David Wright has joined the team to ensure a smooth transition into season 24 and beyond. Read more - open to all

New Operation Director – David Wright

Petersham Nurseries has warned it could face closure

Petersham Nurseries has warned it could face closure after breaching planning conditions relating to the operating hours and size of its restaurant. Read more - members only

Wyevale Garden Centres dissolved

Wyevale Garden Centres Ltd incorporated 15 June 1960 - dissolved following liquidation 12 Sept 2023.  We chart the milestones of the group that operated 150 sites at one stage. Read more - members only

B&M to acquire up to 51 Wilko properties

UPDATED: B&M has announced the acquisition of up to 51 Wilko properties as hopes of rescue deal by HMV are said to be faltering.  52 other stores are to close. Read more - members only

Two announcements from Green-tech

Green-tech has acquired the assets of Suregreen Limited from its administrators.  It has also a new  Warehouse & Operations Director. Read more - open to all

Managing Director Kris Nellist and Martin Rourke

Blue Diamond to start auction of Sir Isaac Newton's apples 

The National Trust and Blue Diamond are to auction saplings propagated from the very apple tree that inspired Sir Isaac Newton to discover the force of gravity. Read more - members only

Alan Roper with one of the  Sir Isaac Newton Apple saplings

Harding made a director of Dobbies

Debbie Harding, Chief People and Corporate Officer since June 2022, has been made a director of Dobbies. Read more - open to all

Debbie Harding

“Your Local” group to open its 4th garden centre

“Findon Vale Garden Centre” is set to be the 4th garden centre in Paul Richards “Your Local Garden Centre” group. Read more - members only

Rising costs impact Woodthorpe Hall results

Woodthorpe Hall Garden Centres, about one half of British Garden Centres, makes progress despite the effects of post-Covid trading and rising costs. Read more - members only

Westland unveils Peckish TV campaign

Westland has announced its biggest ever TV campaign for Peckish, which starts on Christmas Day.  Read more - open to all

Tillington hat trick for Henry Bell

Henry Bell & Co has secured a 12-month primary supplier contract for its wild bird food and accessories range with the Tillington Group for a third year running. Read more - open to all

10,000 sign up for Garden Centre's loyalty programme

Perrywood Garden Centres has launched a new loyalty programme called ‘Perrywood Bloom’. In just one month 10,000 customers have already signed up. Read more - open to all

The Bloom Team

Allensmore is HTA Grower of the Year

Allensmore, Majestic Trees and Greenwood Plants led the list of UK nurseries that were honoured at the 2023 HTA Grower of the Year Awards last night. Read more - open to all

Mark Taylor, MD of Allensmore Nurseries

Second Award for MorePeople

MorePeople have won Team of the Year 2023 at the FPC Fresh Awards held in London last Friday 29th September. Read more - open to all

Wellingborough GC to be rebranded after sale

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co has sold Wellingborough Garden Centre in Great Doddington, Northamptonshire to the Howard Family.

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Wellingborough Garden Centre

MorePeople wins Large Business of the Year Award

MorePeople are delighted to have won Large Business of the Year 2023 at the Stamford Mercury Business Awards 2023 last Friday 15th September. Read more - open to all

Hortweek parent buys Garden Connect

Haymarket Media Group, parent of Horticulture Week, and Green Solutions have acquired Garden Connect, creating a cloud software solution for businesses in horticulture. Read more - members only

Edwin Meijer Co-Founder and CMO at Garden Connect

Dobbies reveals line up of festive events

Dobbie’s line up of fun and affordable events to make the festive season special include Santa’s Grotto, Santa’s Quiet Grotto and a Santa Paws Grotto. Read more - members only

E P Barrus lines up new CEO

Barrus today announced the appointment of Graham Knox as its new Chief Executive Officer, following an extensive search process. Read more - members only

Graham Knox

'Responsible Gardens' - key theme of spoga+gafa 2024

"Responsible Gardens" is the key theme of spoga+gafa 2024, focusing on the responsibility the green industry bears regarding the role of the garden in society.  Read more - members only

Rising economic challenges peg back Notcutts trading in 2022/23

A tougher economic environment with inflation rising above 10% and energy costs escalating significantly during the year led to a more challenging trading year at Notcutts. Read more - members only

Opening of Brampton Garden Centre

Darran Oakley is to retire from Squire’s

Squire’s Garden Centres have announced that Purchasing Director, Darran Oakley, is to retire at the end of next season. He will move to Devon during the Summer of 2024. Read more - open to all

Darran Oakley

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