Dobbies targets Harrogate

Dobbies is to exhibit plans for a new garden centre that it hopes to build two miles from the centre of Harrogate. See more... Read more

Planners show their teeth to Sheeplands

Wokingham District Council has issued an enforcement notice against Hare Hatch Sheeplands for use of nursery land as a garden centre and a number of other planning breaches. See more... Read more

Floods close Willowbrook 3 weeks after re-opening

Less than 3 weeks after Willowbrook Garden Centre re-opened after a devastating flood, it is again under water. See more... Read more

Porters Horticultural has been placed in administration

Porters Horticultural Ltd, a large bedding grower based in Liverpool, has been placed in the hands of administrators. See more… Read more

Water capture increases growth at David Austin Roses

Faced with exceeding its extraction limits, David Austin Roses has installed a system to harvest rain water and recycle the run off from irrigation. The result is that the company will grow faster having tripled its supply of water. See more… Read more

Norfolk grower charged over death of employee

A tulip grower, Belmont Nursery at Terrington St Clement, near King’s Lynn has been charged with corporate manslaughter following the death of an employee 2 years ago. See more... Read more

Willowbrook Garden Centre reopens 6 weeks after devastating flood

Willowbrook Nursery & Garden Centre, near Wellington, reopens on Saturday, 6 weeks after a month’s rain fell in 24 hours, flooding the entire site. See more... Read more

Mountain Warehouse opens third concession on TGCG centre

Mountain Warehouse has opened its third specialist camping store on a site belonging to The Garden Centre Group, as it continues to roll out new store openings within garden centres. See more… Read more

Klondyke re-opens Wilmslow

Klondyke has completed a year of upgrading its centres with the opening of the rebuilt garden centre at Wilmslow, 16 months after fire destroyed the old one.  See more... Read more

CVC Capital has agreed to sell Hozelock to Exel Industries

Hozelock is to be sold to Exel Industries. The acquisition will extend coverage of the consumer market for the world leader in agriculture spraying, especially in the UK, Benelux and Scandanavia. See more... Read more

Head office cuts and store downsizing are part move to omni-channel retailing at B&Q

In the past weeks B&Q has announced 200 job losses at head office and a change of priorities away from store expansion to omnichannel retailing. The changes, it says, will put Kingfisher in good shape for the future. See more... Read more

Future Marketing moves North of the border

Simpsons of Inverness are the latest independent business to join Future Marketing. There is also news that Millbrook Garden Centre have decided to bring their second centre into the marketing group for independent garden centres. See more... Read more

Alfords in Grimsby is for sale - Updated

Alfords Garden Centre in Grimsby has been put up for sale as the owners plan to retire. They wish to sell as a going concern but there is also the potential for development. See more… Read more

Sinclair says peat shortages will hit professional growers

Sinclair issues profit warning, cuts its dividend and predicts that peat shortage will hit the professional growing sector in 2013. It has also been announced that Bernard Burns will step down as CX. See more... Read more

Talking points from Glee

Here are some of the talking points from Glee including the prospect of a peat shortage, the absence of the new chief executive of the GCA and unrest among sales agents. See more... Read more

Large Norwich garden centre for sale

Highway Garden & Leisure, a large modern garden centre near Norwich, has been brought to the market by Quinton Edwards. See more... Read more

Whiteleys Garden Centre appoints administrator

Whiteleys Garden Centre at Mirfield, West Yorkshire was placed into the hands of administrators yesterday. For details of the administrator - See more... Read more

Shoot launches online marketplace for gardeners

Nicola Gammon’s Shoot Gardening is opening an on-line marketplace that it claims will ultimately offer a bigger range of plants and products than any other garden shopping destination. See more… Read more

There's more life in The Westland

Westland's TV and national press campaign will reach 85% of UK households and will say that "There's more life in The Westland". The cornerstone for the campaign will be a new TV advert for the Aftercut spreader system. See more... Read more

Bitter Sweet reaction from Sinclair to Chat Moss rejection

William Sinclair says the Government’s refusal to allow peat extraction at Chat Moss is incoherent. But with SuperFyba, it is in an ideal position to take advantage of the move toward non-peat growing media. See more... Read more

Orders books remain strong for landscapers

Marshalls’ sales to the domestic market fall 13%. But this is largely weather related as order books for domestic landscapers remain strong and customer confidence is stable. See more... Read more

The Garden Centre Group gets new CEO and finance director

The Garden Centre Group has announced the appointment of Kevin Bradshaw as chief executive officer and Nils Steinmeyer as chief financial officer. See more... Read more

Argos to be repositioned while Homebase closes 5 stores

Bad weather hampers Home Retail, the parent company of Argos and Homebase. Sales were down 1%, due to a 6.2% fall at Homebase. Argos is investing £100m pa to become a digital retailer rather than a catalogue-led business. Garden centre refits have continued at Homebase. See more... Read more

The Garden Centre Group rocked by the resignation of two more directors

It has been announced internally that Antonia Jenkinson and Lorrie Robertson have resigned from The Garden Centre Group following the departure of their CEO, Nicholas Marshall. See more... Read more

Capital Gardens sells Highgate Garden Centre

Capital Gardens has sold Highgate Garden Centre for development but will continue trading from the site until planning permission is given. See more... Read more

Gardenforum interviews Stephen Murphy, TGCG chairman

TGCG chairman expresses admiration for Nicholas Marshall but explains why a new CEO is needed to fulfil a radical transformation of the group. The strategy is to grow revenues from the existing centres and there is the finance to acquire more. See more... Read more

Nicholas Marshall leaves The Garden Centre Group

It has been announced that Nicholas Marshall stepped down as CEO of The Garden Centre Group earlier today. The company will be run by its new chairman, while a new CEO is recruited. See more... Read more

The Garden Centre Group publishes 2011 results

The Garden Centre Group has filed results for 2011. Sales increased by 9.3%, including the acquisition of Country Homes & Gardens. There was a reduced loss before tax of £5.5m. See more... Read more

Irish Garden Centre in liquidation after 32 years of operation

Hortitrends reports that one of West Cork's best-known businesses, Hosford's Garden Centre, has closed down. See more... Read more

Lowaters Nursery Win UK Water Efficiency Award

Lowaters Nursery have won the farming and horticulture category at this year’s UK Water Efficiency Awards for their new rainwater harvesting system.
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