Suppliers question timing of Focus demise

The moment that Focus DIY went into administration could not have been worse for gardening suppliers. The end of April is often the time when they are owed the most by retailers. The trade association, GIMA, has questioned the timing. See more... Read more

Squire’s gathers Shoots

DJ Squire & Co has added the 3 Shoots Garden Centres to its portfolio of 11 around London. The deal was completed today. This story has been updated - See more... Read more

Sales surge at Farplants thanks to new Finishing Centre

Investment in a new Finishing Centre has paid off for Farplants with output reaching 1900 trolleys in a single day. Year to date sales are 28% up and April sales have been phenomenal. See more... Read more

Almondsbury garden centre wins approval to re-develop

Park Garden Centre wins approval for a £5m re-development of its flagship Almondsbury store. See more… Read more

Westland strengthens management board with two new directors

Following strong sales growth, Westland Horticulture has strengthened its management board with the promotion of John McDowell and Keith Nicholson. Ken Evans becomes commercial Director at S E Marshall. See more... Read more

Notcutts achieves peat free recognition

Notcutts becomes only the second independent retailer to achieve full membership of the Growing Media Initiative, having proved that over 55% of the growing media and soil improver they have sold in bags is peat free. See more... Read more

Time to think of 2012

Just as the 2011 season is reaching its peak, it is time for manufacturers to think of 2012 and the exposure that can be gained from entering the GIMA awards. An influential panel of judges has been named including buyers from national and independent companies. See more... Read more

Sussex Garden Centres opens eco-friendly Mayberry

Tates, owners of Sussex Garden Centres, held the official opening of its new, eco-friendly garden centre, Mayberry, at Portslade last weekend. This is the third in the group. See more... Read more

Five stars for Coolings, Gordon Rigg and Aylett Nurseries; Best Buy for Chempak

In the April edition of Which? Gardening a survey of 7000 members rates independent garden centres top for satisfaction. A review of slow-release fertiliser awarded Best Buy to Chempak Yearlong. See more... Read more

Squire’s opens Shepperton officially today

Today is the formal opening of the rebuilt Squire’s garden centre at Shepperton, which has been closed since last summer. It has been replaced with a £4.2m new development. See more... Read more

Strong profit growth for Klondyke

Klondyke, which is mourning the loss of chairman Bob Gault, is to focus on refurbishing existing garden centres having announced a profits increase of 22% despite the difficult economic climate and challenging weather. See more... Read more

Scotts to phase out phosphorus in US lawn products

Scotts Miracle-Gro has announced that by the end of next year it will remove phosphorus from its lawn maintenance fertilisers sold in the US. See more... Read more

Paul Wright joins The Garden Centre Group

Paul Wright, former managing director of Frosts Garden Centres, has joined The Garden Centre Group to manage 3 of its largest sites. See more... Read more

Sales treble at Hillier’s new store

Today was the official opening of Hillier’s re-built Eastbourne garden centre. Since its soft opening in February sales have trebled. See more... Read more

Sarum Wholesale in administration

DIY Week is reporting that Sarum Wholesale in Salisbury has closed its doors. It has appointed Philip Gorman of Hazlewoods LLP in Gloucester as administrator. All stock and property is to be sold, with creditors expected to be paid in full. Click website for the full story. Read more

Focus DIY seeks administration

The BBC has reported that Focus DIY has issued a statement saying that it intends to go into administration. Focus trades from 178 stores in the UK. Ernst & Young are the intended administrators. See more... Read more

Bank confirms positive talks to extend TGCG terms

Lloyds Bank and The Garden Centre Group are in positive discussions about extending their banking terms. This should supply funds for expansion. See more... Read more

John Woods accounts show progress since MBO

Investment, new technology and a singular focus on adding value for the customer has led to strong progress at John Woods Nurseries since the 2007 buy-out from Notcutts. See more... Read more

All-In-One adds another

All-In-One has bought the 7-acre Hills Garden Centre near Knutsford. This is their second garden centre and they believe it has great potential. See more... Read more

Flying Brands forced to re-negotiate bank terms

Continuing poor results forces Flying Brands to renegotiate banking arrangements. The group experienced poor Mother’s Day sales and a sharp reduction in wild bird food sales. See more... Read more

TGCG adds 30 pet shops

Over the next month, to coincide with National Pet Month, The Garden Centre Group will open 30 pet shops in stores that do not already have concessions. See more... Read more

The Garden Store makes it 7 with Elton Hall

The Garden Store has acquired its 7th garden centre. The strongly plant oriented Walled Garden Centre is at Elton Hall, between Oundle and Peterborough. The restaurant will be concessioned to a company specialising in garden centres. See more... Read more

Opportunity to place product on new Titchmarsh TV series

Alan Titchmarsh’s new TV programme presents a great opportunity for garden manufacturers to place product, says the HTA. See more... Read more

Substantial backing for Douglas-Davies’ new Garden Centre chain

Boyd Douglas-Davies, who is shortly to leave Webbs of Wychbold, is to build a new garden centre chain backed by The Hillview Group, an independent merchant bank. See more... Read more

460 seat restaurant for new Roundstone Garden Centre

Haskins has unveiled plans for the new £12 million garden centre at Roundstone, which is planned to open in March 2012. See more... Read more

Dobbies are cautiously optimistic despite squeeze on consumers

James Barnes, chief executive of Dobbies Garden Centres, comments on the prospects for 2011, the rate he is opening new garden centres and the appearance of Dobbies products in Tesco stores. See more... Read more

Thurrock wins permission to extend

Thurrock Garden Centre has won planning permission for significant expansion and improved customer flow. See more... Read more

Marshall fury over TGCG fine

The Witney Gazette has reported the furious reaction of Nicholas Marshall after TGCG is forced to pay more than £30,000 for contravening H&S regulations. He suggested that the local council had gone mad. See more... Read more

Woodthorpe Hall buys the Yorkshire Garden Centre

Months after acquiring Towneley Garden Centre in Burnley, The British Garden Centres Group has bought the Yorkshire Garden Centre to make it 6 in the group. See more... Read more

Home Retail caution for the year ahead

The Home Retail Group, parent of Argos and Homebase, warns of further pressures on consumer spending and has become more cautious for the next year. See more... Read more

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