Compost prices to rise 10% says Sinclair

The wet of 2012 will impact compost prices in 2013 says Sinclair. The company also expects the UK professional growing sector to contract, due to cheaper plants sourced from the Eurozone. See more... Read more - members only

Gardenforum’s Review of 2012

Here’s a summary of the news that has filled the Gardenforum pages in 2012. It is dominated by the impact of the weather and perhaps the economy. The story is open to all our readers. See more... Read more - open to all

Gardman announces financial restructuring

Gardman has restructured its finances, reducing its burden of debt. This underwrites the operational streamlining of the last 18 months and gives the leading garden supplier a secure platform for the future. See more... Read more - members only

Former Hozelock MD to be new Sinclair CX

Peter Rush is to be the new chief executive of William Sinclair. He was the group managing director of Hozelock for almost 5 years. See more... Read more - members only

Planners recommend approval for Dobbies at Inverness

Planners are recommending that approval is given later this week for a New Dobbies garden centre next to Tesco in Inverness. See more... Read more - members only

Kingfisher in good shape despite weak consumer confidence

Kingfisher, the parent of B&Q and Screwfix in the UK, maintained trading profits while like-for-like sales fell by almost 3% in the August–October period when markets remained challenging. See more... Read more - members only

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 - members only

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 - members only

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 - members only

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 - members only

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 - members only

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 - members only

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 - members only

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 - members only

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 - members only

Thieves force Notcutts store to close on Xmas Eve

Ramraiders caused £10,000 of damage when they hit the Notcutts garden centre at Cranleigh on the night of the 23rd. See more... Read more - members only

Doff sold to 151 Products

Nottingham based Doff Portland has been sold to 151. News has also emerged that Neudorff, whose products were handled by Doff, has moved to Solus for its distribution to UK garden centres. See more... Read more - members only

Barton Grange and All in One top Christmas display competition

Barton Grange Garden Centre and All in One Garden Centre are the overall winners of the GCA Christmas display competition. See more... Read more - members only

NSPCC benefits from play area charges at TGCG

Since October, The Garden Centre Group has charged £1.50 for children to use its play areas.  Part of the proceeds will go to the NSPCC.  See more... Read more - members only

South East merger to form Provender Nurseries

Wyevale East Nurseries and East Horticulture have operated as separate businesses on the same site in Kent. In the New Year the companies, with long gardening pedigrees, are merging to form Provender Nurseries. See more... Read more - members only

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 - members only

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 - members only

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 - members only

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 - members only

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 - members only

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 - members only

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 - members only

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 - members only

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 - members only

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 - members only

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