Aylett achieves GMI peat free recognition - UPDATED

Aylett Nurseries is the first independent garden centre to become a full member of the Growing Media Initiative (GMI). This means that 55% of its bagged growing media is not peat. See more... Read more

Industry profits boosted by 2009 spring

The latest updates in Company Results show big sales increases at Notcutts and Thompson & Morgan. There was a big increase in profit for R A Meredith & Son (Nurseries). For further results including Coolings, DJ Squire, Frosts, Scotsdale, Stewart Plastics, Suttons, Hillier, Europlants (UK) and David Austin Roses, see more... (This article is open to all readers)... Read more

Golden Acres grows by 20%

The Dorset and Hampshire garden centre group Golden Acres has announced a 20% sales increase for its four garden centres during 2009. See more... Read more

TGCG lists stores to open on Easter Day

The Garden Centre Group will open the doors of 74 garden centres to members of its Gardening Club on Easter Day. To see which centres will open, see more... Read more

Kelkay embarks on £3m expansion

Kelkay, the Yorkshire-based manufacturer of landscaping products, is investing £3 million on an expansion that will enable turnover grew to £20 million. See more... Read more

Sinclair agrees Bolton Fell restoration package

William Sinclair has reached an agreement with Natural England over the compensation it will receive for ceasing to harvest peat at Bolton Fell in Cumbria and restoring it. See more... Read more

Grange returns Metpost production to Britain

Grange Fencing is returning to the UK 40% of the manufacturing of Metpost in a bid to offer just-in-time deliveries as the company warns of a supply chain crunch of fencing products. See more… Read more

Profits up at Flying Brands

Cost cutting and an operational efficiency programme helped boost Flying Brands’ pre-tax profits in the 12 months to January 1, 2010. See more… Read more

Government launches peat awareness campaign

Having failed to hit the unrealistic target of reducing peat consumption in 2010 by 90%, the government has announced a new target that all compost for the amateur gardener should be entirely peat free by 2020. There is also to be a consumer awareness campaign. See more... Read more

Vandals ravage Coblands Nursery

Vandals have caused £30,000 of damage to Coblands Nursery in Tonbridge. Polytunnels were ripped and irrigation stolen. See more... Read more

Banks rescue Mountfield and Stiga

The banks have taken control of Global Garden Products (GPP), the maker of Mountfield and Stiga mowers and garden machinery. This ‘wipes out’ the equity held by the 3i Group. See more... Read more

Administrators at southern garden centres

The Bournemouth Echo reports that administrators had been appointed at the discount group Glendel, which operates Superbuys and two garden centres in the south of England. See more... Read more

Bosmere moves to Crawley

Bosmere Products will complete its move to a new and larger distribution centre at Crawley, Sussex at the end of this month. This follows the sale of the business at the end of last year. See more... Read more

Defra calls on gardeners to help stop the spread of invasive plants

Defra and the Scottish Government today called on Britain’s gardeners to help stop the spread of invasive aquatic plants that damage the natural environment and cost the economy millions with a new campaign to highlight the plight of Britain’s waterways. See more... Read more

Scotts and Westland unveil rival TV campaigns

Scotts and Westland will again be carrying the gardening message to millions of homes this spring with TV and marketing campaigns that have a combined value of over £8 million. See more… Read more

Sinclair starts mass production of new peat free growing media

William Sinclair has started the mass production of the material that it says will consolidate its position as market leader in peat substitute growing media. See more... Read more

Klondyke is ready to expand

Klondyke Group, which operates Klondyke and Strikes garden centres, has filed strong results for the year ending September 2009. See more... Read more

Dobbies refused alchohol licence

A local newspaper reports that Dobbies’ newest garden centre, in Aberdeen, has been refused an off-sales drinks licence to protect children from harm. See more... Read more

The Garden Centre Group to open on Easter Day (Updated)

The Garden Centre Group is opening many of its larger garden centres on Easter Day as a service to Gardening Club members. They will be able to take lunch in the restaurant and browse the shop and plant area. See more... Read more

Self help programme boosts margins at B&Q

Improved margins at B&Q have helped Kingfisher profits jump to £566m for the year to the end of January. Direct sourcing will rise by 20% this year and new eco-product ranges will be trialled. See more... Read more

Hozelock to advertise on TV

Hozelock has announced a TV advertising campaign featuring products to save time, effort and water. It starts on 26th of March. See more… Read more

Hagedorn refocuses Scotts Miracle-Gro

Scotts Miracle-Gro is reorganising in the US. The future of the professional and lawn business is called into question. See more... Read more

Weak pound hits Italian growers

Leading continental plant importers Europlants and Classiflora held very successful open days recently against a background of falling imports. And Plant Fairs go from strength to strength. See more... Read more

New investors boost Doff Portland

Doff Portland has strengthened its balance sheet with new funds from private equity and has strengthened its management team. This will enable the company to build its presence in the market over the next five years. See more... Read more

Bagged compost linked with cases of Legionnaire's disease

Health experts have called for better warning labels on potting compost after three cases of legionnaire's disease in Scotland were said to have been linked with the use of bagged compost. See more... Read more

Which? Gardening exposes plug plant ‘rip-off’

Gardening Direct is withdrawing its carrot and beetroot plug plants after accusations by Which? Gardening that novice gardeners were being mislead, paying £1.09 per carrot. Other companies were also accused of offering poor value. See more… Read more

Beckworth Emporium builds on a successful start

So successful has been Beckworth Emporium in its first 9 months that John Kitching, former Blooms CX, and David Brown are adding 24,000 ft.² of new buildings. See more... Read more

Peat free compost is best for containers

Peat free compost outperforms peat based ones when it comes to growing in containers. In the March edition of Which? Gardening, all three composts labelled "Best Buy", were 100% peat free. See more... Read more

Trans-Continental moves to Preston

Trans-Continental Group, which supplies the garden industry with Snow Time Christmas goods and Sun Time garden furniture, is expanding and moving its operations from Blackpool to Preston. See more... Read more

January sales hold up despite the snow

More than a quarter of garden centres reporting in the GCA Barometer of Trade increased sales during January, pulled along by strong gains in the sales of pet and aquatics. See more... Read more

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