GIMA Sword of Excellence for Patch Magic

Scotts Miracle-Gro and industry newcomer Hug Rug, a barrier mat made from recycled materials shared the limelight at last night’s GIMA Awards. See more… Read more - members only

Fiskars and Sankey operations to merge

Fiskars, the European manufacturer of garden tools, is to merge its Fiskars and Sankey operations in the UK. From November both companies will operate from Sankey's Nottingham site. See more… Read more - members only

Dobbies plans six more garden centres for 2011

The Dobbies' pipeline for new garden centres is growing. Four new garden centres are scheduled to open next spring, with a further two later in 2011. See more... Read more - members only

Ransons Garden Centre to open on July 5

Former Notcutts manager Julian Ranson is opening his own centre, Ransons, on July 5 at the Hatton Experience. See more... Read more - members only

Logistics shake-up for B&Q

B&Q is to end its third-party logistics agreements and plans a huge new distribution centre at Swindon. See more… Read more - members only

Vital Earth changes name as it prepares for expansion

Vital Earth's main trading arm is Vital Earth (Derby) Limited. This name will change to Vital Earth GB Limited as the company prepares to open more composting sites. See more… Read more - members only

Deco-Pak invest £2.5 million in new premises

Deco-Pak is expanding its product range and investing in new premises in a quest to boost turnover to £8 million within two years. See more... Read more - members only

Frosts restructures after the best spring in 5 years

The Frosts Group has announced a consolidating of its company structure. This comes after it has enjoyed its best spring for five years, driven in part by increased sales of garden furniture. See more... Read more - members only

Blue Diamond buys Redfields Garden Centre

Redfields is being sold to the Blue Diamond Group, who will re-develop the site to be the Trentham of the South. This will be their 12th garden centre. See more... Read more - members only

Natar assumes Non-Executive role at Gardman

Paris Natar, who started Gardman 17 years ago, completes the hand-over to the new management team by becoming a non-executive director, this week. But it does not mean that he will be any less involved with the company than before. See more... Read more - members only

Cold chills Hillier’s hopes at Chelsea - follow their progress...

The cold weather has disrupted Hillier’s preparations for the Chelsea Flower Show and the nursery’s attempt to extend its unbroken run of 64 gold medals. Follow the Hillier progress day by day on their blog at Click on the link below... Read more - members only

Marshalls remains cautious despite lengthening order books

Marshalls, the UK's largest manufacturer of natural stone and hard landscaping products, remains cautious despite sales figures that match last year and lengthening order books. See more... Read more - members only

Scotts increases garden centre support

At the time, they say, when other companies are cutting back and shedding resources, Scotts Miracle-Gro have increased their shop floor support for garden centres. And it seems to be working. Despite the cold start to the season, sales are ahead of last year. See more... Read more - members only

Bridgepoint buys HobbyCraft - UPDATED

The owners of Haskins Garden Centres, Warren Haskins and his family, have agreed today to sell HobbyCraft to private equity group, Bridgepoint Capital. The price for the arts and craft retailer is believed to be around £100 million. See more... Read more - members only

No new store openings for Homebase

There will be no new store openings this year at Homebase as it concentrates on expanding sales through the Internet. It has launched a new community website, See more… Read more - members only

Vital Earth to distribute Bord Na Mona compost

Vital Earth and Bord Na Mona have agreed terms that give the UK manufacturer of compost derived from green waste, exclusive rights to distribute GroWise to UK independent garden centres. See more… Read more - members only

Sinclair offers peat substitute to rivals

Freeland has finally perfected the process of creating a peat substitute from garden waste that cannot be composted. Sinclair, its parent company, says this could provide the key to meeting the Government’s 2020 peat reduction targets. It will be made available to competing compost suppliers. See more... Read more - members only

Disappointing May sales fail to recoup spring deficit

According to the GCA, garden centre sales at the end of May remain 2% behind the first five months of 2009. Last month failed to regain sales lost to the cold spring earlier in the year. See more... Read more - members only

Blue Diamond sparkles at £44.6m

Blue Diamond, the Channel Islands based garden centre group, has continued its rapid expansion and is now fourth in terms of sales, behind The Garden Centre Group, Dobbies and Notcutts. See more.... Read more - members only

London’s oldest garden centre will celebrate 160 years

Clifton Nurseries claims to be London’s oldest garden centre. It was founded in 1851 and plans to celebrate its 160th birthday with events throughout next year. See more...
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Resilient figures from Homebase despite late spring

Homebase figures have held up well despite the later spring. Sales of garden furniture and barbecues increased. See more… Read more - members only

Administrators appointed at G H Tayberry and Co

Clothing and footwear supplier, G H Tayberry and Co has been put into administration. See more... Read more - members only

Upbeat Sinclair lifts profits, despite slow start

Despite the slow start to the season, William Sinclair has increased profits thanks to strong demand from British growers and government action to boost sales of peat free. See more... Read more - members only

Dobbies proposes Liverpool garden centre

Dobbies has announced plans for a new £8 million garden centre at Speke near Liverpool airport. See more... Read more - members only

Flying Brands buys Flowers Direct

Flying Brands has bought the assets of Flowers Direct from its administrators. This will strengthen the databases of Flying Flowers and Gardening Direct. It will also give them access to 750 florists. See more… Read more - members only

Landgard - a catalyst for change in UK plant sales?

There is a growing force in the selling and distribution of plants. Landgard started in the UK three years ago and has already achieved turnover of £23 million. It is aiming to double this in the next three years. See more... Read more - members only

Kinglea in administration continues trading

The directors of Essex-based Kinglea Plants, the producers of Plug U Grow and Veg U Grow young plants for the multiples and independent garden centre trade, called in the administrative receivers last Friday with the immediate loss of nine jobs. See more... Read more - members only

Cargo abandons garden centre venture

It has been reported that Cargo’s experiment with garden centre concessions has failed. It is to close its Blooms site. See more... Read more - members only

Haxnicks buys Rootrainers from Ronaash

Grow your own specialist Haxnicks, has continued its expansion with the purchase of the business of Rootrainers from Ronaash. See more... Read more - members only

Golden Acres: in acquisition talks with 2 garden centres

The Golden Acres group has started discussions regarding the possible acquisition of two further garden centres and is looking for more within two hours driving of Bournemouth. See more... Read more - members only

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