New Horizon Peat Free Growbag – GW? ‘Best-Buy’ for second year

The latest Gardening Which? survey of peat free compost shows that, with the exception of Sinclair's New Horizon Organic and Peat Free Growbag, consistency in quality is still a problem. See more... Read more

Margins are returning at Sinclair

Latest results from William Sinclair show the impact of difficult trading in 2008 and a poor peat harvest. However, margins are now recovering as inflationary pressures subside. See more... Read more

2008 Review

Gardenforum reported on 18 garden centres changing hands last year. There was also the demise of wholesaler Spread, and a difficult year for Sir Tom Hunter’s investments in Dobbies, Flying Brands and Wyevale. For a review of 2008 and what to watch in 2009, see 'more'... (This article open to non-subscribers to see what you missed!) Read more

Brookside makes it 24 for Klondyke

Klondyke has today completed the acquisition of Brookside Garden Centre in Poynton, Cheshire, which had been in administration. See more... Read more

What recession? Say NZ garden centres

Proof that garden centres are recession resistant comes with news from New Zealand of record sales of plants and seedlings. The RHS is promoting Grow Your Own in 2009 as consumers look towards home for their leisure activities. See more... Read more

Garden Centres are streets ahead for Christmas

The winners of the 2008 GCA Christmas display competition are Barton Grange, Brock, in the category for larger centres and Castle Gardens at Sherborne in the class for garden centres with sales under £3m. The judge said she was absolutely blown away. See more... Read more

Armed raiders attack Priory Farm

One of East Surrey's leading plant centres was targeted by armed raiders last Saturday. A woman employee suffered a broken arm in the attack. See more... Read more

GCA names Garden centres with best Christmas displays

The finalists have been announced in the competition to find the GCA Garden Centre with the best Christmas displays. See more... Read more

Resilient 3rd quarter results from Kingfisher

DIY sales hold up at B&Q despite economic backdrop and wet August. See more... Read more

Sharp fall in October bulb sales

Figures from the GCA show another fall in the sales of gardening products with plants and bulbs most affected. See more… Read more

Future makes it 12 with All-In-One

All-In-One Garden Centre of Middleton Rochdale has become the latest member of the Future Marketing Group. See more... Read more

GMI to co-ordinate move away from peat

The government’s 2010 peat reduction target will be missed. Now lobby groups, the government and the industry are to work together, through the Garden Media Initiative to speed the move to peat substitutes. See more… Read more

Lifetime Achievement Award for Whitehall Centenarian

Highlights of last night's Garden Retail Awards include 3 wins for the newly refurbished Sidmouth Garden Centre and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Whitehall Garden Centre's centenarian owner Phyllis Self. For all the winners, see more... Read more

Financial problems beset Chempak

Chempak, the specialist garden fertiliser supplier, product packager and operator of the Garden Direct online trading business, is seeking a company voluntary arrangement with its creditors. See more... Read more

Garden centre loses thousands in night raid

A Staffordshire garden centre was ransacked over the weekend losing the contents of the safe, tools and garden machinery. See more... Read more

Livingston to leave Wyevale

Wyevale has appointed a new purchasing director on news that Andrew Livingston, COO, is to return to his DIY roots. CX, Nicholas Marshall is pleased with Christmas and expects his new funding structure to be in place by the end of next week. See more... Read more

Christmas trade very much a 'curate's egg'

With both Next and Debenhams reporting lower sales in the Christmas period, garden centres appear to have fared the festive season better than the high street retailers. See more... Read more

Wolverhampton garden centre to close

The Pavilion Garden Centre, near Wolverhampton, is holding a closing down sale. See more... Read more

Craft Central calls in administrators

The directors of Craft Central have applied to place the company in administration. The company has stores on 40 garden centres that supply materials for the craft hobbyist. See more... Read more

WCC counters Wyevale press speculation

A press report that Sir Tom Hunter's West Coast Capital would lose all of its investment in Wyevale is ‘erroneous’ according to WCC. See more... Read more

Christmas tree rental service kicks off in Dorset

Trees-for-rent: Forget where to buy your Christmas tree this year and start thinking about where to rent because the next big thing in the 'environmental' market place is Christmas tree rental. Read more

Forest Garden completes Hartlebury expansion ahead of schedule

103 employees of Forest Garden have transferred from Eardisley to the new expanded manufacturing site at Hartlebury, which will be operational in January. See more… Read more

Gardening Which? warns against potted Christmas trees

December's Gardening Which? warns against buying potted Christmas trees. It also carries a survey of mail-order plug plants suppliers. See more... Read more

Planning shock for award-winning garden centre

Two weeks after topping the Garden Retail evening with three awards, Sidmouth Garden Centre has been hit with an enforcement order to close its popular farm shop, despite receiving approval from planning officers. See more... Read more

Hunter’s bid for Flying Brands is grounded

Discussions between Sir Tom Hunter and the board of Flying Brands that might have led to an acquisition have ended without being able to agree a price. See more... Read more

Latest financial results from UK garden companies

The latest updates in Company Results show recovery at Roundstone Nurseries and a return to profit for Westland Horticulture. Several other companies reported lower profits or losses. See more (this article is open to all readers)... Read more

Slowdown in domestic landscape sector, says Marshalls

Demand continues to fall in commercial and domestic market says Marshalls. Only the public sector remains resilient. See more…
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Hills GC changes hands, Brookside in administration

Brookside Garden Centre in Poynton, Cheshire, was put into administration on October 26 and in a separate move, Hills Garden Centre, which was also owned by Chris Halsall, has been sold to a local businessman. See more... Read more

Garden centres urged to lobby against pesticide ban

The threat that horticulture will lose 80% of plant protection products increased last week when the European Parliament environmental committee voted to ban glyphosate and other herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. The final vote by the full EU parliament will be taken in December or January. See more... Read more

Global award for Wiggly Wigglers

Wiggly Wigglers, who mail-order gardening products, has won the $50,000 Dell small business award for its innovative use of online social networking. See more... Read more

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