Government changes law on paving front gardens

From the first of October householders will be required to get planning permission if they want to lay or re-lay a drive or paving in their front garden, unless they use a permeable solution. This is to ensure that no water will run off into the roads after a heavy storm. See more... Read more

Bureaucracy kills off Derris Dust

From the 10th of the 10th it will no longer be legal for garden centres to sell Derris products. Consumers will have one year to use up what remains in the potting shed. See more... Read more

New COO for Scotts Miracle-Gro

Jim Hagedorn, chairman and chief executive of Scotts Miracle-Gro has appointed a retailer as his new chief operating officer (COO). Mark Baker was president and CEO of Gander Mountain, a leading outdoor retailer in the US and before that he was with Home Depot. See more... Read more

Spotless targets 40% growth from garden market

Spotless UK. until recently known as Guaber, is to change its name again to Spotless Punch and expand its presence in the garden market. See more... Read more

£2.5m Restructuring at Forest Garden

Forest has announced a £2.5m restructuring that will see a major new development at Hartlebury and the closure of Eardisley. See more… Read more

Nicholas Marshall to take over at Wyevale

Sir Tom Hunter is to assume the chairmanship of Wyevale with Nicholas Marshall, currently chief executive of Country Homes and Gardens taking over the role of chief executive officer. See more... Read more

Garden Centre sales level with 2007

July figures from the GCA barometer of trade show that garden centres have clawed their way back to match last year's sales figures by encouraging their customers to spend more. But there has been a change in the sales mix. See more... Read more

Sodium chlorate ban on the cards

The EU is likely to ban the use of sodium chlorate as a weedkiller. The announcement is expected within six months. See more… Read more

NWF actively selling its garden centre division

NWF is in the process of actively selling its six garden centres and expects to complete a sale later this year as the group looks to rationalise and focus on its three specialist distribution divisions. See more… Read more

Fraudster cooks up a scam on Beefeater Barbecues

Hampshire-based Beefeater Barbecues (Regent Garden Collection) has been hit by a very clever scam involving two telephone orders purporting to be from Bents Garden Centre in Cheshire. See more … Read more

New CX plans Flying Brands recovery

Today's interim statement from Flying Brands, the parent for Flying Flowers and Gardening Direct, shows the size of the problems facing the mail order group and how the new chief executive plans to stem the decline in customer numbers. See more... Read more

Latest Company Results show increased revenues in 2007

The latest company results published on Tradeforum show sales at Draper Tools rising to over £61m while sales at Spread Garden Supplies, which faces possible closure, dropped below £20m. Retailers showing growth include Van Hage, Woodcote Green Nurseries and The Garden Store. Among the nurseries, Europlants (UK) grew 14%. See more... Read more

Better June but 2008 still behind 2007 says GCA

June was a recovery month for garden centres according to the latest sales figures from the GCA. Outdoor plants and garden sundries showed the best growth. See more... Read more

GIMA joy for Solus

Solus won the GIMA Product of the Year at last night's Awards with a home composting product from Nortene. Gardman was voted the GCA's Favourite Supplier for the 7th successive year. See more.. Read more

Consultation as Sudden Oak Death spreads

Following news that the National Trust for Scotland is raising £50,000 to prevent Sudden Oak Death killing some of its most precious plants, comes a consultation exercise by the HTA and DEFRA to fight the disease. See more... Read more

Reorganisation and name change for HART

There is to be a name change for HART as Jessica Adams carries out major surgery at the group that provides services to smaller garden centres. See more... Read more

It’s a difficult trading environment for Homebase

Today's trading statement from the Home Retail Group shows like-for-like sales at Homebase 10% lower than a year ago. In light of market conditions there will be a substantial write down in the value of Homebase assets. See more... Read more

Hunter unveils Wyevale's Plan Apple

Sir Tom Hunter showed his commitment to play an active role as the new chairman of Wyevale by hosting the launch of Plan Apple, its strategy for sustainable development. Today the group announced a ban on polystyrene trays. See more... Read more

Northern Garden Centres break from Future Marketing

Five northern garden centres have left the buying group Future Marketing with effect from the first of September. They will be working more closely together as the Trans-Pennine group. See more... Read more

Timetable for closure of Bolton Fell still unknown

It will be several years before William Sinclair loses its supply of peat from Bolton Fell following confirmation by Natural England that DEFRA had submitted the site to the EU as a potential SAC. See more... Read more

Domestic Slowdown at Marshalls

Marshalls say that a sharp slowdown in the domestic market for landscape products has offset continued growth in the commercial and public sector. See more... Read more

Marshalls attacks Glee

Having decided not to exhibit at Glee this year, Marshalls has taken the unusual step of criticising the garden industry's largest trade show. See more... Read more

Wyevale appoint Andrew Livingston as COO

Wyevale Garden Centres Ltd today announced the appointment of Andrew Livingston as Chief Operating Officer with immediate effect. See more... Read more

WCC makes first approach for all of Flying Brands

Further to recent speculation, Flying Brands has confirmed it has received a very preliminary approach from Sir Tom Hunter’s West Coast Capital, which holds a 29.9 per cent stake in the company. See more… Read more

GCA names Best Garden Centres in North and South Thames

The first area winners have been declared in the competition to find this year's Best GCA Garden Centre. The awards, following judging in the North Thames and South Thames areas, were announced at two recent ceremonies. To see the winners, see more... Read more

Wyevale reorganises Regions

Wyevale has reorganised its regional management structure. A spokesman said that the group is turning the screw on overheads given the current economic situation. It has also appointed a new advertising agency. See more... Read more

Compost prices will rise 30% warns Sinclair

The weather and rising costs have forced a profit warning from William Sinclair Holdings, despite sales being stronger than last year. Chief executive, Bernard Burns, says the industry should accept that growing media prices will be 30% higher next year. See more... Read more

Suntime introduces the Llewelyn-Bowen collection

Laurence-Llewelyn Bowen, star of "Changing Rooms", has joined with the garden furniture team at Suntime to produce a celebrity designer collection for 2009. See more... Read more

Tetra sale falls through

The US consumer goods group Spectrum Brands has pulled out its deal to sell its pet group, which includes Tetra Europe, to Salton. See more... Read more

British companies at Spoga Gafa

An exciting collection of ‘world tools’ comprising the best ideas from around the globe, including eco-friendly composters with a difference and hundreds of other product innovations are being shown by a group of 30 British companies exhibiting at Spoga Gafa this year. The products on show span almost all aspects of gardening for every season of the year. See more... Read more

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