Winners and losers in the garden industry

Latest results on Gardenforum’s Company Results show profit growth at Grange Fencing, Alexander Rose, Proteam (UK), Stewart Plastics, Deroma, Doff Portland , W Crowder & Sons and Hillier Nurseries. But 12 companies show significantly lower profits or losses. See more... Read more

Whitehall joins Tillington

The addition of Whitehall Garden Centres further strengthens the Tillington Group which now has a turnover of £170 million from 11 members and 30 branches. See more...
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Hand Mowers - just what you need in the smaller garden

May’s edition of Gardening Which? continues the lawns theme with a review of lawn treatments and a plug for greener hand cylinder mowers. See more.... Read more

Tenterden Garden Centre to open second site

Grovewell Garden Centres wins permission for a second garden centre in Kent. Works start immediately. See more... Read more

Britain's Favourite Garden Vegetables 2008 – the garden planning website for growing your own fruit and vegetables – has announced the top vegetables being grown in gardens and allotments in the UK this year. Based on plans produced by over 1,600 UK gardeners some interesting trends have emerged. See more... Read more

TGCMC buys the GTN Magazine

The Garden Communication and Media Co has acquired Garden Trade News, the title that it has published under license from EMAP for the last 4 years. See more... Read more

Sustainable retail is here to stay

Returning from the World Retail Congress, the CEO of Kingfisher, Ian Cheshire, has commented in The Retail Bulletin that sustainable retail is one of the hottest topics in the industry at the moment and it is here to stay. See more… Read more

Klondyke wins appeal at Saville Garden Centre

Klondyke Garden Centres has overturned, on appeal, the planning refusal to redevelop Savilles Garden Centre, which trades under the Strikes banner. See more... Read more

Dobbies asks shareholders for £150m

The new chairman of Dobbies Garden Centres gives further insight into Tesco’s strategy for the group in today’s results statement. The group is also raising £150m from shareholders. See more… Read more

Dobbies buys Sandyholm Garden Centre

Dobbies Garden Centres plc announces that it has agreed to acquire the business and assets of Sandyholm Garden Centre and Coffee Shop at Crossford in Lanarkshire, for a cash consideration of £8m plus stock at valuation. See more... Read more

Hozelock invests £1m in state-of-the-art plant

Hozelock has been shortlisted for 7 engineering awards alongside Rolls Royce, Dunlop and Leyland Trucks. It has also announced a £1m investment at its new Birmingham plant. See more... Read more

Major European Expansion for CASCO Group

CASCO Group have announced serious expansion plans into mainland Europe by way of the acquisition of Korail Group. This acquisition means CASCO Group now own the well-known European brand ‘Aquastyl’. See more... Read more

New Place Nurseries reorganises

Sussex based New Place Nurseries have reorganised following the retirement of George and Priscilla Duncan. They have also taken stock from Hewton Nurseries that is to close. See more... Read more

Crocus links up with Homebase

Crocus has signed a major deal to provide an online plant service to Homebase customers. See more... Read more

Barton Grange delays opening of new centre

Barton Grange is to open its new garden centre at Brock, the week after Easter. See more... Read more

Tesco offers a deal including 31 Wyevale stores

Reports by Scottish newspapers on yesterday's court hearing between Sir Tom Hunter and Dobbies revealed an offer by Tesco and potential acquisitions for Dobbies. Hunter is seeking to block Dobbies’ plan to raise £150 million from shareholders. See more… Read more

West Coast Capital sues Dobbies

West Coast Capital, Wyevale’s owner, has started legal proceedings against Dobbies to prevent the company's proposed open offer to shareholders. See more… Read more

Homebase warns of falling sales

Reporting results for the year to 3rd March, Home Retail Group warns that sales at Homebase have started weaker than expected this year, but that the group that includes Argos is well positioned both operationally and financially. See more… Read more

Quality Ornamental launches peat-free pack bedding

Next week, Quality Ornamentals starts to deliver to independent garden centres what it believes to be the first 100% peat-free pack bedding pants. See More... Read more

Scotts Miracle-Gro announces product recall in US

Scotts Miracle-Gro has today announced a recall of Miracle-Gro Shake 'n Feed with Weed Preventer All Purpose Plant Food in the United States of America. The recall does not affect the UK and Europe. See more... Read more

Strong growth for Pets at Home

The largest pet retailer in the UK continues to prosper with innovation and 20 new stores driving sales up 16% in the last 12 months. See more... Read more

Scotsdales joins Tillington

Scotsdales Garden Centre, one of the largest centres in the UK, has joined the Tillington Group of Garden Centres. This brings the Tillington Group turnover to almost £160 million. See more... Read more

Garden centre to receive royal opening

Lancashire Evening Post reports that Barton Grange's new garden centre and marina will be officially opened by the Princess Royal and shows a video of Guy Topping. Click on Website (below) for video and to see the flower shaped urinals! Read more

Lawn Maintenance Companies get thumbs-up from GW?

Professional lawn maintenance companies promise to keep your lawn looking good. But is it worth using one? Gardening Which? has put them to the test. Also on trial are lawn edging shears. See more... Read more

Blue Diamond adds 3 from Garden Centres of Excellence

The Blue Diamond Group has acquired 3 garden centres from Garden Centres of Excellence, allowing it to claim that it has become the third largest group in the UK. See more... Read more

Butters announces shake up to cut costs

Following the buyout of Keith Butters last year by Butters Group, the distributor of plants and bulbs has announced a shake up in the face of tough trading conditions. See more... Read more

Forest Garden returns to profit with Home Delivery

It is almost two years since Michael Timmis, the former owner of Forest Garden, joined with Jonathan Halford and AW Jenkinson in a management buyout, releasing the company from the short-termism of 3i. How has it progressed? See more... Read more

Kingfisher cuts back on new investment

Kingfisher, B&Q’s parent company delivers the forecast dividend cut and reduces capital expenditure to stop debts growing further. See more... Read more

Klondyke makes it 24 with Lady Green

Klondyke Garden Centres has, this afternoon, completed the deal to buy Lady Green Garden Centre, a GCA Garden Centre of Excellence. See more... Read more

Dobbies' third new garden centre proposal this month

A week after announcing two proposals for new garden centres, Dobbies has revealed plans for a third, near Carlisle. See more... Read more

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