MP opens £6m factory expansion for Westland

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has opened a £6 million factory expansion by Westland at the Driffield site that produces wild bird feed. Read more - members only

Image of Sir Greg with the Westland team courtesy of Driffield Post

Bloom and Wild pops up in London, Bristol and Edinburgh

Bloom and Wild is opening its first series of pop-up shops in London, Bristol and Edinburgh.    Read more - members only

Dobbies granted planning permission for new store at Reading

Dobbies has been granted planning permission to build a new 60,000 sq ft store in Reading.  It will be built on the land behind its existing garden centre at Hyde End Road, Shinfield. Read more - members only

Labour shadow minister visits Whartons

The HTA invited opposition Minister Daniel Zeichner to Whartons Garden Roses in Norfolk to see their business and highlight several challenges facing the industry Read more - members only

 Daniel Zeichner MP (centre) with Paul Wharton

BHETA networking webinar on new B&Q Marketplace

BHETA is to hold a networking webinar on the new B&Q Marketplace initiative, which is setting out to onboard some 100,000 new products within six months. Read more - members only

Tong prepares for second garden centre

West Yorkshire Garden Centre, Tong, has invested over £280,000 to treble the capacity of an existing warehouse in preparation for opening their second garden centre. Read more - members only

Andy Mears and Chancey Woodrow

WOLF-Garten celebrates 100 years of trading

WOLF-Garten, which specialises in garden tools for lawn care, soil and cultivation, tree and shrub care and general garden maintenance, is celebrating its 100 year anniversary this year. Read more - open to all

YPHA member names garden shop after grandparents

Former AV & Trials Coordinator for Allensmore Nurseries and member of the YPHA, Stacey Gibson, opens Dor’s Garden in memory of her grandparents. Read more - members only

BGC makes it 61 with Hatton in Warwickshire

British Garden Centres has taken over the lease of Hatton Garden Centre in Warwickshire this week.  The centre, which has been closed, is expected to re-open for Easter. Read more - members only

Hatton Country World

Heavy Plant Crossing

British Garden Centres have had such a successful couple of months that Heavy Plant Crossing signs have been added in front of all centres, as people are leaving with truckloads of plants. Read more - open to all

Dobbies to speak at BHETA

BHETA is to hold another retailer networking webinar, this time with Dobbies Garden Centres.  The event will take place on Tuesday 5th April at 11 am.  The speakers will be Graeme Jenkins, CEO and Debbie Harding, CFO Read more - open to all

Squire’s Garden Centres report a strong rebound

Squire’s Garden Centres report a strong rebound in 2021 against a backdrop of lockdown results in 2020. Read more - members only

Sarah Squire

Oak Furnitureland launches first garden furniture collection

As part of its ‘whole home’ offer Oak Furnitureland has made its first venture into outdoor living with two new hardwood collections available online-only from today.  Read more - members only

Hillier initiatives to reduce carbon footprint further

Hillier Nurseries has achieved Planet Mark certification for a third consecutive year.  The Group has also introduced initiatives that will reduce its environmental impact further. Read more - members only

Tong Garden Centre hosts team awards evening

180 of the 240 strong work force at Tong Garden Centre attended a dinner and disco at The Hilton Hotel in Leeds where a number of the team were given awards. Read more - open to all

Winners of the 2022 values awards

Pandemic boosts sales and profits at Blue Diamond

2021 accounts from Blue Diamond show sales rose 27% to £255m during the pandemic with profit before tax up to £39.5m and net debt down to only £5.8m.  But the company expects 2022 profits will fall. Read more - members only

Sales growth at Blue Diamond

Studley Grange Garden Centre continues its development

The new owner of the former Wyevale near Swindon, Studley Grange Garden Centre, working with Malcolm Scott Consultants, has planning permission to expand. Read more - members only

Elho opens second distribution facility

Sustainable plant pot manufacturer, elho, has opened the doors of its second distribution centre in Tilburg, Holland. Read more - members only


Dobbies to recruit senior management for Tewkesbury

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has announced the recruitment for three senior managerial roles, at their brand-new flagship store in Tewkesbury, ahead of the store opening in autumn. Read more - members only

Proposed Dobbies at Tewkesbury

Petface launches the Petzone in Asda

LeisureGrow, the parent company of Petface, have announced a pet partnership to create Petzone in select Asda stores. Read more - members only

STIHL GB remembers Eva Mayr-Stihl

Eva Mayr-Stihl, a businesswoman, philanthropist and dedicated entrepreneur passed away on the 9th April 2022. Mayr-Stihl was instrumental in the success of STIHL. Read more - members only

Eva Mayr-Stihl

‘Keep Growing’ - EGC’s fresh perspective on gardening

Evergreen GC has put a £ multimillion investment behind the creation of a media campaign, in the hope of bringing positive change to the market and leading the way in modernising the industry.  Watch the video. Read more - members only

Sales of Peace Rose fund medicine to Ukraine

The Blue Diamond Group is supporting the relief effort in Ukraine with money raised from the sale of the Peace rose.  Around 8 aircraft will depart today and tomorrow full of medical supplies. Read more - open to all

Equipment being loaded

A further 5 garden centres join Sproutl

Tates of Sussex, Fakenham and Hollybush are three of 5 garden centres to join the existing partners of Sproutl, the curated online garden marketplace. Read more - members only

Three garden entrepreneurs have combined their talents to launch Mulch

Three well known garden entrepreneurs have joined together to form Mulch Ltd, a boutique brand selling high quality tools and gloves designed to last for generations. Read more - members only

“A tree for every employee”

The management and staff of Taylors Bulbs took time out from their daily work to plant 150 trees on their site in Holbeach. Read more - open to all

Awards highlight success at Notcutts in 125th anniversary year

Notcutts has been celebrating success across its 18 garden centres nationwide with a special conference and awards event as part of its 125th anniversary. Read more - open to all

Environmental Award presented to Garden Pride by Caroline and Andrew Notcutt

Massive Dobbies to open near Belfast next spring

Planning permission has been given for Dobbies’ £10m development north of Belfast in Northern Ireland that is scheduled to open next spring. Read more - members only

Homebase to open concessions in Tesco stores

Homebase is to open stores within Tesco with everything customers need to update, refresh, or completely transform their homes and gardens. Read more - members only

Garden Trading hits targets for Joules

When Joules acquired The Garden Trading Company in 2021 for £12.5m, £3.5m was deferred.  It has now confirmed that GT has met all targets and the balance will be paid. Read more - members only

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