Levelling Up bill could impact garden centres

Warning to garden centres: “Get their planning in order before the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill becomes law.”  But there may be good news too. Read more

Extension at Laylocks

Garden centre headlines around the country

Headlines around the country include a sale and lease back by Dobbies, controversy about breast feeding in a garden centre and thefts of catalytic converters at Bents. Read more

Gary Plevey, a true gentlemen, with his family

Review of 2019

Here is a summary of the news stories published on Gardenforum during 2019:  Wyevale disintegration and the expansion of other groups, the environment, supplier consolidation and people in the news.  This review is open to all. Read more

Gardenforum reviews a turbulent year for garden retail

Here’s your chance to catch up with some of the events in the retail garden sector that you may have missed. It was a turbulent year with the collapse of Gardman; around 60 garden centres changing hands or closing, Wyevale, Bunnings, Snow and drought. This is open to all. Read more

Gardman's fire started a turbulent year

Ornamental plant nurseries will continue to be exempt from business rates

A court case in 2015 opened up a potential loophole in the law which would bring nurseries into line with paying business rates. The Government has decided this week that this will not happen. Read more

Ball Colegrave

Work starts on creating one of the largest garden centres in the UK

Newspan has started construction to create one of the biggest destination garden centres in the country at Bridgford garden centre. Read more

What Bridgford will look like...

Green light for massive garden centre and factory outlet at Ashchurch

Secretary of State has shown a green light to the building of a £60m garden centre and factory outlet at Ashchurch that will create 1,000 jobs. Read more

Wyevale Holdings to appeal planning refusal

Wyevale Holdings is appealing a planning refusal to develop 73 houses next to Kings Acre Halt in Hereford. Read more

Can garden centre restaurants continue to grow?

This is one of the questions discussed in the latest fact sheet issued by Malcolm Scott Consultants. It also gives the example of Fairways GC which has permission to be built in Green Belt near Coventry. Read more

Review of 2015 in the Garden Industry

2015 was an eventful year in the garden sector. Here is a round-up of some of the most important stories on Gardenforum throughout the year. This article is open to non-members. Read more

Bicester, one of the 8 garden centres bought by Black Rock for £112.5m

Floralands makes it nine for H&G

Floralands Garden Centre in Nottinghamshire has joined the Homes & Garden Group stable. The sale was a leasehold deal handled by Quinton Edwards. The purchase price was not revealed. Read more

Defunct Chatteris garden centre finds a buyer

Oak Garden Centre in Chatteris which closed almost two years ago has a new owner. Read more

How will Osborne’s proposals for automatic planning permission affect garden centres?

Will Osborne’s planning proposals generate extra sales for garden centres? Or will owners be selling up for housing? Gardenforum asks the experts Malcolm Scott and Paul Pleydell. Read more

Two Windsor garden centres could be zoned for housing

Two garden centres in the Royal Borough of Windsor will be zoned for housing if the local plan covering the next 15 years is accepted. Read more

Planners block plans for a new Notcutts in Maidstone

Plans for a new out-of-town shopping centre at Newnham Court in Maidstone that would have included a new garden centre for Notcutts have been rejected. But other plans go ahead. See more… Read more

Millbrook Garden Centre in Monmouth is for sale

Christie & Co, who built its reputation as the vendor of the Wyevale garden centres, is selling Millbrook Garden Centre near Monmouth in South Wales.  Read more

The Valuation Office Agency has contacted garden centres across the country

The Valuation Office Agency has contacted garden centres across the country to request rental and account information to support the 2023 Revaluation of business rates in England and Wales.   Read more

Spate of thefts hits garden centres

Garden centres in West Yorkshire, the Midlands and Northumberland have been hit by a series of break ins, where goods are being stolen to order. Read more

Photo: Northumbria Police

Malcolm Scott Consultants secures extension permission for Oakington GC

Malcolm Scott Consultants has secured planning consent for site development at Cambridgeshire-based Oakington Garden Centre. Read more

Planners refuse to debate new Honiton garden centre

Fearing a conflict of interest Honiton Town Council’s planning committee have refused to discuss plans for a new garden centre submitted by the former manager of Sidmouth GC. Read more

2016 - a year of change

2016 saw second tier garden centre chains and independents invest as Wyevale consolidated. Homebase and Argos are sold. The HTA moved offices and moved to become the lead association for all gardening related businesses. Glyphosate, Xylella and the weather made frequent headlines. Scotts and Bayer looked for a way out of distributing consumer garden chemicals. Read our review – open to all. Read more

Bunnings buys Homebase

The Four Oaks Show and nursery is for sale

Richard Harding has started the process of selling Four Oaks Trade Show and Nursery.  He is looking for the right buyer to ensure continuity of the event. Read more

Council backs plans for major new Ashchurch Garden Centre

Tewkesbury council has backed plans to build a £60m garden centre and outlet shopping development, but final approval rests with the Government. Read more

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Wyevale raises £91m through sale of garden centres

Wyevale Garden centres has sold eight garden centres to Orchard Street Investment Management in a sale and leaseback deal. Read more

Woolmans garden centre in Shirley is to be auctioned for housing

Recently closed Woolmans garden centre in Shirley is to be auctioned with a guide price of £2m. Read more

BlackRock buys 8 UK garden centres for £112.5m

BlackRock has acquired the freehold of 8 garden centres from La Salle Investment Management, whose tenants are Wyevale, Notcutts or Squire’s. Read more


Next step for Blue Diamond’s long planned Leeds garden centre

Blue Diamond’s long held plan to replicate the octagonal Le Friquet garden centre at Leeds has taken a step forward. Read more

Permission granted for new garden centre near Coventry

Malcolm Scott wins permission for a new garden centre just outside Coventry.  It will, they believe, be the first new build garden centre on a new site in the last 10 years. Read more

Review of 2014 in the Garden Industry

2014 has been dominated by the repositioning of the major gardening goods distributors following the demise of Solus.  The weather for once provided a good news story and towards the end of the year there was a flurry of activity from Wyevale as it picked up eight long established independent garden centres.  See the full review – which is open to all… Read more

Industry experts at opening of Highfield’s massive extension

Last week saw the official opening of the £2.5m extension at Highfield Garden World that has doubled sales and makes it one of the largest garden centres in the country. See more... Read more

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