Notcutts improves sales and operating margin

Notcutts increased sales by 1.9% last year despite significant disruption caused by its £9.2m garden centre redevelopment and improvement programme. Read more


Works starts on Dobbies at Tewkesbury

Work has started on the 180 acre Designer Outlet Cotswolds, that will have a ‘flag-ship’ Dobbies Garden Centre as a cornerstone. Read more

Social media outcry over queues at Garden centres

While many welcome garden centres remaining open in November there has been outcry on social media, which has been picked up by the local and national press. Read more

Queues at Bents published in the Manchester Evening News

B&Q’s outdoor sales up £45% in last quarter

Kingfisher reports strong growth in B&Q’s outdoor sales in last quarter.  Higher demand has led to lower in-store availability. Tariffs of c. 2% are expected if it’s a no deal Brexit. Read more

B & Queuing

Garden centres in the news over the weekend

Local news reports this weekend include a £5,000 theft from Dobbies and police warnings about traffic queues outside garden centres. Read more

From Facebook, Amanda Levett, Indoor Living Manager at Thetford garden centre

2021 Garden Press Event goes virtual

The Garden Press Event in March 2021 has fallen victim to Coronavirus.  The industry event for the gardening press will continue online only. Read more

Houseplant sales surge in October

The GCA Barometer of Trade shows that houseplant, Christmas and gift sales surged in October, as did gardening indicating customers still want to garden. Read more

Cacti display at Van Hage Garden Centre

Scotts completes purchase of AeroGrow

Scotts Miracle-Gro backs its commitment to soilless indoor gardening by completing the purchase of AeroGrow International that produces indoor gardening kits. Read more

3 year extension for Glyphosate

It has been reported that the expiry date for Glyphosate will be extended until at least 15 December 2025 in Great Britain following Brexit. Read more

Government changes rules on selling Christmas trees

The Government changes Covid regulations to allow farm sales of Christmas trees.  Rumoured shortages of trees following the Danish mink cull have been denied as sales surge. Read more

Garden Centres in Scotland are essential retailers

The level 4 lockdown restrictions to be introduced on Friday in parts of Scotland will force non-essential retail to close. Garden and plant centres, however, will be allowed to remain open. Read more

Winter image from Dobbies

Simpsons expands into north-east with Happy Plant acquisition

Inverness based Simpsons Garden Centre is expanding into the north east.  It has acquired an Aberdeen-shire Garden Centre, Happy Plant, based in Mintlaw. Read more

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