Elizabeth Hayes, doyenne of Hayes Garden World, has died

Elizabeth Hayes, who with her late husband Leith transformed an Ambleside nursery with its small cafe into Hayes Garden World, died earlier this month. Her funeral took place last Friday. Read more

Leith and Elizabeth Hayes.

Garden centre sales grew 4.5% in 2019

Christmas sales fell in December, but overall turnover was marginally up according to the GCA.  Annually sales grew by 4.5% with catering the fastest growing category. Read more

Catering at Haskins Ferndown

Sue Allen steps into the shoes of John Ashley at Greenfingers

Sue Allen has succeeded John Ashley as chair of Greenfingers, the industry backed charity that creates gardens at children’s hospices to cheer patients and their families. Read more

Richard Jackson, Sue Allen and John Ashley

Hillier gets green light for major extension project

Visitors to Hillier Garden Centre Newbury can look forward to a transformed experience as West Berkshire Council  gives green light for major extension project. Read more

Newbury extension artist's impression

Further expansion planned for Thetford Garden Centre

A further £3m investment is planned for Thetford Garden Centre to include containerised catering in the style of the Wahaca Mexican street food restaurants. Read more

Front row: Shane and Lucy Hinkley with Jean Nixon

Mr Fothergill's trial ground recognised with Fleuroselect status

Newmarket-based Mr Fothergill’s Seeds has been selected as a trial site for Fleuroselect, the international organisation for the ornamental plants industry. Read more

Klondyke acquires 22nd centre

The Klondyke Group is now 22 strong following its acquisition of Garden Wise Plant and Garden Centre in Dumfries. Read more

Caulders buys Loch Lomond Homes & Gardens Centre

Caulders Garden Centres is to buy Loch Lomond Homes and Garden, bringing the number of garden centres in the Central Scotland group to eight.  Read more

Colin Barrie

Haskins to open Snowhill within weeks

Haskins' new Snowhill Garden Centre is to have a soft opening in mid-February before a formal ribbon cutting in March. Read more

In the plant area: Warren Haskins, David Lilly - Snowhill general manager and MD Julian Winfield

Great opportunity for UK Growers

UK growers at the HTA Contact conference are told the government needs UK horticulture for it to deliver its 25 year environment strategy. Read more

Changes to Scottish business rates would be damaging says HTA

Later this month the Scottish Parliament is to vote on scrapping the Uniform Business Rate in Scotland, allowing local authorities to set their own rates. Read more

James Barnes

Dobbies sales up by 44% over Christmas

Dobbies chairman, Andrew Bracey said, “Dobbies Christmas performance with sales up 44% and like-for-like growth of 6% is very encouraging." Read more

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