Garden centres back launch of Sproutl

UK tech start-up, Sproutl, has launched an online gardening marketplace, with Polhill, Rosebourne and Millbrook as partners and $9m of seed funding. Read more

Anni Noel-Johnson with Andy Done

Local MP demands answers from Dobbies over closure of Butterfly World

A local MP has urged Dobbies, in Edinburgh News, to provide answers and halt dismantling of the site of Butterfly and Insect World until all options are explored. Read more

Garden centres expect to place large pre-season orders

We ask garden centres if they will be more cautious about ordering for the autumn and next spring now that all shops are trading.  It seems not... Read more

Masks or no Masks?

With Government ending mandatory distancing measures and mask wearing in stores on 19th July, Freedom Day, we do a straw poll of garden centres on masks and restaurants.  Read more

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The Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World to close for good

The Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World, at Dobbies’ Lasswade HQ, is to close doors for good after nearly forty years, reports the Edinburgh Evening News.  Read more

Dobbies to create around 1000 jobs over the next five years

Dobbies tells Environment Minister Rebecca Pow that the business is set to create around 1000 jobs over the next five years as it signs up for ‘Plant for our Planet’. Read more

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow and Dobbies GEO Graeme Jenkins

Surge in Garden Centre sales eases in June

The GCA Barometer of Trade shows garden centre revenues up +66% for the first half of 2021, despite growth easing in June. Read more

Garden Centres seek additional warehousing to protect supplies

An increasing number of garden centres are seeking warehouse space to take stock control into their own hands following recent supply chain availability issues, says Malcolm Scott. Read more

Over 80 new brands for Glee 2021

As the industry gears up for Glee as an in-person event again (14th – 16th September, NEC Birmingham), we look at the many new brands making their debut. Read more


New early summer dates for Glee 2022

Following in-depth consultation with key suppliers, retailers and trade associations, Glee has decided to bring the 3-day event forward to the end of June in 2022. Read more

HTA - The beginning of a new normal?

The latest HTA market information suggests the beginning of a new normal, with garden centre sales for June down just 3% from June 2020, when sales rocketed due to the national lockdown. Read more

Latest Garden Centre news from around the nation

News from around the country includes an invasion by travellers at The Arium,  closure of Sunnyside restaurant after Covid test, minigolf at Dobbies and expansion at Newbridge Nurseries. Read more

The Arium

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