Blue Diamond closes on £100m threshold

248 Blue Diamond staff celebrated at the group’s annual awards and were told by MD Alan Roper that the group is fast becoming a titan of its industry. Read more

Fryer's Garden Centre Team with Manager Bijal Mistry (centre)

George Hillier takes a senior management role as Hillier rewards loyalty

Hillier has recruited from within and attracts a buyer from Dobbies to fill the vacancies left after last month’s departures to Dobbies. Read more

George Hillier

Average spend falls as sales rise

GCA figures for March confirm that it has been a gardener’s spring. However, despite rising prices and sales, the average customer spend has fallen. What does this indicate? Read more

Wintry weather to return next week

Met Office forecasters expect the current ‘colder-than-average’ conditions to remain, with a colder plunge anticipated across the UK next week.

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HTA to review structure before recruiting a new CX

The HTA is to carry out a review before deciding on how to replace Carol Paris, the chief executive who left last month. Read more

Adam Wigglesworth

Property investor buys Yarnton Nurseries

Yarnton Nurseries, the garden centre and shopping village near Oxford, has been sold to a property investment fund for £10.3m. Read more

Met Office forecast for the Bank holiday

After the chilly, wintry weather this week, it will become warmer for the weekend with most places seeing sunny spells, but with rain for some on Sunday.

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Forest uses stealth technology to reduce unwanted noise in the garden

Forest has unveiled a noise reducing Decibel Panel that it believes is the most significant development in fence panels in years. Read more

BBC Gardeners’ World 50th anniversary will be buzzing with celebrities

There will be a buzz of gardening celebrities at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live event in Birmingham (15-18 June, NEC) to celebrate the programme’s 50th anniversary. Read more

Wyevale appoints a new Retail Operations Director

Wyevale Garden Centres have announced the appointment of a new retail operations director. David Anderson will join the group at the beginning of May. Read more

David Anderson

Planters plans to extend Bretby Garden Centre

Planters at Bretby has submitted an application to redevelop and extend its garden centre at Bretby in South Derbyshire. Read more

Caution after a buoyant Easter

Garden centres report an excellent Easter and April with sales up 40% on last year and storm Katie. But chief executives tell us, “We must keep our feet on the ground,” and it will get tougher, with increased competition and inflation. Read more

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