Haskins Garden Centres top multiple categories at the Garden Centre Association South Thames regional awards

The garden centre group, Haskins, is celebrating after taking home several prestigious awards at this year's Garden Centre Association South Thames regional awards. Read more

Dogs welcome at popular Perthshire Garden Centre

Glendoick Garden Centre has joined an increasing number of retail establishments in allowing dogs on to the premises. Following help from Dog Friendly Perthshire, a “Dog Etiquette” notice has been produced to make sure all customers are able to enjoy their experience at Glendoick. Read more

Brian & Mrs Mc

Celebration raises £20,000 for children

A 65th birthday, a 30-year business milestone; and an OBE in recognition of his services to business and charity all paved the way for a lavish celebration for John Athwal OBE of Premier Decorations Ltd in June – raising more than £20,000 for his favourite Fence Club charity to help sick and disadvantaged children. Read more

John and Jito Athwal (pictured centre) together with their children, partners and grandchildren.

Garden centre group raises more than £16,500 for nominated charities

The team at Haskins Garden Centre is celebrating after raising more than £16,500 last year for its nominated local and national charities. Read more

Dee Swinton, Simon Hallam, Pauline Oxford and Sara Skinner.

Staff raise £1,500 for charity by hiking and cycling

Twenty-two members of staff from Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford challenged themselves physically last Saturday (July 21, 2018) and have so far raised £1,500 in aid of a children’s charity. Read more

 Wyevale Nurseries' team members

Replacing the black plastic pot at Bransford Webbs

As an industry leader, The Bransford Webbs Plant Company are proud to have been at the forefront of the current industry initiative to replace black plastic pots with a kerbside recyclable alternative and to have chaired the recent meeting to push this movement forward. Read more

Hebe in black plastic pots in the glasshouse

Flowerbed design is out of this world!

Josie Bryant, age 6, from The Russell School has won Squire’s Garden Centres competition to design a flowerbed at Teddington Lock. Josie is the youngest ever winner of this annual competition in which local school children are invited to design a planting scheme for a flowerbed at the Environment Agency’s lock on the River Thames in Teddington. Read more

Sarah Squire with winner Josie Bryant & Andy Croxford from the Environment Agency.

Staff to hike and cycle in aid of Greenfingers

Twenty-four members of staff from Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford are this month (July, 2018) calling for sponsorship as they physically challenge themselves in aid of a children’s charity. Read more

Croft Primary School plans for Tatton

The RHS Tatton Flower Show is just around the corner and Bents Garden & Home is proud to be supporting a local primary school in its ambition to deliver a show garden at what is the North’s biggest celebration of gardens, flowers, horticulture and outdoor living. Read more

Stewart Garden announce winner of 'Win a £5,000 Garden Makeover' competition

Stewart Garden, part of the Global Keter Group, has announced the winner of its 'Win a £5,000 Garden Makeover' competition. Read more

Andy Burns MD Stewart Garden Russell Lester winner and Damien Wilson manager Harlow Garden Centre

Greenfingers charity bags cash from Squire’s

Greenfingers, a charity that creates magical gardens at children’s hospices, has bagged £4,219 thanks to Squire’s Garden Centres. Squire’s donated the proceeds of the government carrier bag tax to the charity, as well as money raised from a 12-hour “Plant-a-thon” that the Squire’s team took part in. Read more

Sarah Squire (Squire’s Deputy Chairman) with John Ashley (Greenfingers Chairman).

Independent garden centres at either end of the country expand

Building starts on a new garden centre in Honiton, while work is nearly completed on an additional retail building for Threaplands in Scotland. Read more

Scott (L) and Grant Higgins

Wyevale Nurseries reports the best May sales ever

Members of staff at one of the UK’s leading nurseries are celebrating this week after announcing it had the best May ever in its recorded trading history with sales up by 14% (2018). Read more

Adam Dunnett Sales Marketing Director at Wyevale Nurseries

Stewart Garden Programme deadline looms as National Children's Gardening Week approaches

Ahead of National Children's Gardening Week, 26 May to 3 June 2018, the Stewart Garden Schools programme is making a last call for primary schools interested in taking on gardening projects as their 6 July deadline for applications looms. Read more

Another garden centre fire

The store was burnt down last night at Fosters Garden Centre at Thrybergh, near Rotheram, requiring 25 firefighters to tackle the blaze.  The garden centre, machinery store and petrol station continue to trade. Read more

The search is on for two new apprentices

One of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries has announced this month (August 2018) that it is looking for two new apprentices. Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford is calling for people to apply for its two-year Horticultural Apprenticeship, which will start in September 2018. Read more

Carla Nash, Team Leader on the Moving Crew at Wyevale and Sam Lloyd, a first-year apprentice.

GCA announces Ruxley Rose finalists

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has today (August 8, 2018) announced the finalists in its annual Ruxley Rose competition. Twenty centres all received top scores in the spring bedding and hardy nursery stock categories from the GCA's spring inspections and have now been put forwards for autumn judging. Read more

Aylett Nurseries

Gardman are proud to be a Thank You partner to the RBL in Centenary Year

Today the Royal British Legion has launched a movement to say ‘Thank You’ to the First World War generation who served, sacrificed, and changed our world. Gardman have worked with the Royal British Legion now for several years as the products we produce resonate with consumers to support this charity. Read more

New Café at Squire’s in Washington

A stylish new Café Bar is now open at Squire’s Garden Centre in Washington. It features beautiful new furniture and décor, as well as air-conditioning, which is very welcome in the current heatwave! Read more

 Washington Cafe Bar

London College of Garden Design to raise £10,000 for Perennial in 2018

To help mark its 10th anniversary, the London College of Garden Design (LCGD), run by leading garden designers Andrew Wilson and Andrew Fisher Tomlin, is on track to raise £10,000 for Perennial in 2018. Read more

MSC secures planning permission for extension at Wentworth Garden Centre, Rotherham

Wentworth Garden Centre in South Yorkshire is set to expand its highly successful operation further, having been given the green light to extend its Orangery Restaurant and launch a deli food hall and second catering outlet. Read more

Summer season review so far ...

The award winning family run business, Hawkesmill Nurseries, have had a very busy summer season so far, with shows, new varieties and a new glasshouse build well underway! Read more

GARDENA unveils new Ambassador Stores in four locations across the UK

This year sees GARDENA, the leading European brand for high quality garden watering and tools, add two Ambassador Stores to its roster, with the aim of increasing brand presence and further boosting sales into garden centres in the UK market. Read more

Squire’s managers go back to the floor

Team members at Squire’s Garden Centres Group Office have been experiencing various roles across the business. Each employee was allocated one of Squire’s 15 garden centres to work at, with the Centre Manager choosing the job that they should do for the day. Called “Feet On the Floor” this programme came about following a suggestion in Squire’s annual employee survey. Read more

Martin Breddy, Sarah Squire and Karen Smith experienced different roles across the business.

Hillier to the rescue in new charity garden transformation project!

Since 2016, two year old Sebastian Burrell, who lives in Fair Oak, near Winchester, has been undergoing treatment at the Royal London Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital as well as receiving support from Wessex Cancer Trust. He and his family have been selected to receive a garden makeover from the Chelsea Flower Show world-record holder, Hillier Nurseries, this summer. Read more

Nursery staff beat the heat

The Harrogate Advertiser pictures staff at Johnsons of Whixley with complimentary ice creams from freezers installed around the nursery during the hot weather by the Richardson family. Read more

Landscape Associates ‘throws down the gauntlet’ for GO NUTS for HortAid 2018

Team competition is hotting up ahead of Perennial’s biennial GO NUTS for HortAid Challenge, which this year is sponsored by Gabriel Ash and takes place on 30 September in Dorking, Surrey. Read more

Rose sales lift 130% during Klondyke Festival

The Klondyke Group’s June Rose Festival lifted rose sales by over 130%, with related products, feeds and pest control also seeing a marked uplift. Read more

Deco-Pak sand raises money for Greenfingers

A cheque for £2,550 was presented to children’s hospice garden charity Greenfingers, as a donation from decorative aggregate specialist Deco-Pak at the GIMA Charity Golf and Activity Day (Thursday, 7th June).  Read more

Craig Hall and Rebecca Cox present cheque to Greenfingers Ambassador Colin Wetherley-Mein (centre).

SBM Life Sciences account manager and family raise hundreds for Greenfingers Charity

An account manager from natural home and garden care solutions supplier SBM Life Sciences recently took up the challenge of running the Hackney Half Marathon with his family to raise money for Greenfingers Charity. Read more

Peter Clowes and family complete the Hackney Half Marathon for Greenfingers Charity.

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