Mr Fothergill’s announces prize winning sunflower head - measuring as big as a steering wheel…

Over the summer, Mr Fothergill’s ran a competition to grow the largest sunflower head. The competition was open to anyone and any type of sunflower could be grown. Read more

Dean’s 1st place sunflower (15½ inches)

Young gardeners to serve up 60,000 litres of soup for the RHS Big Soup Share

An estimated 60,000 litres of soup will be served up by schools, youth and community groups taking part in the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Big Soup Share this week (7th – 13th October). Read more

Charlton Manor Primary pupil with harvested leeks

Family run Perrywood Garden Centre celebrates first birthday in Sudbury

Perrywood Sudbury was bought from Wyevale by the directors of Essex-based Perrywood Garden Centre, and had its first day of trading on 25 September 2018. Read more

Directors and team

Opening nights announced for award-winning Christmas displays

The Gardens Group has announced open evening dates for the award-winning Christmas displays at all three of its garden centres, with top secret themes now taking shape. Read more

Garden Re-Leaf 2020 officially launched at Glee

The 2020 Garden Re-Leaf Day event was officially launched at Glee today with Greenfingers Charity calling on all sectors of the garden industry and others to get involved in this exciting and pivotal part of the garden retail calendar. Read more

Pots of gold for Pennells customers!

Pennells Garden Centre have successfully saved over 135,000 plastic pots from being burnt for fuel with their ambitious campaign during August of paying customers 5p credit for each pot returned. This meant customers got £6,825’s worth of plants for free during August! Read more

Haskins provides 600 reusable water bottles to staff to reduce its environmental footprint

Leading garden centre group, Haskins Garden Centres, has allocated all 600 team members with a reusable water bottle to help reduce single-use plastic in the overall business. Read more

VegTrug move to new premises

VegTrug are excited to announce the recent acquisition of an additional 26,000 square feet warehouse and offices, visited by local MP Will Quince on Friday 9th August.  Read more

 VegTrug Team

Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown marks 25 years since opening

The Ferndown senior management team joined Warren and his son, Jamie Haskins, Jamie’s wife and two daughters, to mark the occasion. Read more

List of finalists announced for PetQuip Awards 2019

Over 70 of the pet industry’s high achievers have been short-listed for the 2019 PetQuip Awards and will be waiting in anticipation at the PetQuip dinner at PATS, Telford in September to see who has scooped the top prizes this year. Read more

Boningale ceases importation of oak trees

Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) outbreaks in the UK pose a serious threat to our oak trees. Boningale are ceasing importation of oak trees effective immediately, and will only be sourcing UK oak stock. Read more

Oak Processionary Moth

The ‘Let’s Explore’ Greenfingers garden opens at Richard House Children’s Hospice

Greenfingers Charity was delighted to be joined by children, families and supporters at the official opening of the charity’s latest garden project at London’s first children’s hospice, Richard House, on Thursday 27th June 2019.  Read more

Brimsmore Gardens goes the distance for Yeovil Hospital Charity

Members of The Gardens Group team completed an epic static bike ride covering the 874 miles from Land’s End to John o’ Groats and back again. The dedicated team has so far collected more than £6,500 for Yeovil Hospital Charity, which is raising £2 million to build a dedicated Breast Cancer Unit at Yeovil Hospital. Read more

The Coolings Commitment to the Environment

Coolings wins Commitment to the Environment Award at this year’s Kent Excellence in Business Awards (KEiBA). Read more

L-r: Ops Dir, Ian Hazon & wife Penny. Chairman, Paul Cooling & wife Carol. Mktg Mgr, Becky Malcolm.

Klondyke’s 3 Peaks raises over £12,000 for charity!!

Sun, snow, rain, wind, tears and laughter were all experienced as Team Klondyke took on…. and smashed…..their 3 Peaks Challenge. Read more

Klondyke Scafell Pile

Squire’s announce winners of ‘I Love Gardening’ competition

Each of Squire’s sixteen garden centres across the South East has been engaged in friendly competition designing a garden that showcases why they love gardening. Read more

The winning garden at Squire’s in Stanmore. L-R: Tina Dyer, Nathan Syrett & Christine Foley.

Money can't buy experiences to bid for in Perennial's Festival Dinner auction

Don’t worry if you can’t join Perennial for their 180th Anniversary Festival Dinner on 11 October, you can join the fun and help raise funds for people in horticulture by placing a bid in the online auction Read more

Topping out ceremony held for National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Osborne held a topping out ceremony this week (Tuesday 24 September) to mark the completion of the steel structure for the new National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning at RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey. Read more

New National Centre under construction

Customers and Suppliers join Green-tech at their open day to celebrate their 25th anniversary

Green-tech invited its customers and suppliers to help celebrate its 25th anniversary at a VIP open day last week. Read more

Jardinopia’s fabulous year of helping Greenfingers Charity

Jardinopia has been busy during this last year raising funds for the Greenfingers Charity through the sales of its gorgeous Daisy Potty Feet. To celebrate this, Jardinopia will be presenting Greenfingers’ Director of Fundraising & Communications, Linda Petrons, with a cheque for £1,017.53 at Glee 2019. Read more

Natural Grower scoops the 2019 GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund 2019

Now in its fifth year, the GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund has helped to bring to market a series of brands, many of which are considered key players helping to drive growth and diversification of the garden retail sector. This year the winner is Natural Grower. Read more

GCA reveals Scotland and N. Ireland winners

Garden Centre Association (GCA) members in Scotland and Northern Ireland are celebrating after picking up awards during a presentation evening yesterday (Thursday, August 29) at Klondyke Mortonhall Garden Centre. Read more

Simpsons Garden Centre

Welsh prison wins RHS gardening award

HMP & YOI Parc in Bridgend, Wales has been named the best kept prison garden in England and Wales by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and awarded the Windlesham Trophy for its efforts. Read more

HMP YOI Parc bug hotel (Credit Sioned Birchall)

GCA members encouraged to do their bit to reduce plastic waste

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) is encouraging its members to do what they can to help reduce the amount of plastic going to landfill. Read more

Will Blake, Director at St Peter’s Garden Centre

GIMA raises £20k for Greenfingers during its 20th anniversary year

As GIMA’s chosen charity for 2019, Greenfingers has been the beneficiary of the many fundraising activities that the trade association has undertaken throughout the year raising in excess of £20,000 for the charity. Read more

News from garden centres around the UK

News from garden centres around the UK includes a father and son locked in at Endsleigh, expansion of two charity garden centres and permission for housing on a popular garden centre. Read more

Grimsby Garden Centre to double in size

Work begins on new restaurant at Notcutts Garden Centre in Suffolk

The start of a major project to redevelop the restaurant at Notcutts Garden Centre in Woodbridge, Suffolk, has been marked at a special ground-breaking ceremony. Read more

An artist’s impression of the new restaurant at Notcutts Woodbridge Garden Centre once redevelopme

GCA announces regional award meetings

The Nation's Garden Centre Association (GCA) members will find out who has come out on top in its annual inspections this year at regional award meetings taking place this month (July, 2019). Read more

 Squires Garden Centre - Shepperton

Bents raised £11,480 at charity ball

260 guests helped Bents raise £11,480 at its annual charity ball, held earlier this month, raising funds for its charity of the year. Read more

Breast Cancer Now raises more than £4,000 at Haskins Garden Centre in Roundstone

Fundraisers for Breast Cancer Now Pink Ribbon Lottery were at Haskins in Roundstone speaking to members of the public about subscribing to the lottery as a fun and rewarding way to support vital breast cancer research and raising awareness for Breast Cancer Now. Read more

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