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

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

Green-tech supply materials for woodland creation project in Hampshire

Green-tech has supplied the tree planting materials for the creation of a new woodland on the Conholt Park Estate in Hampshire. Read more

Greenfingers opens new hospice garden at Claire House

The beautiful Greenfingers Charity ‘Garden of Colour’ has recently opened at Claire House Children’s Hospice (Bebington, Wirral - June 12th), providing a stunning sensory place of enjoyment and rest for those life-limited children and their families that call Claire House ‘home’. Read more

GIMA Charity Day enjoys a thriving 10th anniversary event

A successful day and night of fundraising was had by all who recently attended the 10th annual GIMA Charity Day, held at Telford Hotel and Golf Resort on 6th June. Read more

Team Pink win the Crystal Maze

Staff to hike and cycle in aid of The Cart Shed charity 

Twenty members of staff from Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford are this month (June, 2019) physically challenging themselves in aid of charity. Read more

Zest 4 Leisure clocks up the miles and takes to the skies for charity

Employees of Zest 4 Leisure are clocking up the miles and taking to the skies to raise money for Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith, the company’s chosen charity for 2019. Read more

Finance Director Andrew Baker

Staff at Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown complete Virtual Marathon in aid of Faithworks Wessex

Employees working at Haskins in Ferndown have completed a Virtual Marathon by foot, bike or water throughout May, in aid of Faithworks Wessex. In a bid to complete 26 miles each over the course of the month, staff attempted a range of challenges. Read more

Marc Etheridge and daughters Ellie & Tilly who have been running together

Perennial partnership with Scotland’s Gardens Scheme continues to flourish at Gardening Scotland

Celebrating a partnership that has endured for almost half a century, horticulture welfare charity Perennial will once again join forces with Scotland’s Gardens Scheme at Gardening Scotland to raise awareness of how the charity helps people in horticulture and their families in Scotland. Read more

Beechgrove Garden presenter and Perennial Trustee, Carole Baxter

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

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

Garden makeover at Burbank Children’s Home

Squire’s Garden Centres and Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards joined forces recently to revamp the garden at Burbank Children’s Home in Woking. Read more

L-R: Sharon Newton (Manager, Burbank Children’s Home), Ed Ridgeon (Manager, Squire's Woking), Coun

National Garden Gift Voucher photography competition launches

We see the launch of the National Garden Gift Voucher Photography Competition. We’re looking for six photos that could be used on our National Garden Gift Voucher wallets and gift cards. Read more

National Garden Gift Voucher photography competition

Spate of thefts hits garden centres

Garden centres in West Yorkshire, the Midlands and Northumberland have been hit by a series of break ins, where goods are being stolen to order. Read more

Photo: Northumbria Police

Mr Fothergill’s teams up with the RHS to send seeds to Syrian refugees

Hundreds of Syrian refugees from the Domiz and 5 neighbouring camps in Northern Iraq are benefiting from receiving 2,000 flower and vegetable seed packets, from Mr Fothergill’s Seeds. Read more

Kids get stuck into National Children’s Gardening Week

Hot on the heels of the interest in children’s gardening at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show many garden centres, schools, families, communities and organisations, and of course children, celebrated the joy of gardening and outdoor activities during National Children’s Gardening Week. Read more

Glendoick Garden Centre wins Gold Medal at Gardening Scotland

Glendoick Gardens and Garden Centre is delighted to announce they were awarded a Gold Medal for its exhibit at Gardening Scotland of Rhododendrons, azaleas and woodland gardening. Read more

Ken Cox & Gold RCHS Award

New Cool Garden at RHS Garden Rosemoor

A new Cool Garden designed by Chelsea gold medallist Jo Thompson will open at RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon, in July 2019. Read more

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