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

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

GIMA’s Vicky Nuttall gets set to take to the skies for Greenfingers

On Sunday June 2nd three brave souls from the UK garden retail sector will be taking to the skies to raise £15,000 for the Greenfingers Charity. Here we catch up with one of the ‘wing walkers’, GIMA Director, Vicky Nuttall, to find out more about her FUNdraising journey. Read more

 Vicky Nuttall GIMA Directo

Artevasi – Growing Team for Growing Uk Business

Artevasi, the leading European manufacturer and distributer of plastic planters and containers,  announce a new look UK Independent Sales team. Read more

Westcountry to welcome GCA members for 2020 conference

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has announced that the location of its 2020 annual conference is to be Bristol. The GCA's annual event will be held at the Mercure Bristol, Grand Hotel from January 26 until 29. Read more

Mike Burks, GCA Chairman Elect for 2020/21.

Smart Garden Products was a double winner at the DIY Week Awards

On Friday 10th May Smart Garden Products was a double winner at the DIY Week Awards. The Smart Bluetooth Solar Lighting range scooped both Garden Leisure Product of the Year as well as Lighting and Electrical Product of the Year. Read more

Jonathan Stobart, Paul Knott & James Parr

Morrisons seeks permission for garden centre in Devon

Morrisons has requested permission to erect a garden centre at its store in Bideford, Devon. Read more

Photo: Google

Massive fire at Birmingham garden furniture warehouse

A large fire has destroyed a warehouse at Tyseley in the West Midlands belonging to an importer of rattan garden furniture. Read more

Photo: British Transport Police

Gardenforum reviews a turbulent year for garden retail

Here’s your chance to catch up with some of the events in the retail garden sector that you may have missed. It was a turbulent year with the collapse of Gardman; around 60 garden centres changing hands or closing, Wyevale, Bunnings, Snow and drought. This is open to all. Read more

Gardman's fire started a turbulent year

Bents and Cowells take the top GCA plant awards

Bents and Cowells top the first day’s awards at the 2018 GCA conference. Also prominent were Fairways of Ashbourne, Stratford and Barton Grange Garden Centres. Read more

Ruxley Rose (Destination Garden Centre category) – Bents Garden & Home

A round-up of 2017, a year dominated by Brexit and Xylella

2017 started with a flourish but lost momentum and settled to be an OK year. Suppliers worried about Brexit, the living wage, higher costs and Wyevale. Retailers and growers worried about Xylella. Takeover activity reached new peaks among suppliers, but no major garden centres changed hands. The industry said goodbye to some old friends. Read our review – (open to non-subscribers). Read more

Plans for new Honiton GC look set for approval

Planning officials have recommended that plans for a new garden centre on the outskirts of Honiton are approved. Which means it could be trading by next spring. Read more

The new Bridgford Garden Centre rises from the ground

We have been sent a picture of the new Bridgford Garden Centre, near Nottingham as the steel is erected. It looks massive. 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

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

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

Get set for National Children’s Gardening Week

Garden centres across the country are taking part in this year’s National Children’s Gardening Week (NCGW) which starts this weekend and with such a buzz around children’s gardening at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week it is a great time to get involved. Read more

VegTrug wins silverware at the DIY Week Awards 2019

Brought together to celebrate the very best that the sector has to offer, the leading figures from the home improvement and gardening industry gathered on Friday, May 10 at The Tower Hotel in London for the 2019 DIY Week Awards. Read more

L-r: Katie Wood & Richard Diaper, VegTrug with Colin Petty, former DIY Week Publisher.

Gilbert Evans has completed negotiations with Trespass

On behalf of owner Edward Tarbatt, Gilbert Evans has completed negotiations with Trespass for a 4,500 sq ft unit on a 10-year lease on the former Bridgford Garden Centre site, Nottingham. Read more

Plastic bags turn into cash for charity

Squire’s Garden Centres has donated £3,929 to Greenfingers. £3,347 was raised from the proceeds of the government 5p carrier bag tax, and £582 from Squire’s “Create & Grow” planting event for children over the Mothers Day weekend. Read more

Linda Petrons (Greenfingers) and Sarah Squire (Squire’s Garden Centres)

Plans submitted for two 2 massive garden centres

Plans have been submitted for an 8500 sq m. Blue Diamond garden centre on the Elveden Estate, while further plans have been submitted for the 53 acre outlet village and garden centre near Tewkesbury. Read more

Tewkesbury visuals

GCA reveals its ‘Garden Centres of Excellence’ winners

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) revealed the winners of its most prestigious awards at its annual conference including its 10 Garden Centres of Excellence and the Garden Centres of the Year. Read more

Destination Garden Centre of the Year - Bents Garden and Home

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

Christmas trading patterns have changed

Christmas buying is getting earlier and overall sales have dropped in many centres, not helped by snow on the peak live tree weekend, closing some centres. Despite this, overall garden centre sales are up for 2017. Read more

Snow affected Christmas Tree sales

Fire and theft disrupt Garden Centres' Xmas trading

Webbs was ramraided, Father Christmas had to flee a blazing grotto at Notcutts and thieves have been active as garden centres get busy for Christmas. Read more

Investment pays off for Creative Gardens

Creative Gardens beats the GCA averages following improvement works. Overall, almost as many centres were down in July as up. Read more

Creative Gardens' house plants area

Garden centres making the headlines around the country

Garden centres have made headlines in their areas for reasons as different as a fire, planning permission for housing, giving a facelift to a hospital garden and pleading not guilty to breaching planning laws.  Read more

Fire at Solent Nurseries

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