Spacious new restaurant opens at Notcutts in Woodbridge

A bright and spacious new restaurant has opened its doors at Notcutts Woodbridge Garden Centre after a complete refurbishment project which began last summer. Read more

Taylors Bulbs make donation to The Greenfingers Charity for “Little Daffodils”

To celebrate their Centenary during 2019, Taylors Bulbs teamed up with nearly 250 garden retailers across the UK to get children gardening through their “Little Daffodils” initiative. Read more

Little Daffodils graphic from Taylors Bulbs

Christmas comes early for Greenfingers thanks to Primeur’s latest fundraising donation

Yesterday at the annual Garden Press Event the team from Primeur – the brand behind the game changing ECO Garden and Might Mats collections – presented the Greenfingers team with a special fundraising cheque for a phenomenal £4,000. Read more

Primeur presents Greenfingers with 4000 cheque.

Make Garden Re-Leaf your reason to feel warm and fuzzy in 2020 as more names sign up!

With Garden Re-Leaf just days away (13th March 2020), why not grab your ‘warm and fuzzy’ by participating in the garden retail industry’s number one fundraising event?a Read more

Grace House officially opens Greenfingers garden

Volunteers needed to support the 2020 Garden Re-Leaf Sponsored Walk & Cycle Challenge

Greenfingers, the organisers of the annual Garden Re-Leaf Sponsored Walk and Cycle Challenge, has issued a call to action to the garden retail industry, asking for volunteers to support this year’s event. Read more

Join the Garden Re-Leaf Day Sponsored Walk & Cycle Challenge

Teamwork makes the dream work – Join the Garden Re-Leaf Day Sponsored Walk & Cycle Challenge to raise vital funds for the children’s hospice garden charity. Read more

Green-tech Supports Time to Talk Day on Thursday 6th February

Green-tech is supporting Time to Talk Day on Thursday 6 February and encouraging as many people as possible to choose to talk about mental health. Read more

Time to talk Group

Garden Centres of Excellence - winners announced at GCA conference

The winners of the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) most prestigious awards including its Garden Centres of Excellence were announced at its annual conference yesterday (Tuesday, January 28, 2020). Read more

Barton Grange Garden Centre - Destination Garden Centre of the Year

Review of 2019

Here is a summary of the news stories published on Gardenforum during 2019:  Wyevale disintegration and the expansion of other groups, the environment, supplier consolidation and people in the news.  This review is open to all. 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

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

The Garden Re-Leaf Walk – why two walkers keep coming back!

Every idea has to start somewhere and in the case of the annual Garden Re-Leaf Day Walk it started at a bar where many “great” ideas begin! Read more

Kimberley Hornby, Matthew Mein and Vicky Nuttall - the 100 milers.

The Woodworks Garden Centre Cafe wins prestigious award

The Woodworks Garden Centre Café (part of the P&A Group) has been announced as Café of the Year 2019 by the Chester and North Wales Cyclists’ Touring Club. Read more

New gardens and nature campaign targets better health

Reducing stress and anxiety by connecting to the therapeutic power of gardens and nature is the target of a new campaign being launched today. Read more

National Children’s Gardening Week 23 – 31 May 2020

National Children’s Gardening Week (NCGW) promotes gardening to the general public and encourages garden centres across the UK to hold events throughout the week of 23 – 31 May 2020. Read more

Garden Day is back in May 2020 - Be Part of it!

Garden Day is back on Sunday, 10th May 2020 with fresh ideas, tools and resources for garden retailers to engage with the nationwide community benefit movement. Read more

Two tickets to the new Greenfingers Summer Ball up for grabs

To add an exciting sense of competition to this year’s Garden Re-Leaf, Greenfingers Charity has confirmed that there are two tickets to its glittering Charity Summer Ball up for grabs for the garden centre which raises the most over the Garden Re-Leaf weekend. Read more

Wyevale Nurseries continues to modernise vehicle fleet

One of the UK’s leading nurseries is this month (February 2020) continuing to modernise its vehicle fleet with the purchase of another new low emissions lorry. Read more

Andy Johnson Managing Director handing over the keys to the new vehicle to lorry driver Glen Powell.

Zest 4 Leisure reveals charity of the year for 2020

Zest 4 Leisure has announced that Macmillan Cancer Support will be its chosen charity for 2020. Employees will undertake a series of fundraising initiatives throughout the year to raise much needed funds for the organisation. Read more

Garden centres receive top awards at GCA conference

Garden centre staff across the country are celebrating after receiving awards at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference in Bristol yesterday (Monday, January 27, 2020). Read more

Bents Garden and Home - Barton Grange Trophy for Commercial Creativity and Innovation winners.

Dobbies to consider float in a year or so UPDATED

Dobbies says that its underlying sales are around £300m after acquisitions and 5% like for like growth. Chairman Andrew Bracey says it will look to float on the Stock Exchange “in a year or so”. Read more

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

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

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