Stylish new look at Squire’s in Long Ditton

Squire’s Garden Centre in Long Ditton has a stylish new look, following a £700,000 investment to make it bigger and better than before! Read more

Plant area with a new canopy

Council threatens Hare Hatch Sheeplands with an injunction

Wokingham Borough Council has threatened Hare Hatch Sheeplands with court action despite a planning appeal being scheduled for September and a local petition signed by 8500 supporters. Read more

Rob Scott with Andrea Burlingham with some of the animals the centre needs to find homes for because

Customers hit by sickness at Old Railway Line GC on Mothers’ Day

40 people became unwell after visiting Old Railway Line Garden Centre on Mothers’ Day. The source of the outbreak is not yet known, but Norovirus could be the cause. Read more

Consent for potential new Blue Diamond GC at Leeds

Consent has been granted for a Le Friquet style garden centre at Leeds, making it potentially the 18th garden centre for Blue Diamond. Read more

Le Friquet

Director of Bristol garden centre must repay £125,000 after fraud conviction

Local newspapers report that the former finance director of Riverside Garden Centre in Bristol has been ordered to repay £125,000 stolen from a workers co-operative. Read more

Review of 2015 in the Garden Industry

2015 was an eventful year in the garden sector. Here is a round-up of some of the most important stories on Gardenforum throughout the year. This article is open to non-members. Read more

Bicester, one of the 8 garden centres bought by Black Rock for £112.5m

GCA names its best garden centres for Christmas

The GCA has named fifteen garden centres around the UK with the best overall Christmas displays. Read more

A deal has been reached to save London’s Garden Bridge project

“We are delighted the Garden Bridge can now progress,” says the chairman as a deal is agreed that will limit what London taxpayers will pay. Read more

Wyevale buys Wych Cross garden centre

Wyevale has completed the purchase of Wych Cross Garden Centre at Forest Row in E Sussex, recognised nationally for its rose collection. Read more

Sunny September did little for garden centre sales

Gardening sales fell in a sunny but cool September, while restaurants and food halls prospered. There is now clear evidence that the North has outperformed the rest in 2015 so far. Read more

Restaurant at Blue Diamond's Le Friquet garden centre

Two independent garden centres change hands

Garden centre agent, Alexander Mackie has sold two independent garden centres.  The first in Lincolnshire has been bought by the British Garden Centre Group; the second in Essex goes to an industry newcomer. Read more

Chapel Garden Centre

3 more garden centres join the GCA

Three garden centres have joined the Garden Centre Association, swelling the association membership to 180. Read more

Summer at Orchard Park

QVC suppliers make record donation to Garden Re-Leaf Day

Suppliers, such as Plants2Gardens who backed QVC’s Garden Re-Leaf Day 2015 activities, have helped raise in excess of £50,000 for this year's Greenfingers campaign. Read more

William Sinclair chief exec departs with immediate effect

William Sinclair has announced the departure of Peter Rush as chief executive with immediate effect.  He is replaced by a turnaround specialist after a poor start to the spring.

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Peter Rush

Review of 2014 in the Garden Industry

2014 has been dominated by the repositioning of the major gardening goods distributors following the demise of Solus.  The weather for once provided a good news story and towards the end of the year there was a flurry of activity from Wyevale as it picked up eight long established independent garden centres.  See the full review – which is open to all… Read more

Customers praise Trentham’s £1m new look

Blue Diamond completed a £1m refurbishment of Trentham Garden Centre at the end of March, winning the approval of its Staffordshire customers. Read more

Garden centres hitting the local headlines

A new garden centre opens near Braintree this week.  A man is arrested for assaulting a woman at Fermoys and British Garden Centres buy a small garden centre in East Durham. Read more

Grovewell buys MacFarlanes, near Folkestone

Grovewell Garden Centre has added a third garden centre to its group with the acquisition of MacFarlanes at Hawkinge. Read more

Edward Boult

Ingatestone garden centre ceases trading

Ingatestone Garden Centre in Billericay, Essex has been closed by its owner saying the business was no longer financially viable. Read more

Wyevale switches to Bord na Mona for its own brand compost

Bord na Mona emerges as the main growing media supplier to Wyevale Garden Centres, replacing Westland's William Sinclair.  The range will be marketed as Wyevale’s own compost. Read more

Lovania has ambitious plans for Seoint

Lovania Nurseries acquires Seoint Nurseries and Neil Alcock is made managing director. Read more

Neil Alcock

Garden centres escape damage from the floods

Northern garden centres seem to have escaped damage from the floods, but congestion from the Forth Road Bridge closure has affected sales in Scotland. Read more

Soft Play Barn solves a remote problem for Hillview

When Hillview Group bought Witney Garden Centre they were faced with a challenge. Although surrounded by people, how would they find the centre down a country lane in the middle of the Cotswolds? Read more

Witney Soft Play Barn

The HTA Needs You!

The HTA is looking for three new Council members to be the regional voice of the membership. “It is a great opportunity to see what is going on and influence it,” says President, Adam Wigglesworth. Read more

St Mellons reopens as Cardiff, a Wyevale Garden centre

2 years ago In November, Blooms at St Mellons in Cardiff was destroyed by fire. It has been rebuilt and reopened under its former manager. Read more

Mental health enterprise buys Grimsby Garden Centre

Grimsby garden centre, has been bought by a not for profit social enterprise, NAViGO, which runs all local mental health and associated services in North East Lincolnshire. Read more

Two Welsh garden centres join The Great Western Partnership

Two Welsh garden centres join The Great Western Partnership as the buying and marketing group seeks to expand its membership. Read more

Steve Searle, Store Manager at Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre

95% claim they ‘loved’ working at Bents

Matthew Bent, MD at Bents Garden & Home is blown away by the results from this year’s annual colleague survey. Read more

Matthew Bent

Morpeth traders oppose Wyevale’s clothing expansion UPDATED

Wyevale faces massive opposition from local traders as the group seeks to amend its planning permission at Heighley Gate garden centre. UPDATE - Permission has been granted Read more

Two thefts and a fire

It has been an eventful Christmas for a few garden centres around the country, who have had to contend with thefts and a fire.  For Goulds however there was good news. Read more

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