New Dawn for 8 Wyevale Garden Centres

Blue Diamond has, today, moved in to the eight garden centres it bought from Wyevale telling the employees it’s a ‘New Dawn’. Read more

31 August vote on Homebase CVA

Homebase has confirmed it is planning a Company Voluntary Arrangement and lists a further 42 stores that will close over the next 16 months. Read more

Homebase set to announce store closures next week

Hilco owned Homebase is expected next week to announce a CVA and closure of around 60 more stores. Read more

New gardening director for Homebase

Homebase appointed Mike Norton as director of gardening and building in July. The group, recently purchased by Hilco, is reported to be closing its horticultural offices in Swindon. Read more

Ames starts process of merging sales teams

Ames UK has started the process of rationalising the agency sales teams of Kelkay, La Hacienda and its most recent acquisition Anchor Fast. Read more

Anchor Fast acquisition demonstrates Ames’ UK ambitions

Ames makes its 3rd acquisition in a year, adding Anchor Fast to its UK stable that already holds Kelkay and La Hacienda. It plans continued expansion in the UK and Ireland. Read more

Anchor Fast Exmouth BBQ shelter

New MD for Vitax

Vitax Limited, one of the UK’s leading garden and horticulture manufacturers has appointed a new managing director as it drives forward with its ambitious growth plans. Read more

Carl Welsh and Mark Butler

Syngenta buys Floranova to build its flowers business in Asian markets

Syngenta announced today it has acquired Floranova a flower and home garden vegetable seeds breeder with a broad portfolio and customers in over 50 countries. Read more

Jeff Colegrave (left), Michael Kester (center)and Dominic Lacey (right)

Verisem buys Franchi Seeds to create new major seed group

Franchi Sementi has been acquired by Verisem Distribution, with Giampiero Franchi joining the parent company board to develop the company’s distribution, including in the UK. Read more

Scientists find 95% of Britain’s water butts contained legionella bacteria

Yesterday’s Sunday Times reports, “Homeowners who follow government advice to use water butts to hose their gardens and wash their cars risk exposing themselves to a dose of deadly legionella bacteria.” Read more

It’s been tough for garden leisure importers

Despite eye-catching new products at Solex, it’s been tough for garden leisure importers and not just because of the weather.  They have faced delayed deliveries, adverse cash-flows, rising costs and compliance with LOFA Assured. Read more

Animal foot stools from Gardeco

Farplants adds designer house plants to its range

Farplants, the West Sussex nursery co-operative for ornamental garden plants, has added house plants to its product portfolio for the first time. Read more

Scotts in UK becomes Evergreen Garden Care

Evergreen Garden Care UK is the new name for The Scotts Company (UK) and signals a new strategy and direction for the business. Read more

Will Wyevale be broken up?

Terra Firma says it has received a significant number offers for all and for parts of the business and is now considering its options. Gardenforum considers the signs to look out for. Read more

Shire Garden Buildings fully operational after a major fire

Around 50 firefighters and 12 appliances were called to a major fire yesterday at Shire the garden buildings manufacturer at Wisbech in Cambridgeshire. Read more

Kingfisher unveils B&Q growth for May, June and July

Good sales growth for B&Q in Q2 were driven by a strong performance of weather-related categories. Read more

Veronique Laury at RHS Hampton Court

Peter Utting, CEO of Gardman provides an update on stock availability

Following the devastating fire on the 12th March that destroyed almost all our inventory, we have been working hard to quickly rebuild stock cover and service to our customers. Due to production capacity constraints of a limited number of our suppliers they have not been able to meet these delivery dates and here is an update. Read more

Peter Utting

Mr Fothergill’s Seeds celebrates its 40th year with a Pudsey link

Mr Fothergill’s Seeds celebrated its 40th year by announcing several initiatives for 2019 including a link with BBC Children in Need. Read more

Mr Fothergill's staff with Pudsey

Hillier to phase in taupe recyclable plant pots

Looking for alternatives to single use plastic within its business, Hillier Nurseries will be phasing in the new taupe kerbside recyclable plant pot, replacing the old black plastic pot. Read more

Hortipak is co-founder of a new international horticulture media group

Hortipak has joined leading horticultural marketing groups across Europe and the USA to form the Media Concept Group. Read more

James Buffoni

Squire’s Garden Centres purchases Frensham Garden Centre

J. Squire & Co. Ltd (“Squire’s”) and Wheelhouse Warehousing Ltd (“Wheelhouse”) are pleased to announce the purchase of Frensham Garden Centre by Squire’s from Wheelhouse. The purchase was completed on 1 August 2018. Read more

L-r: Martin Breddy, Sarah Squire, David Wheelhouse, Colin Squire, Brian Phillips.

Graeme Jenkins is the new CEO of Dobbies

Dobbies names Graeme Jenkins as Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect replacing Nicholas Marshall, who has not been seen at the business for some months. Read more

Graeme Jenkins

Notcutts gets consent for £multi-million upgrade of Woodbridge GC

Notcutts has been given planning consent for a major redevelopment and upgrade of its Woodbridge garden centre, the group’s original site. Read more

Julian Herbert, Caroline Notcutt, Nick Burrows, Nicky Dulieu, Bryan Laxton

Blue Diamond acquisitions begin the break-up of Wyevale

Contracts were exchanged today for Blue Diamond to acquire 8 garden centres from Wyevale as Terra Firma starts the break-up of the country’s biggest garden centre group. 2 other sites have also been sold. Read more

Percy Thrower - Soon to be a Blue Diamond Garden Centre

James Whiteley brings Nova Garden Furniture back to life

James Whiteley, managing director of the online retailer White Stores, has bought the trading name of Nova Garden Furniture and has started wholesaling. Read more

James Whiteley

Wyevale bidding enters stage 2

Wyevale bidders will be anticipating calls after the garden centre group announced the start of stage two of the sale where it will give additional information to those bidders who have made it through the initial stage.  Read more

Stax buys Groundsman brush range

Stax Trade Centres has added to its own-brand products lines with the acquisition of the Groundsman range of household brooms, brushes and dustpans, which was previously distributed by LG Harris. Read more

Simon Wright, Stax Purchasing Director

EWM bids for then withdraws from Wyevale

Soon after Sky News reported that Edinburgh Woollen Mill owner Philip Day had lodged an offer for Wyevale, their bid was withdrawn. Read more

Wyevale's Percy Thrower garden centre

Homebase to axe 300 head office jobs

Hilco has started its remedial action after taking control of Homebase with an announcement that 300 head office jobs will go by November. How many stores will close? Read more

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

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