Blue Diamond wins People Choice Award at Chelsea

The Octavia Hill Garden by Blue Diamond with the National Trust wins coveted People’s Choice Award – its third award of the week – at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Read more - members only

Andy Jasper, Ann-Marie Powell with Alan Roper

Sustainability award for Southern Trident

Southern Trident celebrates success at North Lincolnshire Business Awards 2024 as the winner of 'The HETA Green Sustainability Award'. Read more - open to all

Final piece in Amenity puzzle for Hillier

New appointment at Hillier Trees, marks the conclusion of a two-and-a-half year focus on developing the company’s industry leading amenity team. Read more - members only

Will Innes-Taylor

Dobbies raises £110k for teenagers and young adults living with cancer    

Dobbies has donated £110,000 raised in the last year to its National Charity Partner, Teenage Cancer Trust, taking its total raised over nearly a decade to £1.39m.   Read more - open to all

The BIG news from Fairways

Fairways announced on Saturday that it has acquired Forest Garden Centre in Matlock! Read more - members only

Waterside Garden Centre has a “Bonkers” opening

Following extensive flooding and a £3m - £4m insurance bill, Waterside Garden Centre is open in time for the May Bank Holiday weekend. Read more - members only

Michael Gove meets Evergreen Garden Care

Michael Gove, Member of Parliament for Surrey Heath, visited Evergreen Garden Care in his constituency prior to the Horticultural Peat Private Members Bill discussion in the House of Commons later this month. Read more - members only

Michael Gove with Colin Stephens

Westland Garden Newspaper

Westland Horticulture is launching The Westland Garden, a free newspaper for garden centres to distribute to customers. Read more - open to all

Dobbies appoints Robert Cook as board advisor

Hospitality professional, Robert Cook, has joined Dobbies Garden Centres as a board advisor to support the strategic development of its restaurant business. Read more - open to all

Robert Cook

£98m loss for Bloom and Wild   

Change of strategy for Bloom and Wild, the online flower delivery company, as sales fall and losses mushroom in the new, post-Covid normal. Read more - members only

Castacrete's plans for Hawley Garden Centre

The former family-run Hawley Garden Centre in Sutton-at-Hone, near Dartford, has been sold to new owners, Kent-based Castacrete. Read more - members only

Rev. Dave Walker buys Birley Moor Garden Centre

The Reverend Dave Walker and his son William, have acquired Birley Moor Garden Centre and Aquatics with a vision to transform it into a vibrant and inclusive community hub. Read more - members only

Chris Dale shakes the hand of Rev Dave Walker

HNS Growers cautiously optimistic for the Spring

An early, wet Easter, potentially holding back garden centre sales, has created some challenges for hardy nursery stock growers. Despite that, they remain cautiously optimistic… Read more - members only

Trees ready for sale at Frank P Matthews

Challenging year of expansion for Yorkshire Garden Centres

2023 results from Yorkshire Garden Centres reveal a challenging post-pandemic year of falling sales and expansion plus a joint venture with Antony Harker’s Altia Estates. Read more - members only

Dobbies adds Chief Marketing Officer to senior team

Following the recent appointment of a new CFO and a new Commercial director, Dobbies has added an experienced Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Phil Thomas, to its team. Read more - members only

Phil Thomas, new Dobbies Chief Marketing Officer

Blue Diamond - UK’s largest garden centre group by sales

Latest accounts from Blue Diamond show profit before tax up +16% and confirms it has become the UK’s largest garden centre business by sales. Read more - members only

Royal Warrant for Melcourt

Melcourt are very proud to announce the grant of a Royal Warrant from His Majesty The King. Read more - open to all

Community groups win in Dobbies national campaign

Dobbies Garden Centres has revealed the community and charity groups across the UK that will receive support to help transform, restore or start their indoor or outdoor green spaces this year.  Read more - open to all

STIHL GB unveils Contra House

STIHL GB announces the grand opening of its new, purpose-built head office and state-of-the-art distribution centre named Contra House, ushering in a new chapter of innovation and service excellence for the business.  Read more - members only

Contra House in homage to the iconic STIHL Contra chainsaw

Scotsdales completes phase 1 of redevelopment UPDATED

UPDATED: Caroline Owen announces the completion of Phase 1 of the redevelopment project at Scotsdales Garden Centre and outlines Phases 2 &£ Read more - members only

Multi-media advertising campaign for Dobbies

Dobbies has launched a multi-media advertising campaign called "Spring’s OUR thing" that runs until mid-June. Read more - members only

Squire's charts a steady course

‘Charting a steady course in marginally calmer waters’ probably best describes Squire’s performance in their financial year ending 31 July 2023. Read more - members only

Plant Healthy appoints new Director

The Trustees of Plant Healthy Limited have announced the appointment of Malcolm Catlin as its new Project Director, effective from 29 April 2024.  Read more - open to all

Malcolm Catlin

Bradford garden centre group beats industry giants

The team at a Bradford-headquartered garden centre group is celebrating after winning a national HR award for the second consecutive year.

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Neil Barwise-Carr (Head of People & Culture) and Becki Smith (People & Culture Business Partner)

Everyday low prices deliver profitable growth for B&M

B&M, the value goods retailer with a significant gardening offer, unveils +10% increase in revenue and profit for the year to 30/3/24. Read more - members only

Dobbies continues to add experience to top team

Dobbies Garden Centres appoints Rajesh Gupta as strategy and business development director following 8 months as a consultant. This is the 7th appointment by Dobbies since last summer. Read more - members only

Rajesh Gupta

Stephen Pitcher to work with Dobbies in consultancy role

Dobbies has appointed Stephen Pitcher, the former director of gardening at Homebase, to work with the gardening and horticultural teams in a consultancy role. Read more - members only

Stephen Pitcher

Squire’s celebrates 60 years at Twickenham

Squire's Twickenham is celebrating its 60th Anniversary, commemorating the moment in 1964 when the group’s first garden centre was opened by Colin Squire. Read more - members only

Twickenham in the 80's

Management changes continue at Dobbies with departure of Marcus Eyles

Horticulture director Marcus Eyles is to leave Dobbies to work on the next chapter of his already 40 year-long career.  Read more - members only

Marcus Eyles

St John’s Garden Centre is sold to former employees

North Devon’s St John’s Garden Centre has changed hands after being acquired by two former employees, reports North Devon Today. Read more - members only

New owners Mark Toon (L) and Jason Mellett

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