Wyevale changes Garden Club (UPDATED)

Wyevale is changing its Garden Club from a points based reward scheme to instant rewards with 5% discount at the till or online. It will also stop selling its own branded gift cards. Read more

Warning about scam banking emails

ScanCom has warned of scam emails to customers purporting to change a suppliers banking details. They are very believable and could fool the unwary. Several companies have had similar experiences. Read more

Wyevale Garden Centres agrees the sale of 31 centres to Dobbies Garden Centres

Wyevale Garden Centres have announced the sale of 31 centres to Dobbies Garden Centres for an undisclosed sum. Read more

Moreton Park

Hillier looks to a next generation for a 74th consecutive Chelsea Gold

The Stihl Hillier centrepiece of the Great Pavillion will be a first Chelsea garden for young designer Lilly Gomm.  She will be backed by a new young team of growers from Hillier Nurseries. Read more

Jo & Emma Fell, Chris Francis, Robert Hillier, Lilly Gomm and Peter Gill

Evergreen TV campaign to improve connection with consumers

Evergreen has started its TV campaign for Miracle-Gro and Roundup which runs till the middle of June. Read more

Paul Grinsell to leave as BHETA restructures

Following the purchase of Brooke House Exhibitions, BHETA is to restructure with Will Jones as COO and Clare Holland as finance director. Read more

Paul Grinsell

APAC to build centre next to Wyevale Rowena

APAC Group is to build its first floristry centre, a new concept, next to Wyevale’s Rowena garden centre in Leicester. Read more

Wyevale to close Crowland at the end of April

Wyevale is to close Crowland garden centre Nr Peterborough at the end of April if no buyer has been found, according to local news reports. Read more

30+ Wyevale garden centres likely to be sold

The sale of 30+ Wyevale garden centres is likely to be announced within weeks with Dobbies a likely purchaser and other groups in negotiations. Read more

Andover, one of the Wyevale garden centres yet to be sold

Three more garden centres for Blue Diamond

Blue Diamond announced the locations of a further 3 garden centres, including its biggest, at last night’s awards evening as Alan Roper received a standing ovation to recognise his 20 years contribution. Read more

David Danning hides behind the Blue Diamond fashion team

Fleurie Nursery buys Star Plants

Fleurie Nursery, one of 3 growers belonging to Tristram Plants has acquired fellow Farplants producer, Star Plants. Read more

Erysium Bowles Mauve No 1.

Wyevale sells 2 more garden centres

Wyevale has sold Barnett Hill Garden Centre to Cherry Lane Garden Centres and Seven Hills Garden Centre at Walton on Thames to a property developer. Read more

Seven Hills Garden Centre

Defra consults on waste and updates no-deal Brexit plant import advice

The government is consulting on proposed changes to regulations on waste and resources that will affect many companies. It has also updated its guidance on importing plants and plant products in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Read more

Caulders buys 2 garden centres from Dobbies

Caulders has purchased Cumbernauld and Kinross garden centres from Dobbies. This will increase Caulders portfolio to 7 garden centres – all in Central Scotland. Read more

Wyevale Garden Centres sells a further six garden centres

Wyevale is selling five garden centres to British Garden Centres and gets ready for the season with a vast majority of its remaining centres. Read more

Bold Heath Garden Centre

Cherry Lane opens 3rd nursery

Cherry Lane garden centres has opened nursery No. 3 to supply ‘Grown by Us’ to its 13 value driven garden centres. Read more

Grown By Us 6 pack pansies - £2.49

By 2020 Dobbies' offer will be completely different

As the Dobbies deal is announced, Marcus Eyles told GIMA suppliers his task is to put a heritage gardening brand back on the map after the difficult Tesco years. By 2020 the Dobbies offer must be completely different. Read more

Marcus Eyles

Wyevale enters the end game

Wyevale will have realised almost 80% of the its value when the current sales complete. 59 of its mostly smaller garden centres will remain. Consultation is to start on reducing the size of head office. We look at the list of garden centres sold. Read more

Stratford on Avon, to be acquired by Dobbies

Wyevale Garden Centres agrees sale of six garden centres

Wyevale Garden Centres has announced two transactions for a total of six centres to garden centre groups Hillier Nurseries and Otter Nurseries. Read more

Cheddar Garden Centre

Haskins Garden Centre in Snowhill opens new temporary building

Julian Winfield, CX of Haskins, said, “Doing the construction in two phases like this has undoubtedly added time and cost to the project, but we believe that there are enormous benefits to our approach.” Read more

Facelift for Leighton Buzzard garden centre

The new owner of Leighton Buzzard Garden Centre has just completed phase 1 of a face lift.  He also owns Willington Garden Centre near Bedford and owns a supplier of terracotta glazed pots. Read more

Notcutts recognises its best performers

Notcutts Garden Centres, has hosted its annual conference and awards dinner to celebrate the success of colleagues and teams across its 18 garden centres nationwide. Read more

Norwich Garden Centre won the award for Best Restaurant Performance

Dobbies signs up to Nisa

Dobbies has identified an opportunity to grow sales by addressing visitors everyday shopping needs.  This has led to a deal with Nisa across 35 foodhalls. Read more

Prime Minister helps Hare Hatch Sheeplands retail again

The Prime Minister has helped convince a planning inspector to allow Hare Hatch Sheeplands to re-open a garden shop 22 months after it lost its planning battle with Wokingham District Council. Read more

Rob Scott

Veronique Laury to leave Kingfisher

Veronique Laury the Group CEO of Kingfisher is to leave along with 2 other executives. The announcement coincided with news of a fall in profits at group that owns B&Q and Castorama in France. Read more

Véronique Laury

Hillier boosts efficiency with Despatch redevelopment

Hillier Nurseries has completed a major redevelopment of the Despatch facility at the company’s nursery in Hampshire. Read more

Hillview sells Billing and Pavilion

Hillview Garden Centres has sold the two sites to the charity Shaw Trust as forecast by Gardenforum last month. Read more

Smart gets to grips with Briers

Since acquiring glove supplier Briers earlier this month, Smart says it has been ‘running hard’ to restore the business but there will still be some gaps until its re-launch in September. Read more

Council to debate housing on Hare Hatch garden centres

A parish council is to debate the future of Wyevale’s Hare Hatch Garden Centre and the controversial Hare Hatch Sheeplands. Both have been zoned for possible re-development in Wokingham Borough Council’s draft local plan. Read more

Hare Hatch Garden Centre

Recent sales mitigate Wyevale’s cashflow risks

2017 Accounts for Wyevale Garden Centres Capital show a loss of £-105.3m and warn of material uncertainty concerning the ability of the group to meet its liabilities. Today the Wyevale CEO says the recent sales mitigate this risk. Read more

Andover - oe of the garden centres still for sale

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