Sir Terry says garden spend could double

Sir Terry Leahy former CEO of Tesco and current investor in Dobbies explained how retailing has changed.  Garden centres are well placed, gardening spend could double because of today’s issues. Read more

Sir Terry Leahy with presenter Daisy McAndrew

NemaKnights exclusive for DECCO

Environmental Factors have appointed DECCO Ltd as their exclusive distributor for NemaKnights. Read more

L-r: Andy Birrell, Jon Barnes and Andrew Ballantine (COO Decco)

New distribution centre for Kettler

Brand new £2m market-leading distribution centre takes centre stage at Kettler HQ. The extra high facility, which is centrally located adjacent to its current warehouse, will treble the company’s current onsite capacity. Read more

Paul Bevington, Managing Director & John Newburn, Operations Manager at Kettler.

B&M continues store openings

With 645 B&M store in the UK. B&M says it is becoming the destination store for important product categories from toys and Christmas decorations to gardening and DIY. Read more

The Internet Gardener to enter liquidation

The Internet Gardener has ceased trading and issued a notice of intent to enter liquidation. Read more

Notcutts chairman to step down

Notcutts is to start the search for a new chairman, following the announcement that Nicky Dulieu is stepping down.  Read more

Nicky Dulieu

Agrumi sells wholesale nursery to Folium and Flos Plants

Agrumi has announced that Folium and Flos Plants will be taking over its wholesale nursery on November 1st.  It will remain business as usual. Read more

Work starts on 40,000ft extension to Selby GC

Work has started on an extension to Selby Garden Centre in Yorkshire that is too small to be profitable.  The additions will more than double its turnover. Read more

Garden centres hit by Bonmarché administration

As many as 20 garden centres could be affected by the Bonmarché administration at the end of last week. Read more

Demand for British grown oaks soars as oak moth spreads

Hillier Trees has noted a surge in demand for British grown oaks.  Orders have increased by 93% year on year. Read more

Sami mature Quercus palustris

Stax and Primeur agree exclusive distribution deal on recycled range

The UK’s leading producer of garden products manufactured from recycled rubber has signed an exclusive new distribution deal with Stax Trade Centres. Read more

L-R: Sarah McLafferty, Simon Wright of Stax, Primeur’s Jenny Douthwaite & Stax’s Matthew Ball.

Blue Diamond offers to sell shares after record profits

Blue Diamond offers opportunity to buy shares after reporting a 56% increase in half year profits following strong trading in the core business and the 9 garden centres purchased from Wyevale.  Read more

Bicester Avenue

Latest results show mixed financial fortunes

Latest updates to our Company Results show 2018 was a year of mixed fortunes. Updates include Blue Diamond UK, Longacres, Stax, The Millbrook Garden Company, Pennells Holdings, Grange Fencing, Ball Colegrave and Synchemicals. Read more

Apollo's acquisition warms its winter trade

Apollo Gardening has recently acquired Manor Reproductions, an online retailer and wholesale supplier of fireside furnishings. Read more

Ames’ Antony Harker returns to garden centres

Antony Harker, formerly of Tong and Kelkay, is to step down as MD of Ames UK having acquired a stake in part of British Garden Centres. Read more

Richard Slade, Antony Harker and Richard Pyrah

Tough start for new Kingfisher CEO

There is much to do to improve our performance says Thierry Garnier, reporting his first quarterly results for Kingfisher. They show a like for like drop in sales at B&Q of -3.4%. Read more

Plans lodged for a new Blue Diamond garden centre

Plans have been submitted to build a garden centre that would be operated by Blue Diamond in the walled garden of the Elveden Estate. Read more

John Lewis opens concept store with garden design and farm shop

John Lewis opens a concept store experience at Southampton where specialists will advise on everything from wine and gardening to interiors and technology. Read more

Zöon on its way!    

Smart Garden have announced that first deliveries of their new Zöon Pet Range have started arriving in Garden Centres nationwide. Read more

Zöon pallet wrap

Warning for top online plant retailers

A free Insight report by Salience shows the top online plant retailers and how some well-known names have lost search engine visibility… Download the report and get advice. Read more

Mike Lind on the GCA, independence and the minimum wage

Monkton Elm’s Mike Lind gets ready to hand over the chairmanship of the GCA and warns that the proposed increase in minimum wage could be a significant threat for the garden centre sector. Read more

Mike Lind

Squires rolls out a new image

Squires is rolling out a storewide brand and signage refresh across its 15 garden centres. It has started with Badshot Lea. Read more

The vibrant berry hue at Frensham

YouGarden gets backing for MBO

YouGarden, the multi channel garden retailer whose revenues have grown 35% pa for the last 5 years, has completed an MBO with the backing of Kester Capital. Read more

Westonbirt Arboretum buys Silk Wood House

Forestry England and the Friends of Westonbirt have added to the National Arboretum for the first time in nearly 200 years by buying the next door Silk Wood House. Read more

Silk Wood House

Owners hope Syon Park will reopen in 2020

Northumberland Estates hopes to re-establish trading from Syon Park Garden Centre as soon as is feasible.  Wyevale closed the site last month. Read more

Major expansion work at Bransford Webbs

Following months of detailed planning, work is now underway on a major expansion at The Bransford Webbs Plant Company. Read more

Malcolm Scott helps resolve the Whitehall conundrum

Despite having permission for the 11,000 sq.m re-development of Whitehall garden centre in Lacock, Wiltshire, starting the project would have breached their planning terms. Read more

Rosebourne gets consent to expand Solihull

Rosebourne gets planning consent to expand and create its full offer at Solihull garden centre, formerly Hampton in Arden, that it acquired from Wyevale. Read more

Neudorff turns to DLF Seeds for UK distribution

Having withdrawn from exhibiting at Glee at the last minute, Neudorff has revealed that, with immediate effect, DLF Seeds will be distributing its garden products in the UK. Read more

Former manager buys Wyevale’s Woodlands Nursery

Husband and wife team Vicky and Jamie Downes have bought Woodlands Nursery from Wyevale.  The deal completed on October 1st. Read more

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