B&Q closes for a day

Government classifies DIY and Hardware as essential. B&Q closes for a day as it prepares to provide only essential products. Homebase remains open but its website is unavailable. Read more

HTA calls for signatures to save UK ornamental horticulture

The HTA calls on companies to sign an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for support for UK ornamental growers whose businesses are threatened by the closure of garden centres at this, the worst possible time. Read more

Johnston & Jeff celebrates 140 years with £1m factory expansion

Bird seed manufacturer Johnston & Jeff is flying high with the announcement of a £1m expansion of its factory at Gilberdyke, East Yorkshire. Read more

Richard Johnston

Wyevale raised £430m from selling its garden centres

2018 results just published for Wyevale Garden Centres Capital show that the 145 garden centres were sold for £430m and that a substantial dividend has been paid to its shareholder. Read more

Blue Diamond celebrates

Blue Diamond celebrated a successful year of growth with a night of pizzazz and glamour, naming Harlow (Acorn) and Derby (Oak) as its garden centres of the year. Read more

Alan Roper opens the Awards

Extension works complete at Laylocks in Worcester

Construction work has completed ahead of schedule on a 470sqm extension at Laylocks Garden Centre near Worcester, despite the terrible weather. Read more

Hannah and Martin Warr with the new extension

New UK distributor for Lechuza

The Lechuza brand of self-watering pots and planters has a new distributor in the UK, Instadecor, that trades in the UK as Get Potted. There's also a new online shop. Read more

Antony Harker confirms his links with BGC

Antony Harker has confirmed that he will not be accepting an offer of a strategic advisory role with AMES UK. He has made a significant investment in and holds an advisory role with in British Garden Centres. Read more

Antony Harker

Homebase signs with SmartPlant after successful trial

After a successful year-long trial Homebase has added its complete plant range to the SmartPlant App providing its customers with a free digital plant caring assistant. Read more

Homebase is back in the black

Homebase has returned to profit ahead of plan; proposes to complete CVA 18 months early and will expand its product range to be a single destination for home and garden projects. Read more

Growth continues at Tong

Tong sales grew +8.6% to over £9m last year. The Yorkshire garden centre has also completed the first phase of a major development project, which is performing strongly. Read more

More about Haskins’ purchase of Forest Lodge

Haskins reveals its priorities for Forest Lodge Garden Centre, Bird World and Garden Style as it sets about getting to know the businesses and moving them onto their platforms. Read more

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Floods close Winnersh garden centre

Winnersh garden centre has posted a notice to say that it has been flooded and that it and all businesses on the site will be closed, indefinitely. Read more

Highfield has won outline consent to extend further

Leading Gloucestershire independent Highfield Garden World has gained outline consent to extend its rapidly growing business, with work due to start later this year. Read more

Haskins seals deal for Forest Lodge and Bird World

Haskins has completed the purchase of Denys E.Head, the parent of Forest Lodge garden centre.  This is the group’s 5th site and will bring it into direct competition with the flagship sites of Blue Diamond and Squire's. Read more

Blue Diamond closes its stores but Dobbies remains open

In light of the Prime Minister’s latest restrictions of movement to control Coronavirus, Blue Diamond and Rosebourne decide to close but Dobbies says it ‘continues to operate our stores to serve our local communities’. Read more

Garden centres take decision to close

Klondyke, Millbrook and number of leading garden centres have announced that they are closing, doing what’s best for staff and customers during the Coronavirus crisis. Others are set to follow. Read more

HTA writes to members as Coronavirus closes restaurants

As restaurants on garden centres are closed in the battle to contain Coronavirus, HTA chairman James Barnes writes to members promising HTA support and announcing a weekly survey on trading. Read more

HTA chairman, James Barnes

B&Q’s parent closes 235 French and Spanish stores

Following the announcement by the French government to close all non-essential public places, effective from today, all 221 of Kingfisher’s Castorama and Brico Dépôt stores in France have closed for a month. Read more

Hortipak Coronavirus Statement

Given the facts that the COVID-19 virus is categorised as a pandemic, that cases in the UK are rising and set to rise further over the coming weeks, Hortipak have put the following precautionary measures in place... Read more

Warren cuts the ribbon at Haskins Snowhill

A successful month after its soft opening, Haskins’ Snowhill Garden Centre celebrated with a formal ribbon cutting by Warren Haskins and his son and daughter-in-law. Read more

Jamie, Ally and Warren Haskins, with Julian Winfield and Snowhill team members.  Photo: Peter Dawson

Agralan purchases Remin Volcanic Rock Dust

Agralan has bought a majority shareholding in Remin Volcanic Rock Dust. The purchase will bring the soil and compost remineraliser to a wider customer base. Read more

Blue Diamond’s Scotch Corner garden centre is one step nearer

The proposed Scotch Corner Designer Village will open in autumn 2021. Plans for the garden centre are being drawn up based on specifications agreed with Blue Diamond. Read more

Rachel de Thame joins the NGS as a new Ambassador

The National Garden Scheme is delighted to welcome Rachel de Thame, one of the country’s favourite gardening media personalities, as its new Ambassador. Read more

Rachel de Thame

H E Knowles in administration for the second time in 3 years

HE Knowles (manufacturing) Ltd (10473767), maker of garden tools in the West Midlands, appointed RSM Restructuring Advisory as administrator in January 2020.  Read more

Fron Goch to start major extension

Fron Goch garden centre in North Wales starts a £1.5m facelift next week, with a new main entrance, an shop extension and a larger external plant canopy. Read more

BGC strengthens its senior management

The rapidly expanding British Garden Centre Group has added to its management board headed by Charles and Robert Stubbs. Other senior management, including buyers, have also been added to. Read more

Haskins opens Snowhill

Haskins has opened Snowhill Garden Centre having completed a £15m redevelopment. The first weekend was very successful says Julian Winfield, despite the close attention of Storm Dennis. Read more

Picture: Peter Dawson

Westland to launch the ‘Greatest Grow on Earth’

Westland has employed Quiet Storm as its new advertising agency. Its first output will be Westland’s biggest TV advertising campaign for peat-free compost. Read more

Hillier and Squire’s make long-term commitment with The Planet Mark

Hillier and Squire’s Garden Centres have signed with The Planet Mark to develop a credible, measurable approach to sustainability.  Hillier has also been awarded ISO 14001 accreditation. Read more

Sarah Squire and Martin Breddy

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