Garden centre falls foul of the law for a second time this year

The owner of Plants Galore in S. Devon has been fined almost £13,000 after a massive fire of illegally stored waste.  Earlier the company was caught charging for accepting credit and debit cards. Read more

SBM and Barrus join forces with merchandising deal

SBM Life Science and E. P. Barrus have agreed a joint merchandising partnership for key UK garden centres. Read more

Westland expresses confidence in Gardman sales team UPDATED

Westland says real progress is being made with Gardman.  Order volume is now close to last year’s levels. There will be 95% availability for next season and customer loyalty has been beyond expectations. UPDATED with comments from Edward Conroy. Read more

Thermoflor rescued from bankruptcy

Thermoflor, the Dutch manufacturer of retail buildings for garden centres, will restart operations in the UK having been bought by KSPL Holding. Read more

Third generation takes control at Langlands

James Ducker, grandson of the founder, has completed an MBO to buy Langlands from other members of his family. The group has 3 garden centres in the North of England. Read more

Robert, James and Janet Ducker

Rosebourne completes purchase of Wyevale's Hampton-in-Arden

Rosebourne and Wyevale have completed a deal, first announced in September, for the purchase of Hampton-in-Arden garden centre by Rosebourne. Read more

Tates confirm purchase of Old Barn from Wyevale

Tates of Sussex has revealed that Wyevale’s Old Barn Garden centre is now part of its group.  This is the 31st Garden centre to be sold by Wyevale. Read more

Fargro to offer a finance service for growers

Fargro, the growers’ wholesaler, has formed a new division to help growers access flexible finance that reflects the seasonal fluctuations of their businesses. It can be put to a number of uses including investment in new technologies. Read more

New Homebase chairman is former CEO of HMV

Hilco has named Ian Topping as non-exec chairman of Homebase. It hopes he can repeat his successful turnaround of HMV, also controlled by the private equity group. Read more

Ian Topping

Desch Plantpak has acquired SKY-LIGHT's horticulture activities

Desch Plantpak has agreed to acquire the assets of Danish SKY-LIGHT that are used for the production of horticultural trays and reminds people about the enormous added value of recycled plastic. Read more

Thermoflor awaits outcome of sale negotiations

Thermoflor has ceased trading following the bankruptcy of its parent The Grimbergen Group declared at Maastrict last week. Another of the group’s companies is Bright building. Read more

Rosebourne under construction

The Choice Marketing awards go to …

At the Choice Marketing  Annual Conference and Dinner, Westland was named supplier of the year, Farplants was grower of the year and Widdop was awarded gift supplier of the year. Read more

Michelle de Lavis-Trafford, Sue Grant, Andrew Illingworth, Mike Cook from Choice

B&Q to scrap overnight replenishment

200 management roles are likely to be lost as B&Q plans to abandon overnight replenishment of shelves in store. Read more

Gardman has been put up for sale

Gardman has appointed PwC to sell the business as a consequence of financial pressures following the warehouse fire in March 2018. Directors hope a new buyer will be found in the next 2 weeks. Read more

Change of ownership but business as usual for Bransford Webbs

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company has today announced a change in the ownership of the company in order to ensure the security of the business for the future. Read more

L to R, Ed Webb, Christine Chalmers, Richard Colbourne, Adrian Marskell, Will Tooby

Koelnmesse parts company with Katharina C. Hamma

Koelnmesse, operator of spoga+gafa in Cologne has parted company with its COO citing a strategic difference of views. Read more

Katharina C. Hamma

Notcutts grows sales but not profits

Exchange rates hit profits at Notcutts in 2017. There’s a new livery and an online store will be coming early in 2019 as 5-year development plan grows sales. Read more

Tunbridge Wells

B&M profits from earlier sell through of gardening and outdoor

Margins lift at value retailer B&M as it is on course to open 58 new stores this year. Read more

Further heavy losses for Wyevale as the FT reports a delay in the sale process

A report by the Financial Times suggests the Wyevale sale process could continue to mid-December. Recently issued accounts for Trellis Investments, Wyevale’s holding company, indicate the group needs to sell garden centres to meet its financial covenants. Read more

Westland buys Erin from Leisuregrow

Westland Horticulture has confirmed the purchase of Erin Horticulture in the Irish Republic. The company was part of Leisuregrow. Read more

New planning consent will continue recent expansion of Bell Plantation

Bell Plantation has this week received permission for an additional 11,000 sq ft. to continue its rapid expansion, having opened 10,000 sq ft. 6 weeks ago. Work will start immediately. Read more

Ashley Warren, Sophie and Freddie

Squire’s Windsor closes its doors for the last time

Squire’s closed Windsor Garden Centre on 31st October. It has been earmarked for housing since 2015. Following the acquisition of Frensham garden centre in August the group continues to operate 15 garden centres. Read more

Dobbies buys Woodcote Green

Wyevale Garden Centres has announced the sale of Woodcote Green Garden centre in South London to Dobbies and confirms that other bidders remain for a small group or portfolio of garden centres. Read more

Westland paid £4m for Gardman

PwC, the Gardman administrator has circulated details of the Gardman sale to creditors. Unsecured creditors may get a partial payment. Read more

Gardman agents draw confidence from Westland meeting

Westland releases Gardman containers held at the docks and meets the agents, while creditors await news from administrators. Read more

Westland acquires Gardman Group

Westland Horticulture has acquired Gardman Group and has immediately taken them out of administration. The purchase includes all trading assets, stock, infrastructure and Gardman brands. Read more

Gardman outcome will be confirmed next week

Gardman tells staff that it remains optimistic that a sale can be achieved next week to avoid administration. Read more

Kelkay team to head Ames expansion into new product categories

Ames has placed senior managers from Kelkay at the core of its new executive management team for the UK and Ireland promising to take the group into a number of new categories. Read more

Richard Slade, Antony Harker, Richard Pyrah & Sarah Winn

Wyevale sells 5 large garden centres to Dobbies

Wyevale has announced the sale of 5 of its largest garden centres to Dobbies, bringing the Dobbies total to 39 sites. Read more

Gloucester, bought  by Wyevale from Blooms

Stewarts apologise as Father Christmas ticketing crashes for 2nd year

Despite stress testing everything and a new provider, the ticketing system used by Stewarts for Father Christmas visits crashed for a second year, swamped by 300 calls a minute. Read more

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