Blue Diamond celebrates

Blue Diamond rolled out the red carpet on Wednesday, 16th March, hosting their 6th Annual Blue Diamond Awards, with Newbridge Nurseries taking the top award. Read more

Garden Centre of the Year - Newbridge Nurseries

Jail warning for woman who stole £166,000 from a garden centre

Lynda Whalley helped herself to almost £166,000 over 9 years by falsifying the accounts at ACW garden centre in Bradford. Read more

Garden Centre Retail decides not to repeat Future Lines again next year

Eljays44, publisher of Garden Centre Retail, asks the people who preregistered for the Future Lines trade show why they didn’t attend. Read more

Customers hit by sickness at Old Railway Line GC on Mothers’ Day

40 people became unwell after visiting Old Railway Line Garden Centre on Mothers’ Day. The source of the outbreak is not yet known, but Norovirus could be the cause. Read more

Grower calls for quarantine system to prevent Xylella entering the UK

The MD of Barcham Trees warns, "Xylella is not in the UK yet, but if plant material keeps coming across from the continent without any thought to bio-security it is only a matter of time before this menace becomes a reality.” Read more

Mike Glover, MD Barcham Trees

Tillington tops £200m

The Tillington Group that pools the buying power of some of the country’s top garden centres has broken into the £200m turnover band. Read more

Wesfarmers takes control of Homebase

John Gillam, MD of Bunnings looks at the next 3 – 5 years for Homebase, adopting a measured approach that will start with getting ‘wider assortments and stronger stock weighting into the existing network’. Read more

Brantano shoe concessions saved

28 of the 29 Brantano concessions within garden centres have been saved as the shoe chain is bought back by the company that put it into administration. Read more

Hands holds talks about selling Wyevale

The Sunday Times reports that Guy Hands is considering launching an auction for Wyevale Garden Centres having received takeover approaches. Read more

Rosebourne appoints experienced horticultural buyer

Rosebourne starts a recruitment drive before opening its first site in August, promising a new benchmark in garden centres. Read more

Adam Dorber

New Yankee Candle scam – More Calls UPDATE

Retailers have been receiving bogus calls seeking to place big orders for Yankee candles, paid for with cloned credit cards.  THIS SCAM IS STILL HAPPENING. Read more

Garden Wise and Barton Grange are the top GCA garden centres

Barton Grange made it five in a row beating Bents and Burston by the narrowest of margins to be GCA large destination Garden Centre of the Year.  Garden Wise was named garden centre of the year. Read more

Anne Radley, Joanne & Gillian Bertram of Garden Wise, with GIMA's Vicky Nuttall and Julian Winfield,

Brantano has gone into administration

It has been reported that Brantano, the value shoe retailer that operates concessions on 29 garden centres has been placed in administration. Read more

New investment promised for Homebase as sale terms are agreed

Australia’s Wesfarmers has agree to buy Homebase for £340m and promises new investment to build the DIY and garden group. Read more

Business as usual as Wyevale buys Woodcote Green

Wyevale Garden Centres buys Woodcote Green one of the South’s largest garden centres and promises it will be business as usual. Read more

Chris Milan

Kingfisher gets ready for Bunnings

Kingfisher is following Bunnings’ plans closely and has given more information about One Kingfisher and how it will rationalise the number of suppliers and SKUs with bathrooms and garden being first. Read more

Council threatens Hare Hatch Sheeplands with an injunction

Wokingham Borough Council has threatened Hare Hatch Sheeplands with court action despite a planning appeal being scheduled for September and a local petition signed by 8500 supporters. Read more

Rob Scott with Andrea Burlingham with some of the animals the centre needs to find homes for because

Grovewell buys MacFarlanes, near Folkestone

Grovewell Garden Centre has added a third garden centre to its group with the acquisition of MacFarlanes at Hawkinge. Read more

Edward Boult

Plans to redevelop Maple Ridge Garden Centre, formerly Aylings, are withdrawn

The new owners of Aylings Garden centre, now called Maple Ridge have withdrawn an application to redevelop the site as a tourist centre and local hub. Read more

Kevin Bradshaw to leave Wyevale

Terra Firma has appointed Toys “R” Us MD, Roger Mclaughlan, to succeed Kevin Bradshaw who is to move on from being CEO of Wyevale. Read more

Roger McLaughlan

Wyevale’s Ashford GC faces possible closure

A proposed Junction 10a on the M20 in Kent could see the closure of Wyevale’s Ashford garden centre. Read more

HTA launches Garden Centre Sales Benchmarking

HTA’s new Garden Centre Benchmarking service will get data flowing through garden retail, with the promise of predicting sales patterns based on the forecast weather. Read more

Telegraph opens online Garden Shop

Hayloft Plants has beaten bigger rivals to run The Telegraph online Garden Shop and is looking to add product. Read more

Ingatestone garden centre ceases trading

Ingatestone Garden Centre in Billericay, Essex has been closed by its owner saying the business was no longer financially viable. Read more

Consent for potential new Blue Diamond GC at Leeds

Consent has been granted for a Le Friquet style garden centre at Leeds, making it potentially the 18th garden centre for Blue Diamond. Read more

Le Friquet

Poundland launches £1 gardening range by Charlie Dimmock

Poundland has just introduced the Charlie Dimmock gardening range with a wide variety of gardening essentials, both practical and decorative, all at its famous £1 price point. Read more

Confirmation that Wyevale has acquired Crowders

Wyevale Garden Centres confirms the purchase of Crowders Garden Centre in Lincolnshire. The Crowder family retain the nursery and online business. Read more

Squire’s at Twickenham wins top plant area award

GCA today revealed which garden centres are the best for plants, garden products, outdoor living products and garden furniture. Read more

Squire's Julie Leatherdale & Ian Hammond with new GCA chairman, Julian Winfield

Local speculation suggests Crowders will be Wyevale’s next purchase

Local news sources are speculating that Crowders in Horncastle will be the next garden centre to be purchased by Wyevale Garden Centres. Read more

Wyevale raises £91m through sale of garden centres

Wyevale Garden centres has sold eight garden centres to Orchard Street Investment Management in a sale and leaseback deal. Read more

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