2015 was a challenging year for Wyevale

Wyevale strengthened its balance sheet in 2015 with the sale and lease back of 8 garden centres as margins fell in a challenging year for profitability. Read more

Bybrook Barn owner answers local news reports

Owner, Terry Burch has squashed local news stories in Ashford which raised fears of closure at Bybrook Barn garden centre, but says he is in talks about its future. Read more

Garden centres push ahead of last year after record May

Sales of plants and garden furniture soared as May sales made up for earlier months.  Gift sales, however, fell. Read more

Castle Gardens, Sherborne

Notcutts’ £45m redevelopment plan should silence sale rumours

The New CEO of Notcutts has unveiled a £45m strategy to re-establish Notcutts as a pre-eminent name in garden centre retail. Read more

Nick Burrows, Notcutts CEO

Klondyke falters in poor 2015 spring weather

Latest results show profits halved at Klondyke in 2015 despite a positive trading performance from its restaurants. Read more

Marshalls drivers stage 24 hour strike

Marshalls’ delivery drivers are holding a 24-hour strike today in their long-running dispute over overtime pay. Read more

Scotland makes it 10 for Hillview

Hillview nurseries led by ceo Boyd J Douglas-Davies has acquired its tenth centre with the purchase of Scotland Nurseries in Derbyshire. Read more

Bidding hots up for Dobbies

It has been reported that Philip Day, the millionaire owner of Edinburgh Wollen Mill, has put in a surprise bid for the 35-strong Dobbies garden centre chain. Read more

Phillp Day, owner of Edinburgh Wollen Mill.

Maple Ridge Garden Centre, formerly Aylings, is in administration

Eco Warrior Resorts, trading as Maple Ridge Garden Centre has gone into administration. It will continue to trade while a buyer is sought. Read more

Another Green Belt garden centre gets permission to expand

Tong Garden Centre, another Green Belt garden centre, obtains permission for one of the largest play areas in the country. Read more

Grass Hoppers play area at Tong

Bridgford wins unprecedented approval for Green Belt expansion

Pleydell Smithyman has achieved planning approval to turn Bridgford Garden Centre, which lies in greenbelt near Nottingham, into one of the largest destination garden centres in the country. Read more

Roper promises to make Harlow one of the UK’s finest

Blue Diamond has completed its acquisition of Harlow Garden Centre and promises to turn it into one of the finest destination garden centres in the UK. Read more

Mitchel Montgomery opens first Procook concession in a garden centre

Former Wyevale concession expert, John Siese, has opened a new agency and is introducing new retailers to garden centres Read more

John Siese

Wyevale’s new management team

Wyevale’s management team has a very new look with four new board directors, including CEO Roger Mclaughlan. Read more

Wyevale reshuffle continues as two more directors depart

Dan Zinner and Tim Patten are leaving Wyevale as two former Homebase directors are recruited, bringing more garden sector knowledge to the group.

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Domestic sales strong at Marshalls

Domestic order books remain strong and the public sector has picked up for Marshalls, which says despite Brexit underlying indicators are positive. Read more

Brexit pushes glyphosate decision off the agenda

The EU has until Thursday to decide whether or not to re-licence glyphosate. But discussions on Brexit has pushed it off the EU Commissioners’ agenda. Read more

New Gardman CEO believes in getting the basics right

New Gardman CEO, Peter Utting, explains his vision for Gardman and how he will push turnover over £100m. Read more

Peter Utting

Grange to open new DC to link with new Polish factory

Grange is to increase capacity with a new distribution centre in the South East to link with a new factory being built in Poland by its parent company, Stelmet. Read more

Neil Taylor

Sale means Dobbies will stay Scottish and independent

Tesco has sold Dobbies Garden Centres to a group of investors led by Midlothian Capital Partners and Hattington Capital. Read more

Fallen Fruits aims to double turnover with new showroom

Fallen Fruits has opened a permanent demonstration showroom and introduces the ‘Potting Shed’ shop within shop display. Read more

Michael Hall in the Potting Shed

Home and Garden swoop on Leighton Buzzard

The Home and Garden Group led by chairman Paul Chessum will take control of Leighton Buzzard Garden Centre next Monday (June 13). Read more

Leicestershire centre changes hands

Sharnford Garden Shop and Nursery has been sold for an undisclosed sum by Alexander Mackie Associates. Read more

B&M adds 74 stores and hits £2bn

B&M European Value Retail has continued its rapid growth building its total of UK stores to 500. Read more

HTA move creates opportunity for horticultural hub

The HTA will move to new offices at Chilton in Oxfordshire this autumn having outgrown Theale near Reading. It has also a new website and new domain name. Read more

Contract signed for sale of Bayer Garden as Bayer bids for Monsanto

The deal to sell Bayer Garden to SBM Developpement has been signed and should complete in October. Meanwhile Bayer has launched a bid for Monsanto. Read more

Whitehall wins permission for massive expansion

Wiltshire’s Whitehall Garden Centre has received planning permission to expand to become one of the country’s largest garden centres. Read more

Results just published show 2015 was a record year for Blue Diamond

Blue Diamond sales jumped 18% in 2015, net profits jumped 47%, to £6.6m, due in part to the acquisitions of Trelawney and Newbridge garden centres. Read more

'What ever measurement you use, 2015 delivered,' says MD, Alan Roper

Westfarmers axes Homebase senior personnel

Reports circulating in the media suggest that Westfarmers, the new owners of Homebase, is cutting a swathe through Homebase’s senior personnel as it seeks to transform the business under the Bunnings brand following its purchase from the Home Retail Group earlier this year. Read more

Battery power offers a new opportunity for garden centres

Until now, many garden centres have shied away from selling powered gardening tools, leaving them to the DIY sheds. A visit to the Stihl factories in Europe shows the next generation of battery-powered tools should be perfect for garden centres. Read more

Demonstration of the new Compact Cordless range

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