Wyevale buys one of the first garden centres

Wyevale Garden Centres today announced it has acquired Podington Garden Centre, which the Read family founded in 1976 and built into a leading independent garden centre. Read more

Next opens Sheffield garden centre in January

Next is to open its latest Home & Garden superstore at Meadowhall, Sheffield tomorrow, although the garden part will be delayed till January. Read more

Raglan becomes number 143 for Wyevale

Former GCA chairman has sold Raglan Garden Centre in South Wales to Wyevale, with more deals expected soon. Read more

Massive new site for Architectural Plants

A massive new site for Architectural Plants is nearing completion next to Brinsbury College.  The first 4 acre poly-tunnel will be ready to start trading in February. Read more

Wyevale finally completes purchase of Trelawney Ashford

A month after it was announced by the vendors, Wyevale has confirmed that it has purchased the smaller of the two garden centres trading under the Trelawney banner. Read more

Inspector's rejection creates opportunity for an Eden type project in London

The rejection of plans for luxury housing on Highgate garden centre creates an opportunity for a London version of the Eden Project.  Read more

Is Sinclair about to bounce back?

William Sinclair issues a further profit warning, but the company claims to be well placed to grow following very significant capital investment, investment in an exciting new range of products and its brand rejuvenation. Read more

Former Gardman FD joins Smart Garden

Richard Browne, until a year ago the long standing finance director of Gardman, has joined his old boss Paris Natar at Smart Garden, as sales beat target by a year. Read more

Sinclair opens Ellesmere Port supersite

Sinclair promises to revolutionise the growing media sector as it opens the 50 acre Ellesmere Port manufacturing and distribution site filled with world leading technology. Read more

Sinclairís new 50 acre growing media plant at Ellesmere Port

Choice and Gardman expand trading partnership

The Aftershocks from the Solus earthquake continue with news that Choice Marketing has formed a deeper trading relationship with Gardman. Read more

Caulders buys Erskine Garden Centre (UPDATED)

As of 1st November Erskine Garden Centre will be owned by Caulders Garden Centres.  It will be their 4th. Read more

Redfields to be template as BD aims for £80m

Blue Diamond expects a turnover of more than £70m in 2014 and £80m in 2015. Alan Roper offers confidential discussions to garden centre owners thinking of leasing or selling their sites. Read more

Wadebridge makes it sweet 16 for Blue Diamond

Trelawney’s Wadebridge operation is the latest addition to the Blue Diamond network. The sale of Trelaweney@Ashord should be completed next month. See more… Read more

Electrolux Home Products acquires BeefEater Barbecues

Electrolux Home Products has purchased the BeefEater brand of barbecues and outdoor lifestyle appliances from Woodland Home Products. Staff of both companies were informed last week. Read more

New showroom part of Scotts Solus 3-year plan

Scotts has reopened the Solus Droitwich showrooms with a permanent display of the wider gardening range offered by Scotts Solus.  This is a first manifestation of a 3-year integration plan. Read more

Irish Nursery shortlisted for Laboratory Awards

Fitzgerald Nurseries, the only plant production company to enter the prestigious Irish Laboratory Awards, are hoping that their state of the art micro propagation unit will be awarded the accolade of Laboratory of the Year. Read more

Dr Abdullah Sayegh checking progress on new cultures

MBO secures future of Suttons Seeds

David Robinson and Rufus Roberts have completed a management buy out of Suttons Seeds with the backing of its former owners.  Read more

Newey Group to take full control of Roundstone in the new year

Young Plants owner, the Newey Group, expects to take full control of Roundstone Nurseries on January 1 2015 once all the legal processes have been completed. Read more

Scotts pushes ahead with Solus integration

Earlier than expected, Scotts has unified the Solus and Scotts sales teams into one, 50-strong, sales force. Read more

Planning permission granted for Green-tech’s new A1 development

Landscape and forestry supplier, Green-tech has been granted planning permission for a new site in North Yorkshire, just off the A1 between junctions 47 and 48. Read more

Planning permission - off we go

Wyevale will ‘Meet the Buyers’ twice a year

Wyevale says the ‘Meet the Buyer’ day hosted by BHETA and GIMA exceeded expectations and has committed to two similar events a year.  Read also about the next GIMA Day Conference. Read more

Wyevale is to rebuild St Mellons as before

Having explored the options for expanding its Cardiff garden centre destroyed by fire 12 months ago, Wyevale is to rebuild St Mellons on a similar footprint. Read more

Creditors back CVA rescue plan for John Woods

Unsecured creditors have given almost complete support to John Woods Nurseries and the CVA arrangements proposed at this morning’s meeting with creditors. Read more

Landscaper order books continue to get longer

Interim results from Marshalls, the hard landscaping manufacturer, show strong growth in commercial and domestic sales and orders with landscaper order books getting longer. Read more

B&Q pre-empts mandatory plastic bag charge

B&Q has introduced a 5p plastic carrier bag charge in England, a year ahead of when the law comes into force. Read more

Will Gardman have new owner soon?

The Daily Telegraph reports that Gardman has appointed advisers to manage a possible sale as several private equity firms circle the business.  The company says whatever happens it's business as usual. Read more

Young Hagedorn gets his own business within Scotts

Scotts Miracle-Gro has formed a new urban gardening company, to be headed by Chris Hagedorn, eldest son of chairman Jim Hagedorn. Read more

Timing and more details of the Trelawney sales

The sale of the two Trelawney garden centres should complete within 3 weeks. One will include a sale of the freehold, the other will involve a lease. Read more

Homebase to close a quarter of its stores

The Home Retail Group has confirmed about 80 Homebase stores, a quarter of its portfolio, will close within the next three years. See more… Read more

Is this the future of garden furniture retailing?

Garden centres regularly complain they are the showroom for online garden furniture retailers. A recent collaboration between Primrose.co.uk and Toad Hall Garden Centre may be a signpost to the future. Read more

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