Forest Garden buys M&M Timber - UPDATED

It has just been announced that Forest Garden Group acquired the business of M&M Timber on December 23rd. See more... Read more

Rush is in a rush to develop Ellesmere Port

William Sinclair raises £8.24m from investors to accelerate development of the Ellesmere Port supersite as new CEO Peter Rush seeks to re-position the company. See more… Read more

TGCG hubs will be in full swing by next season

The soft rollout of TGCG’s central distribution will continue to expand and should be fully operational by next season. See more... Read more

Westland says it is backing Nick Davies

Westland reveals that it will finance the new garden product business, headed by former Solus MD, Nick Davies, that he promises will be a major force within 12 months. Read more

Notcutts buys Garden Pride in Ditchling

Staff at Garden Pride in Ditchling have today been told that the garden centre is to be acquired by Notcutts. Completion is planned for December 6th. See more... Read more

Mark Pearson becomes CEO of Solus

Former CEO of Gardman, Mark Pearson, becomes CEO of Solus Garden & Leisure with immediate effect as Nick Davies leaves. See more... Read more

TGCG at St Mellon’s, Cardiff is destroyed by fire

It took five hours to control a blaze that has all but destroyed TGCG’s Blooms Garden Centre at St Mellon’s. The company says it will remain closed for the foreseeable future. See more... Read more

Wind Turbines approval for Ribble Valley garden centre

Carr Hall Home and Garden Centre, in Wilpshire has won permission to build 3 wind turbines that will stand 46m tall on land just behind the garden centre. See more... Read more

Westland overtakes Solus and Gardman in turnover

The latest results published in Gardenforum’s Company Results show 2012 was a difficult year. Sales fell 12% at Solus and 13% at Gardman. But the acquisition of Cranswick boosted Westland. The Gardens Group, Planters and Clifton Nurseries were all affected by the weather. See more (open to all)... Read more

Stewarts garden centre expansion emphasises horticultural credentials

Work is to start next summer at Stewarts country garden centre to build a new interior landscaping greenhouse and two totally automated growing houses, with a public viewing platform. See more... Read more

Four more managers to leave The Garden Centre Group - UPDATED

The reshaping of The Garden Centre Group continues with four more prominent departures. These include Tom Martell, head of training and sundries buyer Tristan Sissons who are set to leave by the end of the year. See more... Read more

Living Gardens Garden Centre to close

Concrete Products (Lincoln) 1980 Limited has three divisions. The Living Gardens Garden Centre is to close while a buyer is sought for the business and for Living Stone and Armortec. See more... Read more

Heighley Gate plan to sell more clothing seen as threat to town centre

Morpeth Chamber of Trade is to fight plans by The Garden Centre Group to extend the area permitted for the sale of clothing and footwear to 2,000 sq m at Heighley Gate Garden Centre. See more… Read more

Directors leave as Hainsworth shapes new team at Gardman

Jane Lawler, Richard Browne and Wendy Towers have left Gardman leading to promotion for Sarah Downing and Laura Smart. See more… Read more

Second garden centre for Hillmount

Hillmount, one of Northern Ireland’s biggest garden centres has opened a second site at Bangor County Down, which it says is more than just a garden centre. See more... Read more

The best and worst of composts for raising seeds

Which? Gardening has tested 22 composts for raising plants and found a shocking difference between the best and the worst. See more... Read more

Varying fortunes for Garden centres seeking to build houses

Fortunes differ at three garden centres in environmentally sensitive locations. Yarnton, Highgate and Barlaston are all looking for permission to build houses on all or part of their sites. See more... Read more

Bents embarks on Phase 2 of 10 year plan

In January, Warrington based Bents Garden & Home will start phase 2 of its plan to become the North West’s ultimate garden, home and leisure destination. See more... Read more

Strata buys Sankey

Fiskars has agreed to sell its UK garden container, propagation and water storage business, Sankey, to Strata Products which already owns Ward. See more... Read more

Only 3 regional managers to survive in TGCG ‘realignment’

More details have emerged about operational changes at TGCG. It is understood that 6 regional managers will have left by Christmas, with 3 more leaving next year. Three are staying to become retail operations directors in the new structure. See more... Read more

Kelkay buys Borderstone

Kelkay has bought the Borderstone brand from Aggregate Industries to add to its growing range of landscaping and garden ornament brands. See more... Read more

Promising sales of Christmas and gifts

There are encouraging signs for Christmas in the October figures from the GCA. Sales of seeds and bulbs disappointed after early promise but the Christmas and gift categories have grown strongly . See more... Read more

Innovation and style as Blue Diamond re-opens Redfields

I have just eaten some of the best cakes ever at a garden centre. They were baked at the Café Theatre in Blue Diamond’s innovative Redfields garden centre which re-opened yesterday. See more... Read more

Notcutts opens two temporary stores to drive Christmas sales

Family-owned garden centre chain Notcutts has opened two temporary Christmas stores in Kingston and Cambridge in a bid to drive further sales for the business over the winter period. See more... Read more

Landscape order books are the longest since 2004 says Marshalls

Marshalls, manufacturer of paving and landscape materials, says order books are longer and consumer confidence is higher than for many years. See more… Read more

Fothergill’s to create map of growing conditions in UK

Mr Fothergill’s has recruited amateur gardeners across the UK to plant the same seeds at the same time to check how differently they grow. Already it has shown fascinating differences. See more... Read more

Terra Firma paid £9 for The Garden Centre Group shares

Terra Firma has released the 2012 results for The Garden Centre Group. They reveal that it bought the company for £9 and the group is now owned by Trellis Capital Limited. See more... Read more

Plan it, Plant it – Top ten trees to plant this autumn

As part of the ‘Plan it, Plant it this Autumn campaign’, the HTA has commissioned Majestic Trees to list the ten top varieties for November. The list will receive wide coverage in the national press. See more... Read more

Plans to put houses on current St John’s GC in Barnstaple

Having won permission for a new garden centre in Barnstaple, plans have been published to build houses on the current site for St John’s. See more… Read more

Welsh garden centre seeks permission to expand

GCA member Fron Goch is hoping to win permission to extend its shop and rapidly expanding café, after council officers have recommended approval. See more... Read more

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