Culture change for Gardman

Stewart Hainsworth started as CEO of Gardman last September. He has spent his first 7 months looking and listening, building a new management team, restoring relations with agents and changing the culture. See more... Read more

New hope for Hare Hatch Sheeplands

Weeks before a public enquiry to hear an appeal against enforcement action that would effectively close Hare Hatch Sheeplands, there is hope of a negotiated settlement. See more… Read more

Solus in new talks

Solus engages Grant Thornton and says it is in talks as Bayer becomes the latest supplier to move away. See more... Read more

TGCG names new regional operations directors

TGCG has announced the new regional operations structure for its garden centres, but it is not strictly regional as the group seeks synergies from centres of a similar size. See more... Read more

More normal conditions appear to be returning

Marshalls says sales are up 18% and Sinclair suggests more normal conditions appear to be returning to the sector, while B&Q continues to optimise store size as it moves to omni-channel retailing. See more... Read more

TGCG buys Brooks Nursery & Garden Centre

The Garden Centre Group has this morning announced the acquisition of Brooks Nursery and Garden Centre in Cornwall. See more... Read more

Scotts set to buy Solus

It has become clear that the new relationship planned for Scotts and Solus will be a full acquisition of the UK wholesaler by the American owned manufacturer. See more… Read more

Garsons Farm call in Compass’ Instore to run Titchfield restaurant UPDATED

Garsons Farm have awarded a five-year contract worth £2.4m to Instore to run the Terrace Restaurant at their Titchfield, Hants, garden centre. See more … Read more

Garden Centres making the news

Upset staff due to potential job losses at Huntingdon, housing on a Romsey garden centre and miracles at a Hassocks garden centre are among the talking points in regional newspapers this week. See more... Read more

Moseley leaves as TGCG reshapes G&L

John Moseley leaves Garden & Leisure as TGCG talks to garden centre and head office employees about their future. See more... Read more

The truth behind the Van Hage rumours

The facts that sparked rumours about Van Hage’s Great Amwell garden centre can be revealed. Far from closing there are plans to add a Waitrose store and redevelop the site. See more… Read more

Fears of job losses as TGCG reviews staffing at G&L

TGCG is to review the staffing and management structure at Garden & Leisure.  Also, having restructured senior and regional management in the main group, it is appraising garden centre managers. Read more

Thumbs up for Waitrose/Notcutts plans at Bagshot

After long negotiations, planners have recommended approval for plans that will pair a rebuilt garden centre at Notcutts Bagshot with a new Waitrose store.  Read more

GIMA urges members to stand firm against Home Retail

Home Retail Group, owner of Homebase and Argos, is the latest national retailer to try and muscle additional rebates from suppliers. GIMA advises its members to stand firm. Read more

Boningale Ltd acquires Worfield Gardens

Boningale Ltd, one of the UK’s largest nurseries and environmental horticultural specialists, is further expanding operations after acquiring fellow Shropshire nursery Worfield Gardens. Read more

Matt Mott, Boningale Ltd.s Managing Director (centre) with team members from Worfield Gardens

Industry experts at opening of Highfield’s massive extension

Last week saw the official opening of the £2.5m extension at Highfield Garden World that has doubled sales and makes it one of the largest garden centres in the country. See more... Read more

TGCG didn’t have a very attractive offering to the leisure customer, says Hands

Guy Hands talks about his strategy for TGCG, a business that was in need of fundamental change in 2012, when Terra Firma bought it. A director describes how the puzzling stock of goods was reassessed. See more... Read more

Another rebuff for Yarnton Nurseries

Yarnton Nurseries has had plans to build 14 houses on surplus land turned down due to Green Belt restrictions. See more... Read more

Talks between Solus and Scotts have broken down

Negotiations between Scotts and Solus have broken down without a deal and the distribution agreement between the two companies has expired. See more... Read more

Staff confirmed as Notcutts COO as Tunbridge Wells reopens

Notcutts is to hold the official reopening of the garden centre at Tunbridge Wells next week. At the same time it has emerged that former FD Andrew Staff has been confirmed as the new COO. See more... Read more

TGCG buys Brooks Nursery & Garden Centre

The Garden Centre Group has this morning announced the acquisition of a Brooks Nursery and Garden Centre in Cornwall.  See more... Read more

New management team tasked to drive Gardman growth

Gardman CEO unveils his new management team to drive growth in wild bird care and gardening in an increasingly competitive market.  See more… Read more

Tesco’s plans for Gloucester site story ‘premature’

A story in the local press about Tesco’s redevelopment of its store at St Oswald’s Retail Park in Gloucester are premature according to a Tesco’s spokesperson. See more…. Read more

Scotts and Solus in negotiations to join forces

Solus Garden and Leisure Ltd and The Scotts Company (UK) Ltd have today revealed that they are working on a plan that would bring the two businesses together in the UK. See more… Read more

Cherry Lane buys garden centre in Lowestoft

QD Stores, the value retailer, has acquired a garden centre in Lowestoft, which will become the 10th store for Cherry Lane Garden Centres. See more... Read more

Supermarkets blamed by two loss making garden centres

Two garden centres, one in Barrow, the other near Stafford are blaming supermarkets for poor sales. The second is closing, the first has an insurance policy if conditions don’t improve. See more... Read more

Barclays backs Bents with £8m loan

Barclays has provided an £8m loan to fund a two-storey extension as part of Matthew Bent’s plan to create a major Garden and Home retail destination at Bents. See more… Read more

Fears of job losses as TGCG reviews staffing at G&L

TGCG is to review the staffing and management structure at Garden & Leisure. Also, having restructured senior and regional management in the main group, it is appraising garden centre managers. See more... Read more

Thumbs up for Waitrose/Notcutts plans at Bagshot

After long negotiations, planners have recommended approval for plans that will pair a rebuilt garden centre at Notcutts Bagshot with a new Waitrose store. See more… Read more

GIMA urges members to stand firm against Home Retail

Home Retail Group, owner of Homebase and Argos, is the latest national retailer to try and muscle additional rebates from suppliers. GIMA advises its members to stand firm. See more… Read more

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