Rapid growth continues at Blue Diamond despite Covid

Blue Diamond results for 2020, a year dominated by Covid, show sales up 11% to £210m and a 64% jump in profit before tax to £23.5m. Read more

MD, Alan Roper

99% increase in domestic sales boosts Marshalls

Marshalls, the stone and concrete specialist, reports strong sales in the last 4 months.  Trading continues to improve and order books are currently strong. Read more

Will garden centres re-open restaurants in May?

There is caution among independent garden centres over the reopening of inside catering, which is likely to be permitted from 17th May, while there's social distancing. Read more

Dobbies opens Boston garden centre

Dobbies today opens its 71st store. Previously Johnsons Garden Centre, the store has undergone a refurbishment following its acquisition and closure 2 weeks ago. Read more

Dobbies unveils #sustainabledobbies campaign

Dobbies Garden Centres supports the RHS National Gardening Week (26 April – 2 May) with the launch of new sustainable products and the start of its #sustainabledobbies campaign. Read more

Carbon Gold fertiliser

Approval recommended for second Tong garden centre

Local reports confirm that Leeds City Council is recommending that plans for Tong’s proposed big new garden centre are approved next week. Read more

Tong Directors Charlie Barker, Sharon McNair and Mark Farnsworth

Covid secure recognitions for Bents

Glazebury based Bents Garden & Home has been presented with two Covid secure accreditations which it hopes will help visitors to feel safe and welcome at the family owned and run centre. Read more

Price increases forced on The Pot Company

The Pot Company has written to customers to say prices have increased by 10% across all ranges due to higher shipping and raw material costs. Read more

Scotsdales launches Scan & Go Loyalty App

Scotsdales Garden Centres has launched the new and unique Scotsdales Scan & Go app. This app allows customers to scan their products while shopping, and offers a quick and smooth checkout procedure. Read more

Spring & Autumn Fairs launch online marketplace for all year trading

Hyve Group is to launch the Spring & Autumn Fair Online Marketplace, enabling the wholesale home, gift, and fashion business to trade throughout the year. Read more

Large fire next to Longacres at Shepperton

LATEST UPDATE RE: Longacres was forced to close its Shepperton Garden Centre at lunchtime today as a large fire blazed on neighbouring industrial land. Read more

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Nicholas Marshall looks set to return

Nicholas Marshall, now chief executive of the Country House Group, looks set to return to garden retailing if, as expected, a lease is signed to take over the plant centre at Lavershot Barns. Read more

Nicholas Marshall

Blue Diamond signs exclusive Partnership with The Soil Association

Blue Diamond and The Soil Association aim to break down any perceived barriers to gardening in an organic and more nature friendly way  Read more

Sustainable logistics help EnviroBuild's carbon neutral goal

EnviroBuild Materials Ltd is moving warehousing and logistics to champions of sustainability, Howard Tenens Logistics - a bold step towards becoming a carbon-neutral company. Read more

New owners for California Gardens in E. Yorkshire

California Gardens, a large garden centre at Howden in East Yorkshire, has been acquired by the owners of Ellerker Lodge Garden Centre near Brough, who plan significant investment. Read more

Two London locations announced for little dobbies

Dobbies Garden Centres, announces the next two little dobbies stores that will open this year: Chiswick High Road and Westbourne Grove. Read more

Bristol

Fargro sold to MBO

MD, Richard Hopkins, has announced the successful completion of a management buy-out (MBO) of Fargro Ltd backed by  private equity partner Ashridge Capital. Read more

Kärcher launches battery-powered professional garden range

Market leading pressure sprayer manufacturer, Kärcher, is introducing professional landscape management tools to its range: a chainsaw, brush cutter, hedge trimmer... Read more

Frosts feel the chill of Covid-19

Accounts from Frosts Garden Centre covering the first lock down, show a drop in sales and profit, but a strong increase in cash at the bank.  Employee numbers also fell. Read more

Notcutts Woodbridge Garden Centre to start Phase 2 of redevelopment

Phase two, which will further enhance the destination experience enjoyed by customers, follows the opening of the modern and spacious new restaurant, restored woodland nature walk and a show garden which have opened over the past two years. Read more

Latest company results show impact of first lockdown

Sales jumped over the first lockdown at T&M, Hozelock and Crocus.  Others in this report which is open to all include Stewarts, Dobbies, Rosebourne, Tong and The Greener Gardening Company. Read more

Ekju management forms AMATA for MBO

The management of garden furniture specialist EKJU has completed a MBO as AMATA in what it calls turbulent times.  Demand is high and there’s a shortage of raw materials. Read more

Syon Park - Hillier’s first destination garden centre

Hillier opens at Syon Park later this week, drawing on the nursery and garden centre group’s Chelsea and plant heritage to become a destination for London gardeners.  Read more

Mark Skinner, Chris Francis and David Morely

Dobbies to buy Johnsons of Boston

It is confirmed that Dobbies is to take over Johnsons of Boston, in Lincolnshire and will assume control on Monday 18th April. Read more

Johnsons of Boston

Smart Garden in the UK’s Top 100 Profit League

Smart Garden Products came 74th in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100 which charts the UK’s private companies with the fastest growing profits. Read more

Homebase is trialling garden centres within Next stores

Homebase has announced a trial with Next, opening six garden centres in Next stores, today, 12th April. Read more

Profit drop for Squire’s is a very good result

Squire’s Garden Centres reports a drop in profits for the year covering the first Coronavirus lockdown but believe this is a very good result, given the events of 2020. Read more

British Association of Landscape Industries rebrands

The British Association of Landscape Industries has unveiled its new look ahead of its 50th year in business in 2022,  dropping the BALI acronym and the term Registered Members. Read more

Operations Manager Kirsty Wood and Chief Executive Wayne Grills at Landscape House

Dobbies unveils spring TV adverts

Dobbies’ spring advertising campaign highlights the impact gardening can have on your wellbeing, no matter the size of your indoor or outdoor gardening space. Read more

Plantorama opens Denmark’s biggest garden centre

Last weekend Plantorama opened two Smiemans designed garden centres in Denmark.  One becomes the country’s biggest. Read more

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