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

Fire silences Speyside Heather Centre

‘We'll be quiet in social media for a while but don't forget us…’ says Speyside Heather Centre, after it was destroyed by fire. Read more

Union threatens strike action at Marshalls

Marshalls says it is disappointed at a threated strike by drivers that would disrupt paving deliveries to builders merchants such as Travis Perkins and Jewson. Read more

Digger blaze at Westland plant

A digger fire temporarily halted all vehicle movements at Westland Horticulture’s Ellsemere plant earlier this week Read more

The bidding process for Dobbies has started

Gardenforum understands that the bidding process for Dobbies has started with the deadline for initial bids tomorrow.

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Blue Diamond will make it 18 with Harlow

The Blue Diamond group is close to completing the purchase of Harlow Garden Centre and says the site has bags of potential. Read more

Stylish new look at Squire’s in Long Ditton

Squire’s Garden Centre in Long Ditton has a stylish new look, following a £700,000 investment to make it bigger and better than before! Read more

Plant area with a new canopy

Customers praise Trentham’s £1m new look

Blue Diamond completed a £1m refurbishment of Trentham Garden Centre at the end of March, winning the approval of its Staffordshire customers. Read more

Leighton Buzzard Garden Centre is to close in the autumn

The owners of Leighton Buzzard Garden Centre have decided it will close in the autumn having failed to find a buyer. Read more

Blue Diamond celebrates

Blue Diamond rolled out the red carpet on Wednesday, 16th March, hosting their 6th Annual Blue Diamond Awards, with Newbridge Nurseries taking the top award. Read more

Garden Centre of the Year - Newbridge Nurseries

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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Frosts open new furniture showroom at Woburn Sands

This bank holiday Frosts are holding the official opening of their half million pound furniture showroom at their Woburn Sands garden centre. Read more

James Frost in the new showroom

May deadline for Dobbies bidders

It looks as if there are 4 and possibly 6 bidders in the competition for Dobbies Garden Centres, which can be viewed as a must win for Wyevale. Read more

Berkshire based company wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade

Dog Rocks Distribution Ltd has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.  Read more

Klondyke to return to the acquisition trail

At the recent GIMA meeting Bob Hewitt, outlined the future for Klondyke and the industry, including suggesting that Wyevale may not be the only suitor for Dobbies. Read more


Turnaround at T&M with a promise of more for 2016

T&M is crediting better customer service and a shift towards online trading for its improved profits performance in 2014/15 and promises further significant progress. Read more

Bryan Magrath

Dobbies sale speculation mounts - UPDATED

Speculation is spreading that Tesco will hang a ’For Sale’ sign on the doors of Dobbies Garden Centres.  But no mention was made in Wednesday's preliminary results. Read more

Success for Green digit, first winner of Seed Corn Funding from GIMA

“Winning the GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund has opened doors for us that we never imagined.”  Launched in July 15, Green Digit’s Seedcell has over 175 stockists across the country. Multiple-retailers such as Homebase and B&Q will follow soon. Read more

Unofficially it’s the world’s biggest spade

In spades, Cardiff Wyevale is bigger than Percy Thrower in Shrewsbury and the official Guinness World Record holder in Texas. Read more

Kingfisher gets ready for Bunnings

Kingfisher is following Bunnings’ plans closely and has given more information about One Kingfisher and how it will rationalise the number of suppliers and SKUs with bathrooms and garden being first. Read more

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