Bord na Móna UK takes on sales and marketing of Vital Earth

Bord na Móna has taken on the sales and marketing of Vital Earth products as it seeks to accelerate momentum in the UK. Tommy Gill, former head of Bayer Garden in the UK, will lead the new sales team. See more... Read more

Late surge adds sparkle to Christmas

After a slow start, Christmas trading finished strongly for garden centres with sales well ahead of last year and less seasonal stock left to write off. See more... Read more

Dobbies persists with new York application

In the past, Dobbies CEO James Barnes has claimed that he has yet to fail to win a planning permission. The planners at York have tested this claim. Dobbies has just submitted a new garden centre proposal, almost 5 years after its first unsuccessful attempt. See more... Read more

Armed attack at Frosts garden centre

There was an armed attack at Frosts garden centre in Woburn Sands on Monday. A masked thief held a staff member at gunpoint, while he robbed the safe. He is still at large. See more… Read more

Old Roundstone GC to close after Christmas

Haskins is to close Roundstone Garden Centre on Jan 6th in preparation for the opening of a new garden centre on the same site on Feb 27th. It will have the biggest covered plant area in the group. See more... Read more

Widmanns recalls range of Christmas decorations

Widmanns has issued a nationwide product recall on a range of Christmas decorations that look like sweets after health and safety officials said they were dangerous to children. See more... Read more

'Visit a new Dobbies' says Malcolm Scott

Last week's planning conference revealed why Malcolm Scott believes Dobbies have a formula that will be a challenge to other garden centres. See more... Read more

Bents wins permission for 10 year expansion plan

Not satisfied with already being the garden centre against which all others are compared, Bents has agreed plans with Warrington Borough Council for a £10m expansion with the aim of becoming the North West’s ultimate garden, home and leisure destination. See more... Read more

Hands up for The Garden Centre Group

Guy Hands, founder of private equity group Terra Firma Capital Partners, has confirmed that he is in the bidding for The Garden Centre Group. See more... Read more

New owners for Beverley, if planners allow

The Garden Centre Group is not renewing its lease on Beverley Garden Centre. Another group is poised to take over, if planners agree to adjust the planning in time. See more… Read more

Peter Smith Garden Furniture calls creditor meeting

PSGF Ltd which trades as Peter Smith Garden Furniture at Bradford has called a meeting of creditors with a view to putting the company into liquidation. See more... Read more

Four bidders remain in the contest for The Garden Centre Group

Weekend reports have named two private equity houses, Apax Partners and Terra Firma, that are thought to be in the final round of bidding for The Garden Centre Group. Gardenforum has learnt that four bidders remain in the contest. See more... Read more

Big expansion plans for Bents

In its quest to be the best in everything it does, Bents has disclosed that it is planning a big expansion over the next 10 years as it aims to become the ‘Trafford Centre’ for garden, home and leisure shopping. See more... Read more

William Notcutt is stepping down from Notcutts

William Notcutt is to leave Notcutts at the end of this month to set up his own agriculture and forestry business. He will resign as deputy chairman of the Notcutts board. See more... Read more

Scotts deal gives access to natural pesticide technology

Scotts Miracle-Gro is to collaborate with MBI, a leading provider of bio-pesticides for pest management. The result should be a new range of natural products for the lawn and garden. See more... Read more

Gardenforum's Review of 2011

Gardenforum's Review of 2011 tracks the year's trading and events. It also shows the high number of garden centres and nurseries that are investing despite the difficult economy. This review is open for all to read, see more... Read more

Late entrant in bidding for The Garden Centre Group

A fourth company has joined in the bidding for The Garden Centre Group. Final bids are now expected early in January, but the delay should not affect preparations for 2012. See more... Read more

Closing down sale at Roundtrees garden centres

Local news sources report that the company operating the two Roundtrees garden centres has entered administration. Blagdon Water Gardens has also closed. See more… Read more

NatWest backs Planters with £1.6m to buy Bradley

NatWest advanced £1.6m to Planters Garden Centre to fund the purchase of Bradley Nursery and Garden Centre in Stafford. It is the second site to trade under the Garden King banner. See more... Read more

Stewart gives Harcostar wider distribution

Stewart has taken on the UK distribution of Harcostar, whose range of water butts and accessories will extend Stewart’s traditional range of pots, propagators and garden accessories. See more... Read more

QE sells two garden businesses in the North

Quinton Edwards has sold 2 small garden centres in the North of England and says it is easier to sell small garden centres as the purchasers are more likely to raise the capital. See more... Read more

Garden furniture cushions B&Q sales

Kingfisher added 4.6% to sales for the 3 months to the end of October, helped by 68% growth from garden furniture at B&Q. At the same time, 2000 employees are enjoying a share in a £7.4m pre-Christmas windfall. See more... Read more

The first reports of Christmas thefts (UPDATED)

The first reports of Christmas thefts from garden centres have reached Gardenforum. Over the weekend more thefts have been reported. In one case the thieves were caught red-handed. See more... Read more

Questions surround the future of Stapeley Water Gardens

Stapeley Water Gardens is reported to have entered a 30-day consultation process with staff over the future of the garden centre. Local newspapers suggest that Dobbies may be close to a deal for part of the site. See more... Read more

HTA warns of shortage of UK grown plants

A tweet from HTA director Tim Briercliffe, raises the possibility of a shortage of UK grown hardy nursery stock next year, after a late autumn boost in sales. See more... Read more

Peter Smith Garden Furniture to continue trading as a new company

The Smith family is buying the assets and business of Peter Smith Garden Furniture (PSGF Ltd) which has called a creditors meeting with a view to going into voluntary liquidation. See more... Read more

Sinclair buys green compost manufacturer

William Sinclair has bought Yorkshire Horticultural Supplies, a compost manufacturer near Doncaster. This represents an important strategic move into green composting and gives Sinclair more control over quality. See more... Read more

More supermarket interest in garden centres

There has been much activity in garden centre property in the last week. Supermarkets are in prospect for 3 garden centre developments including Peterborough Garden Park. Worsley Hall Garden Centre is to re-open and Sheeplands is to spend £2m. See more... Read more

Growers say retailers must sell Impatiens at their own risk

After the worst outbreak of Downy Mildew on Impatiens yet, it appears that it has become resistant to the key fungicide and can overwinter in soil. Growers are saying they will continue production as long as retailers accept there can be no guarantee against infection. See more... Read more

Scotts puts the Customer First with Innovation

Everything Scotts Miracle-Gro does in 2012 is aimed at putting the Customer First says the new sales director. They will achieve this with several significant product innovations, a massive new distribution centre and a £7m TV campaign. See more... Read more

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