“It’s all about our team” says Matthew Bent

Bents in Cheshire are the best destination garden centre in the UK for the 3rd year running after rigorous inspection by the GCA. Cowells of Newcastle were judged to be the best smaller garden centre. Solus was voted the best supplier. See more... Read more

Farplants opens new Finishing Centre

David Gwyther, HTA Director General, hailed Farplants’ £2.75m Finishing Centre an example to the rest of the UK nursery industry as he cut the ribbon at yesterday's opening. See more... Read more

Hillier to open new Eastbourne garden centre in February

Hillier Garden Centres will open its first new-build garden centre next month. The 2000 sq m. development is on the former Glyndley Nurseries on the A27 near Eastbourne. See more... Read more

Snow spoils Christmas for Flying Brands

December snow has severely disrupted some of the most important catalogue mailings for Flying Brands. See more... Read more

Haskins to invest £16.5 million this year

The recently announced £2.3m restaurant upgrade at Haskins’ West End garden centre is part of a £16.5 million investment programme by the group this year. See more… Read more

Unwins to stop selling bulbs

Westland has decided that Unwins should stop producing and selling bulbs and focus on seeds. Taylors Bulbs are to take on the bulb assets and trade. See more... Read more

Cotton Traders to open on 40 more garden centres

It is reported that over the next 3 years, Cotton Traders will open up to 15 outlets a year on garden centres. See more… Read more

2010 – The highlights

Here are the highlights of stories that appeared on the Gardenforum Noticeboard in 2010. If there are any you missed, they are all still available. See more... (Open to All) Read more

Hawkesmill Nurseries to extend production and improve despatch

Malcolm Scott Consultants have been successful in winning 2 planning permissions for Hawkesmill Nurseries in the West Midlands. This will lead to increased growing capacity and improved despatch. See more... Read more

Scotts to sell Global Professional business

Scotts Miracle-Gro has agreed to sell its Global Professional business to ICL for $270m. This includes 3 facilities in the UK. See more... Read more

Dobbies continues to expand

In the next few weeks Dobbies is to start building at Carlisle and expects to win permission for a new garden centre in Liverpool. It has also introduced a kitchen outlet in Aberdeen. See more... Read more

The Garden Centre Group wins tribunal case brought by former manager

The Garden Centre Group has successfully defended a claim for constructive dismissal by a former garden centre manager, who resigned months after disciplinary action for unacceptable behaviour and joined Dobbies. See more... Read more

Fiskars completes move to Nottingham

Fiskars announces a TV campaign as it completes the unification of its UK businesses on the Sankey site in Nottingham. There is now one central office for all brands including Fiskars garden tools, Sankey, Kitchen Devils and Fiskars Scissors. See more... Read more

Sinclair acquires Growing Success assets

Having signed a distribution agreement for Growing Success Organics with Monro Horticulture a short time ago, William Sinclair has now acquired the assets of the business. See more... Read more

Massive new warehouse for Gardman

Gardman has signed up for a massive new warehouse near to its main warehouse operations in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. It will help ensure that they hold enough stock during what they claim to be a growth phase. See more... Read more

Firmans Leisure winds down

Firmans Leisure is being wound down as the directors focus on building Firmans Direct. See more... Read more

Dobbies wins Peterborough approval

Dobbies' plans to open 6 new garden centres during 2011 take another step forward as permission is granted for a new development at Peterborough. See more… Read more

Investment group buys Weber

Weber-Stephen Products, maker of Weber barbecues has been sold to an American investment group. The founding Stephen family retain a minority stake. See more... Read more

Vermeulens Garden Centre is for sale

The planned sale of Vermeulens Garden Centre between Woking and Guildford has fallen through. The owners are seeking a new operator to buy or lease the site. See more... Read more

Which? Gardening says seeds do best in peat based composts

The annual compost trials by Which? Gardening suggest that peat-free composts yield disappointing results when used for sowing seeds and growing-on young plants. See more... Read more

Alexander Rose sells to the Roda Group

Up-market garden furniture supplier Alexander Rose Furniture has sold a majority shareholding to the Roda Group, which also owns Jensen Leisure Furniture in the United States. See more... Read more

Marshalls encouraged by increasing demand through 2011

The performance of Marshalls is a good indicator of the state of the landscape industry. Despite the weather, sales to the public and commercial sector increased 6% while the domestic market grew 1%. See more… Read more

Sinclair poised to accelerate growth

A bullish William Sinclair has lifted its dividend by 43% after a strong performance last year. The group gained market share from competitors, eliminated debt and is ready for further acquisitions. See more… Read more

Melrose garden centre to close

According to local reports a well-known Melrose garden centre, 100 Aker Wood, is to close at Christmas. See more… Read more

Garden centre to close after Easter Sunday fine

It is reported that Bay Tree Garden Centre in Stisted, which threatened closure after being fined for trading on Easter Sunday, will close its doors in the New Year. See more... Read more

Bad weather exacerbates Christmas tree shortage

Shoppers will be paying up to £47 for a 5ft Nordmann Fir Christmas tree, as bad weather makes the shortage worse, according to The Southern Daily Echo. See more... Read more

Lower footfall hits B&Q sales

Kingfisher has revealed a 4.7% drop in sales to £924m at B&Q, but margins recover due to lower shrinkage and more direct sourcing. See more... Read more

R A Meredith and Dobbies focus on logistics

R A Meredith and Dobbies’ e-commerce improve their logistics and trim costs as they prepare for expansion next season. See more… Read more

Take solar lights off your Christmas list, warns Which? Gardening

New research from Which? Gardening has found that when it comes to turning your garden into a glittering grotto, solar-powered festive lights are a waste of money. See more... Read more

Next to open garden centres

According to the Independent on Sunday, the high street clothing giant Next, plans to open stores with garden centres as part of a strategy for larger outlets. See more… Read more

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