B&M reports a very strong performance in gardening

B&M the ‘disruptive’ discounter with a strong gardening offer, opened 53 new stores in the UK during 2016-17 and increased sales to £2,035m. Read more

Wyevale is propped up by Terra Firma -UPDATED

The Sunday Telegraph appears to confirm trade rumours that Terra Firma was forced to prop up Wyevale earlier this year. Updated with  comments from Guy Hands. Read more

Guy Hands

Blue Diamond agrees a deal on Bridgford

Blue Diamond is to take on the lease of the new £10m Bridgford garden centre near Nottingham once it has been built. Read more

The proposed new garden centre

3 garden retailers listed as UK’s most dynamic businesses by the LSE

The London Stock Exchange has listed 3 garden retailers in its list of 1000 companies to inspire Britain.  They are Creative Gardens, Notcutts and Primrose. Read more

Sarah Downing joins Kelkay as head of marketing

Kelkay has announced that the former Gardman marketing director, Sarah Downing, has been appointed as head of marketing, a newly created role. Read more

Sarah Downing

HTA warns of GMOs in Petunias

Following reports of genetically modified petunias being sold in Finland, the HTA has alerted the UK authorities to their existence in the UK supply chain for these bedding plants. Read more

New team to improve Dobbies restaurant offer

Nicholas Marshall brings in former Wyevale colleagues as he builds a new Dobbies catering team with plans for significant improvements. Read more

Gardena pilots first Ambassador Store at Gordale

Gardena is piloting an Ambassador store to showcase its product range at Gordale Garden Centre in the Wirral. Read more

Blue Diamond closes on £100m threshold

248 Blue Diamond staff celebrated at the group’s annual awards and were told by MD Alan Roper that the group is fast becoming a titan of its industry. Read more

Fryer's Garden Centre Team with Manager Bijal Mistry (centre)

Forest uses stealth technology to reduce unwanted noise in the garden

Forest has unveiled a noise reducing Decibel Panel that it believes is the most significant development in fence panels in years. Read more

Caution after a buoyant Easter

Garden centres report an excellent Easter and April with sales up 40% on last year and storm Katie. But chief executives tell us, “We must keep our feet on the ground,” and it will get tougher, with increased competition and inflation. Read more

Second Bunnings Warehouse store in the UK opens

Bunnings opens its second pilot store today. It is also in St Albans, but trials a smaller format than the first. Read more

Scotts’ long expected sale is near to fruition

Sources within Scotts Miracle-Gro say that an announcement about the sale of the UK and European businesses is expected within weeks or at most months. Read more

Petersham Nurseries to open in Covent Garden

Petersham Nurseries is to bring its passion for organic gardening, culinary excellence, ethical and sustainable sourcing to the heart of London in a new Floral Court luxury retail and residential development. Read more

Petersham Nurseries Courtyard

Hillier Nurseries restructures wholesale team

Hillier Nurseries announces a new sales team, following a recent restructure, part of an on-going development programme across Hillier Wholesale Nurseries. Read more

Charlotte Hasker

B&Q sales down 4.6% on back of store closures

Quarterly results from Kingfisher show a strong performance from Screwfix to compensate a fall in sales at B&Q as the ONE Kingfisher transformation plan progresses. Read more

Amazon seeks improved links with BHETA suppliers

At the recent BHETA networking event, Amazon buyers were out in force and outlined several services that could take the supplier opportunities to new levels.  Read more

Oliver Sawers (L) and Jeff Wemyss

Crocus to trial clicks and bricks

Crocus.co.uk, the original online garden centre, is to test a new retail concept with a geographical presence starting next year at Dorney Court. Read more

Rapid growth continues at Blue Diamond as profits jump 28%

Blue Diamond plans to double turnover by 2022 as profits jump by 28%. So far 2017 trade has been promising. Read more

Strong domestic sales for Marshalls

Marshalls, UK manufacturer of paving and hard landscaping products, says domestic order books are the longest ever as overall sales are up 6% so far this year. Read more

Work starts on creating one of the largest garden centres in the UK

Newspan has started construction to create one of the biggest destination garden centres in the country at Bridgford garden centre. Read more

What Bridgford will look like...

Berwick buys 14 acre Plantsplus

Berwick Garden Centre has revealed that they bought a third site at the end of last year. Primarily a retail nursery, Plantsplus is being extended to include a restaurant. Read more

Surrey grower seeks planning for new nursery

RC Kemp & Son, a bedding and veg plant grower in Worplesdon, Surrey, is seeking to build new new nursery to cope with increasing demand. Read more

Dobbies to launch national online garden centre

Dobbies is to launch an online store early next year serving the whole of the UK following an agreement with the Ocado Group’s Speciality Stores. Read more

George Hillier takes a senior management role as Hillier rewards loyalty

Hillier has recruited from within and attracts a buyer from Dobbies to fill the vacancies left after last month’s departures to Dobbies. Read more

George Hillier

Planters plans to extend Bretby Garden Centre

Planters at Bretby has submitted an application to redevelop and extend its garden centre at Bretby in South Derbyshire. Read more

Property investor buys Yarnton Nurseries

Yarnton Nurseries, the garden centre and shopping village near Oxford, has been sold to a property investment fund for £10.3m. Read more

See the Westland SafeLawn TV advert

Westland is spending £4m on TV advertising starting next week, with sales of the Westland SafeLawn ‘going well’ following an unprecedented sell-in to retailers.  See the new TV advert. Read more

Countrywide to sell retail outlets

Increasing losses have lead Countrywide Farmers to announce that it is putting its Country Stores business up for sale. Read more

Marshall has ambitious plans for Dobbies

Nicholas Marshall lays out his vision for Dobbies and reveals a treasure chest to buy new sites in the South. Read more

Nicholas Marshall - Dobbies CEO

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