Veronique Laury to leave Kingfisher

Veronique Laury the Group CEO of Kingfisher is to leave along with 2 other executives. The announcement coincided with news of a fall in profits at group that owns B&Q and Castorama in France. Read more

Véronique Laury

Hillier boosts efficiency with Despatch redevelopment

Hillier Nurseries has completed a major redevelopment of the Despatch facility at the company’s nursery in Hampshire. Read more

Wyevale sells 2 more garden centres

Wyevale has sold Barnett Hill Garden Centre to Cherry Lane Garden Centres and Seven Hills Garden Centre at Walton on Thames to a property developer. Read more

Seven Hills Garden Centre

Defra consults on waste and updates no-deal Brexit plant import advice

The government is consulting on proposed changes to regulations on waste and resources that will affect many companies. It has also updated its guidance on importing plants and plant products in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Read more

Caulders buys 2 garden centres from Dobbies

Caulders has purchased Cumbernauld and Kinross garden centres from Dobbies. This will increase Caulders portfolio to 7 garden centres – all in Central Scotland. Read more

Wyevale Garden Centres sells a further six garden centres

Wyevale is selling five garden centres to British Garden Centres and gets ready for the season with a vast majority of its remaining centres. Read more

Bold Heath Garden Centre

Customers flock back to the Wyevale centres bought by Blue Diamond

December sales leapt 50% at the centres that Blue Diamond bought from Wyevale. Bicester is getting the full East Bridgford treatment at a cost of £3m to be ready for April. Read more

Court lifts jail threat for Hare Hatch Sheeplands boss

A court has thrown out an appeal by Wokingham Borough Council which, if successful, would have landed the owner of the retail nursery at Hare Hatch Sheeplands with a suspended jail sentence and a fine. Read more

Rob Scott

Top awards for garden centres at GCA conference

Staff at garden centres across the country are celebrating after receiving awards at the Garden Centre Association's (GCA) annual conference in Luton yesterday (Monday, January 21, 2019). Read more

Barton Grange Trophy for Commercial Creativity and Innovation – Bents Garden & Home

Notcutts reveals upgrade plans for Ditchling

A 300 seat restaurant is central to Notcutts’ plans to upgrade Garden Pride at Ditchling, one of 5 garden centres with planning permission to redevelop. Read more

Artists impression

Expansion continues at B&M despite difficult November

A pleasing December fails to make up for a difficult November for B&M. Like-for-like sales for the last quarter fell -1.6% against the prior year.  The group is on track to open 56 new stores in year. Read more

Haskins to open a temporary garden centre at Snowhill

Haskins Garden Centres will trade from a temporary garden centre at Snowhill from March 1st, while a new modern structure is built as part of a £15m redevelopment. Read more

Artists impression of Snowhill development

Wyevale agrees the sale of Chichester GC

Wyevale has agreed the sale of Chichester Garden Centre, but will continue to run the site until 31 August 2019. Read more

James Barnes is to be HTA Chairman

James Barnes, the former CEO of Dobbies, is to become the chairman of the HTA and will speak on behalf of the association with members and outside the industry. Read more

James Barnes

Dobbies loses £12.5m in 2017/18

Dobbies says range changes implemented during the second half 2017 led to lower footfall and conversion, particularly during the Christmas trading period. Finance charges of £15.3m contributed to a loss of £-12.5m. Read more

Three more garden centres for Blue Diamond

Blue Diamond announced the locations of a further 3 garden centres, including its biggest, at last night’s awards evening as Alan Roper received a standing ovation to recognise his 20 years contribution. Read more

David Danning hides behind the Blue Diamond fashion team

Fleurie Nursery buys Star Plants

Fleurie Nursery, one of 3 growers belonging to Tristram Plants has acquired fellow Farplants producer, Star Plants. Read more

Erysium Bowles Mauve No 1.

Hillview sells Billing and Pavilion

Hillview Garden Centres has sold the two sites to the charity Shaw Trust as forecast by Gardenforum last month. Read more

Smart gets to grips with Briers

Since acquiring glove supplier Briers earlier this month, Smart says it has been ‘running hard’ to restore the business but there will still be some gaps until its re-launch in September. Read more

Council to debate housing on Hare Hatch garden centres

A parish council is to debate the future of Wyevale’s Hare Hatch Garden Centre and the controversial Hare Hatch Sheeplands. Both have been zoned for possible re-development in Wokingham Borough Council’s draft local plan. Read more

Hare Hatch Garden Centre

Recent sales mitigate Wyevale’s cashflow risks

2017 Accounts for Wyevale Garden Centres Capital show a loss of £-105.3m and warn of material uncertainty concerning the ability of the group to meet its liabilities. Today the Wyevale CEO says the recent sales mitigate this risk. Read more

Andover - oe of the garden centres still for sale

Smart Garden buys Briers

Smart Garden Products has announced the purchase of Briers, the leading glove supplier, from administrators. Read more

Hillview Group is for sale

Hillview Group is to announce the sale of 2 short lease garden centres shortly. 6 other centres have been advertised for sale as investors explore the best options for the group. Read more

GCA reveals its ‘Garden Centres of Excellence’ winners

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) revealed the winners of its most prestigious awards at its annual conference including its 10 Garden Centres of Excellence and the Garden Centres of the Year. Read more

Destination Garden Centre of the Year - Bents Garden and Home

Mclaughlan and Emslie to leave Wyevale Garden Centres

Roger Mclaughlan, CEO of Wyevale will leave the business at the end of January as will Paul Emslie, trading & marketing Director.  Anthony Jones, chief financial officer is to take over and becomes chief operating officer. Justin King, becomes executive chairman.  Read more

Roger McLaughlan leaves at the end of January

SmartPlant links with T&M

SmartPlants adds T&M to its growing list of commercial partners.  Customer receipts by the mail-order supplier will soon be accompanied by the newly developed SmartPlant 'button' to provide post sale advice. Read more

Dobbies bounces back over Christmas

Dobbies’ Christmas sales bounced back from the poor figures last year that led to the departure of the previous senior management team. Chairman, Andrew Bracey praises Graeme Jenkins and the new team. Read more

CEO Graeme Jenkins, who heads the new management team at Dobbies

Gardenforum reviews a turbulent year for garden retail

Here’s your chance to catch up with some of the events in the retail garden sector that you may have missed. It was a turbulent year with the collapse of Gardman; around 60 garden centres changing hands or closing, Wyevale, Bunnings, Snow and drought. This is open to all. Read more

Gardman's fire started a turbulent year

Baytree Nurseries to buy Dents Farm Hilgay

Baytree Nurseries is to buy Dents Farm Hilgay at Downham Market in Norfolk. The deal is with solicitors and should complete in January. Read more

Dents Farm restaurant

Wyevale sells Ham Street to Grovewell

Wyevale has sold Ham Street Garden Centre near Ashford in Kent to Grovewell Garden Centres. Read more

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