Expansion starts at Highfield Garden World

Highfield Garden World has started its expansion that will cost £2.2m and should build turnover to £6.5m. See more... Read more

OATA fights to stop barley straw ban

OATA says the EU regulation due this autumn that will ban the sale of barley straw for controlling algae in ponds is ‘frankly bonkers’. It is urging garden centres to write to their MP. See more... Read more

Visual theatre promised at Redfields

Alan Roper promises something not seen before when Blue Diamond opens the new eating facilities at Redfields garden centre. See more... Read more

Sale of Highway Garden & Leisure imminent

The sale of Highway Garden & Leisure should be completed next week. It is to be bought by Roys of Wroxham. See more Read more

Barton Grange to sell its Bolton garden centre

Barton Grange has announced that it will sell its garden centre at Bolton to facilitate further development at its main site at Brock. see more... Read more

La Hacienda takes on UK distribution of Heatmaster products

La Hacienda Ltd, the outdoor heating specialists, has taken on the exclusive rights to sell Heatmaster products in the UK and Ireland. See more... Read more

News From the Garden Press Day

What will the consumer gardening press be talking about after visiting the Garden Press Day last week? Here are some of the highlights. See more... Read more

TGCG names best garden centres

The Garden Centre Group has named the GCA chairman Peter Burks as regional manager of the year and Woodlands as its best large garden centre. See more... Read more

Britishgardener.co.uk has the solution to blanket weed

A new garden product website shows how distribution channels are changing. Like many gardening websites, Britishgardener.co.uk relies on manufacturers to drop ship products, but this one also sells a unique range of products that could be made available to garden centres. See more... Read more

Irish B&Q put into Examinership to rescue part of the business

Kingfisher has put its loss-making Irish division of B&Q into Examinership in an attempt to save some of the stores. See more... Read more

Kevin Bradshaw says TGCG is absolutely focussed on growth

Gardenforum interviews Kevin Bradshaw, The Garden Centre Group’s new CEO. He reveals that the search is on to recruit 3 directors and that the group is absolutely focussed on growth through acquisition and through increasing revenue from existing sites. See more... Read more

Latest figures show 2012 garden centre sales fell between 4% and 7%

The GCA and the HTA both show that sales were up 6% for December and went some way to claw back the revenue lost in the wash-out spring. But traditional gardening lines have been hit hard. See more... Read more

Notcutts to share Bagshot garden centre with Waitrose

Notcutts hopes to build a Waitrose store on its garden centre site at Bagshot on the A30 in Surrey and to build a new garden centre alongside it. See more... Read more

TGCG to introduce central distribution for plants

The HTA’s conference for growers, Contact 2013, heard today how The Garden Centre Group is to introduce central distribution for plants this spring as it seeks to become known as the best retailer for plants in the UK. See more… Read more

Details emerge of Doff Portland rescue

A CVA has been approved by creditors of Doff Portland. This paves the way for new owners 151 Products to invest in the future of the business. See more... Read more

Acquisition extends Bell Brothers into bulbs

Bell Brothers Nurseries has expanded the range of products it sells with the purchase of the bulb supplier Alex Euro Trading. It is also changing its name. See more… Read more

Waitrose hires Titchmarsh and opens test garden centre

Waitrose has opened a test garden centre in Newbury and hired the services of Alan Titchmarsh. Gardenforum believes more garden centres will pop-up this season. See more… Read more

Thought provoking quotes from Catering 2013

The trend towards ambient food is especially attractive to the younger consumer. People want to know where food comes from, that it is good for them and the environment. You can make money out of restaurants but... For some notable quotes from Catering 2013, see more... Read more

Bayer CropScience strongly disagrees with proposal by EU Commission

Bayer Garden says it regrets the European Commission’s draconian proposals re neonicotinoid products. A number of retailers have withdrawn products that contain forms of the chemical that are suspected of being harmful to bees. See more… Read more

Investor joins management in Tenax buyout

An external investor has joined Marco Abbiati and Richard Bence to buy Tenax UK out from its Italian parent in what is known as a Bimbo. See more... Read more

Pot mum grower, Springfield Nursery is sold

Quinton Edwards reports that the Welsh chrysanthemum grower, Springfield Nursery has been sold. See more... Read more

Wild bird care ends 2012 in value growth

GfK reports that wild bird care products have achieved a 1.5% value growth vs. the previous year. However it has not recovered to 2010 levels. See more...
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New owner for Pest-Stop

Proctor Brothers have sold their Pest-Stop division to P+L Systems. This is likely to lead to the brand taking a more prominent position in the garden market. See more... Read more

Suttons Seeds heralds in 2013 with a new trial ground

A new trial ground will provide Suttons Seeds with more space for new variety and growing technique trialling as well as opportunities for putting on events for the public and the press. See more... Read more

Barton Grange is Best Garden Centre for the second year

Barton Grange, Preston and Bents vied again to win the judging of best GCA destination garden centre of the year, with the former winning for the second consecutive year. Planters in Tamworth was judged best in the smaller, garden centre category. See more… Read more

Liquidation for Godfrey DIY

Godfrey DIY, the Norfolk based DIY chain with strong garden departments, has been put in liquidation. Two stores could be sold as going concerns. See more... Read more

Smoke alarms save Houghton Hall

Quick reaction by the staff and fire brigade saved Klondyke from what may have been a second major garden centre fire. See more... Read more

Home Retail shares bolstered by bid rumours

Christmas figures for Argos were better than expected, while Homebase disappointed with a fall in sales. However, the Home Retail share price has been strengthened by rumours of interest from private equity. See more... Read more

Trebaron GC in Preston is sold

Trebaron Garden Centre in Preston has been sold to Duxbury Holdings. The site was owned separately from the other Trebaron garden centres. See more… Read more

Which? trials compost for young plants

Don’t play Russian roulette with your seeds and young plants says Which? Gardening. The Jan/Feb edition tested 27 widely available composts and says it never ceases to be amazed by how quality varies. See more... Read more

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