Garden Trading harvested by Joules

It is widely reported that Joules has bought the online home and garden retailer, Garden Trading, to extend its offer and reach a broader audience. Read more

Bonnett writes open letter to APHA/Defra

Gardening Express boss writes to APHA/Defra re the farce preventing him from sending plants to Northern Ireland and the potential plant health risks. Read more

Chris Bonnett

Holt Garden centre to reopen after £1.25m refurbishment

Holt garden centre is to reopen on the 1st of March after a £1.25 million refurbishment. Read more

The Kelling Estate

Risk to Scottish horticulture is growing

The risk to Scottish horticulture is growing as garden centres remain closed.  With Mother’s Day approaching, HTA calls for Scottish government to take action soon. Read more

Blue Diamond signs up Scotch Corner

Blue Diamond has agreed to lease its biggest garden centre yet.  It is to be built as the cornerstone of Scotch Corner Designer Village in north Yorkshire. Read more

Dobbies sponsors ITV’s ‘Love Your Weekend’ with Alan Titchmarsh

Dobbies is the exclusive broadcast sponsor of ITV’s ‘Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh’, that returned to screens on 3 January 2021. Read more

Landmann Ltd has been bought by DS Group

The parent company of Landman limited, which was in administration, has been bought by DS group. It will continue to trade in the UK for the foreseeable future. Read more

Triton maxX 3.1

Nova and LOFA in membership row

A row has erupted between LOFA, the Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association, and a rapidly growing importer for whom membership has been declined. Read more

James Whiteley

Wastewise, signs a new deal with Vital Earth Sales

Biowise Limited (T/A Wastewise) has entered into a five-year contract to supply over 40k tonnes per annum certified compost to Vital Earth, who produce the largest range of peat free products in the UK. Read more

Ames emerges from lockdown with a new CEO and new Board

Paul North became the new MD of Ames in March and set about building a platform to double sales with a new Leadership Board. Read more

Two acquisitions for Hillier

Hillier is to open a new garden centre at Syon Park.  The site had been operated by Wyevale until its closure in the autumn of 2019.  Hillier has also acquired 100 acres for a new tree nursery. Read more

Hillier Trees

Notcutts improves sales and operating margin

Notcutts increased sales by 1.9% last year despite significant disruption caused by its £9.2m garden centre redevelopment and improvement programme. Read more

Booker

Scotts completes purchase of AeroGrow

Scotts Miracle-Gro backs its commitment to soilless indoor gardening by completing the purchase of AeroGrow International that produces indoor gardening kits. Read more

Tong wins Outstanding Employer award

The team at Tong Garden Centre are celebrating after winning the Outstanding Employer award at the 15th annual Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business awards. Read more

Neil Barwise-Carr and the team at Tong

Simpsons expands into north-east with Happy Plant acquisition

Inverness based Simpsons Garden Centre is expanding into the north east.  It has acquired an Aberdeen-shire Garden Centre, Happy Plant, based in Mintlaw. Read more

AMES UK invests £1m in infrastructure and people

AMES UK invests over £1m in forklifts, loaders and people in response to unprecedented demand early in 2021. Read more

Dobbies tackles food waste with Too Good To Go

Dobbies has partnered with surplus food app, Too Good To Go, in a bid to combat food waste across its stores.  Read more

Mr Fothergill’s forms Greenregis for direct consumer sales

Mr Fothergill’s has combined its direct-to-consumer brands in a new subsidiary, Greenregis Ltd, with Paul Pates becoming MD. Read more

Paul Pates

Ames UK reports record revenues in 2020

Turnover for the AMES UK group of companies broke all the records in 2020. Kelkay, La Hacienda, Apta and True Temper all posted their largest ever trading month. Read more

B&M sales jump 22.5% in golden quarter

Extra week’s wages for B&M UK stores staff as revenue increased by +26.6%, including like-for-like growth of +21.1% in the last quarter.  Read more

Profit and sales stack up at Stax

Leading wholesaler Stax Trade Centres reports a strong performance despite the year’s challenges (year to 29 August).  Turnover jumped 17% to £135.4m with an operating profit of £4.6m. Read more

Joint MD - David Hibbert

E. P. Barrus announces new appointments to its Board

E. P. Barrus Limited is delighted to announce the appointment of four new members to the company’s Board of Directors with immediate effect. Read more

Plans approved for destination garden centre near Gosport

A new destination garden centre is to be built in Hampshire. This will be the third for the "Your Local Garden Centre" group that operates Mappleborough Green and Stansted Park. Read more

Online garden retailer, Primrose, is sold

It’s business as usual for Primrose, the online garden retailer, following its sale to Luke Johnson, one of the country’s most prominent entrepreneurs. Read more

Millbrook seeks permission for houses on Crowborough

The Millbrook Garden Company has applied for planning permission to demolish its garden centre in Crowborough and build 33 homes on the land. Read more

Kingfisher buys NeedHelp for UK roll-out

Kingfisher, parent company of B&Q and Screwfix, has bought NeedHelp, the French home improvement services marketplace, for roll out in the UK. Read more

Works starts on Dobbies at Tewkesbury

Work has started on the 180 acre Designer Outlet Cotswolds, that will have a ‘flag-ship’ Dobbies Garden Centre as a cornerstone. Read more

B&Q’s outdoor sales up £45% in last quarter

Kingfisher reports strong growth in B&Q’s outdoor sales in last quarter.  Higher demand has led to lower in-store availability. Tariffs of c. 2% are expected if it’s a no deal Brexit. Read more

B & Queuing

Schoneveld Breeding range is now on video

Due to Coronavirus, this year’s Cyclamen Open Days  had to be different for Schoneveld Breeding from Wilp.  In addition to successful open days, the breeder has gone digital this year. Read more

Leopardo

Thompson and Morgan buys Suttons Seeds

T&M has acquired 100% of the share capital of Suttons Seeds Ltd and its 3 brands: Suttons, Dobies and the Organic Catalogue.  It also launches T&M Marketplace. Read more

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