Westland move TV ads in industry first

Westland has negotiated a garden industry first in TV advertising by delaying the start of its lawn campaign due to the prolonged wintry weather. See more... Read more

Dobbies fined £75,000 in Carlisle

Dobbies Garden Centres has been fined £75,000 having admitted polluting a river with poorly treated sewage from its new garden centre in Carlisle. See more… Read more

Millbrook acquires third site

Millbrook, the family-run, independent company that owns two garden centres in Crowborough, Sussex and Gravesend in Kent, has acquired Highgrove Garden Centre. See more… Read more

Whiteleys sold to private investor

Whiteleys Garden Centre has been sold having been placed in the hands of administrators in December. 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 A number of retailers have withdrawn products that contain forms of the chemical that are suspected of being harmful to bees.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

Stagecraft back in business

Stagecraft Display Ltd is continuing in business following a fire that gutted their factory. See more... Read more

Waitrose aims to become a serious player in gardening

Waitrose has unveiled plans to significantly increase its 6% share of the garden market. Waitrose Flower Garden will feature in every store, backed by Waitrosegarden.com, facilitated by Crocus. See more… Read more

Bord na Móna seeks to reassure on peat supplies

Steve Harper assures customers that Bord na Móna will meet customer requirements for peat, both for quality and quantity, despite the harvest being less than half the target. See more... Read more

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

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