Wyevale buys Heighley Gate

It has finally been confirmed that Wyevale has bought Heighley Gate Garden Centre, one of the North East’s leading garden centres, just north of Morpeth near the A1. See more... Read more

Investment bank takes stake in Hartman

Less than 3 successful years after Hartman, the European garden furniture group, was rescued from administration by a management buyout, 40% of the business has been sold to an investment bank. See more... Read more

Industry praises Government restrictions on paving

DEFRA has listened to the garden industry and has published measures that will prevent householders from laying non-porous paving in their front drives without planning permission. See more... Read more

Wyevale focuses on plants

Jim Hodkinson asked Wyevale’s horticultural staff for a ‘really big push’ as they are seen as the spearhead of Wyevale’s return to growth. See more... Read more

Hillier returns to Mail Order

After 20 years, Hillier Nurseries is returning to the mail order of plants and garden essentials. The catalogue however, has been replaced by the Hillier website. See more... Read more

Scotts face HSE probe over tragic accident

Scotts Miracle-Gro may face prosecution over the death of a worker at the peat packing station on Hatfield Moor. See more... Read more

Nationwide coverage for Vital Earth

There is a new force emerging in the market for peat free and organic composts and fertilisers. Vital Earth opened an £8m development at Ashbourne, 18 months ago. Further investment this year will bring nationwide distribution. See more... Read more

Langeveld in trouble

Reports circulating in the trade, both in Europe and the US, suggest that the American-owned Dutch bulb supplier Langeveld has run into financial difficulties. See more… Read more

“Compost producers need to up their game” GW? UPDATED

“Compost producers need to up their game” says this month’s Gardening Which? .Tests show a large gulf between the performance of peat-free and peat-based composts for growing young plants from seed. UPDATED with rebuttal from the Growing Media Association. See more... Read more

Christmas cracker as garden centres end 2007 on a high

Early indications are that garden centres outperformed the high street in the key Christmas trading period. See more… Read more

HTA Rose Group to hold Rose Promotion Day

The HTA has arranged a Rose Promotion day where growers and retailers can work together to increase sales and extend the season of the nation’s favourite flower. See more... Read more

News Review 2007

Here is our review of the News in 2007.
This story is open to all our readers even if you are not a subscriber. See more... Read more

Work starts at Pennells, Lincoln

Work started last week at Pennells Garden Centre, Lincoln. The 6-month development is expected to double turnover. Pennells is one of the oldest garden companies in the UK. See more... Read more

B&Q stronger to face tougher retail environment

Fourth quarter results from Kingfisher show a small decline in sales at B&Q, offset by growth from France and Eastern Europe. See more... Read more

Country Gardens makes it 13

Country Gardens has acquired its 13th garden centre with the purchase of Flowerland Garden Centre (Salisbury). See more... Read more

HART members earn £640,000

A year after her management buyout of HART, backed by the Barwell, Jessica Adams is pleased with the progress that the buying group for smaller garden centres has made. See more... Read more

Profits tumble at NWF

Shares in NWF, which operates 6 garden centres, were marked down sharply this morning following a fall in profits in the six months to the end of November. See more... Read more

Gows buy Burcot Garden Centre

Nicci and Neil Gow have bought Burcot Garden Centre. Nicci will run the garden centre while Neil continues as director of GIMA. See more... Read more

RHS Grow Your Own Veg – open weekend

The RHS is opening up its four gardens to members of the public on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March to launch the 2008 Grow Your Own Veg campaign. Read more

Directors leave Flying Brands after a poor Christmas

Reporting poor Christmas sales, Flying Brands has announced that the chief executive and a non-exec director will be leaving. It has also pulled out of a major acquisition. See more... Read more

Wood sells Delamore Young Plants

Delamore, one of the country’s leading growers of young plants, has been sold to a management buyout by its owner Peter Wood. See more... Read more

Sinclair buys Joseph Metcalf

Consolidation within the garden sector continues with the acquisition by William Sinclair of Joseph Metcalf that has been announced this morning. See more... Read more

Jim Hodkinson takes control at Wyevale

Jim Hodkinson takes over as chief executive of Wyevale Garden Centres after the departure of Barry Stevenson. See more... Read more

Marshalls opens more landscape centres

The latest trading statement from Marshalls plc says it will open 3 more landscape Transformation Centres by the spring. Sales increased 7% and look positive for 2008. See more... Read more

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