Hillview buys Shipley Garden Centre

Hillview Garden Centres completed the acquisition of Shipley Garden Centre in Derbyshire on Thursday, bringing the number of outlets to 11. Read more

Silver for Bransford Webb in international grower awards

The AIPH Awards at the Colosseum Theatre in Essen, Germany celebrated the world’s best in ornamental horticultural production. Bransford Webb was the sole UK winner taking Silver in its category. Read more

Bransford Webb

Wyevale’s Hillingdon garden centre is to close

The Wyevale garden centre at Hillingdon is to close at the end of January, it is reported.

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Notcutts celebrates 120 years

Notcutts will be marking its 120th anniversary this year as a family-owned garden centre business after opening as a nursery in 1897. Read more

Notcutts garden centre in Woodbridge in the 1960’s

Bob Hewitt joins Kelkay board

Former chief executive, now non-executive chairman of Klondyke, Bob Hewitt has taken up an additional part-time role as non-executive director of Kelkay. Read more

Anthony Harker and Bob Hewitt

Caulders buys Cupar garden centre

Caulders Garden Centres have started the year by buying a 5th site at Cupar. The owners will invest £250,000 on refurbishment before the season. Read more

Mandy and Colin Barrie

2016 - a year of change

2016 saw second tier garden centre chains and independents invest as Wyevale consolidated. Homebase and Argos are sold. The HTA moved offices and moved to become the lead association for all gardening related businesses. Glyphosate, Xylella and the weather made frequent headlines. Scotts and Bayer looked for a way out of distributing consumer garden chemicals. Read our review – open to all. Read more

Bunnings buys Homebase

Lovania launches a mobile website to aid plant buyers

Lovania has teamed up with Floramedia to create a mobile website to aid plant buyers with information and images while shopping the plant area. Read more

HTA embraces GCA and GIMA

Once estranged, The HTA and GCA plant a tree at the new HTA Hub to show that they are more together than for many years. While the GIMA president has joined the HTA board.  Read more

L-R Adam Wigglesworth, Carol Paris of the HTA; Iain Wylie and Julian Winfield of the GCA

Stewarts buy Abbey Garden Centre

Stewarts Garden Centres have today bought Abbey Garden Centre in Titchfield, making it 3 in the group. Martin Stewart said he was thrilled. Read more

Strong profit growth from T&M

T&M revealed a sharp improvement in performance in its latest accounts, crediting more efficient operations along with a shift away from traditional catalogues to the web. Read more

Plant inspecting at T&M

Uncertainty for suppliers as Dunelm buys WS Group

It is widely reported that Dunelm has bought WS Group the online retailer of home and garden in what seems to involve a pre-pack deal. Read more

Garden centre fire near Heathrow

15 fire engines took 5 hours to control a major fire at Ansell Garden Centre on Sunday. Read more

Decco fined £2.2m following death of a worker

Garden and DIY wholesaler, Decco, has been given the largest ever fine for a local authority prosecution after a worker died following a fall at one of its depots. Read more

Why are gardening brands ignoring QVC?

Richard Jackson, the gardening guru on QVC, asked why many garden brands ignore QVC when so many famous brands in other sectors sell through it. Read more

Richard Jackson

Stihl to approach garden centres to sell battery cordless tools

Stihl warns its specialist dealers that it plans to extend its distribution of lithium-ion cordless garden tools to selected garden centres and hardware stores, next year. Read more

Top GCA awards for Cowells, Barton Grange and Woodlodge

Barton Grange beat Bents and Stewarts by the narrowest of margins to make it six in a row as GCA large destination Garden Centre of the Year. Woodlodge lifted the prestigious Supplier of the Year cup. Read more

Martin Stewart with Ian Flounders and Richard Newton of Woodlodge and Fred MacAulay

Squire’s and Cowells take the top GCA plant awards

It’s three awards each for Squire’s, Cowell’s and Barton Grange at The Garden Centre Association conference. Squire’s and Cowell’s are the best GCA plant retailers.   Read more

Colin & Sarah Squire,  Julian Winfield, Ian Hammond, Squire's plant manager& Roger Crookes

Wyevale’s new website is central to its multi-channel plans

Wyevale Garden Centres says its new website is a platform for e-commerce and a unique resource for Britain’s gardeners to derive consistently good quality and trusted advice. Read more

H&E Knowles (Lye) is bought out of administration

Former owners of garden equipment maker H&E Knowles (Lye) have formed a new company to buy part of the assets from the administrators, so protecting 78 jobs. Read more

Elho completes purchase of Ebertsankey

Elho’s Good(s)Factory has completed the purchase of Ebertsankey as Fiskars focuses on its core consumer business. Read more

GC Christmas sales have ‘stalled a bit’ after a 7 – 10 year trend of huge increases

The majority of garden centres say Christmas sales were up but competition is increasing and December sales were disappointing for some. Read more

New management structure as BGC develops

Phillippa Stubbs tells how British Garden Centres group in the North East is strengthening management and controls now that it is a £26m, 10 garden centre group. Read more

British Garden Centres

Wilko want to create more of an open door policy

Wilko tells suppliers, “We’ve lost touch over recent years.” Now, “We want to create more of an open door policy.” Read more

Blue Diamond takes on Polhill’s Cambridge garden centre

Blue Diamond has today taken over Coton Orchard garden centre in Cambridge from Sevenoaks based Polhill. Read more

Blue Diamond's flagship store at Redfields

Hare Hatch Sheeplands looks set for a long fight with Wokingham

The enforcement dispute between Wokingham District Council and Hare Hatch Sheeplands seems set for the long run after a Council debate that was called a farce by owners of the garden centre. Read more

Buoyant Hillier celebrates a year of growth

Hillier crowned Eastbourne their Garden Centre of the year. They named Meon Valley Nurseries, Westland and Bramblecrest as their best suppliers but warned that any price increases would be resisted. Read more

Hillier Eastbourne

Under the radar changes at Klondyke

As Bob Hewitt retires and David Yardley takes over they explain the under-the-radar changes at Klondyke since Bob Gault died in 2011. Read more

Klondyke executive directors, David Yardley, Sharon Allan and David Abbott with Bob Hewitt

Two garden centre groups open new restaurants in time for Christmas

Frosts at Woburn Sands and Notcutts at Norwich are completing £multi-million developments in time for Christmas. Read more

Opening of Notcutts' restaurant in Staines

B&M reports good sell-through of gardening and outdoor furniture

B&M is delighted with last year’s new stores, including the significant number of larger, former DIY stores that have garden centres. Read more

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