Amenity suppliers report a buoyant market

Growers attending the HTA Amenity Suppliers meeting, held last week at Coles Nurseries in Leicestershire, reported a healthy market with trading much better than anticipated at the beginning of the year.

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Tesco and Dobbies announce first joint site

As expected, Tesco has revealed that it will operate the supermarket next to the garden centre that Dobbies has long planned to open in a retail complex at East Kilbride, near Glasgow. See more... Read more

120 Focus stores likely to close

There is speculation across the UK press that the administrators of Focus will today announce the closure of more than 120 stores. See more... Read more

Palmstead Nurseries to open 1 hectare glasshouse

Next Friday, Palmstead Nurseries open a 1 hectare glasshouse near Ashford in Kent to grow over 1.5 million young plants a year using the latest equipment and technology. See more... Read more

Dobbies says it is easier with Tesco

In an interview in the Scotsman, James Barnes restated his ambition for Dobbies to become the leading brand in UK horticultural retailing with 100 garden centres. See more... Read more

New Owners for Ace Equipment

Anne Llewellyn has joined in a joint venture with Richard Alan Group to form a new company manufacturing Ace trolleys. Roger Llewellyn has retired. See more... Read more

Suppliers question timing of Focus demise

The moment that Focus DIY went into administration could not have been worse for gardening suppliers. The end of April is often the time when they are owed the most by retailers. The trade association, GIMA, has questioned the timing. See more... Read more

Squire’s gathers Shoots

DJ Squire & Co has added the 3 Shoots Garden Centres to its portfolio of 11 around London. The deal was completed today. This story has been updated - See more... Read more

Sales surge at Farplants thanks to new Finishing Centre

Investment in a new Finishing Centre has paid off for Farplants with output reaching 1900 trolleys in a single day. Year to date sales are 28% up and April sales have been phenomenal. See more... Read more

Almondsbury garden centre wins approval to re-develop

Park Garden Centre wins approval for a £5m re-development of its flagship Almondsbury store. See more… Read more

Westland strengthens management board with two new directors

Following strong sales growth, Westland Horticulture has strengthened its management board with the promotion of John McDowell and Keith Nicholson. Ken Evans becomes commercial Director at S E Marshall. See more... Read more

Notcutts achieves peat free recognition

Notcutts becomes only the second independent retailer to achieve full membership of the Growing Media Initiative, having proved that over 55% of the growing media and soil improver they have sold in bags is peat free. See more... Read more

Time to think of 2012

Just as the 2011 season is reaching its peak, it is time for manufacturers to think of 2012 and the exposure that can be gained from entering the GIMA awards. An influential panel of judges has been named including buyers from national and independent companies. See more... Read more

Sussex Garden Centres opens eco-friendly Mayberry

Tates, owners of Sussex Garden Centres, held the official opening of its new, eco-friendly garden centre, Mayberry, at Portslade last weekend. This is the third in the group. See more... Read more

Five stars for Coolings, Gordon Rigg and Aylett Nurseries; Best Buy for Chempak

In the April edition of Which? Gardening a survey of 7000 members rates independent garden centres top for satisfaction. A review of slow-release fertiliser awarded Best Buy to Chempak Yearlong. See more... Read more

Everris – a new global professional chemical brand

Following the sale of Scotts Professional Division to the Israeli based speciality chemical company, ICL Group, a new global professional brand has been unveiled, named Everris. See more...
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Unusual spring weather forces Claire Austin to cancel Iris Field Open Days

The unusually high temperatures and light levels this spring have sadly taken their toll on the iris fields. The iris flowers are so far forward, that there will be no blooms left for the field open days, which had been scheduled for 2-4 June 2011. Read more

Reports of Garden & Leisure linking with Waitrose are premature

Reports of a tie-up between Garden & Leisure and Waitrose are somewhat premature. Any agreement is subject to planning permission, which has yet even to be submitted to the Shrewsbury planners. See more... Read more

Wickes to take 13 Focus DIY stores

Having sold 31 stores to B&Q, The administrators of Focus DIY have sold a further 13 to Wickes. See more… Read more

New Garden Centre planned for Rushden Lakes

LXB, shareholder in The Garden Centre Group, plans a new garden centre and retail development near Northampton. See more... Read more

Marshalls warns that uncertainty remains despite 10% uplift

Paving and hard landscaping supplier, Marshalls has reported a 10% increase in revenue for the first 4 months of this year. Order books are shorter, but the domestic market remains resilient. See more... Read more

Focus DIY seeks administration

The BBC has reported that Focus DIY has issued a statement saying that it intends to go into administration. Focus trades from 178 stores in the UK. Ernst & Young are the intended administrators. See more... Read more

Bank confirms positive talks to extend TGCG terms

Lloyds Bank and The Garden Centre Group are in positive discussions about extending their banking terms. This should supply funds for expansion. See more... Read more

John Woods accounts show progress since MBO

Investment, new technology and a singular focus on adding value for the customer has led to strong progress at John Woods Nurseries since the 2007 buy-out from Notcutts. See more... Read more

All-In-One adds another

All-In-One has bought the 7-acre Hills Garden Centre near Knutsford. This is their second garden centre and they believe it has great potential. See more... Read more

Flying Brands forced to re-negotiate bank terms

Continuing poor results forces Flying Brands to renegotiate banking arrangements. The group experienced poor Mother’s Day sales and a sharp reduction in wild bird food sales. See more... Read more

TGCG adds 30 pet shops

Over the next month, to coincide with National Pet Month, The Garden Centre Group will open 30 pet shops in stores that do not already have concessions. See more... Read more

The Garden Store makes it 7 with Elton Hall

The Garden Store has acquired its 7th garden centre. The strongly plant oriented Walled Garden Centre is at Elton Hall, between Oundle and Peterborough. The restaurant will be concessioned to a company specialising in garden centres. See more... Read more

Opportunity to place product on new Titchmarsh TV series

Alan Titchmarsh’s new TV programme presents a great opportunity for garden manufacturers to place product, says the HTA. See more... Read more

Substantial backing for Douglas-Davies’ new Garden Centre chain

Boyd Douglas-Davies, who is shortly to leave Webbs of Wychbold, is to build a new garden centre chain backed by The Hillview Group, an independent merchant bank. See more... Read more

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