Garden & Leisure set for growth

The persistent rumours that Garden & Leisure might be sold have been fuelled recently by the revelation that Dobbies is considering an acquisition worth £45m. Gardenforum interviewed directors, Neville Prest and Carol Paris to find out the truth. See more... Read more

Kingfisher reveals plans to revive profits at B&Q

New targets at B&Q propose to double profit margins as the new management at Kingfisher seeks to drive up shareholder value. However poor weather and an early Easter have inevitably dented the first quarter. See more... Read more

Hunter throws in the Dobbies towel - Updated

Having lost a court battle to prevent Dobbies issuing new shares, Sir Tom Hunter's West Coast Capital has accepted an offer to sell its Dobbies shares to Tesco at £12 each. As a result Dobbies is to give shareholders more time to consider the open offer. See more... Read more

Hunter seeks deal with Tesco

Sir Tom Hunter's West Coast Capital is seeking talks with Tesco to find a fair solution for shareholders having today failed to persuade the courts to block Dobbies intended share issue. See more...
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Tesco offers a deal including 31 Wyevale stores

Reports by Scottish newspapers on yesterday's court hearing between Sir Tom Hunter and Dobbies revealed an offer by Tesco and potential acquisitions for Dobbies. Hunter is seeking to block Dobbies’ plan to raise £150 million from shareholders. See more… Read more

West Coast Capital sues Dobbies

West Coast Capital, Wyevale’s owner, has started legal proceedings against Dobbies to prevent the company's proposed open offer to shareholders. See more… Read more

Homebase warns of falling sales

Reporting results for the year to 3rd March, Home Retail Group warns that sales at Homebase have started weaker than expected this year, but that the group that includes Argos is well positioned both operationally and financially. See more… Read more

Quality Ornamental launches peat-free pack bedding

Next week, Quality Ornamentals starts to deliver to independent garden centres what it believes to be the first 100% peat-free pack bedding pants. See More... Read more

Scotts Miracle-Gro announces product recall in US

Scotts Miracle-Gro has today announced a recall of Miracle-Gro Shake 'n Feed with Weed Preventer All Purpose Plant Food in the United States of America. The recall does not affect the UK and Europe. See more... Read more

Strong growth for Pets at Home

The largest pet retailer in the UK continues to prosper with innovation and 20 new stores driving sales up 16% in the last 12 months. See more... Read more

Scotsdales joins Tillington

Scotsdales Garden Centre, one of the largest centres in the UK, has joined the Tillington Group of Garden Centres. This brings the Tillington Group turnover to almost £160 million. See more... Read more

Garden centre to receive royal opening

Lancashire Evening Post reports that Barton Grange's new garden centre and marina will be officially opened by the Princess Royal and shows a video of Guy Topping. Click on Website (below) for video and to see the flower shaped urinals! Read more

Lawn Maintenance Companies get thumbs-up from GW?

Professional lawn maintenance companies promise to keep your lawn looking good. But is it worth using one? Gardening Which? has put them to the test. Also on trial are lawn edging shears. See more... Read more

Blue Diamond adds 3 from Garden Centres of Excellence

The Blue Diamond Group has acquired 3 garden centres from Garden Centres of Excellence, allowing it to claim that it has become the third largest group in the UK. See more... Read more

Butters announces shake up to cut costs

Following the buyout of Keith Butters last year by Butters Group, the distributor of plants and bulbs has announced a shake up in the face of tough trading conditions. See more... Read more

7am on 3rd July garden retail starts a new era

Tesco has declared its bid for remaining shares in Dobbies unconditional and set the date for delisting it from AIM. With news of a new Wyevale in Kent, this sets the framework for the garden retail sector for the next few years. See more... Read more

Independent Garden centres still have the competitive edge

This year’s prices survey by Gardenforum shows that Wyevale has become the most competitive of the specialist chains, but fails to match the best independent. Also many plants and garden products show significant price increases, but there are fallers as well. See more... Read more

Further problems for Flying Brands

Flying Brands, 29.9% owned by Sir Tom Hunter and the umbrella group for Flying Flowers, Gardening Direct and Garden Bird Supplies, has issued its second profit warning of the year. See more... Read more

Europlants build for the future

Visitors to Europlants UK Ltd last week may have been surprised that the company’s old offices were being raised to the ground! Read more

Winners and losers in the garden industry

Latest results on Gardenforum’s Company Results show profit growth at Grange Fencing, Alexander Rose, Proteam (UK), Stewart Plastics, Deroma, Doff Portland , W Crowder & Sons and Hillier Nurseries. But 12 companies show significantly lower profits or losses. See more... Read more

Whitehall joins Tillington

The addition of Whitehall Garden Centres further strengthens the Tillington Group which now has a turnover of £170 million from 11 members and 30 branches. See more...
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Hand Mowers - just what you need in the smaller garden

May’s edition of Gardening Which? continues the lawns theme with a review of lawn treatments and a plug for greener hand cylinder mowers. See more.... Read more

Tenterden Garden Centre to open second site

Grovewell Garden Centres wins permission for a second garden centre in Kent. Works start immediately. See more... Read more

Britain's Favourite Garden Vegetables 2008 – the garden planning website for growing your own fruit and vegetables – has announced the top vegetables being grown in gardens and allotments in the UK this year. Based on plans produced by over 1,600 UK gardeners some interesting trends have emerged. See more... Read more

TGCMC buys the GTN Magazine

The Garden Communication and Media Co has acquired Garden Trade News, the title that it has published under license from EMAP for the last 4 years. See more... Read more

Sustainable retail is here to stay

Returning from the World Retail Congress, the CEO of Kingfisher, Ian Cheshire, has commented in The Retail Bulletin that sustainable retail is one of the hottest topics in the industry at the moment and it is here to stay. See more… Read more

Klondyke wins appeal at Saville Garden Centre

Klondyke Garden Centres has overturned, on appeal, the planning refusal to redevelop Savilles Garden Centre, which trades under the Strikes banner. See more... Read more

Dobbies asks shareholders for £150m

The new chairman of Dobbies Garden Centres gives further insight into Tesco’s strategy for the group in today’s results statement. The group is also raising £150m from shareholders. See more… Read more

Dobbies buys Sandyholm Garden Centre

Dobbies Garden Centres plc announces that it has agreed to acquire the business and assets of Sandyholm Garden Centre and Coffee Shop at Crossford in Lanarkshire, for a cash consideration of £8m plus stock at valuation. See more... Read more

Hozelock invests £1m in state-of-the-art plant

Hozelock has been shortlisted for 7 engineering awards alongside Rolls Royce, Dunlop and Leyland Trucks. It has also announced a £1m investment at its new Birmingham plant. See more... Read more

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