Mixed planning fortunes for garden centres

Garden centres experience mixed fortunes when it comes to planning. There’s disappointment for Keydell Nurseries, hope for Garsons and concern over Highgate. See more… Read more

Summerseat Garden Centre acquires second centre

Summerseat Garden Centre Ltd has acquired Stephen H. Smith’s Garden & Leisure Bolton branch located at Radcliffe Moor Road, Bradley Fold. See more... Read more

Demand for garden centres at record levels

Garden centre agent, Mike Gilbert of Gilbert Evans has sold four garden centres this year with two more deals likely in the next six weeks. Demand he says is as strong as it has ever been, despite the weather. See more... Read more

British Garden Centres group purchases Woodthorpe Leisure Park

British Garden Centres group has announced the purchase of a new branch to their tree - Woodthorpe Leisure Park. 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

Trebaron GC in Preston is sold

Trebaron Garden Centre in Preston has been sold to Duxbury Holdings. The site was owned separately from the other Trebaron garden centres. See more… Read more

Friday deadline for offers on Whiteleys Garden Centre

Bids for Whiteleys Garden Centre must be submitted by Friday. Sales at the £2m turnover garden centre near Huddersfield have held up well since it went into administration. See more... Read more

Alfords in Grimsby is for sale - Updated

Alfords Garden Centre in Grimsby has been put up for sale as the owners plan to retire. They wish to sell as a going concern but there is also the potential for development. See more… Read more

Dobbies given thumbs-up for King’s Lynn

Dobbies’ first joint store with Tesco has been approved by planners at Kings Lynn. Work should start next spring. See more... Read more

One Garden Centre expands, another is to close

Honiton Garden Centre has a new name following redevelopment. Further north, Greenhouse 2000, is to be shut down and sold by Stoke-on-Trent City Council. See more... Read more

Keydell Nurseries tries again

Last August, Keydell Nurseries had planning permission refused for a new garden centre despite local officers recommending approval. Now they are offering to pay for traffic calming measures. See more... Read more

Energy Legislation threat to older garden centre buildings

Malcolm Scott warns that energy regulations mean that it will become illegal after 2018 to sell, or even lease part of, a garden centre whose buildings do not meet a minimum level of efficiency. It may have to be upgraded or replaced first. See more... Read more

Dobbies look set for York approval but...

After 5 years, Dobbies' plans for a garden centre in York get a recommendation for approval from planning officers. But comments to Yorkpress question the location. See more... Read more

Klondyke takes on Beverley Garden Centre

Klondyke Group has taken the lease of Beverley Garden Centre, which was closed by the Garden Centre Group after Christmas. See more… Read more

Wind removes roof of Sussex garden centre

Tate's South Downs Nurseries was up and running within 24 hours after wind removed the roof of its coffee shop on Jan 2. Click on link below for full story and photo Read more

Next wins permission for fourth Home & Garden store

Next has been granted permission to build its fourth Home & Garden store at High Wycombe. Another four are progressing through the planning process. See more... Read more

Supermarket plans for garden centre rejected

Plans to build a Sainsbury’s supermarket on Malmesbury Garden Centre have been rejected. See more... Read more

Inexperienced valuers create problems

Quinton Edwards warns that valuers with little garden centre experience are causing problems for garden centres and horticultural businesses seeking bank funding. See more... Read more

Sheeplands fears closure if appeal fails

Rob Scott, owner of Hare Hatch Sheeplands fears that his dispute with Wokingham Borough Council could close the business. See more... Read more

Plans revealed for new Tewkesbury garden centre

Plans will be put on show on Thursday for a £30m retail development near Tewkesbury that will include a garden centre. See more... Read more

Notcutts to share Bagshot garden centre with Waitrose

Notcutts hopes to build a Waitrose store on its garden centre site at Bagshot on the A30 in Surrey and to build a new garden centre alongside it. See more... Read more

Gardenforum’s Review of 2012

Here’s a summary of the news that has filled the Gardenforum pages in 2012. It is dominated by the impact of the weather and perhaps the economy. The story is open to all our readers. See more... Read more

Large Norwich garden centre for sale

Highway Garden & Leisure, a large modern garden centre near Norwich, has been brought to the market by Quinton Edwards. See more... Read more

New garden centre for North Lincolnshire

North Lincolnshire is to get a new garden centre. Willows will open in February at Glentham, near Market Rasen. See more... Read more

Garden & Leisure win permission for Waitrose co-development

Garden & Leisure has finally won permission to redevelop Percy Thrower's Garden Centre. When completed the site will have a Waitrose supermarket alongside a new, larger garden centre. See more... Read more

Opportunity to lease large new garden centre

Gilbert Evans is offering the opportunity to lease a new 50,000 sq ft. garden centre in an existing factory outlet at Castleford. It will be ready for spring 2014. See more... Read more

Plans go in to redevelop Percy Thrower’s Garden Centre

A planning application has been submitted to redevelop Percy Thrower’s Garden Centre twelve months after Garden & Leisure revealed the possibility of sharing the site with Waitrose. See more... Read more

Twyford Garden Centre surprised by planning refusal

The proposed £2m development of Hare Hatch Sheeplands has been rebuffed by Wokingham District Council. The owners were surprised by the outcome and plan to appeal. See more... Read more

Barton Grange delays start of Bolton upgrade

Barton Grange has put redevelopment plans for its Bolton garden centre on hold, while further work is done on the details. See more... Read more

G&L puts Percy Thrower/Waitrose plans on display

Garden & Leisure’s plans to redevelop Percy Thrower Garden Centre and add a full size Waitrose will go on display later this month. See more... Read more

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