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

NatWest backs Planters with £1.6m to buy Bradley

NatWest advanced £1.6m to Planters Garden Centre to fund the purchase of Bradley Nursery and Garden Centre in Stafford. It is the second site to trade under the Garden King banner. See more... Read more

QE sells two garden businesses in the North

Quinton Edwards has sold 2 small garden centres in the North of England and says it is easier to sell small garden centres as the purchasers are more likely to raise the capital. See more... Read more

New owners for Beverley, if planners allow

The Garden Centre Group is not renewing its lease on Beverley Garden Centre. Another group is poised to take over, if planners agree to adjust the planning in time. See more… Read more

Big expansion plans for Bents

In its quest to be the best in everything it does, Bents has disclosed that it is planning a big expansion over the next 10 years as it aims to become the ‘Trafford Centre’ for garden, home and leisure shopping. See more... Read more

Blue Diamond acquires Fryer’s Garden Centre, Cheshire

Knutsford- based Fryer’s Garden Centre has completed a deal to sell the family-owned garden centre and award-winning rose growing business to Blue Diamond Garden Centres of Guernsey. See more... Read more

Alexander Mackie sells Roots and Shoots Garden Centre, Suffolk

Garden centre agent Alexander Mackie Associates has announced its second sale of a garden centre on behalf of clients, within a week. See more... Read more

Hillview Garden Centres completes its first aquisition

Studley becomes the foundation stone for Hillview Garden Centres Ltd as Boyd Douglas-Davies completes his first purchase backed by Hillview Capital. See more... Read more

Garden centre values have fallen by as much as 15%

Quinton Edwards says garden centre prices have fallen by between 10% and 15% and continue to fall. As a result it expects fewer transactions next year. Nursery prices, however, appear more resilient. See more... Read more

Building work to start on Longacres redevelopment

The groundwork is about to start on the rebuild of Longacres Nursery in Bagshot, Surrey. See more… Read more

Go ahead for new Keydell garden centre expected today

Speculation about the future of Keydell Nurseries looks likely to be ended later today if, as expected, East Hampshire District Council grants permission for a new garden centre a mile and a half away. 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

Gardenforum's Review of 2011

Gardenforum's Review of 2011 tracks the year's trading and events. It also shows the high number of garden centres and nurseries that are investing despite the difficult economy. This review is open for all to read, see more... Read more

Old Roundstone GC to close after Christmas

Haskins is to close Roundstone Garden Centre on Jan 6th in preparation for the opening of a new garden centre on the same site on Feb 27th. It will have the biggest covered plant area in the group. See more... Read more

Questions surround the future of Stapeley Water Gardens

Stapeley Water Gardens is reported to have entered a 30-day consultation process with staff over the future of the garden centre. Local newspapers suggest that Dobbies may be close to a deal for part of the site. See more... Read more

More supermarket interest in garden centres

There has been much activity in garden centre property in the last week. Supermarkets are in prospect for 3 garden centre developments including Peterborough Garden Park. Worsley Hall Garden Centre is to re-open and Sheeplands is to spend £2m. See more... Read more

Garden centres planning developments should move quickly

The Government's proposed planning changes appear to make it easier to develop garden centres but there is a financial sting in the tail. Anyone planning a development is advised to move quickly. See more… Read more

Waitrose to open at a second garden centre

Waitrose plans to open a store alongside one of The Garden Centre Group’s outlets. This follows an announcement in May that it hopes to build on one of the Garden & Leisure centres. See more... Read more

Dobbies renews York application and opens Speke in Liverpool

Dobbies today opens a new store at Speke in Liverpool and announces plans for an alternative site in York, having had the first one rebuffed. See more... Read more

Toad Hall relocation falls through

The proposed relocation of Toad Hall Garden Centre to the former Wyevale site at Shiplake, south of Henley, appears to have fallen through. See more... Read more

Retractable roof for Planters at Bretby

Planters have started the redevelopment of its garden centre at Bretby, with the installation of a £400,000 retractable roof. See more... Read more

Council serves planning contravention notice on Dobbies

Dobbies garden centre at Livingstone, which opened this spring, has been accused of breaching planning regulations for selling more goods that are unrelated to garden centre retail than is allowed. See more… Read more

School wins permission to take over Wyevale, Mill Hill

Despite strong local resistance, Barnet Council has granted planning permission for a Jewish free school to take over The Garden Centre Group’s Wyevale Garden Centre at Mill Hill. See more... Read more

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