Updated: Unfinished roundabout threatens Dobbies’ Carlisle opening

Latest: Carlisle has opened on time after Council approves last minute works... Dobbies had said it was confident that a new roundabout would be ready for Council approval on Thursday night, hours before the official opening today. See more... Read more

Extension will double the size of Garden Wise

After protracted negotiations, Garden Wise (Dumfries) has won permission to double the covered retail area of the garden centre. Work starts in July. See more... Read more

More Garden Centres to be Leased

Mike Gilbert is predicting that more garden centres will change hands in the coming months, because banks are being more restrictive with their lending criteria. He also believes that leasing is becoming more acceptable to both the freehold owners and operators. 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

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

Large new Garden Centre opens in Blackburn

A new garden centre has opened its doors in the Ribble Valley. Carr Hall Home and Garden Centre occupies 12 acres of a 137 acre site, North of Blackburn. See more... Read more

Squire’s opens Shepperton officially today

Today is the formal opening of the rebuilt Squire’s garden centre at Shepperton, which has been closed since last summer. It has been replaced with a £4.2m new development. See more... Read more

The Garden Centre Group closes Church Lawford

The Garden Centre Group is to close its garden centre at Church Lawford, between Coventry and Rugby. It also moves head office at the end of the month. See more... Read more

Dobbies wins Peterborough approval

Dobbies' plans to open 6 new garden centres during 2011 take another step forward as permission is granted for a new development at Peterborough. See more… Read more

Vermeulens Garden Centre is for sale

The planned sale of Vermeulens Garden Centre between Woking and Guildford has fallen through. The owners are seeking a new operator to buy or lease the site. See more... Read more

Hurrans' Langstone centre goes for housing

The former Hurrans garden centre at Langstone, which closed in January 2009 when the group went into administration, is to be developed for housing. See more... Read more

Hawkesmill Nurseries to extend production and improve despatch

Malcolm Scott Consultants have been successful in winning 2 planning permissions for Hawkesmill Nurseries in the West Midlands. This will lead to increased growing capacity and improved despatch. See more... Read more

Massive new warehouse for Gardman

Gardman has signed up for a massive new warehouse near to its main warehouse operations in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. It will help ensure that they hold enough stock during what they claim to be a growth phase. See more... Read more

Local opposition to Notcutts proposed Central Distribution Depot

Residents have formed an action group to fight Notcutts’ plan to build a 100,000 sq ft central distribution warehouse in Woodbridge to service its garden centres. See more... Read more

Dobbies opens first Northern Irish centre

On Friday 25th September 2010, Dobbies will welcome its first Northern Irish customers to a new 48,000sq ft Dobbies Garden World in Lisburn, Belfast – the company’s first centre in the Province. See more... Read more

23-acre Bracknell garden centre sold

Oaktree Garden Centre near Bracknell, a 23-acre site, has recently been sold for an undisclosed sum. The purchasers, John & Eve Went, are looking to develop the £1.8m turnover centre over the next few years. See more... Read more

Almondsbury re-development to start as soon as possible

Park Garden Centres are to start work as soon as possible on the first phase of the £5m redevelopment of its garden centre at Almondsbury. 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

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

Go ahead for new Dunbar Garden Centre

Berwick-upon-Tweed garden centre has won an appeal to build a new garden centre, 30 minutes away in Dunbar. This will be their second site. 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

460 seat restaurant for new Roundstone Garden Centre

Haskins has unveiled plans for the new £12 million garden centre at Roundstone, which is planned to open in March 2012. See more... Read more

Toad Hall Garden Centre plans to re-locate

Toad Hall Garden Centre has submitted a planning application for a new garden centre on the former Wyevale site at Shiplake, South of Henley. If successful, Toad Hall will relocate to the site in 2012. See more... Read more

Hillier to open new Eastbourne garden centre in February

Hillier Garden Centres will open its first new-build garden centre next month. The 2000 sq m. development is on the former Glyndley Nurseries on the A27 near Eastbourne. See more... Read more

Haskins to invest £16.5 million this year

The recently announced £2.3m restaurant upgrade at Haskins’ West End garden centre is part of a £16.5 million investment programme by the group this year. See more… Read more

2010 – The highlights

Here are the highlights of stories that appeared on the Gardenforum Noticeboard in 2010. If there are any you missed, they are all still available. See more... (Open to All) Read more

Dobbies continues to expand

In the next few weeks Dobbies is to start building at Carlisle and expects to win permission for a new garden centre in Liverpool. It has also introduced a kitchen outlet in Aberdeen. See more... Read more

Former Hurrans flagship to become a supermarket

Persistence has paid off for Tesco and the once famous Hurrans Garden Centre at Churchdown is destined to become a supermarket. See more... Read more

Dunbar GC turned down

Controversial plans for a new garden centre in Dunbar have been refused permission against the advice of planning officers. See more... Read more

Woodthorpe Hall buys Towneley GC

The Woodthorpe Hall Group buys Towneley Garden Centre in Burnley from receivers, making it five garden centres in the group. See more... Read more

To see earlier stories - Look in the News Archive