Dobbies proposes Liverpool garden centre

Dobbies has announced plans for a new £8 million garden centre at Speke near Liverpool airport. See more... Read more

Council grants permission for a new GC then changes its mind

Two weeks ago, permission was granted for the development of a new garden centre at Wellington. Now the council has suspended permission following a public outcry. See more... Read more

Vandals ravage Coblands Nursery

Vandals have caused £30,000 of damage to Coblands Nursery in Tonbridge. Polytunnels were ripped and irrigation stolen. See more... Read more

Garden centres continue to invest through the recession

The recession has not dampened the enthusiasm of garden centres to expand. Last year Malcolm Scott Consultants won planning permission for over 470,000 ft.² of new covered sales area. This includes extensions to some of the country's biggest garden centres. See more… Read more

TGCG sells Shiplake

The Garden Centre Group has sold Shiplake Nursery and Garden Centre, which will close at the end of the month. See more... Read more

2009 Review - Part 2: July to December

With trade strong, attention turned to the battle between the increased number of trade shows in 2010. Many garden centres won planning permission to extend. Corporate activity continued among suppliers. See more... (This article is open to all) Read more

2009 Review - Part 1: January to June

There was a nervous feel to the start of 2009.  The Banking crisis was in full swing.  No one knew whether consumer demand would come to an abrupt halt after Christmas and garden suppliers were anxiously waiting for confirmation of Wyevale’s financial restructuring.   This review is open to all. See more... Read more

Dobbies strengthens its roots at Braehead

Dobbies has revealed plans for a new garden centre at Braehead in Renfrew – the town where James Dobbie started his horticultural business in 1865. See more... Read more

Major expansion for Gates Nursery and Garden Centre

Gates Nursery and Garden Centre has won permission to extend the retail area by 2500 sq m, which will include increasing seating in the restaurant to 450. See more... Read more

Planners recommend approval for Dobbies in Carlisle

According to Carlisle’s News & Star, Dobbies is hoping to overturn earlier objections and win planning permission for a new garden centre in competition with Klondyke’s Houghton Hall. See more... Read more

Planning success for Forest Lodge Garden Centre and Birdworld

Malcolm Scott Consultants Ltd has gained double planning permissions for ambitious development at the 14-hectare joint Forest Lodge and Birdworld site. See more... Read more

Fire damages Gordon Rigg

Gordon Rigg Garden Centre on Moss Bridge Road, Rochdale, one of three in the group, was damaged by fire on Saturday night. The centre is trading again, but with no houseplants, pets or aquatics. Read more

Confusion over Canterbury garden centres

Canterbury Garden Centre has become the second independent to challenge The Garden Centre Group (TGCG, formally Wyevale) over its decision to rename its outlets with local names. There was confusion when one of the group's staff appeared at the wrong garden centre for training. See more... Read more

No rebuild for Wyevale Caddington

The Garden Centre Group (TGCG), formerly Wyevale, has sold Caddington garden centre rather than rebuild it, following the devastating fire in July 2008. See more… Read more

Dobbies changes tack at York

Dobbies has withdrawn its planning appeal at York and has submitted an application to develop a Garden World at Livingston, the new town between Edinburgh and Glasgow. See more... Read more

Two garden centres to close

Two garden centres, one at each end of the country, are to close and be redeveloped for other uses. See more... Read more

Fire destroys Hampshire garden centre

Fire has destroyed the Country Market Garden centre and farm shop in Hampshire. The building is completely destroyed. See more… Read more

Planning consent for new Wellington garden centre

Taunton Deane Council has granted planning permission for a new garden centre in Wellington, Somerset. See more... Read more

Beckworth Emporium builds on a successful start

So successful has been Beckworth Emporium in its first 9 months that John Kitching, former Blooms CX, and David Brown are adding 24,000 ft.² of new buildings. See more... Read more

Dobbies wins approval for Lisburn

After four years, Dobbies has won approval to build a £12 million garden centre at Lisburn, Northern Ireland. See more... Read more

Peterborough Garden Park opens in February

Peterborough Garden Park, with a high profile destination garden centre designed by Van Hage as the focal point, opens its doors on 5th of February. See more... Read more

Dobbies scales down Carlisle plans

Having won planning permission last month for a 62,000 sq ft. garden centre in Carlisle, Dobbies has decided to half the size of the project. See more... Read more

Dobbies renews plans at East Kilbride

Dobbies has published a new planning application, which includes a supermarket and hotel, at East Kilbride on the south side of Glasgow. Read more

Tesco consults over Churchdown garden centre

Local press reports that Tesco are planning a community supermarket on the former Hurrans Garden Centre at Churchdown, Cheltenham. See more... Read more

Carlisle planners refer Dobbies proposal to Government

Carlisle City Councillors voted on Friday to approve Dobbies plans for a new garden centre at Carlisle, but have deferred the final decision until the Government decides if a public enquiry is required. See more... Read more

Garden centre values hold up

Despite the recession, profitable nurseries and garden centres are selling for the same or more than a year ago, according to Quinton Edwards, who have completed a number of sales recently. See more... Read more

Mike Gilbert breaks away from Hammond Phillips

Mike Gilbert and 2 fellow directors from Hammond Phillips have left the company to set up their own practice, Gilbert Evans, which is based in Ascot. See more... Read more

2 more planning successes from Malcolm Scott

Sefton Meadow and Frosts Woburn Sands garden centres have both been granted permissions to extend their retail area. See more... Read more

Blue Diamond opens Le Friquet

This Friday, Blue Diamond will open one of the most innovative garden centre designs yet seen. It is the shape of an octagonal doughnut, with the plant area filling the middle. See more... Read more

Langlands Arrives in Leeds

The famous Langlands Garden Centre in Shiptonthorpe near York is reaping the benefits of the current ‘Grow Your Own’ phenomenon and is expanding its empire by acquiring the old Hayes Garden Centre site in Leeds. See more... Read more

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