February 19, 2018

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Brackenburn creates renewable biofuel to burn in the home -

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Garden centre donates materials to Care Farm students -

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Best outdoor lifestyle retailer in the UK gong awarded to Gordale Garden Centre -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Stewarts Garden Centre customers thanked for £20,711 fundraising appeal total -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Plant expert to visit Perrywood Garden Centre for talks and orchid clinics -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Two added to Highfield Garden World planteria team -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Discount retailer boosts garden centre stock with Peterborough acquisition -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Residents express their shock and sadness at news Reigate Garden Centre is to close -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Grange Fencing introduces new consumer-facing brochure -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wyevale Garden Centres celebrates £1.7m fundraising success for Marie Curie -

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

New owner for Peterborough’s The Barn garden centre -

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Reigate Garden Centre will close by October so hundreds of new homes can be built -

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Deans garden centres’ fundraising helps keep air ambulance flying high -

Monday, February 12, 2018

Sycamore Park Garden Centre boss gives update on future -

Monday, February 12, 2018

Beech’s Fine Chocolates re-launches Easter egg range -

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Spring Puppy focus from JAMES WELLBELOVED® -

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

94% of retail businesses missing out on tax exempt gifts that boost staff productivity and morale -

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Wildlife World celebrates 20 years in business -

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Be ‘Lawn Ready’ for spring -

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

‘Lubera’ & ‘Mayer’ At The Garden Press Event -

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

  • Nisbets issue advice on wooden boards

    Catering equipment supplier Nisbets has their say on the wooden boards saga

    After a Birmingham restaurant was recently fined £50,000 for the unhygienic serving of food on wooden boards, Nisbets has issued some practical advice on the best way to ensure that your wooden boards are fit for use. Dean Starling, Development Chef at Nisbets believes that wooden boards are not unhygienic per se, it is more the way that they are cared for and used; “Wooden boards have hit the news recently with some media reporting that they are ‘incapable of being cleaned’.  The truth however is that wooden boards can provide an attractive alternative to plates however, it’s worth being…

  • Brackenburn

    Brackenburn creates renewable biofuel to burn in the home

    With an investigation looming into whether burning wood is bad for the environment, Brackenburn is helping shoppers looking for ways to stay warm with a clean conscience. The link between burning wood and air pollution arises when the wood is wet.  Wet wood makes stoves and open fires work at a lower temperature, meaning less fuel is fully burnt and more escapes as soot. To help, there’s a certification scheme in place to identify and promote dried wood – but the team at Brackenburn think they can do even better. Based in Somerset, they harvest bracken from the surrounding countryside,…

  • garden centre

    Garden centre donates materials to Care Farm students

    Malmesbury Garden Centre have donated compost, vermiculite and horticultural fleece to the students at the Lakeside Care Farm at the Lower Moor Farm nature reserve. Dean Sherwin, manager of the Lakeside Care Farm said: “The materials will be used to increase the opportunities for the students to work ‘seed to harvest’, for example, the compost will enable us to sow seeds and nurture them through their growing cycle until they are ready to harvest. “The students will then either have the opportunity to take the produce home or to cook a meal together at the farm. “Seeing through such an…

  • plant show

    Squire’s plant show heralds start of gardening season

    Squire’s Garden Centres held their annual plant show at Squire’s in West Horsley on Thursday 8th February. Thirty two suppliers from across the UK and abroad came to showcase their latest plants. Exciting new varieties on display included Hosta ‘Autumn Frost’, Hebe ‘Joan Mac’, Pieris ‘Polar Passion’, Jacob’s Ladder ‘Kaleidoscope’ and Raspberry ‘Little Red Princess’. Squire’s Plant Managers were treated to a preview of some of the stunning plants that will soon be on sale to the public, and they also voted for their best performing supplier in two categories – Hardy Plants & Bedding Plants. Barnsfold won ‘Best Bedding…

  • Gordale

    Best outdoor lifestyle retailer in the UK gong awarded to Gordale Garden Centre

    Celebrations have been held to congratulate Wirral’s largest garden centre, Gordale, on their latest achievement, becoming the best outdoor living retailer in the UK. At the end of January, the Garden Centre Association held their annual conference, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, where the winners of their prestigious awards were revealed. The award was presented to Gordale Garden and Home Centre in recognition of their extensive and comprehensive garden furniture selection, range and display of barbecues, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff, customer care, building and servicing section and excellent delivery service.  Scoring a massive 92%, the department of 14 lead…

Features

Nisbets issue advice on wooden boards

Catering equipment supplier Nisbets has their say on the wooden boards saga

Feb 19, 2018

After a Birmingham restaurant was recently fined £50,000 for the unhygienic serving of food on wooden boards, Nisbets has issued some practical advice on the best way to ensure that your wooden boards are fit for use. Dean Starling, Development Chef at Nisbets believes that wooden boards are not unhygienic per se, it is more the way that they are cared for and used; “Wooden boards have hit the news recently with some media reporting that they are ‘incapable of being cleaned’.  The truth however is that wooden boards can provide an attractive alternative to plates however, it’s worth being…

Two thirds of Millennials seek innovation when it comes to their in-store shopping experience

Feb 1, 2018

Over the years, our lives have become consumed by technology – the average person checks their phone 85 times a day, whilst millennials check a staggering 150 times. We live in a world where ‘digital technology’ is evolving at such a rapid pace, thus OnBuy.com, the UK online marketplace, sought to find out how technology has changed, and how it is impacting the retail industry. Onbuy.com also provides key advice to business owners how they can ensure their business can thrive in an ever-changing digital world. What has changed in the retail sector? Utilising a 2017 report by PWC, Onbuy.com…

are millennials driving houseplant sales?

Are millennials driving houseplant sales in garden centres?

Dec 12, 2017

The Present Tree discusses the health benefits houseplants offer millennials, and how the emerging indoor gardening trend will progress is 2018. 2017 was the year that millennials bought more houseplants than any other age demographic, with more than 14 million posts on Instagram hash tagged plants. As fewer millennials are buying homes, the exposure to nature is often limited in tiny rented flats. The emerging houseplant trend followed numerous studies, suggesting young consumers are becoming more environmentally aware and food conscious than any other generation, with trendy terms like natural, organic and sustainable growing in popularity. Yet mocked as plant hoarders…

Brexit

BRC: Rates respite reduces retailers pressure

Nov 23, 2017

Following a business campaign led by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the Chancellor’s has announced in his Budget that the move from RPI to CPI indexation will be brought forward by two years to 2018. Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive of the BRC, said: “This is a hugely welcome and positive move. From being caught in a web of competing pressures from all parts of the economy, limiting the scope for action, it’s clear that the Chancellor has listened to the retail industry and the growing chorus from across business and commercial life who have spoken up in favour of…

Canada

From Canada, with love

Oct 19, 2017

Edwin Meijer from Garden Connect returns from a trip to Ontario, Canada with the International Garden Centre Association to take a look at the garden history in the Niagara Falls area of the country It was my first time but definitely not the last one! Two weeks ago I came back from the International Garden Centre Association trip to Niagara Falls, Canada. With a group of over 200 people from all over the world, we enjoyed the trip through the garden industry in this part of Ontario. Since I was travelling around in a bus with a group of about…

wildlife

GCR speaks to Simon King about his Wildlife World range

Sep 28, 2017

Can you tell me about the range you’ve worked on with Wildlife World? Over a period of several years I developed various garden wildlife product designs, based on my knowledge of the natural world and wildlife behaviour. Norman and I have known each other for some time, and decided to sit down and put my ideas into practice. I had various prototypes that I had tried and tested previously, which after much discussion and planning we began to put into production. We launched our first collaborated product, the brushwood robin nester, at GLEE last year, which received a lot of…

online

Online plant shop raises $1.1m to lead the houseplant revival among London’s stylish homeowners and offices

Sep 14, 2017

Patch (www.patch.garden), the online plant shop, has completed a $1.1m seed investment in its efforts to bring gardening to the digital age. 12 months after launching in East London, the startup has now served over 5,000 customers across the capital, has been growing 30% every month this year and has secured its seed round, led by early-stage investors Forward Partners and supported by London Co-investment Fund and several angel investors. Patch is looking to fill a gaping hole left by traditional garden centres, which are struggling to deliver value to customers due to rising costs, and a slowness to respond…

enemies

Edwin Meijer: Google – Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer

Sep 13, 2017

You may remember the age old saying ‘Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.’ Well, Google is a friend and a foe in retail: a friend because you have access to an enormous marketplace, and a foe because they take away your business. In this article, I would like to highlight three of Google’s innovations which you should definitely keep an eye on. And to keep it fun, I will also highlight three of Google’s failures. The buy button You search for products on Google, you compare products with Google Shopping and well, why not buy products now that you’re…

News

garden centre

Garden centre donates materials to Care Farm students

Malmesbury Garden Centre have donated compost, vermiculite and horticultural fleece to the students at the Lakeside Care Farm at the Lower Moor Farm nature reserve. Dean Sherwin, manager of the Lakeside Care Farm said: “The materials will be used to increase the opportunities for the students to work ‘seed to harvest’, for example, the compost will enable us to sow seeds and nurture them through their growing cycle until they are ready to harvest. “The students will then either have the opportunity to take the produce home or to cook a meal together at the farm. “Seeing through such an…

plant show

Squire’s plant show heralds start of gardening season

Squire’s Garden Centres held their annual plant show at Squire’s in West Horsley on Thursday 8th February. Thirty two suppliers from across the UK and abroad came to showcase their latest plants. Exciting new varieties on display included Hosta ‘Autumn Frost’, Hebe ‘Joan Mac’, Pieris ‘Polar Passion’, Jacob’s Ladder ‘Kaleidoscope’ and Raspberry ‘Little Red Princess’. Squire’s Plant Managers were treated to a preview of some of the stunning plants that will soon be on sale to the public, and they also voted for their best performing supplier in two categories – Hardy Plants & Bedding Plants. Barnsfold won ‘Best Bedding…

Gordale

Best outdoor lifestyle retailer in the UK gong awarded to Gordale Garden Centre

Celebrations have been held to congratulate Wirral’s largest garden centre, Gordale, on their latest achievement, becoming the best outdoor living retailer in the UK. At the end of January, the Garden Centre Association held their annual conference, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, where the winners of their prestigious awards were revealed. The award was presented to Gordale Garden and Home Centre in recognition of their extensive and comprehensive garden furniture selection, range and display of barbecues, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff, customer care, building and servicing section and excellent delivery service.  Scoring a massive 92%, the department of 14 lead…

Stewarts

Stewarts Garden Centre customers thanked for £20,711 fundraising appeal total

Terry Head, Retail and Marketing Director of the Stewarts Garden Centres, presented a cheque on behalf of the thousands of customers who donated towards last year’s appeal on behalf of the Dorset and Wiltshire Children’s hospices Julia’s House. The £20,711.40p total was raised for Stewarts’ charity of the year not only from donations in collection tins and the wishing well, but also during activities including Easter egg hunts, Halloween events and proceeds from the sale of kids’ reindeer badges over the Christmas festivities over the last 12 months. Laura Kelly, Community Fundraising Manager at Julia’s House said: “We are thrilled…

Perrywood

Plant expert to visit Perrywood Garden Centre for talks and orchid clinics

A plant expert is due to visit a garden centre in Tiptree this week. On Friday and Saturday, orchid expert Dr Manos Kanellos will be visiting Perrywood Garden Centre in Tiptree to give customers the opportunity to learn more about orchids. Dr Kanellos will be sharing his expertise during two talks on both days at 11am and 2pm, providing advice to everyone from houseplant novices to Phalaenopsis connoisseurs. The talks will aim to answer customers’ questions about these plants, including how to repot your orchids, how to trigger your plant to re-bloom and general tips about caring for them. he…

Two added to Highfield Garden World planteria team

Two added to Highfield Garden World planteria team

Highfield Garden World in Gloucestershire has expanded its planteria team with two experienced new recruits, bringing the team total to 14.  The family-owned independent employs 132 staff across the overall business.  Turnover is currently £7.5m p.a., of which around 22% relates to planteria sales. Ian Byrne joined in June as Deputy Planteria Manager, while Scott Ellis took up his role soon afterwards.   Ian has more than 35 years’ horticultural experience, and Scott has 11.  Jon Mason, a director of the business and Planteria Manager at Highfield for the last 22 years, commented;   “We’re always looking for ways to improve what…

Peterborough

Discount retailer boosts garden centre stock with Peterborough acquisition

QD Group, based in Norwich, has bought The Barn Garden and Aquatic Centre in Peterborough. The purchase makes it the joint eighth biggest garden centre group by stores in the UK, with 11 Cherry Lane stores. The store, now known as The Barn by Cherry Lane Garden Centres, has transferred all staff over to the QD Group. There are also improvements planned at the premises including the creation of new departments and expansion of its seasonal and gardening ranges. Chief executive of QD Group Nick Rubins said: “The acquisition of The Barn is another great landmark in the ongoing growth…

Gary Tiley (right) with his family who have decided to sell Reigate Garden Centre after 35 years

Residents express their shock and sadness at news Reigate Garden Centre is to close

Hundreds of people have taken to social media to express their sadness and disappointment that Reigate Garden Centre is set to close later this year. The Tiley family has run the centre, on Sandcross Road, for 35 years but chief executive Gary Tiley announced that the site had been sold to property developers on February 8. Land around the garden centre, including fields that are bordered by Whitehall Lane on the west side and Slipshatch Road on the south side, are currently within the green belt. However Reigate and Banstead Borough Council’s development management plan proposes to remove the land from the green…

Grange Fencing's new consumer-facing brochure

Grange Fencing introduces new consumer-facing brochure

Grange Fencing, a UK supplier of fencing and garden structures, has invested in a new consumer-facing brochure, ahead of the 2018 spring buying season. Featuring eye-catching lifestyle photography and a high gloss finish, the contemporary looking brochure has been designed to appeal to style conscious consumers looking to improve their garden space. Including insights into the latest garden trends, as well as tips and advice on making the most of Grange products, the user-friendly brochure provides retailers with an appealing tool to help maximise sales from the end consumer. Grange marketing manager, Mark Morris explains, “This year marks the 150th…

Wyevale celebrates fundraising success

Wyevale Garden Centres celebrates £1.7m fundraising success for Marie Curie

Wyevale Garden Centres is celebrating reaching a phenomenal £1.7 million in fundraising for Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity for people living with terminal illness and their families. Through the help of its customers and centres across the UK, Wyevale Garden Centres has raised enough to pay for the equivalent of more than 9,000 overnight shifts of care from a Marie Curie Nurse, or 85,000 hours of individual nursing care. The incredible sum has been raised as part of an ongoing partnership, launched in 2014. The partnership aimed to raise £750,000 for Marie Curie by the end of 2017, but has surpassed that by £1 million. Over…

garden centre

New owner for Peterborough’s The Barn garden centre

A well known garden centre in Peterborough is under new ownership. The Barn Garden & Aquatic Centre, in Gunthorpe Road, has just been acquired by the Norwich-based QD Group. The cost of the purchase has not been disclosed but the new owners have vowed to carry out an array of improvements. These include improvements to the sales areas, expansion of gardening and seasonal ranges and the creation of new departments including clothing and Scallywags Pets. The Coffee Barn is also being revamped to accommodate a 120 seater restaurant. The store has been renamed The Barn by Cherry Lane Garden Centres…

Reigate Garden Centre

Reigate Garden Centre will close by October so hundreds of new homes can be built

Reigate Garden Centre will close in October because its surrounding land could be redeveloped to build hundreds of new homes. Chief executive of the garden centre Gary Tiley, whose family has owned the two-acre site for 35 years, confirmed the decision to sell the site and has informed staff. Mr Tiley, 52, who has managed the site since the early-1980s, cited the council’s proposal to remove surrounding land from the green belt as part of its draft development management plan, and declining trade, as the reasons behind the family’s decision. While admitting it was “a sad day” having to tell…