November 24, 2017

Latest:

Bents Garden and Home in Glazebury wins prize for its Christmas creations -

Thursday, November 23, 2017

BRC: Rates respite reduces retailers pressure -

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Millbrook Garden Centres raise over £11,000 for Air Ambulance -

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Morden Hall Park Garden Centre to open for late night shopping -

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Newbank garden centre founder John Hartle celebrates milestone -

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pre-book with Hawkesmill now to save disappointment -

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Garden centre owner ‘lucky to be alive’ after attempting to stop truck theft -

Monday, November 20, 2017

Ice rink returns to Planters Bretby Garden Centre -

Monday, November 20, 2017

Smiemans takes care of Squire’s garden centre metamorphosis -

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Deco-Pak’s Year in Review -

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Hawley Garden Centre defends use of reindeer in Santa’s grotto -

Friday, November 17, 2017

Growing garden centre business appoints Finance Director -

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

How much is that doggie in the window actually worth? £59.7 million -

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Goulds Garden Centre urges Weymouth residents to ‘gives generously’ this Christmas -

Monday, November 13, 2017

Magical Harry Potter Christmas theme at Rosebank Garden Centre -

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Garden centre flats proposal hangs on affordable housing payout -

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Santa making early appearance at Bents Garden and Home -

Friday, November 10, 2017

Dates and venue announced for AQUA 2019 -

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Ellesmere Port garden centre earmarked for housing development -

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Retailers welcome indications of a cap on business rates rises -

Monday, November 6, 2017

  • Bents

    Bents Garden and Home in Glazebury wins prize for its Christmas creations

    Bents Garden & Home has won the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) 2017 title for Best Christmas Display in the Country, after beating off strong competition from other centres within the region and throughout the UK. The coveted title was presented to Bents following an extensive judging process, which saw centres from throughout the UK hosting spot visits by the GCA to determine regional winners as well as the overall national title. Centres were judged on their innovation, inspiration and the excitement created by the way Christmas products were displayed and the 2017 national title is yet another cause for celebration…

  • Millbrook

    Millbrook Garden Centres raise over £11,000 for Air Ambulance

    Congratulations to the Millbrook Garden Company who have raised over £11,000 in their first year supporting Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. The company, who each year choose to support a local charity, have held charity festive evenings, donated money from their bag charges, completed a 60-mile walk, raising a total of £6,539 – a huge £1,500 more than they hoped for – and supported the Air Ambulance with their BMW raffle. Last week, Millbrook pledged to support the charity for a second year, kicking off with their ever-popular Charity Festive Evening. The event, which is held simultaneously across all…

  • Morden Hall

    Morden Hall Park Garden Centre to open for late night shopping

    A special late-night shopping event will take place at Morden Hall Park Garden Centre with all profits going to the National Trust. Shoppers are invited to shop at the centre on December 1, where there will be Christmas displays, trees, free mince pies, mulled wine, chestnut roasting and an outdoor fire pit to warm chilly toes. Manager Matt Upton said: “The Morden Hall Park Garden Centre is the National Trust’s first garden centre and we’re proud to say that we’re now peat free. This year customers will be able to buy peat-free UK pot- grown Christmas trees along with fresh…

  • Newbank

    Newbank garden centre founder John Hartle celebrates milestone

    The founder of Newbank garden centre marked his milestone 90th birthday on Thursday, with family and friends at a surprise party at the company’s Radcliffe branch. John Hartle was welcomed to the centre where offices had been dressed up with pictures showing how he had built up the Newbank business over 60 years, and he was presented with a cake made by Slattery of Whitefield, depicting his life and the garden centre – amazing him with its detail. The famous Radcliffe Newbank garden centre, which ranks in the top 30 independent garden centres in England, is one of four owned…

  • hawkesmill

    Pre-book with Hawkesmill now to save disappointment

    Hawkesmill Nurseries, the Warwickshire based family company, offers the chance for customers, old and new, to pre-book desired varieties from their 2018 catalogue. Do you wish to receive our availability lists?  In season, Hawkesmill issue weekly availability/looking good lists showing photographs of best -ooking lines. These lists not only keep you up to date with the current availability but also offer you the easiest way to order your weekly requirements and ‘top-ups’. And don’t forget that in 2018 the team will be introducing an online ordering system which will show live availability and allow you to input your orders straight into their system.  No…

Features

BRC

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…

echo

Ariens launches new ECHO website

Aug 24, 2017

Ariens Company has launched a new website for ECHO Power Tools, offering an improved user experience. The new website has clear visual and responsive design and visitors, both domestic and professional, will be able to navigate their way around with ease. A key feature is the new e-commerce functionality which provides ECHO customers with an additional channel to purchase ECHO products. ECHO build all their machines to professional standards to meet the demands of domestic customers and professionals, who want to use their outdoor tools to increase productivity and reduce downtime in maintenance. The new website has a clean, uncluttered…

gardena netatmo

GARDENA and Netatmo announce new partnership

Aug 24, 2017

GARDENA smart system coming from Europe’s leading gardening brand is the only complete smart solution that combines automatic garden irrigation and lawn care within one platform. Robotic lawnmowers, sensors and watering controls can all be controlled via one app. That gives more freedom to the passionate gardener. GARDENA smart system now allows the integration of compatible devices by other companies into its app for the smart garden. Netatmo is a revolutionary smart home company, developing groundbreaking, intuitive and beautifully-designed connected consumer electronics. Presence, Netatmo’s outdoor security camera that distinguishes between people, cars and animals, is the first device from a…

safety

Making the the world safer – 2017 World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

Aug 24, 2017

Chief Executive of the British Safety Council and its Chairman designate, will explore the nature of wellbeing at work and the practical management of workplace risks at the 21st World Congress on Safety & Health at Work in Singapore The 21st World Congress on Safety & Health at Work 2017, which takes place on 3-6 September 2017, will bring together occupational health and safety professionals, business leaders and government officials from all over the world to share their knowledge and expertise in making workplaces safer and healthier. It is estimated that 2.3 million workers worldwide die every year because of…

coffee

Edwin Meijer: Do you like your own coffee?

Jul 22, 2017

Do you like your own coffee? Do you go to the same bathroom as your customers? And where do you park your car? Three questions that might seem strange, but to get online attention, there is nothing quite as powerful as a weird pick-up line. However, there is a kernel of truth: good coffee, a clean toilet and the parking area say a lot about your garden centre. Edwin Meijer of Garden Connect explains how this works. Coffee About a year ago, I was visiting a garden centre in the Netherlands. A major, well-known garden centre, but I won’t mention any names…

accessibility

Genevieve Morris: Improving accessibility in Garden Centres

Jun 18, 2017

Modern businesses need to be accessible, both to meet consumer need and to ensure they are compliant with legal requirements. Over and above that, an accessible business is one that is able to grow its audience and boost market share by appealing to the widest possible customer base. Garden centres are not traditionally the most accessible of spaces, from often rough terrain to buildings that have multiple upper floors. However, there are some very simple ways to change this and to make adjustments that will benefit the business as a result. Why is accessibility important? Since the London Paralympics in…

News

Bents

Bents Garden and Home in Glazebury wins prize for its Christmas creations

Bents Garden & Home has won the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) 2017 title for Best Christmas Display in the Country, after beating off strong competition from other centres within the region and throughout the UK. The coveted title was presented to Bents following an extensive judging process, which saw centres from throughout the UK hosting spot visits by the GCA to determine regional winners as well as the overall national title. Centres were judged on their innovation, inspiration and the excitement created by the way Christmas products were displayed and the 2017 national title is yet another cause for celebration…

BRC

BRC: Rates respite reduces retailers pressure

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…

Morden Hall

Morden Hall Park Garden Centre to open for late night shopping

A special late-night shopping event will take place at Morden Hall Park Garden Centre with all profits going to the National Trust. Shoppers are invited to shop at the centre on December 1, where there will be Christmas displays, trees, free mince pies, mulled wine, chestnut roasting and an outdoor fire pit to warm chilly toes. Manager Matt Upton said: “The Morden Hall Park Garden Centre is the National Trust’s first garden centre and we’re proud to say that we’re now peat free. This year customers will be able to buy peat-free UK pot- grown Christmas trees along with fresh…

Newbank

Newbank garden centre founder John Hartle celebrates milestone

The founder of Newbank garden centre marked his milestone 90th birthday on Thursday, with family and friends at a surprise party at the company’s Radcliffe branch. John Hartle was welcomed to the centre where offices had been dressed up with pictures showing how he had built up the Newbank business over 60 years, and he was presented with a cake made by Slattery of Whitefield, depicting his life and the garden centre – amazing him with its detail. The famous Radcliffe Newbank garden centre, which ranks in the top 30 independent garden centres in England, is one of four owned…

hawkesmill

Pre-book with Hawkesmill now to save disappointment

Hawkesmill Nurseries, the Warwickshire based family company, offers the chance for customers, old and new, to pre-book desired varieties from their 2018 catalogue. Do you wish to receive our availability lists?  In season, Hawkesmill issue weekly availability/looking good lists showing photographs of best -ooking lines. These lists not only keep you up to date with the current availability but also offer you the easiest way to order your weekly requirements and ‘top-ups’. And don’t forget that in 2018 the team will be introducing an online ordering system which will show live availability and allow you to input your orders straight into their system.  No…

truck

Garden centre owner ‘lucky to be alive’ after attempting to stop truck theft

A garden centre owner is “lucky to be alive” after being knocked over by his own two-tonne truck as he tried to prevent it from being stolen. Anthony Halse jumped into his car and chased the thief who had driven the blue Nissan Navara out of the car park at Sunnyside Nurseries in Langstone yesterday afternoon and headed towards Newport. After coming across the Navara – a type of pick-up truck -parked in a bus lay-by opposite Park End, a mile or so down the road, he pulled over and got out to confront the man. A shaken Mr Halse,…

Planters

Ice rink returns to Planters Bretby Garden Centre

Christmas is already getting its skates on at Planters in Bretby, with the return of its popular ice rink for another year. The rink, now in its third year, has become a big hit with the public and has now returned to the garden centre again. The ice facility, which officially opened on Saturday, November 11, is made of real ice through a lengthy process which takes organisers five days to complete. Ice rink manager Adam Cresswell, 28, said: “The first stage is to put the platform down for everything to sit on. Then we have to lay the pipes…

Smiemans

Smiemans takes care of Squire’s garden centre metamorphosis

Squire’s Garden Centre commissioned Smiemans Projecten to completely rebuild its existing garden centre in Woking, near London. With a curved and a venlo greenhouse, almost 1,700m² of additional covered sales space will be created. Through this expansion, shopping is very convenient for customers. The garden plants are covered by the new venlo greenhouse. In the curved greenhouse of the type HighLight additional sales space will be realised for various product groups. At the same time, we will build a spacious new entrance and replace most doors. Through all this the garden centre will get a complete metamorphosis. www.smiemansprojecten.com  

Deco-Pak

Deco-Pak’s Year in Review

For decorative aggregate, paving and decorative nest box supplier Deco-Pak, 2017 meant stepping up a level, and refining its existing offering to focus its relevance to its core retail customers. As one of Deco-Pak’s new products appeared live on the BBC’s unprecedented coverage of Glee this September, much had already been set in motion behind the scenes throughout the year as the family company began realigning its business strategy to focus more on traditional garden centres as its main avenue for sales. At the beginning of the year, the Yorkshire based landscaping specialist began by visiting the consumer media in…

Reindeer

Hawley Garden Centre defends use of reindeer in Santa’s grotto

A family-run garden centre in Dartford has defended the use of reindeer in its Santa’s grotto after a campaigner accused them of animal cruelty. Hawley Garden Centre, in the village of Hawley, will once again have its resident reindeer Dancer and Dazzler at the annual grotto from November 18. But a petition, started by Rob De Silva, has called for the centre to stop “exploiting reindeer” this Christmas. Mr De Silva wrote that they centre did “not seem to realise the utter cruelty involved in these events when live animals are used simply as props.” “Reindeer are extremely sensitive creatures…

garden centre

Growing garden centre business appoints Finance Director

A Bradford garden centre has strengthened its senior management team with a board level appointment. Charlie Barker is joining the team in the newly created position of Finance Director. Barker joins the Tong Lane business from Cranswick plc and brings a wealth of corporate finance experience, said Tong’s Managing Director, Mark Farnsworth. “We are delighted that Charlie is joining the team. We have known each other for a long time and are very confident that he will be a great fit for our team and business.  We have had a very busy two and a half years as we have…

doggie

How much is that doggie in the window actually worth? £59.7 million

Having a pet on the payroll can boost the income of small shops across the UK as a whole by as much as £60 million,¹ according to new research from American Express. The draw of a “doggie in the window” is so irresistible that more than a third (36%) of shoppers admit they are more likely to visit a particular shop if they know there is a four legged friend there to greet them. Furthermore, 30% say they will linger longer in-store – an extra 13 minutes more, on average and a similar number (32%) are more inclined to take…