April 21, 2018

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Fosseway Garden Centre extension passed despite objections -

Friday, April 20, 2018

Food at Webbs at Wychbold garden centre wins Farm Shop & Deli Award -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Garden centres hope for better weather after Easter washout -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Abbots Leigh garden centre café reopens -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Plowmans Garden Centre in West Parley ‘will remain open’ -

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Haskins Garden Centres choose charities for the year -

Monday, April 16, 2018

Gardman Service Update -

Monday, April 16, 2018

Garden centres pray for better weather as sales slide -

Monday, April 16, 2018

Garden centre manager stole more than £30,000 from family business -

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Strikes fire: Garden centre to reopen ‘as soon as possible’ -

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Hayes Garden World increases revenue 110% thanks to temporary structure -

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Owner of Plowmans Garden Centre in West Parley goes into administration -

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

‘Major damage’ in Stokesley garden centre fire -

Monday, April 9, 2018

Bents raises over £22k for Alzheimer’s Society -

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Notcutts celebrates success at its own annual conference and awards dinner -

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Magical Hydrangeas launched into the UK with The Little Botanical -

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Garden centre gifts £650 worth of plants to the Martlets Hospice -

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

North-east garden centre named one of the best in UK -

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Gold found in stream at Cardwell Garden Centre -

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Christmas department at Haskins Garden Centres now open due to high demand -

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Fosseway Garden Centre extension passed despite objections

Fosseway Garden Centre

A plan to extend Fosseway Garden Centre has been passed despite fears it is “becoming into a shopping complex.” Fosseway Garden Centre in Stow Road will now have a soft play area, a new events space building, a new office and staff facilities as well as a mezzanine storage area. The centre will also have a storage building, an outdoor sales area, a bigger car park and a new store entrance. Moreton Town Council told Cotswold District Council: “There are concerns that products for sale will replicate those sold in town and will subsequently take trade away from the High…

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Food at Webbs at Wychbold garden centre wins Farm Shop & Deli Award

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The food hall at Webbs at Wychbold has won the top prize at this year’s Farm Shop & Deli Awards. Food at Webbs was named Food Hall of the Year during an award ceremony at the NEC in Birmingham on Monday, April 16. The annual awards commended the Worcester Road garden centre for its renovated food hall, which launched last spring, as well as its commitment to supporting an extensive network of regional suppliers. Ed Webb, executive chairman of Webbs, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be recognised by our industry peers and the voting public as a top quality food…

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Garden centres hope for better weather after Easter washout

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Garden centres across the country were affected by the bad weather during the early Easter break (March, 2018) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. Compared to the same month last year (2017) sales in outdoor plants were down -46.17%, and sales in seeds and bulbs were down -30.54%. Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said: “At this time of year we expect to see customers getting organised for the gardening season ahead, buying up new plants and their seeds and bulbs ready for planting, but this wasn’t the case as the wet weather meant that…

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Abbots Leigh garden centre café reopens

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Refurbishment at Brackenwood Garden Centre café, in Pill Road, began in January, and it has now reopened as The Garden Tea Room. The kitchen and indoor seating area offers teas, coffees, homemade cakes, breakfasts and light meals, while work to complete an enlarged conservatory is still ongoing. New tenants Mark Ingram and Dotty Laskowska have worked at restaurants across North Somerset and Cornwall in chef and front-of-house roles respectively. Garden centre administrator, Sarah Winstone, said so far so good for the new venture. She said: “We had a good number of visitors over the Easter break. “The combination of a…

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VIDEO: It’s here, the new BBGrill Orion

Check out the video of the new BBGrill Orion, available via OutTrade

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Plowmans Garden Centre in West Parley ‘will remain open’

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The owner of a garden centre near Bournemouth Airport has reassured customers the business won’t close. Vic Plowman, who owns Plowmans Garden Centre in Christchurch Road, said trading at the centre is strong and there is no cause for concern. Signs promoting a clearance sale have recently gone up outside the business. The posters read: “Closing down. Everything must go.” Plowmans is leased to company Home and Garden, which has recently gone into administration. A buyer for the company is being sought. Despite that, Mr Plowman said the garden centre will not be affected. The centre is the home of the well-loved…

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Haskins Garden Centres choose charities for the year

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The team at Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown has announced it will be focusing its fundraising efforts towards supporting Autism Wessex for the year. Employees at the centre aim to raise several thousands of pounds by running events throughout 2018, as well as providing the charity the space to host information and awareness evenings to raise further donations. Autism Wessex provides high quality specialist services for adults and children affected by autism throughout Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Somerset. According to statistics there are around 700,000 people affected by autism in the UK. Lisa Looker, brand director at Haskins Garden Centres,…

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Gardman Service Update

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“Following the fire at the Gardman Daventry warehouse on 12th March, we’re pleased to communicate that within the space of a month we have fully operationalised our Kings Lynn warehouse. We now have over 50 staff with years of experience working full time at the site. “In the last week we have increased our stock holding to over 1,200 SKU’s. We now have large volumes of both gardening and lighting stock arriving from UK ports and overseas. We also have a constant supply of our top selling Wild Bird Care products arriving daily from our local UK supplier. The team…

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Garden centres pray for better weather as sales slide

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The UK’s garden centres are suffering after the country’s spate of bad weather, with sales at their worst levels in at least five years. So far this year, average underlying sales are down 15% to 20%, with the early Easter proving a washout, says the Garden Centre Association. Now the horticulture industry is hoping for brighter late spring weather. “It’s literally in the lap of the gods,” said the association’s chief executive, Iain Wylie. He told the BBC that people were not coming in to buy flowers and other plants because of unfavourable conditions in their often waterlogged gardens. “We…

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Garden centre manager stole more than £30,000 from family business

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A family who have been running a garden centre for 60 years have been left “devastated” after their trusted office manager took more than £30,000. Ian McDonald, director of Abergavenny Garden Centre in Llanfoist, said Zena Price betrayed his trust and her offending had a direct impact on the small family-run business. In a victim impact statement read out at Cardiff Crown Court, he said: “I feel personally devastated as I had full confidence and trust in her.” The court heard 37-year-old Price conned her employers out of £32,021.92 over a three-year period. Nuhu Gobir, prosecuting, said she was employed in April 2014…

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