April 26, 2018


Millbrook Garden Centre: The Dog’s Tale -

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Lubera’s new edibles so far for 2018 -

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Historic Farplants Launch: Small Plants for Small Spaces -

Monday, April 23, 2018

Profits bloom at Scottish garden centre firm -

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Is your website GDPR compliant? -

Saturday, April 21, 2018

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

Survey of staff at Bents shows 90% love working for the company


Loyalty and satisfaction have always been at the top of the agenda for Bents Garden & Home and results from the Centre’s latest colleague survey would indicate that this commitment is appreciated by the vast majority of colleagues; 94% stating they ‘loved’ working at Bents whilst 92% would recommend Bents as an employer. These fantastic figures are the result of Bents’ annual colleague survey which is designed to generate feedback and ensure colleagues are happy in their roles and their working environment. Says Matthew Bent, Managing Director at Bents Garden & Home:  “We are blown away by the results from…

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HTA Seminar – GDPR: How will it affect my business?


With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force on 25 May 2018 the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is hosting a half day seminar for businesses on Wednesday 28 March 2018 to assist them with compliance. Whilst these changes are supplementary to the existing regulations it is very much designed to put data protection higher up the business agenda rather than treating it as an afterthought. Businesses need to ensure that they have a legitimate reason and consent for using data – giving individuals more control over their personal data. The seminar, which will be held at Horticulture House,…

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Furniture supplier Zest 4 Leisure celebrates its fundraising success

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Employees of Zest 4 Leisure, a leading trade supplier of quality timber garden products, are celebrating after raising over £21,000 for Cancer Research UK. Team members from across the business went the extra mile by running, swimming and cycling, many pushing themselves to the limit in their fundraising endeavours. Steve Morgan, Zest 4 Leisure’s Managing Director said: “We initially set ourselves the target of raising £10,000 but then changed it to £20,000 as we were doing so well, so to have exceeded our second target is a fantastic achievement. “I am incredibly proud of all employees who took part in…

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Charlie Dimmock to open Squire’s Garden Centre in Woking


On Saturday 17th March gardening guru Charlie Dimmock will officially open Squire’s new garden centre in Woking. Charlie Dimmock rose to fame on the BBC’s Ground Force programme, and now presents Garden Rescue. She will be at Squire’s in Woking all day on Saturday 17th March, so come and meet her and enjoy a day of fun-filled activities, including: Official Opening & Tree Planting With Charlie Dimmock and Squire’s Chairman Colin Squire OBE. “Grow Your Own Chips” Competition Watch Charlie Dimmock show local school children how to grow potatoes in pots. Children will take their pot home and see if…

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Good quality coffee brings success for Stewarts Garden Centres


After introducing the Shutelake range of  speciality coffee just under 2 years ago at the 3 Stewarts Garden Centres, demand has increased to a point where take away packs have now been introduced. Ivan Harris started Poole based Shutelake Coffee with his family following 7 years’ experience in the coffee industry and now supplies a variety catering outlets across the UK. Linda Sessions, Catering Manager at Stewarts, said that whilst its obvious that there is a huge demand for well-made coffees in the UK, the introduction of the blends, including decaffeinated, has boosted sales within the Garden Centre cafes. “Ivan…

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Garden centre donates free flower bulbs to Glasgow nursery

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Youngsters at a Glasgow nursery will be getting some flower power this Spring after a garden centre gave them dozens of plant bulbs and bags of compost. Bosses at Cardwell Garden Centre, near Gourock had offered to donate the bulbs free of charge to nurseries, schools and community groups. The staff at Knightswood Early years Centre didn’t let the grass grow under their feet and quickly accepted the generous offer. Now the kids will get busy placing the bulbs in wooden planters dotted around their playground, so the flowers will create a blaze of colour in a few weeks time. Liz Rowan,…

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Titchfield garden centre and farm shop raises vital funds for The Rainbow Centre

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An award-winning garden centre and farm shop has raised thousands of pounds for charity. Garsons in Titchfield has raised an impressive total of £5,620 for its charity of the year in 2017, The Rainbow Centre in Fareham. Money has mounted up thanks to charity boxes at the tills, collections at late-night shopping events, and staff Christmas jumper donations. Two members of staff also braved an abseil down Portmouth’s Spinnaker Tower to support the charity. The Rainbow Centre supports children and adults suffering with neurological disorders, brain injuries or strokes. Four years ago, the charity almost closed its doors but has…

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Spear and Jackson teams up with award-winning garden and landscape designer, Lee Bestall

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Spear and Jackson has teamed up with the award-winning garden landscape designer, Lee Bestall, of Bestall & Co. Both based in Sheffield, the two have a long-standing relationship and Spear and Jackson are pleased to announce that Lee will officially be acting as their Brand Ambassador with effect from 1st January 2018. In Lee, Spear and Jackson have found a partner who shares their passion for gardening and outdoor living. A regular contributor to industry titles and a stand-in presenter on BBC Radio Sheffield’s Gardeners Question Hour, Lee has an increasingly popular public profile and is enjoying great success as…

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Perrywood wins big at the GCA National Garden Centre Awards


Tiptree based Perrywood Garden Centre is celebrating amazing successes at the National Garden Centre Association (GCA) Conference and Awards, the industry’s most prestigious event of the year for U.K. garden centres. Hosted by comedian Jo Caulfield, the Annual Gala Dinner and Awards, held on Tuesday 23 January at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, saw Perrywood named 4th out of 100 Garden Centres in the ‘Garden Centre of Excellence’ ranking table – an impressive achievement for the organisation, which held 11th place in 2017. The GCA carries out an annual inspection of all its members and uses this to compile…

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Smart Garden Products scoops top GCA award

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The Garden Centre Association (GCA) 52nd annual conference and Gala dinner saw the Smart Garden team scoop the prestigious Associate of the Year award, proudly claiming the title as top supplier to the industry. Delighted with the accolade, Sales Director Paul Knott comments “To be rewarded by our customers with such a significant award is an honour.  We are over the moon to be recognised in such a way and will be working hard to ensure that we retain the title”. Managing Director, Jonathan Stobart, adds “This award is a testament to the hard work from everyone in the Smart…

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