April 26, 2018

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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

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

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Bosses pledged to see Strikes Garden Centre back up and running – hopefully within days – following a blaze which destroyed the building. Firefighters were called on Friday night after flames took hold at the Stokesley centre. Despite their efforts the landmark garden centre was almost totally burned to the ground, leaving staff and customers devastated. But on Monday chief executive David Yardley and retail operations director David Abbott, said they were meeting with insurers to sort out moving forward adding: “We are looking at getting things moving as quickly as we possibly can – get some sort of temporary trading facility, hopefully…

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Hayes Garden World increases revenue 110% thanks to temporary structure

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Hayes Garden World, located in Ambleside, is the largest Garden Centre in Cumbria, attracting over a million visitors per year.  In the run up to the festive period, they wanted to transform their furniture section into a Christmas shop. Worldwide Structures were approached by Hayes Garden World to provide a single storey temporary structure to accommodate some of their garden furniture over the Winter months.  During the development stage, drawings and images were sent through of the proposed structure and project details finalised. Upon confirmation of the project, the structural components were prepared and delivered to site.  Installation of the…

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Owner of Plowmans Garden Centre in West Parley goes into administration

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A garden centre near Bournemouth Airport is set to close after the ‘Beast from the East’ dealt a trading blow. Home and Garden, which owns Plowmans Garden Centre in Christchurch Road, has gone into administration. A buyer is being sought for the business. Administrators, Mazars LLP, are continuing to trade at the garden centre, as well as seven other sites across the country run by Home and Garden. Plowmans is holding a closing down sale in the meantime. Customers told the Daily Echo they would be sad to see the garden centre close. It is well known for being home to the…

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‘Major damage’ in Stokesley garden centre fire

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A huge fire has destroyed large parts of a garden centre dubbed a “local institution”. The fire burned overnight at Strikes Garden Centre in Stokesley, North Yorkshire, including its aquatics centre containing tropical fish. Fire crews were called at 21:20 BST on Friday, with eight fire engines and 40 firefighters attending at its height. North Yorkshire Fire Service said there had been “major damage” to the centre and the roof had collapsed. Three crews remained at the scene on Saturday morning. Station manager Andy Creasy said on Saturday that crews were still “dealing with hotspots” and that investigation teams were…

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From The Archives: Turning browsers into buyers November 15

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Martin Newman takes a look at how web optimisation can turn your website browsers into buyers Ask your customers which websites they spend the most time on and you’ll hear the same names again and again: Facebook, Amazon, BBC and maybe MailOnline. The way these high-traffic websites are designed has more of an impact on how successful your own website is than you might think. The acknowledged expert in website usability, Jakob Nielsen has created a law of web user experience: “Users spend most of their time on other websites.” He argues that web users expect your website to work…

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