January 21, 2018

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Garden centre in Devon wows customers with new cafe offering including ‘free from’ treats -

Friday, January 19, 2018

Catshill garden centre donates trees to Dudley Zoo -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Shoulder To Soldier makes plans at the Bents community allotment -

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Perrywood presents cheques totalling over £14,000 to chosen charities -

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

BBC comedian to compere GCA awards dinner -

Monday, January 15, 2018

Paradise Park Garden Centre supports town academy -

Thursday, January 11, 2018

New roads mean workers facing job losses at Willesborough Wyevale garden centre -

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bonningtons Announces New Website Launch -

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Squire’s in Long Ditton is Garden Centre of the Year -

Monday, January 8, 2018

Donkey Sanctuary thanks Dunbar Garden Centre visitors for their festive support -

Monday, January 8, 2018

Record breaking growth for Farplants’ Christmas offering -

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Notcutts celebrates successful 120th year -

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Tong Garden Centre launches staff reward and recognition scheme -

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Dogs met Santa at Squire’s -

Monday, December 18, 2017

Bunnings Warehouse opens its first store in South Yorkshire -

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Thieves steal thousands of pounds of stock from garden centre in Warmington -

Friday, December 15, 2017

Hawkesmill luanches new Geum For 2018 -

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Are millennials driving houseplant sales in garden centres? -

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Chris Pateman appointed as HTA Chair -

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Retail industry welcomes progress on Brexit talks -

Monday, December 11, 2017

Santa arrived in style at Squire’s Garden Centres

Santa arrives in style!

Santa swapped his traditional sleigh for various quirky forms of transport when he arrived at Squire’s Garden Centres last weekend. He arrived on a Double Decker Bus, Horse & Carriage, Christmas Float, in Squire’s Heritage Van, an American Classic Car, and even in Lightening McQueen from the Disney film Cars! He came to greet crowds of excited children, and to open his Christmas Grotto. Customers and their little ones can meet Santa in his magical grotto at Squire’s Garden Centres this Christmas. As well as seeing the faces light up with joy and excitement when they see Santa and receive…

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Composite Prime launches HD Fence to rival traditional timber panels

A new composite fence has been launched by Composite Prime

Wood plastic specialists, Composite Prime, has developed and launched HD Fence, a contemporary, durable solution for residential gardens and commercial boundaries. Developed using a unique composite material that combines FSC® 100% certified hardwood timber and recycled plastic, the product offers a much-needed alternative to timber fencing, renowned for breaking and becoming loose in the wind. The composite material is much more durable and low-maintenance than its timber counterpart, ensuring the fencing boards are anti-rot, sturdy and do not require painting or preservation treatments. Each board slots seamlessly into a multi-directional post and the easy-to-install solution also has a versatile retrofit…

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Perrywood Garden Centres celebrates winning GCA regional Christmas award

Perrywood Celebrates award

Tiptree based garden centre, Perrywood, is celebrating success in The Garden Centre Association Awards 2017. The centre has been awarded ‘Best Destination Garden Centre in the region’ for Christmas. The award is in recognition of Perrywood’s stunning ‘Lost in the Forest’ Christmas experience. In addition to this, Perrywood featured in the top five destination garden centres in the whole of the UK. This year, the team at Perrywood has worked hard to deliver a Christmas experience which pulls out all the stops. Customers are immersed in festive cheer from the moment they pull into the car park and this theme…

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Dobbies makes a students Christmas wish comes true at King’s Lynn garden centre

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Dobbies has granted a Christmas wish to a student  thanks to a Lynn garden centre. Thomas Willoughby-Stones has had a life-long ambition to work with Christmas lights. And part of that dream was made possible when managers of the centre, on the Hardwick Retail Park, allowed him to turn on the lights for their in-store Christmas grotto. Around 20 of his fellow students, all donning Christmas jumpers, joined him for the big moment. Gemma Doughty, the College of West Anglia’s works placement and careers co-ordinator, said: “When Thomas said his dream job was to work with fairy lights, it was…

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BRC responds to publication of industrial strategy paper

Brexit

“We welcome today’s publication of the Government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper. It is essential that the UK makes the right choices to ensure that we are able to compete with world leading companies in key sectors as we look to the future. “We hope to persuade government of the merits of a fashion and textile industry sector deal. Leading retailers aspire to source more apparel from domestic manufacturers and a partnership with government for an industry sector deal which would herald an opportunity to make a material difference in breaking down the barriers to creating a world-leading, high-tech ethical fashion…

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Thetford Garden Centre unveils refurbished cafe

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A popular family-run garden centre has officially opened its new cafe area after a major refurbishment. The Lime Kiln Kitchen at Thetford Garden Centre, on Kilverstone Road, boasts a lounge area with comfy chairs and sofas and a conservatory. Shane Hinkley, who is business development and marketing manager, said the new cafe was part of a series of changes and upgrades to benefit customers. The decor is inspired by travel and was the idea of Mr Hinkley’s wife Lucy Nixon, who is a company director and whose parents Paul and Jean started the business in 1982. “We also have a…

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Hare Hatch Sheeplands in garden centre closure threat

Hare Hatch

The owner of Hare Hatch garden centre near Wargrave who lost a long-running planning dispute says he may have to close the business in order to avoid bankruptcy. Rob Scott has applied for planning permission to create new retail space at Hare Hatch Sheeplands but Wokingham Borough Council has declined to make a decision due to outstanding legal action. Mr Scott and the owners of seven businesses formerly based at the centre are due to face trial at Reading Crown Court in March after pleading not guilty to charges of breaching enforcement notices in May. This follows a five-year dispute…

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Virtual reality sleigh ride spreads Christmas magic at Johnsons Garden Centre

Johnsons

The magic of Christmas is being brought to life for children with a new virtual reality sleigh ride at Johnsons Garden Centre in Boston, Lincolnshire. Children can jump in the sleigh, grab hold of the reins and put on a virtual reality headset where they are transported on a magical Christmas journey. The sleigh ride is up and running now at Johnson’s of Boston and is set to make memories and build excitement for all in the run up to Christmas. The attraction is already proving popular, having launched on Thursday, November 23. Jocelyn Lawman, from the garden centre, said: “My children…

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Tong lights up Christmas once again with award-winning displays

Tong

Festive displays at Tong garden centre have been named the best in the North East of England by a trade association for the second year running. Tong Garden Centre was judged on the range, merchandising, marketing, presentation and displays of Christmas lines including trees, decorations, tableware, candles, giftware and food during the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) inspection for its annual Christmas Competition. Not only did team at Tong win the prestigious accolade for a second consecutive year, but they were awarded a score 87.19 per cent. The GCA class a score between 80-90% as excellent to outstanding. Winners are selected…

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

Bents

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…

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