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

Anticipation builds for British Plant Fair

British Plant Fair

With just over a week to go until the much anticipated British Plant Fair, exhibitors and visitors alike are getting ready for the event. The best place to see the best of British growers all under one roof, the fair takes place next week, on Thursday 1st March at Stoneleigh Park, near Coventry. Garden Centre buyers will be able to view a vast array of plants which are available to order on the day, all from British Growers. There will be a large selection of the best nurseries from across the UK, exhibiting all in one place, on one day….

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Glee welcomes new team member to boost UK coverage


Daniel will be responsible for raising awareness of Glee’s exciting new dedicated pet sector – Pets @ Glee. Driving pets directly into the heart of the exhibition, Daniel’s remit will include securing leading UK and international pet brands for this thriving showcase; ultimately helping to arm garden retailers with everything that they need to maximise profits of pet products and grooming services in store. Additionally, Daniel’s role will see him work to grow Glee’s Plants, and Landscaping and Garden Decoration sectors, and will be looking to bring both new and existing UK based brands to these popular areas of the event. Finally, he will be overseeing…

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GCA launches new Rising Star programme for catering staff


Following the on-going success of the GCA Rising Stars initiative a new programme aimed at garden centre catering staff was launched at its conference in January this year (2018). Sponsored by Creed Foodservice, it has been created to highlight and develop the talented individuals in garden centre restaurants and cafés and to recognise the important role catering plays in the industry. Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA, said: “Our existing Rising Stars programme, sponsored by Westland Horticulture, has gone from strength-to-strength and remains a significant benefit to GCA members wishing to develop their staff. It is also an important…

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Charity garden shop in Brighton thanks mystery donor

charity garden shop thanks mystery donor

A homeless charity in Sussex would like to thank a mystery benefactor for a generous donation to their charity garden shop. Emmaus Brighton & Hove recently received a large donation of brand new gardening gifts from a mystery donor. The items will be displayed and sold in their garden shop ‘The Greenhouse’. The charity believes it to be excess Christmas stock from a local business which perhaps wasn’t sold throughout the January sale period. Emmaus Brighton & Hove is the local arm of an international charity helping people move on from homelessness by providing work and a home in a…

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Haskins donates bird boxes to school for National Nest Box Week


Haskins Garden Centre in Roundstone has partnered with Angmering School to promote awareness of National Nest Box Week. The garden centre has donated a total of 12 bird boxes to the school to be mounted around the school site during National Nest Box Week and spark students’ interest in providing a home for breeding birds and a safe place for them to build a nest. Students and teachers were invited to visit the garden centre last week and pick up their bird boxes. Carole Burden, head of science at Angmering School, commented: “We’re so grateful to Haskins for inviting us…

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The Klondyke Group announce appointment of catering director


The Klondyke Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Keren Feeney as its new Director of Catering and Food Sales. Keren will step into her new role from 1st March 2018. Keren is currently in the role of Group Catering Manager and oversees the Group’s overall catering strategy and restaurant development programme. Commenting on the new appointment, Chief Executive David Yardley said: “Keren brings valuable know-how and passion to the company and will be an asset to the board. Her knowledge of commerce and trends will be invaluable as we look to enhance the dining experience for our customers…

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Catering equipment supplier Nisbets has their say on the wooden boards saga

Nisbets issue advice on wooden boards

After a Birmingham restaurant was recently fined £50,000 for the unhygienic serving of food on wooden boards, Nisbets has issued some practical advice on the best way to ensure that your wooden boards are fit for use. Dean Starling, Development Chef at Nisbets believes that wooden boards are not unhygienic per se, it is more the way that they are cared for and used; “Wooden boards have hit the news recently with some media reporting that they are ‘incapable of being cleaned’.  The truth however is that wooden boards can provide an attractive alternative to plates however, it’s worth being…

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Brackenburn creates renewable biofuel to burn in the home


With an investigation looming into whether burning wood is bad for the environment, Brackenburn is helping shoppers looking for ways to stay warm with a clean conscience. The link between burning wood and air pollution arises when the wood is wet.  Wet wood makes stoves and open fires work at a lower temperature, meaning less fuel is fully burnt and more escapes as soot. To help, there’s a certification scheme in place to identify and promote dried wood – but the team at Brackenburn think they can do even better. Based in Somerset, they harvest bracken from the surrounding countryside,…

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Garden centre donates materials to Care Farm students

garden centre

Malmesbury Garden Centre have donated compost, vermiculite and horticultural fleece to the students at the Lakeside Care Farm at the Lower Moor Farm nature reserve. Dean Sherwin, manager of the Lakeside Care Farm said: “The materials will be used to increase the opportunities for the students to work ‘seed to harvest’, for example, the compost will enable us to sow seeds and nurture them through their growing cycle until they are ready to harvest. “The students will then either have the opportunity to take the produce home or to cook a meal together at the farm. “Seeing through such an…

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Squire’s plant show heralds start of gardening season

plant show

Squire’s Garden Centres held their annual plant show at Squire’s in West Horsley on Thursday 8th February. Thirty two suppliers from across the UK and abroad came to showcase their latest plants. Exciting new varieties on display included Hosta ‘Autumn Frost’, Hebe ‘Joan Mac’, Pieris ‘Polar Passion’, Jacob’s Ladder ‘Kaleidoscope’ and Raspberry ‘Little Red Princess’. Squire’s Plant Managers were treated to a preview of some of the stunning plants that will soon be on sale to the public, and they also voted for their best performing supplier in two categories – Hardy Plants & Bedding Plants. Barnsfold won ‘Best Bedding…

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