January 23, 2018


Garden centres scoop top awards at GCA conference -

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Smart Garden Products is bringing the Three Kings brand to Spring Fair -

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Wildlife World returns to Spring Fair in February 2018 -

Monday, January 22, 2018

Wyevale Nurseries landscape & amenity sales up by 20% -

Monday, January 22, 2018

Squire’s customers raise over £21,300 for local charities -

Monday, January 22, 2018

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

GCR Interview: Mark Cleary, Old Railway Line Garden Centre

The Old Railway Line in Powys is one of the most highly regarded centres in the country, winning numerous awards in recent years. Here, the co-director of the company discusses the secret to its success What was the path that led you to open a garden centre? My wife Christina and I just fell into it – we had no professional training. There was no garden nursery in our area. Christina’s father had a little bit of land by the side of the road on his pig farm, and we put up an eight by six greenhouse with a small…

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Preparing for Christmas at Highfield Garden World


At Highfield Garden World in Gloucestershire, they confirm their Christmas tree order around September and sell about 1,100 real trees every Christmas. The most popular choices are 6 foot cut non-drop trees, and around a third of their sales are rooted, potted trees. Jon Mason, Director and Planteria Manager at Highfield, expanded. “The total number of real trees we sell has increased from around 700 to 1,100 over the last couple of years. We think that may be due to less local demand, more than the increase in footfall we’ve been experiencing here. We all know, if last year’s tree was…

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GCR Feature: All fired up: Heating a garden centre

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How you heat your garden centre can encourage customers to browse for longer and keep stock dry. Specialists Powrmatic give us the lowdown An effective heating system will ensure that customers are comfortable during their visit and encourage them to browse for longer periods of time. As many garden centres have relatively low levels of insulation, the heating will also help to prevent condensation and stock damage. There are two types of heating technology that can be used to provide efficient solutions for the types of spaces found in garden centres. Where & when The heating system needs to suit…

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UK last in Europe to ‘turn on’ to robotic mowers latest research reveals


Research undertaken by Flymo has revealed that the UK is the last European country to turn on to robotic mowers. 75% of respondents are just not interested in robotic mowers despite huge popularity in Europe. Garden Centre Retail recently caught up with Flymo’s John Thompson, Product and Marketing Director to see why this is, and what retailers can do to change this. Since its invention 21 years ago, less than 4% of British adults have owned a robotic mower. Yet in Sweden, France, Germany and Switzerland sales of robotics now make up a big share of the lawnmower market. According to…

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INTERVIEW: Tillington Group appoint new chair


There is a new Chairman of the Tillington Buying Group, following the retirement of Harry McDermid after 16 successful years. Dennis Espley, ex MD of member group Squire’s Garden Centres, is taking over. Garden Centre Retail caught up with Dennis to speak about his new role. What does your new role entail? The role is Chairman rather than CEO, so it’s about understanding what member companies Alton, Bents, Frosts, Squire’s, Van Hage, Otter, Ruxley, Hayes, Webbs, Sotsdale, Whitehall  want to achieve, co-ordinating this, and seeing it through. Why have you taken this role on? Harry McDermid was looking to retire…

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Start selling plants online!


Garden Connect’s managing director Edwin Meijer explains how to efficiently start selling plants online. Plants are the core business of garden centres so it’s surprising to see not many centres are selling plants online. As one of the few non-growers we’re exhibiting at the HTA Plant Show on the 21st and 22nd of June and we’re happy to explain you how you could showcase and sell your plants online! Here are three tips to get you started but be sure to visit stand 46 later this month to learn more. 1. Logistics Shipping olive trees from Southampton to Edinburgh can be a…

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Zapper, revolutionising retail?


Zapper the fast growing, global data insights and mobile payment platform, has adapted its Pay-at-Counter solution, currently very successful in pre-pay hospitality environments, for convenience retail outlets in the UK. This smart system allows customers a fast alternative to pay for their items and gain immediate digital rewards. Zapper also saves stores valuable time and resources, providing instant customer data. With an incredibly simple, reliable and robust solution, already proven globally, Zapper enables shoppers to open the app, scan a unique QR code at till point to quickly pay then leave starred rate and review feedback, instantly visible to the…

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Three ways to integrate your loyalty card with Facebook


Garden Connect’s managing director Edwin Meijer explains the benefits of linking your loyalty card to Facebook. Two weeks ago I celebrated my birthday on a sunny beach. As expected, I received a few texts and calls from friends and family. And the Garden Connect team? They all forgot my birthday because I switched off the birthday notification on Facebook. Mmm. It’s a simple real-life example how people use Facebook and how dependent we are on social media. I do forget the birthdays of my team every once in a while myself, so It didn’t bother me at all, especially as…

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HTA technology conference report

Technology Conference

Many topics were on the agenda for the HTA Technology Conference, which took place in Solihull this week. From apps, lighting and security to stock control, customer loyalty and EPoS – technology impacts on garden industry business in many different ways. Sponsored by CSY Retail, the conference included a panel session about the benefits and challenges of using electronic point of sale (EPoS) chaired by Grant Davis and featuring Simon Fraser from Ben Reid Garden Centre, Karen Elkington from Ruskington and Belton Garden Centres and Steve Grabham from Willowbrook Garden Centre. Amongst the benefits cited were the ability to control…

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Hum Flowerpots – A story of innovation

Hum flowerpots

Showcasing British manufacturing and innovation, this new product has made a vivid impression on the garden, gift and home retail sector. Hum Flowerpots are unlike anything else on the market, with their contemporary graphic designs and bright colours. Made in the UK, from frost- and fade-resistant plastic, they are a great way to brighten up a dull patio, and are now selling across the UK and Europe. Now, with the creation of a new, automated production line for 2016, the potential for this exciting new product is huge. Increased capacity and reduced costs now enable high volume production runs for…

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