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



Solus Garden and Leisure is celebrating double success at this year’s Garden Industry Manufacturers’ Association (GIMA) awards. The company’s ChapelWood brand won in the Pet Care, Aquatics and Wild Bird Care Products category with its brightly coloured ‘Fun Feeders’ range of bird feeders. In addition, Solus’s Camelot brand scooped the top award in the Outdoor Leisure, Garden Structures and Features range with its imaginative and innovative Animalites range of outdoor lighting. The company also went home with two runners-up prizes: both the Yeoman GrabRake and Joseph Bentley Gold Cut range of cutting tools were finalists in the Garden Tools, Machinery…

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Newbridge Nurseries scoops six garden centre awards

Newbridge Nurseries is celebrating after being crowned the winner of the ‘Most Improved’ category in the annual Garden Centre Association (GCA) awards’ South Thames area final, beating 51 other centres to the title. The Broadbridge Heath-based nurseries also scooped a further five awards, including second place in the Best Garden Centre and Best Restaurant categories and highly commended in the Best Plant Area category for hardy plants, house plants and bedding & seasonal plants. Nigel Wait, the nurseries’ managing director, said: “It is a real testament to our team of staff who worked very hard throughout our redevelopment to make…

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The GCA announces best in area winners


THE GARDEN Centre Association (GCA) has this week (July 19, 2013) revealed the Best in Area garden centre winners at four awards presentation evenings. Results for the North Thames and the North East and North West were announced on July 16, the Midlands on July 17 and Wales and the West on July 18. GCA Chairman, Peter Burks said: “We are delighted to have announced our winners for the five areas and would like to congratulate all our members who picked up awards. The North Thames awards took place at Perrywood Garden Centre in Essex, the North East and North…

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Floramedia launches new Retail Product Guide


GARDENING retailers who want an overview of the point of sale and retail products designed to inform and inspire their customers can turn to a new guide produced by Floramedia. The company based in Colchester has launched a Retail Product Guide to show the industry clearly what is available to benefit their business and ultimately drive sales. Nick Mathias, Managing Director of Floramedia, said: “We thought it would be beneficial to the retail industry if we produced a guide purely for them. This way they can view products that we have designed for them and not other industries. “We’ve laid…

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Old Mucker launches unique collection of garden fertilisers

Old Mucker

AN INNOVATIVE new Somerset company, Old Mucker, recently (July, 2013) unveiled a unique collection of natural garden fertilisers at an invitation-only event. Deborah White, founder of Somerset-based Old Mucker, launched the products at a venue near Taunton to more than 50 guests. Deborah said: “It was very exciting to be able to officially launch our new garden fertilisers, which come in hessian bags designed for suspending into watering cans. “Each bag is filled with one of four different dried products for specific areas of the garden. The bag is steeped in the can overnight, making a nutrient rich ‘tea’, which…

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Millbrook Family grows from strength to strength


THE MILLBROOK Garden Company Limited’s recently launched loyalty programme has this month (July, 2013) signed up more than 18,000 members. The company, which has garden centres in Gravesend and Highgrove, Kent and Crowborough, East Sussex, unveiled the ‘Millbrook Family’ in March, 2013 and it has proved extremely popular. Tammy Woodhouse, Managing Director of The Millbrook Garden Company, said: “We are delighted that so many of our customers have joined the Millbrook Family so far. We have now got more than 18,000 members, which is great considering the programme was only launched four months ago. “The Millbrook Family is free to…

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GCA e-learning continues to GROW


The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has recently (July, 2013) released a further three modules as part of its e-learning initiative Garden Retail Online Workshops (GROW). The latest modules for the scheme, which helps member garden centres keep their customer service at the highest standards, include wild bird care, starting a new lawn and soil types. Iain Wylie, interim Chief Executive of the GCA, said: “Our e-learning initiative has really taken off and we now have 49 modules available. “We understand a lot of our members don’t have the time or resources to fully train all of their staff, so we…

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Grow your own with Popadome


Popadome is a new and unique, light weight, easy to assemble, netting cover for fruit and vegetables. It has unique features including correctly sized netting allowing pollenating insects inside, while keeping out cabbage white butterfly, and a copper strip round the base, to deter slugs and snails, for friendly, organic gardening. Popadome is easily assembled by threading 2 fibreglass poles through sleeving (similar to a dome tent) and fitting them into plastic feet.  Its unique features include 10mm square netting allowing pollenating insects inside, but deterring cabbage white butterfly, birds and animals. It also has a copper strip sewn into…

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Mr Fothergill’s value twin packs help veg gardeners to save money

Mr Fothergill's

Keen vegetable gardeners are set to be given a money-saving boost by Mr Fothergill’s for the 2013/14 season with the introduction of Value Twin Packs of six of its most popular vegetable seeds.  Each packet has double the standard fill of seeds, in two separate packets, but the good news is they are priced at less than double the price of two packets.  This allows vegetable gardeners to ‘sow now’ and ‘sow later’. The varieties offered in Mr Fothergill’s Value Twin Packs are Beetroot Boltardy (RRP £2.05), Carrot Nantes 5 (£2.05),  Lettuce Little Gem (£2.05), Spring Onion White Lisbon (£2.20),…

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Pets Corner

In this week’s edition of Concession News, we look at how Pets Corner, the UK’s largest independent Pets retailer, have developed their presence in garden centres and explain how their unique way of retailing is capturing the customers who are looking for a better standard of customer service. The first Pets Corner store opened in 1968 when an independent pets shop was purchased by Mark and Sandra Richmond in Haywards Heath.  Their continued growth saw the opening of new stores in Hove and Brighton until, in 1989, their son Dean joined the business.  In 1998 with business partner Steven Charman,…

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