January 21, 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

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

BRC: Rates respite reduces retailers pressure


Following a business campaign led by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the Chancellor’s has announced in his Budget that the move from RPI to CPI indexation will be brought forward by two years to 2018. Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive of the BRC, said: “This is a hugely welcome and positive move. From being caught in a web of competing pressures from all parts of the economy, limiting the scope for action, it’s clear that the Chancellor has listened to the retail industry and the growing chorus from across business and commercial life who have spoken up in favour of…

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Millbrook Garden Centres raise over £11,000 for Air Ambulance


Congratulations to the Millbrook Garden Company who have raised over £11,000 in their first year supporting Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. The company, who each year choose to support a local charity, have held charity festive evenings, donated money from their bag charges, completed a 60-mile walk, raising a total of £6,539 – a huge £1,500 more than they hoped for – and supported the Air Ambulance with their BMW raffle. Last week, Millbrook pledged to support the charity for a second year, kicking off with their ever-popular Charity Festive Evening. The event, which is held simultaneously across all…

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Morden Hall Park Garden Centre to open for late night shopping

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A special late-night shopping event will take place at Morden Hall Park Garden Centre with all profits going to the National Trust. Shoppers are invited to shop at the centre on December 1, where there will be Christmas displays, trees, free mince pies, mulled wine, chestnut roasting and an outdoor fire pit to warm chilly toes. Manager Matt Upton said: “The Morden Hall Park Garden Centre is the National Trust’s first garden centre and we’re proud to say that we’re now peat free. This year customers will be able to buy peat-free UK pot- grown Christmas trees along with fresh…

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Newbank garden centre founder John Hartle celebrates milestone


The founder of Newbank garden centre marked his milestone 90th birthday on Thursday, with family and friends at a surprise party at the company’s Radcliffe branch. John Hartle was welcomed to the centre where offices had been dressed up with pictures showing how he had built up the Newbank business over 60 years, and he was presented with a cake made by Slattery of Whitefield, depicting his life and the garden centre – amazing him with its detail. The famous Radcliffe Newbank garden centre, which ranks in the top 30 independent garden centres in England, is one of four owned…

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Pre-book with Hawkesmill now to save disappointment


Hawkesmill Nurseries, the Warwickshire based family company, offers the chance for customers, old and new, to pre-book desired varieties from their 2018 catalogue. Do you wish to receive our availability lists?  In season, Hawkesmill issue weekly availability/looking good lists showing photographs of best -ooking lines. These lists not only keep you up to date with the current availability but also offer you the easiest way to order your weekly requirements and ‘top-ups’. And don’t forget that in 2018 the team will be introducing an online ordering system which will show live availability and allow you to input your orders straight into their system.  No…

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Garden centre owner ‘lucky to be alive’ after attempting to stop truck theft


A garden centre owner is “lucky to be alive” after being knocked over by his own two-tonne truck as he tried to prevent it from being stolen. Anthony Halse jumped into his car and chased the thief who had driven the blue Nissan Navara out of the car park at Sunnyside Nurseries in Langstone yesterday afternoon and headed towards Newport. After coming across the Navara – a type of pick-up truck -parked in a bus lay-by opposite Park End, a mile or so down the road, he pulled over and got out to confront the man. A shaken Mr Halse,…

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Ice rink returns to Planters Bretby Garden Centre


Christmas is already getting its skates on at Planters in Bretby, with the return of its popular ice rink for another year. The rink, now in its third year, has become a big hit with the public and has now returned to the garden centre again. The ice facility, which officially opened on Saturday, November 11, is made of real ice through a lengthy process which takes organisers five days to complete. Ice rink manager Adam Cresswell, 28, said: “The first stage is to put the platform down for everything to sit on. Then we have to lay the pipes…

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Smiemans takes care of Squire’s garden centre metamorphosis


Squire’s Garden Centre commissioned Smiemans Projecten to completely rebuild its existing garden centre in Woking, near London. With a curved and a venlo greenhouse, almost 1,700m² of additional covered sales space will be created. Through this expansion, shopping is very convenient for customers. The garden plants are covered by the new venlo greenhouse. In the curved greenhouse of the type HighLight additional sales space will be realised for various product groups. At the same time, we will build a spacious new entrance and replace most doors. Through all this the garden centre will get a complete metamorphosis. www.smiemansprojecten.com  

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Deco-Pak’s Year in Review


For decorative aggregate, paving and decorative nest box supplier Deco-Pak, 2017 meant stepping up a level, and refining its existing offering to focus its relevance to its core retail customers. As one of Deco-Pak’s new products appeared live on the BBC’s unprecedented coverage of Glee this September, much had already been set in motion behind the scenes throughout the year as the family company began realigning its business strategy to focus more on traditional garden centres as its main avenue for sales. At the beginning of the year, the Yorkshire based landscaping specialist began by visiting the consumer media in…

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Hawley Garden Centre defends use of reindeer in Santa’s grotto


A family-run garden centre in Dartford has defended the use of reindeer in its Santa’s grotto after a campaigner accused them of animal cruelty. Hawley Garden Centre, in the village of Hawley, will once again have its resident reindeer Dancer and Dazzler at the annual grotto from November 18. But a petition, started by Rob De Silva, has called for the centre to stop “exploiting reindeer” this Christmas. Mr De Silva wrote that they centre did “not seem to realise the utter cruelty involved in these events when live animals are used simply as props.” “Reindeer are extremely sensitive creatures…

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