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

Growing garden centre business appoints Finance Director

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A Bradford garden centre has strengthened its senior management team with a board level appointment. Charlie Barker is joining the team in the newly created position of Finance Director. Barker joins the Tong Lane business from Cranswick plc and brings a wealth of corporate finance experience, said Tong’s Managing Director, Mark Farnsworth. “We are delighted that Charlie is joining the team. We have known each other for a long time and are very confident that he will be a great fit for our team and business.  We have had a very busy two and a half years as we have…

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How much is that doggie in the window actually worth? £59.7 million


Having a pet on the payroll can boost the income of small shops across the UK as a whole by as much as £60 million,¹ according to new research from American Express. The draw of a “doggie in the window” is so irresistible that more than a third (36%) of shoppers admit they are more likely to visit a particular shop if they know there is a four legged friend there to greet them. Furthermore, 30% say they will linger longer in-store – an extra 13 minutes more, on average and a similar number (32%) are more inclined to take…

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Goulds Garden Centre urges Weymouth residents to ‘gives generously’ this Christmas


Goulds garden centre in Littlemoor Road, Weymouth is once again supporting the Dorset Echo Toy Appeal and thanks to their brand new bin – they are now accepting donations. Garden Centre Director, Anthony Gould said: “We are delighted to once again to be able to support the Dorset Echo’s Toy appeal. It’s a fantastic cause and along with the Echo we really would encourage as many people as possible to donate. “Please take a moment to buy an extra gift when you’re out Christmas shopping this year. Asking your children to donate a toy is also a great way of teaching them…

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Magical Harry Potter Christmas theme at Rosebank Garden Centre


A Lanarkshire garden centre have taken Christmas to a whole new level this year with their new magical festive scene. Rosebank Garden Centre in the Clyde Valley have created a Harry Potter element to their brand new display which includes the wizard himself, Hagrid and the famous Platform 9 and 3/4. And that is not all –the Hogwarts Express is the main attraction with lights and a smoke machine for the steam. The phenomenal display inspired by the JK Rowling books has been a huge hit since being unveiled last week and Rosebank posted a video of it on their…

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Garden centre flats proposal hangs on affordable housing payout


In January, Notcutts applied to renew permission granted eight years previously for a block of flats on land used for storage in Woodbridge. It was part of wider planning permission, which lapsed in 2012, but had already seen construction of Framfield House Surgery and Clarkson Court retirement flats. The new application was deferred from September – on the grounds that insufficient provision had been made for affordable housing – but will be back in front of Suffolk Coastal’s planning committee on Thursday, November 16. The application is recommended for approval, providing an appropriate financial contribution is made towards affordable housing elsewhere. If an appropriate…

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Santa making early appearance at Bents Garden and Home


Santa is making an early appearance at a garden centre this weekend. Father Christmas will be at Bents Garden and Home in Glazebury in a bright red 1930s Chevrolet Sports Roadster at 10am on Saturday. The Warrington Road centre, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary, is arranging for the classic car to transport the big man in the red suit in the same year as it was made in the same decade the family-run business was made. St. Nicholas will be at the centre right up until Christmas Eve where he will be walking round meeting the children and handing…

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Dates and venue announced for AQUA 2019


AQUA, the market-leading showcase for the UK’s water gardening and aquatics trade, will be returning to the Telford International Centre on October 16-17, 2019. Now firmly established as a biennial event, AQUA attracts the major companies in the industry, who acknowledge the importance of exhibiting their products and services to specialist aquatic and water gardening retailers and garden centres, all under one roof. Organiser Annie Foord said: “I am delighted with the enthusiasm shown by exhibitors and visitors to this event. The positive response to AQUA 2017 proves that the event is continuing to deliver the audience our exhibitors have…

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Ellesmere Port garden centre earmarked for housing development

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Ellesmere Port garden centre is under threat as there are plans to knock it down and build more than 50 affordable homes in its place. The Liverpool-based Riverside Housing Association wants to build houses and apartments on land off Chester Road in Great Sutton. The site is currently home to Sycamore Park Garden Centre, which has been targeted in the past by housing developers. A planning application has not yet been submitted to the council, but Riverside have sent letters to residents in the area asking them to review their proposals and contact them with any queries. The letter, from Riverside Group development manager…

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Retailers welcome indications of a cap on business rates rises

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Responding to the report in today’s Sunday Times that the Chancellor is set to cap the expected 3.9 per cent increase in business rates next Spring, Tom Ironside, Business & Regulation Policy Director at the BRC, said: “If this report is true it would be a step forward. Without decisive action from the Chancellor in his upcoming Budget then retailers face a stark £270 million leap in their rates bill from April. This would have consequences for retailers’ investment plans, especially for investment in new or refurbished stores in town centres and in less economically viable locations.” Read the BRC’s…

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£1m Dorset garden centre restaurant draws closer to completion

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Work is well underway at a Dorset garden centre where a £1 million botanical-style restaurant is a few months away from completion. Malcolm Scott Consultants prepared detailed plans for the structure at Groves Garden Centre in Bridport, ensuring that it boasted an eye-catching design while remaining in-keeping with the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty it is located in. The restaurant is being constructed by Smiemens Projecten of Holland according to detailed drawings prepared by MSC’s architectural technologist Alexandra Ginés Heiwegen. Malcolm Scott Consultants permission for the 176-cover facility and other site developments and had a number of specific considerations to…

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