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

Garden centre in Northern Ireland set to create 100 jobs with £5m investment


A Co Antrim garden centre says it will create up to 100 new jobs as part of a £5m investment. Colemans Garden Centre in Templepatrick has unveiled plans for a £5m investment to renovate and extend its facilities over the coming months, with an official opening in autumn. Phase one renovations of the garden centre, set up in 1965, will feature an 18,000 sq ft building consisting of a garden centre and restaurant. The first stage of the project will officially open later in the year, following the demolition of the current shop. And the new restaurant and shop will be a licensed 200-seat establishment, which…

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Shops lose £800m a year due to shoplifting


• The Metropolitan Police recorded the highest number of shoplifting offences at an astounding 47,580 • West Midlands Police had the second highest number of shoplifting incidences at 19,741 • City of London Police had the lowest number of shoplifting offences with 729 cases reported • Britain’s shops suffer a loss of £800 million per year due to shoplifting Shoplifting is one of the most common crimes committed by opportunist thieves. It’s a crime that can be very profitable for offenders but significantly costly for shops. This is signified by retail security firm Checkpoints Systems finding that Britain’s shops collectively lose £800m per year…

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BRC: Brexit uncertainty fuels workforce shortages with consumers paying the price


Without swift action to provide certainty for people from EU working in the UK and a new immigration system fit for the future, consumers could pay the price, according to a new report The People Roadmap published today by the British Retail Consortium (BRC). 170,000 people from the EU work directly in retail, which accounts for 6% of the industry’s UK workforce. In some regions of the country and different parts of the industry this is much higher – over a quarter in warehousing and distribution, for example. The latest report in the BRC’s A Fair Brexit for Consumers series, illustrates how the lack…

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HTA: In search of berried treasure


Berry-bearing trees and shrubs come into their own in autumn, creating colourful displays that last well into winter, which is why they have been chosen as the Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) Plant of the Moment for October. From elderberries to rose hips, crab apples to firethorns, the addition of “berrying” plants adds a new dimension to any garden, with plants carrying fruits and berries through autumn and into winter. Berry-producing plants also provide home grown food for hungry birds and wildlife too, enhancing their appeal and value to the garden. Evergreen shrubs provide structure and form to the garden throughout…

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Herb supplier in Chedburgh opens new plant and garden centre


A herb supplier in Chedburgh has opened a new garden centre at its site and says early days are proving very successful. Andrew Frewer runs the family wholesale business English Country Herbs at Bury Road, Chedburgh and decided to make use of a large empty glasshouse to grow plants to retail direct to the public. Some 80,000 plants were grown from seed to produce a flourishing crop of autumnal and winter plants and so the Chedburgh Plant Centre was born. Andrew, 63, has been growing herbs for 32 years and continues to supply restaurants and hotels with herbs packed at…

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Coolings Nurseries expands to Kent site


Coolings Nurseries, known for their plant retailing in Sevenoaks, have recently agreed to purchase the well-respected retail business known as The Potted Garden Nursery, which is located very close to Leeds Castle in Kent. Chairman Paul Cooling said: “We are over the moon to welcome the new team into the Coolings family.  The focus on plants has always been paramount at Coolings and we look forward to being part of the next chapter in the history of this new site”. Managing director, Gary Carvosso, commented: “We will work with the current team to further improve what is already a successful…

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Longacres opens news unmanned concession


Ladies fashion wear brand Klass have opened in yet another garden centre; this time within market leading group Longacres’ Bybrook Barn Ashford. The 400 sq ft unmanned concession is positioned on the main walkway adjacent to their existing own-clothing offering. “The invitation into one of the Longacres centres as their only clothing concession is a partnership that we are thrilled about and, along with all of our existing garden centre partners, we hope to grow and strengthen that relationship in the future” commented David Cohen, Klass retail operations director In the last 5 years, Klass has established itself as the…

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Boyd Douglas-Davies awarded the HTA Pearson Medal


Boyd Douglas-Davies, CEO of Hillview Garden Centres, was awarded the HTA Pearson Memorial Medal at the HTA Garden Futures dinner, which took place at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire on 4 October. This award, in memory of the HTA’s first general secretary Charles Pearson, is presented annually to an individual for outstanding service to the garden industry. With over 30 years of experience in the UK retail industry, specialising in garden and shopping centre operations, Boyd is always eager to develop new sales channels and revenue streams. Having started his career working at his father’s garden centre as a schoolboy he…

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Sale of Selby Garden Centre


Alexander Mackie Associates Ltd. are delighted to announce the private and confidential sale of Selby Garden Centre located at Hull Road, Osgodby, Selby, North Yorkshire on behalf of their clients Mr. & Mrs. Ward to Mr. Noble of Victoria Farm Garden Centre & Café located at Guisborough Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire. Selby Garden Centre is a family run circa 5.25 acre (2.12 hectare) garden centre, originally purchased by Mr. & Mrs. Ward in 2000, it has been sold to facilitate Mr. & Mrs. Ward’s retirement. Victoria Farm Garden Centre & Café is another family run business, originally opened in 2003…

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BRC: Some welcome reassurance for EU nationals amidst PM’s speech


Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference today, Helen Dickinson OBE, chief executive of the BRC said: “In what turned out to be the most dramatic speech of the party conferences this year, there was a welcome signal of reassurance from the Prime Minister to the thousands of EU nationals that currently live and work in the UK. “The impact of the UK’s decision to leave the EU on our EU colleagues has been hugely underestimated. They play a crucially important role in the operations of the industry; from head office to stores, and they deserve this…

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