January 23, 2018

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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

Hare Hatch Sheeplands in garden centre closure threat

Hare Hatch

The owner of Hare Hatch garden centre near Wargrave who lost a long-running planning dispute says he may have to close the business in order to avoid bankruptcy. Rob Scott has applied for planning permission to create new retail space at Hare Hatch Sheeplands but Wokingham Borough Council has declined to make a decision due to outstanding legal action. Mr Scott and the owners of seven businesses formerly based at the centre are due to face trial at Reading Crown Court in March after pleading not guilty to charges of breaching enforcement notices in May. This follows a five-year dispute…

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Virtual reality sleigh ride spreads Christmas magic at Johnsons Garden Centre

Johnsons

The magic of Christmas is being brought to life for children with a new virtual reality sleigh ride at Johnsons Garden Centre in Boston, Lincolnshire. Children can jump in the sleigh, grab hold of the reins and put on a virtual reality headset where they are transported on a magical Christmas journey. The sleigh ride is up and running now at Johnson’s of Boston and is set to make memories and build excitement for all in the run up to Christmas. The attraction is already proving popular, having launched on Thursday, November 23. Jocelyn Lawman, from the garden centre, said: “My children…

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Tong lights up Christmas once again with award-winning displays

Tong

Festive displays at Tong garden centre have been named the best in the North East of England by a trade association for the second year running. Tong Garden Centre was judged on the range, merchandising, marketing, presentation and displays of Christmas lines including trees, decorations, tableware, candles, giftware and food during the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) inspection for its annual Christmas Competition. Not only did team at Tong win the prestigious accolade for a second consecutive year, but they were awarded a score 87.19 per cent. The GCA class a score between 80-90% as excellent to outstanding. Winners are selected…

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Bents Garden and Home in Glazebury wins prize for its Christmas creations

Bents

Bents Garden & Home has won the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) 2017 title for Best Christmas Display in the Country, after beating off strong competition from other centres within the region and throughout the UK. The coveted title was presented to Bents following an extensive judging process, which saw centres from throughout the UK hosting spot visits by the GCA to determine regional winners as well as the overall national title. Centres were judged on their innovation, inspiration and the excitement created by the way Christmas products were displayed and the 2017 national title is yet another cause for celebration…

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BRC: Rates respite reduces retailers pressure

Brexit

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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Morden Hall Park Garden Centre to open for late night shopping

Morden Hall

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

Newbank

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

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

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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

Planters

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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