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

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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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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