April 25, 2018

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Lubera’s new edibles so far for 2018 -

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Historic Farplants Launch: Small Plants for Small Spaces -

Monday, April 23, 2018

Profits bloom at Scottish garden centre firm -

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Is your website GDPR compliant? -

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Fosseway Garden Centre extension passed despite objections -

Friday, April 20, 2018

Food at Webbs at Wychbold garden centre wins Farm Shop & Deli Award -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Garden centres hope for better weather after Easter washout -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Abbots Leigh garden centre café reopens -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Plowmans Garden Centre in West Parley ‘will remain open’ -

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Haskins Garden Centres choose charities for the year -

Monday, April 16, 2018

Gardman Service Update -

Monday, April 16, 2018

Garden centres pray for better weather as sales slide -

Monday, April 16, 2018

Garden centre manager stole more than £30,000 from family business -

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Strikes fire: Garden centre to reopen ‘as soon as possible’ -

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Hayes Garden World increases revenue 110% thanks to temporary structure -

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Owner of Plowmans Garden Centre in West Parley goes into administration -

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

‘Major damage’ in Stokesley garden centre fire -

Monday, April 9, 2018

Bents raises over £22k for Alzheimer’s Society -

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Notcutts celebrates success at its own annual conference and awards dinner -

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Magical Hydrangeas launched into the UK with The Little Botanical -

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

  • Lubera

    Lubera’s new edibles so far for 2018

    Welcome to Part 2 of the recap on new edibles from Lubera for 2018.  And in May, there will be even more new varieties available. Oooh La La – Give It Up For ‘Madame Sanssouci’ A strong and romantic name for a strong gooseberry: Easycrisp ‘Madame Sanssouci’, or ‘Madame NoWorries’, as we call our new gooseberry, is not only equipped with one of the best resistance against mildew that we have ever seen in our breeding, but also beautiful shiny, leathery leaves and also (almost) no thorns. A strong bush in a 5 litre pot £16.90 The Fantastic Fruithunters & Their’Prairie Dawn’…

  • Small

    Historic Farplants Launch: Small Plants for Small Spaces

    Farplants brand new range, Small Plants for Small SpacesTM, is the largest product launch in the history of the co-operative group and is now stocked in garden centres up and down the UK. It’s the new concept for selling small hardy plants targeted to the consumer limited by space. Small Plants for Small SpacessTM brings together the specialisms of all five of the co-op nursery members and is the first time all of the nurseries are growing plants in tandem for a single campaign. Drawing on hundreds of years of horticulture knowledge within the Farplants Group, the very best plants…

  • garden centre

    Profits bloom at Scottish garden centre firm

    Scottish garden centre group Klondyke has underlined its growth ambitions after recording a 20 per cent increase in profits in the latest period. The latest accounts for the family-owned group show Klondyke made £5.9 million profit before tax in the year to 30 September compared with £4.8m in the preceding year. Turnover increased around 6% annually to £54.5m at the group, which operates five centres in Scotland and 17 in England and Wales. Directors noted the economic backdrop is challenging. Consumer spending has been under pressure amid sluggish growth in wages. However, they reckon the company is following an effective strategy in…

  • GDPR

    Is your website GDPR compliant?

    Do you want to make sure your website, webshop and e-mail marketing is GDPR compliant? Garden Connect is offering a free audit of your online presence to make sure you comply to the new legislation. Sjors Hemmen, business developer of Garden Connect, explains the topics covered in the audit: “For most garden centres GDPR is a hassle. We’re managing over 300 garden centres across Europe within the garden industry so we have a clear overview what centres should and shouldn’t do to comply with the GDPR.” Garden Connect has shown best practices during its webinars and the HTA seminar. “We…

  • Fosseway Garden Centre

    Fosseway Garden Centre extension passed despite objections

    A plan to extend Fosseway Garden Centre has been passed despite fears it is “becoming into a shopping complex.” Fosseway Garden Centre in Stow Road will now have a soft play area, a new events space building, a new office and staff facilities as well as a mezzanine storage area. The centre will also have a storage building, an outdoor sales area, a bigger car park and a new store entrance. Moreton Town Council told Cotswold District Council: “There are concerns that products for sale will replicate those sold in town and will subsequently take trade away from the High…

Features

impulse

How to maximise impulse sales

Feb 9, 2017

Garden centre retail asks The Display Centre’s Ali Newton about the importance of visual merchandising, and why garden centres should be on the lookout for impulse barriers on their shop floor. What is an impulse buy? “When a customer buys something that isn’t on their shopping list, something they didn’t plan to buy but saw and decided to get on the spot, that’s an impulse purchase” Ali clarifies. Impulse buys can account for a significant amount of turnover within any retail outlet, Ali continues, and should be maximised wherever possible: “There are three really key tactics for making an impulse…

amazon

Edwin Meijer – four things you can learn from Amazon’s new shops

Dec 14, 2016

You’re aware that your customers are behaving a little bit different than 10 years ago and that’s mainly because of the internet. For every purchase, Google gives us 100 alternatives and at least 25 shops to order from. And you can access it anywhere, anytime. So, in light of this, what does the garden centre of the future look like? Taking a look at Amazon helps a lot: not their webshop but the 2,000 grocery shops they plan to open! Garden Connect gives you 4 things to learn from Amazon. Why would they do that? You might think the high…

your

Garden Connect’s Edwin Meijer asks: Do you know how your customers are making purchase decisions?

Oct 27, 2016

The answer to this might seem simple. Consumers are buying plants from you because you’re giving them good, upfront advice, you have an outstanding garden furniture showroom or your Christmas displays are the best in your area. I don’t want to argue about this but it’s a bit too simplistic. GFK did a survey among consumers and how they made their purchase decisions, what resources they used and why they bought products. This survey is a very valuable source and can help you to make better decisions in regards to your marketing. So, first of all, how does the customer journey…

futures

HTA Garden Futures Conference 2016

Oct 13, 2016

HTA’s annual Garden Futures conference this year asked: what lies ahead for the industry? With a wide range of guest speakers and a panel discussion towards the end of the day, the conference focused on the need for change and adaptation in order for the industry to survive in the face of challenges such as climate change, technological advancements and Brexit. The day opened with head of innovation at Future Foundation Joshua McBain, who took a concentrated look on what we know about Brexit so far, and forecast what its long and short term implications may be for the industry,…

Hage

Garden Centre Retail attends the Van Hage Exclusive Christmas Preview event

Oct 5, 2016

At the Van Hage Exclusive Christmas Preview evening on 29th September, Garden Centre Retail’s Ash O’Mahony spoke to marketing manager Lynsey Martinez about the importance of events for garden centres. With visitors enjoying a variety of Christmas themed displays and Christmas trees as well as free food and wine tasting, a grand raffle, shopping discounts and even the chance to meet a reindeer, Lynsey explains why events are a top priority for Van Hage in the coming year.   How did the event go? It went really well, we had a lovely atmosphere, great feedback on the Christmas Shop and…

summer

We’re better together, aren’t we?

Aug 31, 2016

Garden Connect’s Edwin Meijer talks about the benefit of having an ePos system. Summer is almost over so traditionally the trade show season starts. We’ve got 7 in the next 5 weeks including Four Oaks next week and GLEE the week after. It could be a good time to have a chat with one of the ePos providers at the trade shows. Having an ePos system opens a wide range of opportunities for you – apart from all the boring benefits like VAT and proper accounting. HTA Garden Retail Monitor It’s a common thing in the Netherlands and coming to…

summer

Squires Badshot celebrate 80th anniversary with summer evening garden party

Aug 17, 2016

Event: Summer Evening Garden Party Location: Squire’s Garden Centre, Badshot Lea Road, Farnham, GU9 9JX Date: Thursday 18th August Time: 6pm-8pm Cost: FREE entry to the Summer Evening Garden Party BBQ: £10 for adults & £8 for children Gardening Workshop: £25 per adult Booking: Tickets are required for the BBQ and Gardening Workshop. Call 01252 333666 or visit the Info. Desk at Squire’s Badshot Lea   Squire’s Garden Centre in Badshot Lea in Farnham is holding a Summer Evening Garden Party on Thursday 18th August at 6pm-8pm, and all are welcome! This free event is to celebrate Squire’s 80th Anniversary….

New cutting tools enliven the autumn trade

Aug 16, 2016

The trade and consumers enter this autumn gardening season well-equipped with the new generation of GARDENA Secateurs – a range of six new models. The new models convince with maximum application convenience, and always cut perfectly. Secateurs are part of the basic equipment for every gardener – they are used all year round and therefore have to cope in varying conditions. Gardening fans can continue to place their full confidence in GARDENA cutting competence. The range has been reorganised and optimised so that everyone can find the right secateurs for every application in the garden. The individual models have also been…

GCR Feature: Enhance the customer journey to see loyalty bloom

Jul 26, 2016

Alison Brown, marketing manager at K3 CRM, looks at the ways garden centre retailers can integrate multiple data sets to better understand their customers and build loyalty Garden centres are finding themselves in a highly competitive market. While often this comes with an upturn in order books, many are looking at ways they can turn one-off purchases into repeat business. Many businesses in this space are familiar with the idea of using enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to collect transactional data and purchase histories. But how many businesses are supplementing this with information on their customers from a customer relationship…

GCR Feature: Follow the money – diversify

Jul 23, 2016

Garden centre design and business consultant Paul Pleydell argues that to thrive going forward, garden centres may need to diversify further Whether you love it or hate it, the internet won’t go away – and more importantly, neither will online retailing. The upshot is that as competition grows, trading online won’t get any easier, and neither will running a garden centre. What’s the way forward? I’ve helped in the strategic development of numerous garden centres, and each time I follow a simple process. This involves ascertaining where the business is at the current time, where it needs to be, and…

GCR Feature: People counter and measuring footfall

Jul 18, 2016

Garden centres can and should take advantage of new technology, and one way to do this is by tracking footfall in your centre using video and Wi-Fi. Garden Centre Retail spoke to British company FootfallCam to find out more FootfallCam’s third generation counters use Wi-Fi to measure more than just the number of feet passing through your entrance. With this system, it’s possible to measure store front conversion, dwell time spent in store, returning customers and cross-shopping in different branches. Installation is straightforward, requiring only a Cat5e cable chased from the router to the counter – an easy job for an IT…

GCR Feature: A quick bite: food service equipment

Jul 4, 2016

Gary Thacker, director of national accounts at foodservice equipment manufacturer Fri-Jado, advises garden centre caterers on using front of house counters to target a more diverse range of customer  Long gone are the days when visitors to garden centres were content with a pot of tea and a sticky bun. Today, garden centre restaurants attract a broad range of customers from senior citizens and families with children to ‘ladies that lunch’ and workers grabbing a bite to eat. To meet the demands of such a diverse range of diners, garden centres need to offer a variety of menu options all…

summer

Five smart and inspiring tips

Jun 28, 2016

Garden Connect’s Edwin Meijer shares his top five smart and inspiring tips on using the advances in technology to increase retail sales. We’re living in an ever-connected world: the number of smartphones and tablets sold to senior citizens is still increasing and the youngsters have been addicted to their smartphones for years. How can you inform & inspire customers on the go? And how can your staff use smartphones to be more productive? Smartphone or plastic card? A lot of garden centres run loyalty schemes and are using plastic cards. Integrating schemes into smartphones enables a new range of features….

GCR Interview: Mark Cleary, Old Railway Line Garden Centre

Jun 27, 2016

The Old Railway Line in Powys is one of the most highly regarded centres in the country, winning numerous awards in recent years. Here, the co-director of the company discusses the secret to its success What was the path that led you to open a garden centre? My wife Christina and I just fell into it – we had no professional training. There was no garden nursery in our area. Christina’s father had a little bit of land by the side of the road on his pig farm, and we put up an eight by six greenhouse with a small…

Christmas

Preparing for Christmas at Highfield Garden World

Jun 23, 2016

At Highfield Garden World in Gloucestershire, they confirm their Christmas tree order around September and sell about 1,100 real trees every Christmas. The most popular choices are 6 foot cut non-drop trees, and around a third of their sales are rooted, potted trees. Jon Mason, Director and Planteria Manager at Highfield, expanded. “The total number of real trees we sell has increased from around 700 to 1,100 over the last couple of years. We think that may be due to less local demand, more than the increase in footfall we’ve been experiencing here. We all know, if last year’s tree was…

garden centre

GCR Feature: All fired up: Heating a garden centre

Jun 22, 2016

How you heat your garden centre can encourage customers to browse for longer and keep stock dry. Specialists Powrmatic give us the lowdown An effective heating system will ensure that customers are comfortable during their visit and encourage them to browse for longer periods of time. As many garden centres have relatively low levels of insulation, the heating will also help to prevent condensation and stock damage. There are two types of heating technology that can be used to provide efficient solutions for the types of spaces found in garden centres. Where & when The heating system needs to suit…

News

Lubera

Lubera’s new edibles so far for 2018

Welcome to Part 2 of the recap on new edibles from Lubera for 2018.  And in May, there will be even more new varieties available. Oooh La La – Give It Up For ‘Madame Sanssouci’ A strong and romantic name for a strong gooseberry: Easycrisp ‘Madame Sanssouci’, or ‘Madame NoWorries’, as we call our new gooseberry, is not only equipped with one of the best resistance against mildew that we have ever seen in our breeding, but also beautiful shiny, leathery leaves and also (almost) no thorns. A strong bush in a 5 litre pot £16.90 The Fantastic Fruithunters & Their’Prairie Dawn’…

Small

Historic Farplants Launch: Small Plants for Small Spaces

Farplants brand new range, Small Plants for Small SpacesTM, is the largest product launch in the history of the co-operative group and is now stocked in garden centres up and down the UK. It’s the new concept for selling small hardy plants targeted to the consumer limited by space. Small Plants for Small SpacessTM brings together the specialisms of all five of the co-op nursery members and is the first time all of the nurseries are growing plants in tandem for a single campaign. Drawing on hundreds of years of horticulture knowledge within the Farplants Group, the very best plants…

garden centre

Profits bloom at Scottish garden centre firm

Scottish garden centre group Klondyke has underlined its growth ambitions after recording a 20 per cent increase in profits in the latest period. The latest accounts for the family-owned group show Klondyke made £5.9 million profit before tax in the year to 30 September compared with £4.8m in the preceding year. Turnover increased around 6% annually to £54.5m at the group, which operates five centres in Scotland and 17 in England and Wales. Directors noted the economic backdrop is challenging. Consumer spending has been under pressure amid sluggish growth in wages. However, they reckon the company is following an effective strategy in…

GDPR

Is your website GDPR compliant?

Do you want to make sure your website, webshop and e-mail marketing is GDPR compliant? Garden Connect is offering a free audit of your online presence to make sure you comply to the new legislation. Sjors Hemmen, business developer of Garden Connect, explains the topics covered in the audit: “For most garden centres GDPR is a hassle. We’re managing over 300 garden centres across Europe within the garden industry so we have a clear overview what centres should and shouldn’t do to comply with the GDPR.” Garden Connect has shown best practices during its webinars and the HTA seminar. “We…

Fosseway Garden Centre

Fosseway Garden Centre extension passed despite objections

A plan to extend Fosseway Garden Centre has been passed despite fears it is “becoming into a shopping complex.” Fosseway Garden Centre in Stow Road will now have a soft play area, a new events space building, a new office and staff facilities as well as a mezzanine storage area. The centre will also have a storage building, an outdoor sales area, a bigger car park and a new store entrance. Moreton Town Council told Cotswold District Council: “There are concerns that products for sale will replicate those sold in town and will subsequently take trade away from the High…

Webbs

Food at Webbs at Wychbold garden centre wins Farm Shop & Deli Award

The food hall at Webbs at Wychbold has won the top prize at this year’s Farm Shop & Deli Awards. Food at Webbs was named Food Hall of the Year during an award ceremony at the NEC in Birmingham on Monday, April 16. The annual awards commended the Worcester Road garden centre for its renovated food hall, which launched last spring, as well as its commitment to supporting an extensive network of regional suppliers. Ed Webb, executive chairman of Webbs, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be recognised by our industry peers and the voting public as a top quality food…

weather

Garden centres hope for better weather after Easter washout

Garden centres across the country were affected by the bad weather during the early Easter break (March, 2018) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. Compared to the same month last year (2017) sales in outdoor plants were down -46.17%, and sales in seeds and bulbs were down -30.54%. Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said: “At this time of year we expect to see customers getting organised for the gardening season ahead, buying up new plants and their seeds and bulbs ready for planting, but this wasn’t the case as the wet weather meant that…

garden centre

Abbots Leigh garden centre café reopens

Refurbishment at Brackenwood Garden Centre café, in Pill Road, began in January, and it has now reopened as The Garden Tea Room. The kitchen and indoor seating area offers teas, coffees, homemade cakes, breakfasts and light meals, while work to complete an enlarged conservatory is still ongoing. New tenants Mark Ingram and Dotty Laskowska have worked at restaurants across North Somerset and Cornwall in chef and front-of-house roles respectively. Garden centre administrator, Sarah Winstone, said so far so good for the new venture. She said: “We had a good number of visitors over the Easter break. “The combination of a…

garden centre

Plowmans Garden Centre in West Parley ‘will remain open’

The owner of a garden centre near Bournemouth Airport has reassured customers the business won’t close. Vic Plowman, who owns Plowmans Garden Centre in Christchurch Road, said trading at the centre is strong and there is no cause for concern. Signs promoting a clearance sale have recently gone up outside the business. The posters read: “Closing down. Everything must go.” Plowmans is leased to company Home and Garden, which has recently gone into administration. A buyer for the company is being sought. Despite that, Mr Plowman said the garden centre will not be affected. The centre is the home of the well-loved…

Haskins

Haskins Garden Centres choose charities for the year

The team at Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown has announced it will be focusing its fundraising efforts towards supporting Autism Wessex for the year. Employees at the centre aim to raise several thousands of pounds by running events throughout 2018, as well as providing the charity the space to host information and awareness evenings to raise further donations. Autism Wessex provides high quality specialist services for adults and children affected by autism throughout Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Somerset. According to statistics there are around 700,000 people affected by autism in the UK. Lisa Looker, brand director at Haskins Garden Centres,…

gardman

Gardman Service Update

“Following the fire at the Gardman Daventry warehouse on 12th March, we’re pleased to communicate that within the space of a month we have fully operationalised our Kings Lynn warehouse. We now have over 50 staff with years of experience working full time at the site. “In the last week we have increased our stock holding to over 1,200 SKU’s. We now have large volumes of both gardening and lighting stock arriving from UK ports and overseas. We also have a constant supply of our top selling Wild Bird Care products arriving daily from our local UK supplier. The team…

garden centres

Garden centres pray for better weather as sales slide

The UK’s garden centres are suffering after the country’s spate of bad weather, with sales at their worst levels in at least five years. So far this year, average underlying sales are down 15% to 20%, with the early Easter proving a washout, says the Garden Centre Association. Now the horticulture industry is hoping for brighter late spring weather. “It’s literally in the lap of the gods,” said the association’s chief executive, Iain Wylie. He told the BBC that people were not coming in to buy flowers and other plants because of unfavourable conditions in their often waterlogged gardens. “We…

garden centre

Garden centre manager stole more than £30,000 from family business

A family who have been running a garden centre for 60 years have been left “devastated” after their trusted office manager took more than £30,000. Ian McDonald, director of Abergavenny Garden Centre in Llanfoist, said Zena Price betrayed his trust and her offending had a direct impact on the small family-run business. In a victim impact statement read out at Cardiff Crown Court, he said: “I feel personally devastated as I had full confidence and trust in her.” The court heard 37-year-old Price conned her employers out of £32,021.92 over a three-year period. Nuhu Gobir, prosecuting, said she was employed in April 2014…

Strikes

Strikes fire: Garden centre to reopen ‘as soon as possible’

Bosses pledged to see Strikes Garden Centre back up and running – hopefully within days – following a blaze which destroyed the building. Firefighters were called on Friday night after flames took hold at the Stokesley centre. Despite their efforts the landmark garden centre was almost totally burned to the ground, leaving staff and customers devastated. But on Monday chief executive David Yardley and retail operations director David Abbott, said they were meeting with insurers to sort out moving forward adding: “We are looking at getting things moving as quickly as we possibly can – get some sort of temporary trading facility, hopefully…

Hayes Garden World's temporary structure

Hayes Garden World increases revenue 110% thanks to temporary structure

Hayes Garden World, located in Ambleside, is the largest Garden Centre in Cumbria, attracting over a million visitors per year.  In the run up to the festive period, they wanted to transform their furniture section into a Christmas shop. Worldwide Structures were approached by Hayes Garden World to provide a single storey temporary structure to accommodate some of their garden furniture over the Winter months.  During the development stage, drawings and images were sent through of the proposed structure and project details finalised. Upon confirmation of the project, the structural components were prepared and delivered to site.  Installation of the…

garden centre

Owner of Plowmans Garden Centre in West Parley goes into administration

A garden centre near Bournemouth Airport is set to close after the ‘Beast from the East’ dealt a trading blow. Home and Garden, which owns Plowmans Garden Centre in Christchurch Road, has gone into administration. A buyer is being sought for the business. Administrators, Mazars LLP, are continuing to trade at the garden centre, as well as seven other sites across the country run by Home and Garden. Plowmans is holding a closing down sale in the meantime. Customers told the Daily Echo they would be sad to see the garden centre close. It is well known for being home to the…

garden centre

‘Major damage’ in Stokesley garden centre fire

A huge fire has destroyed large parts of a garden centre dubbed a “local institution”. The fire burned overnight at Strikes Garden Centre in Stokesley, North Yorkshire, including its aquatics centre containing tropical fish. Fire crews were called at 21:20 BST on Friday, with eight fire engines and 40 firefighters attending at its height. North Yorkshire Fire Service said there had been “major damage” to the centre and the roof had collapsed. Three crews remained at the scene on Saturday morning. Station manager Andy Creasy said on Saturday that crews were still “dealing with hotspots” and that investigation teams were…

Bents

Bents raises over £22k for Alzheimer’s Society

Customers and colleagues have once again shown enormous generosity in helping Bents Garden & Home raise an incredible amount for its 2017 Charity of the Year.  A total of £22,100 has been presented to Alzheimer’s Society, who will use the donation to help people living in the Warrington and surrounding areas. Penny Hamer from Alzheimer’s Society visited Bents to accept the donation and was joined by Zachary Clements and a team from St Rocco’s Hospice, the Centre’s 2018 Charity of the Year; a cause which was chosen by Bents’ customers in a vote held earlier in the year. Says Matthew…

notcutts

Notcutts celebrates success at its own annual conference and awards dinner

Notcutts, the family-owned garden centre business, has hosted an annual conference and awards dinner to recognise team and business achievements over the past 12 months. The conference, which was held on Wednesday 21 March at the Five Lakes Crowne Plaza Resort in Maldon, Essex, brought together colleagues representing all 18 garden centres as well as the central support teams. The event also offered interactive learning sessions for colleagues. The event was sponsored by leading names including Hozelock, Bidfood, Briers, Mr Fothergills, Kettler, Gardman, Stanley Bragg, Scotts, LeisureGrow, Pelican, Porters, Gleeds, Esprit and McBains Cooper. After the conference, an awards dinner…

hydrangeas

Magical Hydrangeas launched into the UK with The Little Botanical

With Spring just around the corner, Magical Hydrangeas are making homes beautiful all over the UK once more, thanks to their stunning natural beauty and super long lifespan. Hills Plants, the Sussex based parent company of The Little Botanical, is the only British business with a licence to grow this amazing indoor flowering plant and we’re proud to have the Magical Hydrangeas available for the UK market. With their starting colours, pink and blue, which slowly change tone to become something altogether more magnificent, when exposed to daylight, these beauties just keep on blooming all the way to Autumn. Available…

garden centre

Garden centre gifts £650 worth of plants to the Martlets Hospice

Mayberry Garden Centre in Portslade has donated more than £650 worth of garden plants and gardening equipment to aid the Martlets Hospice in the major redesign of its gardens. Included is a silver birch tree to provide dappled shade, and a rose named Compassion, providing scent throughout the summer months. Tates Garden Centre director Darren Clift said: “We have a long-standing relationship with Martlets Hospice and have supported them as one of our key charity partners since Mayberry opened in 2010. “One of our former members of staff was cared for at the hospice so this only added to our…

garden centre

North-east garden centre named one of the best in UK

A North-east garden centre is celebrating being named one of the best in the UK. The Mains of Drum has been placed in the top three in Britain, after winning Best in Scotland late last year. Staff at the centre had been waiting nervously since the announcement of the Scotland-wide award for confirmation of the UK accolade. Being selected within the top 10 centres in the country means that the Garden Centre Association (GCA) recognise Mains of Drum as a “Garden Centre of Excellence”. The GCA said: “The winners of our Garden Centres of Excellence awards have all showed that they…

gold

Gold found in stream at Cardwell Garden Centre

Tiny nuggets of gold have been found at the bottom of a stream running through a local garden centre. The amazing discovery has sparked a modern-day Klondike Gold Rush with dozens of would-be prospectors standing knee-deep in the water, panning for the precious metal. The stream that runs through Cardwell Garden Centre, near Gourock comes from an underground spring on nearby Bargane Hill. Geological experts believe the recent de-forestation on the hillside led to soil erosion causing sediment – containing the flecks and nuggets of gold that had been lying under the ground for thousands of years – being washed into the…

Haskins

Christmas department at Haskins Garden Centres now open due to high demand

Haskins Garden Centre group has opened its Christmas department across all centres, due to high demand from customers. With centres in Dorset, Hampshire and West Sussex, the popular garden centre group experienced a higher number of visitors to the Christmas department last year than ever before. The group normally launches Christmas in September but has opted to open in April to give shoppers more time to spread the cost of Christmas over a longer period of time. Dean Ridley, head of retail operations at Haskins, commented: “We normally give our customers three months to shop our Christmas department, but we’re…