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

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

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

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

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Gold found in stream at Cardwell Garden Centre -

Sunday, April 1, 2018

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

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Kemps Plants garden centre expands with five-figure backing from HSBC -

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Sycamore Park Garden Centre boss gives update on future

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The chief executive of the company which owns Sycamore Park Garden Centre says that no “definitive decision” has been made over whether it will continue to trade beyond the summer.

A planning application to build 52 affordable homes on the Chester Road site was submitted by developers Lane End in November and is awaiting a decision.

A letter supporting the application from The Klondyke Group – owners of the centre – states that they can “no longer run a viable business in this area” due to competition from rival centres.

The letter, available under the planning section of the Cheshire West and Chester Council website, adds: “We have therefore taken a decision at board level to close the Great Sutton site. The site will close by early summer 2018.”

Dated ‘January 2018’, the letter is signed by Klondyke chief executive David Yardley and appears to sound the death knell for the garden centre, whether the application to build homes there is approved or not.

However, when contacted by the Standard, Mr Yardley sought to clarify his comments in the letter.

He said: “If planning is granted for the Lane End proposal, the garden centre will close at some point this summer. If the planning application is refused or delayed for some reason, then we will review our options at that time.”

He said there had been no “definitive decision” on the future of the centre, adding: “The letter is supporting the application and the centre will close on the assumption that planning is granted. If planning is not granted then we will review our position and the centre may continue to trade for a period.”

Klondyke purchased the Sycamore business in 2007 and it is one of 22 garden centres within the group.

Nationally, Klondyke employ 1,150 people – with 11 full-time and 12 part-time staff at Sycamore, which is also home to a coffee shop.  There are three other competing garden centres within 4.5 miles.

The proposed housing scheme for the Sycamore site is for 38 houses and 14 two-bedroom apartments which will be developed for shared ownership and affordable rent. The garden centre would be demolished to make way for it, if planning permission is granted.


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