In This Issue
Blue Diamond celebrate the refurbishment of Bicester Avenue
Wyevale Garden Club changes to a discount scheme tomorrow
“Watch this space”, say brand leaders SBM Life Science
Primeur launches Christmas Doormat to raise money for Greenfingers
Did you get the centres sold to Dobbies correct?
Taylors celebrate 100 years with Daffodil Day
Dobbies to boost focus on plants and gardening
April sales volumes start down on last year
GTN secures new Glee Official Media Partnership agreement
Handy Distribution rolls out range of Greenworks cordless garden-machinery across Dobbies centres
New jobs created as David's Garden Centre celebrates first birthday in Cherry Lane family
Pre-season planning pays off for Zest 4 Leisure
Garden industry warned to watch out for email scam
Haskins launches new Facebook page to encourage children to get outside and enjoy gardening
Bermuda Water Gardens to show at Glee 2019
Tong Garden Centre partners with TV gardener again
Henry Bell launches own wild bird care brand
WilkinsonEyre breaks ground on the National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning
Garden Centre Photo Tour - Baytree of Hilgay
Garden Centre Photo Tour - Hillier Botley
Garden Centre Photo Tour - Forest Lodge
Category Manager for Horticulture
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GIMA announces new Council at AGM
Linked sales keep tomato feed at the top of chart
Tomato plants dominate Veg-2-Gro sales
Growbag sales on the increase
Cold weather prompts bird feeding uplift
Tomato plants are number one sellers
Nursery working group visits plastics recycling centre
Adam Dunnett joins Hilliers board of directors
Haskins Snowhill raises more than £2,700 for Alzheimer's Society
An evening with Pam Rhodes at Castle Gardens
Final countdown to HTA Sustainability Matters
The best of last week's
Dobbies Garden Centres announces the acquisition of 31 centres from Wyevale
So what 31 Wyevale centres have been sold to Dobbies?
£194m generated from Wyevale sales so far, but who will be the buyers of the remaining 90?
Wyevale Garden Centres agrees sale of six more garden centres...four to Hilliers and two to Otter
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Surfers Against Sewage Business Champion Plaque presented to Engine Room Restaurant
Natural & Organic Products Europe captures mood of industry determined to power ahead
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Blue Diamond celebrate the refurbishment of Bicester Avenue
"Ex-Wyevale centres are trading at 50% ahead of last year at Blue Diamond"

Alan Roper welcomed staff and suppliers to an evening event on Monday 15th April 2019 at Bicester Avenue Garden Centre to celebrate the completion of the refurbishment from a Wyevale Garden Centre that they bought last summer to a Blue Diamond Centre that is ready and raring for Easter 2019...

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Wyevale Garden Club changes to a discount scheme tomorrow

As from Wednesday 17th April 2019 the Wyevale Garden Centre Garden Club scheme is changing from a loyalty based system to a discount card that can be used every time a customer shops in a Wyevale centre...

 

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“Watch this space”, say brand leaders SBM Life Science
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At the beginning of the year, the Environment Secretary announced a ban on the outdoor use of metaldehyde. Now with the deadline on the horizon, so are the replacement ideas from market leaders SBM Life Science...

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Primeur launches Christmas Doormat to raise money for Greenfingers
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This Christmas the team at Primeur has announced the sale of a new Christmas Glitter Coir Doormat to support Greenfingers Charity...

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Did you get the centres sold to Dobbies correct?

As the announcement came out on Wednesday about the 31 Wyevale Centres sold to Dobbies, the GTN team were checking their list to update the ones still to be sold and it's a good job we didn't print our speculation as to which ones Dobbies would be snapping up.  We'd have only go 60%!  How did you do?

 

At the "Offers based on" price Terra Firma have now acheived sales of £357 million for their investors in the TFCPIII fund.  That's just £3 million short of the deal when they bought Wyevale Garden Centres back in 2012. The big question now is what will happen to the remaining centres...

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Taylors celebrate 100 years with Daffodil Day

Bulb buyers from Ayletts, Notcutts and Hillview garden centres joined over 500 Daffodil enthusiasts at Taylors Bulbs in Holbeach last week for their Daffodil Day to celebrate the centenary of the company...

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Dobbies to boost focus on plants and gardening

 

 

Dobbies, now the UK’s biggest garden retailer with 69 outlets following last week’s purchase of 31 from Wyevale Garden Centres, plans to put greater emphasis on plants and gardening, the group’s horticultural director has revealed...

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April sales volumes start down on last year

 

After Mother’s Day the cold weather seriously affected trade and garden centre sales dipped to below even last year’s levels. Remember it was the second Easter week but the ‘Beast from the East’ still had its grips on gardens that were undiggable...

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GTN secures new Glee Official Media Partnership agreement

GTN's owners, Potting Shed Press, have signed a new agreement with ITE Events to publish the Glee Catalogue and Glee Daily News until 2022 which will mark the 20th year that GTN Team have been the Official Media Partner for Glee...

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Handy Distribution rolls out range of Greenworks cordless garden-machinery across Dobbies centres

 

Handy Distribution has announced the roll-out of a new comprehensive range of Greenworks 24v and 40v cordless garden-machinery across all Dobbies Garden Centres. Greenworks is one of the world’s largest manufacturers developing cutting-edge garden machinery and featuring the latest-generation Lithium-Ion battery technology. 

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New jobs created as David's Garden Centre celebrates first birthday in Cherry Lane family

 

David’s Garden Centre by Cherry Lane in Martin Hussingtree, Worcester, is celebrating its first birthday as part of the Cherry Lane family with the creation of a new on-site nursery...

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Surfers Against Sewage Business Champion Plaque presented to Engine Room Restaurant

 

The Engine Room Restaurant at Poundbury Gardens near Dorchester has received a Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) Business Champion Plaque from Damers First School’s Eco Crew for its commitment to reducing single use plastic and replacing it with sustainable alternatives.

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Natural & Organic Products Europe captures mood of industry determined to power ahead

Pioneering trends, thought-provoking debates and ‘better-for-you’ innovations were served up at ExCeL London over 7-8 April, as thousands of buyers and retailers gathered at the Natural & Organic Products Europe trade show – checking out what’s new and next in the world of natural health, food, beauty, wellness and sustainable living...

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Pre-season planning pays off for Zest 4 Leisure
 

Zest 4 Leisure has revealed that its pre-season preparation is already paying off. The unseasonal short burst of warm sunny weather in late February and March proved to be an excellent dress rehearsal for the forthcoming peak season.

 

Pictured (from left to right): Linda Pace, Paul Haynes, Alwyn Williams and Steve Morgan from Zest 4 Leisure.

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Garden industry warned to watch out for email scam

Garden suppliers and retailers are being warned to watch out for a bank account email scam...

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Haskins launches new Facebook page to encourage children to get outside and enjoy gardening

 

Haskins Garden Centres has announcefd the launch of its new Garden Gang Facebook page, designed to get children outside and involved in gardening...

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Bermuda Water Gardens to show at Glee 2019
 

Following a successful 2018 show, Bermuda Water Gardens will again show at Glee this year, only this time with a 50% larger stand and a greatly expanded product offering...

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Tong Garden Centre partners with TV gardener again

 

Tong Garden Centre has partnered with Leeds based garden designer and ITV's Love Your Garden presenter, Katie Rushworth for a third consecutive year...

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Henry Bell launches own wild bird care brand
 

Henry Bell & Co, the family-owned and leading quality animal feed producer, has announced the release of its own brand: Henry Bell Wild Bird Care...

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WilkinsonEyre breaks ground on the National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning

 

WilkinsonEyre has started construction of the new National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning at RHS Wisley in Surrey. The new scheme will support the delivery of RHS’ new Science Strategy, enabling high-quality new scientific research and the sharing of best practice through learning and public engagement in Horticultural Sciences...

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Garden Centre Photo Tour - Baytree of Hilgay

Having completed the purchase of their second garden centre at Hilgay on the A10 near Downham Market the Baytree family team held their Grand Opening Event this weekend...

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Garden Centre Photo Tour - Hillier Botley

What would you expect from a Hillier centre? Authoritative ranges of products and plants, crisp merchandising, and expert staff. That’s exactly the delivery at Botley...

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Garden Centre Photo Tour - Forest Lodge

In garden furniture Forest Lodge report good early sales, particularly the small corner weave sets and the metal framed lower couch style furniture from Life “it’s appealing to the younger audience looking for some style on their patio...”

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