In This Issue
What a month for Blue Diamond!
Squire’s purchases Frensham Garden Centre
July continues the year of extremes
Blue Diamond East Bridgford and Webbs of Wychbold are top GCA Midlands centres
Plant sales continue up on last year
The Old Railway Line and Monkton Elm are GCA top centres in Wales & West
Gardening heads growth in UK online sales
Homebase gardening buyers face redundancy as Swindon office set to close
Get set for Cultivating Retail this Autumn
Garden centres share The Sun's Prettiest Rose glory
SunBelievable displays at RHS Hyde Hall by T&M
Ball Colegrave host successful GCA Planteria Forum
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Adam Dunnett leaves Wyevale Nurseries to join Hilliers
Lowest Top 50 July week for Garden Products
Christmas spuds get growing
Growing Media follows plants upward trend
Sunshine sends garden centre sales soaring
The best of last week's
Acquisition of outdoor leisure firm Anchor Fast presents new category for Kelkay
20k social media posts greet Blue Diamond's acquisition news
Dobbies promote COO Jenkins to chief executive role
£30k damage in forklift ram raid on Notts garden centre
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Loch Fyne to sell seafood at Dobbies centres
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Christmas spuds get growing

July proved a better month for Veg 2 Gro sales, up 5.5% on last year, but overall sales this year to date remain down by over 20% as the missed sales from earlier in the year haven’t been made up.

  • Autumn planting seed potatoes for Christmas got going last week as the brief spell of wet weather spurred people into action. Taylors Autumn Planting Seed Potatoes Maris Peer move dup one place to take the No 1 Bestsellers spot.
  • Unwins Runner Bean White Lady was the highest new entry at No 11, one of seven Unwins Seeds lines in the Top 50 this week.


WBC chart footnote


July 2018 saw a 23% drop year on year in Wild Bird Care sales volumes according to the GTN Bestsellers Wild Bird Care Top 50 chart.  That means the sector is running at 22% down year to date.   

  • Gardman’s Cast Iron Daffodil Dish Bird Feeder was the highest re-entry last week, back in at No 9.
  • Jacobi Jayne Rowena's Hedgehog Mix 500g climed the most places up the chart to No 22.
  • Tom Chambers Mini Nyger Seed Feeder was the highest Top 50 chart new entry at No 40.

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