A Homebase store (library image)

The retailer, which currently operates 323 outlets across the UK, will axe what management described as a “tail of stores that are either unprofitable or in decline”. A Homebase spokeswoman…

Garden centres enjoyed a good spring

Warm weather saw sales of garden furniture and barbecues soar by 23 per cent in May, compared to the same month in 2013. The statistics, from the Garden Centre Association,…

Garden product makers are getting ready for a record Easter – as gardeners rush to fix plots that have been battered by a winter of storms. Garden centres are expecting…

Signs at Homebase inform shoppers of fungicide-treated seed potatoes

One of Britain’s leading garden retailers has taken steps to reassure customers that its seed potatoes are safe to handle. Shoppers at Homebase were confronted by signs warning that seed…

Water butts are in big demand

Gardeners are panic buying water butts as the drought tightens its grip on the UK. Haskins, the four-strong garden centre chain with two of its outlets in hosepipe ban areas, reported…

Business has been brisk at garden centres

Garden centres have continued to buck High Street gloom, with retail experts predicting that interest in grow-your-own will remain strong this year. The Horticultural Trades Association said UK garden centre…