Wyevale Garden Centres announce the sale of John Browns Garden Centre

 
John Browns Garden Centre will be sold to Hillier Garden Centres, the second transaction with the group following the sale of four centres in April.
 
It has been confirmed it will continue to be run as a garden centre and the sale is expected to be finalised by the end of September.
 
Anthony Jones, COO of Wyevale Garden Centres, said: “I am very pleased that John Browns will continue to be operated as a garden centre, and by an operator that we now know well thanks to having sold centres to Hillier over the last year. I would like to take the opportunity to thank our colleagues for their hard work and passion over the years, and wish them all the best for the future under new ownership.”
 
Chris Francis, Retail and Wholesale Director of Hillier, said: “We are delighted to announce the acquisition of John Browns Garden Centre, joining the Hillier family business, growing the group to 17 garden centres serving customers across the South of England.

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Glee looks to a plastic-free future, as garden industry suppliers unveil initiatives to cut waste and grow sustainable businesses

Green gardening is not a fashion or a passing fad – it’s here to stay. With sustainable growing championed by the likes of BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Monty Don, demand for eco-friendly gardening products is on the up. The top priority for the nation’s growing band of environmentally conscious consumers is cutting down on single-use plastics, an issue that was propelled to the top of the agenda when Sir David Attenborough’s landmark Blue Planet series highlighted the devastating effect that plastic waste is having on marine wildlife.
 
In the first of a two-part series, we look at how exhibitors at Glee (10th -12th September, NEC Birmingham) are planning to reduce dependency on single-use plastics, while also examining manufacturers’ and suppliers’ efforts to boost recycling and lower carbon footprints. Here, we focus on core gardening – suppliers of goods that help consumers to grow, sow and mow – and investigate what they’re doing to relieve their burden on the planet.
 
Garden products giant Evergreen Garden Care says it is “committed to finding new ways to reduce waste” and points out that it has systematically reduced the weight of packaging since 2001 by more than 1,000 tonnes. Recent initiatives include virgin plastic reduction of 800 tonnes via improvements made to its bottles, caps and sprayers. For example, the new Miracle-Gro 1L bottle saved 40 tonnes per year, according to the company.

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Crystal Fantasies range, Baby Llama.

Wild Things Gifts are pleased to introduce one of the newest members of our ever popular Crystal Fantasies range, Baby Llama.
 
This very cute Baby has been designed and made by us here in the UK.  Using Swarovski® Crystals in beautiful Confetti colours, he’s right on trend.  And by placing him in a sunny window he will produce the loveliest rainbows as he sparkles and shines. 

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