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About British Garden Centres

British Garden Centres (BGC) is the UK’s largest family-owned garden centre group and the second-largest garden centre group in the UK with 62 centres around the country. The group is owned by The Stubbs family, who also own and operate Woodthorpe Leisure Park.

BGC was launched in 1987 with the opening of Woodthorpe Garden Centre by brothers Charles and Robert Stubbs and has expanded rapidly ever since. In November 2022 the group opened their 62nd location, Mirfield Garden Centre.

In 2018 the group only owned 10 centres and five years later there are 62 British Garden Centre destinations in the country, stretching from East Durham to Ramsgate, Carmarthen to Norwich serving millions of customers each week.

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Please contact Cassie King, PR Officer, on pr@britishgardencentres.com

Press Releases

British Garden Centres celebrates £60,000 of fundraising for Greenfingers with Unwins Sweet Pea launch

British Garden Centres is delighted to launch Sweet Pea ‘Butterfly Blue’ by Unwins, an exclusive variety that will not only add beauty to gardens but support Greenfingers Charity.

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Introducing Fern Living – British Garden Centres’ new outdoor furniture range

 There is a new name emerging for garden furniture, Fern Living, an exciting new brand by British Garden Centres.

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National Nestbox Week – Choosing the right bird box

With National Nestbox Week (14th – 21st February) underway, read our guide to help you choose the perfect bird box to ensure birds have a safe and comfortable home.

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Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with these Lunar New Year plants

A selection of flowers and plants that are perfect for gifting and spreading joy during this celebration.

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Soil science: British Garden Centres guide to understanding your garden

To help you gain a better understanding of the different soil types and which type is best suited for which plants, we have compiled a comprehensive guide.

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Uncovering the top gardening trends for 2024 

We delve into the latest garden trends that are set to transform the way we plan, design, and nurture our outdoor spaces.

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Inaugural Children’s Gardening Festival at Brigg Garden Centre with the Skinny Jean Gardener

Lee Connelly, renowned as the Skinny Jean Gardener from CBBC's Blue Peter and BBC Teach, is set to kick off the new year with an exhilarating event launching at Brigg Garden Centre.

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Discover the joy of the RSPB Garden Birdwatch 

The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch which takes place on 26, 27 and 28 January 2024 and we can help!

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British Garden Centres’ "Decorate Your Door for Christmas" winner revealed!

Gilberdyke and Ramsgate Garden Centre are delighted to announce the winner of our much anticipated "Decorate Your Door for Christmas" competition.

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Revitalise Your Garden with British Garden Centres’ New Year's Resolutions

As we bid farewell to another year and welcome the possibilities of a new chapter, it is the perfect time to plan and implement New Year's resolutions for your garden.

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British Garden Centres guide to caring for your real Christmas tree

By following our simple yet effective tips, you can ensure that your tree remains vibrant, fragrant, and visually stunning throughout the festive season.

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Behind the numbers: How big is Christmas for British Garden Centres?

How big is Christmas for the largest family-run garden centre group ?

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Britain Get Growing - December Delights in the Garden

We explore the December tasks that not only keep your garden healthy but also contribute to its enchanting beauty during the winter months.

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Tiger agrees landmark display partnership with British Garden Centres

Specialist garden building retailer Tiger, a part of Woodlands Home & Garden Group, has just agreed a landmark deal with the British Garden Centres

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British Garden Centres unveil its Christmas themes for 2023

It’s that time of year once again and  we have revealed our festive decorating inspiration to help customers deck the halls for the season

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Celebrate National Tree Week with British Garden Centres

National Tree Week takes place from November 25th to December 3rd and we have some great tips on trees for your garden

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British Garden Centres saves over 10,000 meals from going to waste with Too Good To Go

Working with the leading surplus food app, Too Good To Go, we are thrilled to announce a significant milestone in our partnership.

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Christmas #AllWrappedUp as British Garden Centres launches its new festive advert

We have unveiled our new Christmas advert, “#AllWrappedUp” for 2023’s festive season.

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Welcoming winter into the garden – Britain Get Growing this November

The team at British Garden Centres has put together a guide on some tasks you can do this month to ensure that your garden remains healthy and well-prepared for the following spring.

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Autumn maintenance tips to get your garden ready for winter

The British Garden Centres team have put together an autumn maintenance guide so your garden will be ready to flourish when spring arrives.

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October activities galore at Brigg Garden Centre

Brigg Garden Centre is delighted to announce some October half-term activities including spooktacular Halloween events and the return of its ice rink.

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Celebrate National Baking Week with British Garden Centres

It’s time to don your aprons and roll up your sleeves as British Garden Centres celebrates National Baking Week.

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Our guide to mood-boosting plants to enhance your wellbeing

The British Garden Centres team explore some beautiful plants known for their mood-enhancing properties.

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Join Santa for breakfast or afternoon tea 

The best time of the year is nearly here, and the ever-popular Santa’s Breakfast and Afternoon Tea experience is available to book with tickets on sale now.

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British Garden Centres raise over £6300 for Macmillan’s Coffee Morning

British Garden Centres is delighted to have raised an impressive £6370.79 for the Macmillan Coffee Morning last month

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Decorate your door this autumn to win some fantastic prizes!

We’ve launched a competition to find the best autumn décor in your area!

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British Garden Centres bring season’s greetings with VIP Christmas launch events

With festive fun brewing in the air, stores are starting to get excited for the most magical time of the year by hosting a number of successful VIP events across the UK

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Nature’s time to plant – autumn colour with British Garden Centres

The British Garden Centres team delve into some of the best plants available in your local store right now to enhance your garden during the autumn months.

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British Garden Centres' guide to spring bulbs you should be planting now

Now is the perfect time to plant spring bulbs for a colourful lift in the spring next year

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Love Your Autumn Garden with British Garden Centres

 British Garden Centres is encouraging everyone to embrace nature’s time to plant with its autumn campaign ‘Love Your Autumn Garden’ launching this year

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Give your garden seasonal colour with British Garden Centres at the Malvern Autumn Show

Come and be inspired by the stunning selection of plants and garden ideas that British Garden Centres will be showcasing at the Malvern Autumn Show at Worcestershire show on the 22-24 September

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Britain Get Growing:  September sun in the garden

With warmer soil and cooler days, September offers plenty of tasks to keep you busy

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Pawsome Three Peaks challenge awaits Brigg Extreme Heroes

 A new challenge awaits a courageous accountant who is swapping his desk job at Brigg Garden Centre for the Yorkshire Three Peaks

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Meet the team at Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

British Garden Centres is delighted to announce that it will be exhibiting at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show with an abundance of beautiful plants and all the inspiration you need to boost your garden's potential.

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Show season continues for British Garden Centres at BBC Gardeners’ World Autumn Fair

Come and see the team at the show to be held at Audley End House on 1-3 September 2023

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Christmas comes early at Woodthorpe Garden Centre as it opens the doors to festive store

The magic of Christmas has arrived in Lincolnshire early this year as Woodthorpe Garden Centre becomes one of the first in the country to open its Christmas store.

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Get the festival season look in your outdoor space with British Garden Centres

To help you get into the festival spirit, British Garden Centres has provided some tips and ideas for throwing a festival-themed garden party at home.

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Charlbury Garden Centre joins Oxfordshire companies to complete garden makeover

Charlbury Garden Centre has collaborated with local businesses to transform an overgrown and inaccessible garden into a peaceful and safe sanctuary for a mother and her disabled children.

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Annual Motor Show revs back into Burford House this summer

Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 6th as the Burford House Motor Show is back for another exciting day filled with automotive entertainment for the whole family

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Summer Holiday Fun Activities at Brigg Garden Centre

With summer term coming to an end and the holidays upon us, Brigg Garden Centre has several family events throughout the next few weeks to keep both children and adults entertained.

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British Garden Centres seeds the future with Shine Lincolnshire’s Celebrating Our Communities event

British Garden Centres has shown its support to Shine Lincolnshire’s annual event with a donation of over 300 packets of seed for attendees

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First new rapid EV charging sites open at British Garden Centres’ stores

British Garden Centres has partnered with Osprey Charging, one of the UK’s largest and leading electric vehicle (EV) charging networks, to increase access to public charging at its stores

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Water conservation tips with British Garden Centres

With warm temperatures across the country, a lack of rain and more areas hit by water shortages, water companies have started to introduce hosepipe bans in certain areas. However, do not despair, you can still keep your garden looking beautiful without wasting water

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British Garden Centres presents Greenfingers Charity with £22,000 cheque

British Garden Centres has presented Greenfingers Charity, with a cheque for £22,000 following a year of fund-raising at its 62 stores across the UK.

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Billericay boy has his world transformed thanks to garden makeover

Thanks to the donations from British Garden Centres and Partyman’s Magic Makers, and the hard work of a team of volunteers, a Billericay schoolboy with muscular dystrophy has had his garden transformed.

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Gardening sustainably with British Garden Centres

Here are some tips from the British Garden Centres team on how to start a sustainable garden that will continue to thrive and produce for many years to come.

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Britain Get Growing July: Summer grow your own fun!

Here are some things you can do this month to keep your garden to keep your crops in great shape for the summer

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Britain Garden Centres helps Community Allotment area to grow at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

An allotment garden will be unveiled at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival next month with a kind donation from British Garden Centres which will bring the design to life.

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Help BGC’s Phillippa Stubbs earn her wings as she takes to the skies for charity

Please help support our Director as she wing walks for Greenfingers Charity!

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How to choose the best roses for your garden

British Garden Centres look at the different types and give you the best advice to allow your roses to bloom!

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Prepare for the ultimate summer party with your local British Garden Centres store

Your garden may need a little pick me up before you start entertaining but, fear not because British Garden Centres have the perfect products to get your outside space primed for the ultimate summer party!

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Young Woodley gardeners bloom in school gardening competition

Budding gardeners from Woodley have been feeling royal after a Coronation-themed school garden tray competition with plants donated by Winnersh Garden Centre.

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It’s almost showtime - Countdown to BBC Gardener’s World Live

The countdown is on to BBC Gardeners World Live at the Birmingham NEC is well and truly underway and with less than ONE week to go!

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We are partnering with Diabetes UK to promote gardening and wellbeing

British Garden Centres is delighted to announce it is partnering with leading charity Diabetes UK, for its annual Wellness Walks this summer.

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Britain Get Growing – Here comes summer! What you can grow in June

Britain Get Growing looks at the month of June with the expert team at British Garden Centres’ top tips for the start of the summer months.

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Hydrangea Red Butterfly now available in stores to brighten gardens this summer

British Garden Centres’ signature Hydrangea Red Butterfly which launched last year at the 2022 RHS Chelsea Flower Show is now available for keen gardeners to take and plant in their own garden.

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Get the Chelsea look at home with British Garden Centres

Taking inspiration from the RHS' flagship event, British Garden Centres look at the  Chelsea trends you can copy at home.

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Samuel wins British Garden Centres Design a Coronation Cake Competition

A boy from Northampton has been left feeling royal after he was declared the winner of British Garden Centres’ Design a Coronation Cake Competition.

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British Garden Centres revamps 24/7 shopping online e-commerce store

Following the phenomenal growth of brick-and-mortar locations across the UK, British Garden Centres has revamped its new e-commerce store to service nationwide gardeners’ demand and capitalise on the ever-growing online market.

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Stores donate Coronation trees to local school and community projects

To celebrate the King’s Coronation this month, British Garden Centres has donated an oak tree from every one of its 62 stores as part of its CelebraTree community campaign.

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Save the Bees with British Garden Centres – The best pollinator plants

The team at the UK’s largest-family run group, British Garden Centres look at the 10 best plants that grow easily and attract pollinators in your garden from early spring to summer.

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Britain Get Growing: Our green-fingered guide to growing your own in May

British Garden Centres’ campaign Britain Get Growing campaign aims to get both beginner and experienced gardeners outdoors to embrace the joy of getting dirt in their fingers and growing their own food.

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Grow your knowledge with British Garden Centres for National Gardening Week

National Gardening Week this year is from 1st - 7th of May and it is the nation’s biggest celebration of gardening. British Garden Centres has some ideas to help you blossom in your great outdoors .

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British Garden Centres back at BBC Gardeners’ World Live for 2023

We are delighted to announce that we are back at BBC Gardeners World Live in June sponsoring the Main Theatre and with two stands packed with gardening goodies.

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British Garden Centres showcase the sector’s challenges at the House of Lords’ Horticultural Sector Committee

The UK’s largest family-run group of garden centres was invited to give evidence by the government at the House of Lords’ Horticultural Sector Committee last week.

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British Garden Centres announces Coronation community initiatives

All our 62 stores will be participating in CelebraTree and The Great British Garden Centre Cake Competition

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British grown for you - British Garden Centres expands plant production capacity

British Garden Centres collected the keys to a large, state-of-the-art, nursery production unit in Warwickshire this week.

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Garden Re-Leaf Day 2023

British Garden Centres prepares for national Garden Re-Leaf fundraising extravaganza

British Garden Centres is proud to support this Garden Re-Leaf Day (Friday 24th March) yet again with the family-run group hosting several special events nationwide to raise funds for this wonderful charity.

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Viva Magenta! How to incorporate Pantone’s 2023 Colour of the Year into your garden

This year, the colour on everyone’s lips is Viva Magenta, a crimson red tone that presents a balance between warm and cool, whilst encouraging optimism in unconventional times.

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British Garden Centres highlight top gardening trends for 2023

Each year, we witness the latest trends unfold, so as we prepare for the new season and 2023 sees a resurgence of gardening aided by the pandemic, British Garden Centres take a look at how can use your garden and embrace the trends that look set to take over the outdoors this year.

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British Garden Centres’ top Christmas decorating themes for 2022

Christmas is quickly approaching, with the team at British Garden Centres carefully selecting and curating the best festive trends to decorate your home in the best way possible for this time of year.

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British Garden Centres helps Kent school to harness the power of plants in its new green library

British Garden Centres has been helping students reconnect with nature after installing a green oasis in their school library.

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British Garden Centres opens its 62nd store - introducing Mirfield Garden Centre

The family-run garden centre retailer, British Garden Centres, has officially opened its new store in Mirfield, West Yorkshire.

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British Garden Centres showcases two new plants at BBC Gardeners’ World Live

British Garden Centres are showcasing two new plants this week at BBC Gardeners’ World Live in Birmingham. The new Delphinium and Buddleja have been sourced for this event and will be the stars of the event for the group.

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British Garden Centres is rapidly growing in the Midlands

In April 2022, British Garden Centres, the UK's largest family-run group, launched their 61st garden centre in Hatton, Warwick. This is the 12th centre in the Midlands and the 2nd new addition in the region this year.

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British Garden Centres has raised £25,000 for Greenfingers Charity

The British Garden Centres Group, became a Platinum Partner of Greenfingers Charity in January 2022, pledging to raise £25,000 before the charity's 25th anniversary in 2024.

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British Garden Centres launches their new signature Hydrangea Red Butterfly at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

British Garden Centres family has launched their new signature Hydrangea Red Butterfly at the 2022 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Hydrangea Red Butterfly has a wonderful colour and is named to celebrate the company’s recent logo refresh.

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British Garden Centres are helping children’s charity Greenfingers Exhibit at the 2022 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Greenfingers and the British Garden Centres Group have announced that they will be attending the RHS Chelsea Flower Show as Exhibitors.

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Hatton Makes it a HAT-trick for British Garden Centres!

British Garden Centres, the family-owned, Lincolnshire-based garden centre business has made it a hat- trick of new centres this year with their taking over of Hatton Garden Centre in Warwickshire this week.

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Public Relations Contact: 

Please email any press, social, or marketing enquiries to Cassie King, PR Officer at the email below:

pr@britishgardencentres.com