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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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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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British Garden Centres launch the Butterfly 

This week British Garden Centres launched their new logo and, as we head into spring, the centres across the group will be proudly displaying this new logo – a lovely red butterfly.

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British Garden Centres make it to 60

It has been a busy few weeks for the team at British Garden Centres (BGC) with them announcing today the arrival of the groups 60th garden centre. Trebaron Garden Centre in Lancashire, and team, joined the BGC family on Friday 4th March 2022.

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Greenfingers and British Garden Centres to attend Chelsea Flower Show 2022

The Greenfingers Charity has confirmed that it will be exhibiting at the forthcoming RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 24th – 28th) thanks to British Garden Centres.

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The Stubbs Family Dynasty 

Charles and Robert Stubbs are the directors and owners of The British Garden Centres Group, which has 60 garden centres in the UK. The brothers have been in the gardening business since the 1970s, but their roots in horticulture and agriculture in the Lincolnshire Wolds go back much further.

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Woodborough Green Garden Centre becomes our 59th centre

The team at British Garden Centres (BGC) are delighted to announce the arrival of the group's 59th garden centre. Timmermans Garden Centre of Woodborough, Nottingham, and team, joined the BGC family on Monday 14th February 2022. As with all the centres in the group, this centre will also carry a local name so will be renamed Woodborough Green Garden Centre.

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The UK's largest family-led garden centre group 

The British Garden Centres Group (BGC) are the largest family-owned and led garden centre operator in the UK, with 60 centres across the country.

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British Garden Centres family grows and grows

In March 2021, British Garden Centres launched their new Family Card, a place for loyal and supportive customers to receive news, exclusive offers, vouchers, and priority access to events across the firm’s 60 centres.

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A year of success for British Garden Centres

2021 was a fantastic year for the British Garden Centres group, with millions of people across the country continuing to develop their newfound passion for gardening since lockdown 1. The industry truly thrived and so did the family-led group. Some incredible sales numbers came out of 2021, even with the restaurants being closed for five months.

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British Garden Centres multi-million-pound investment 

British Garden Centres is growing at a rapid rate, and as of March 2022, they have 60 garden centres in the family-led group. Since 2018, British Garden Centres has acquired 50 garden centres across the country, making the group the second-largest garden centre group in Britain.

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Woodthorpe Leisure Park win exclusive awards in 2021

Woodthorpe Leisure Park, based in Lincolnshire, has won the prestigious Hoseasons Diamond Award and the Relax & Explore Award for the East of England 2021. This past year has been a triumphant success for the leisure park and these awards are a testament to that.

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British Garden Centres donates £25,000 in gifts to children’s hospices

This Christmas British Garden Centres launched a new initiative to raise money and deliver incredibly large Christmas packages to children’s hospices in the UK. The carefully curated collection of items will bring the hospice gardens to life through the winter and beyond.

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British Isle grown Christmas trees at British Garden Centres

As the festive season is nearing, it is time to think about your Christmas Tree. By the end of November, all British Garden Centres will have a wide variety of incredible freshly cut Christmas trees, which have all been grown in the British Isles.

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