The Garden Centre Group
|Headquarters||Syon Park, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom|
The Garden Centre Group, formerly Wyevale Garden Centres, is a chain of 140 garden centres in the United Kingdom. The Group encompasses Blooms, Country Gardens, Bridgemere, Heighley Gate, Jack's Patch, Old Barn, Sanders, Woodlands and Wyevale, as well as many smaller centres like Syon Park.
The group now owns 17 of the "Garden Retail Top 100" individual centres by turnover, including nine in the top 40.
The company started as a mail-order nursery operated by the Williamson family in the 1930s in Hereford and in 1967 opened the first Wyevale Garden Centre on Kings Acre Road. In 1987, it became a PLC and was listed on the London Stock Exchange. In February 2009, following the collapse of the Icelandic investment company Baugur Group who had a large stake in the firm, the Bank of Scotland became the majority owner of the firm in a debt-for-equity deal. In 2009, the name was changed to The Garden Centre Group. In March 2012, it was sold to Terra Firma
The Group encompasses Blooms, Country Gardens, Bridgemere, Heighley Gate, Jack's Patch, Old Barn, Sanders, Woodlands, Wyevale and most recently the Garden & Leisure Group, as well as many smaller centres like Syon Park. The Group has changed the external signage on most of the garden centres back to their original names.
- News - Wyevale Group now under Bank of Scotland control
- Wyevale rebrands to return to its roots - RetailWeek
- Terra Firma buys Garden Centre in £276m deal - FT.com
- Wyevale rebrands to return to its roots | The People Pod