The Garden Centre Group

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The Garden Centre Group Trading Limited
Type Private
Industry Gardening
Founded 1960
Headquarters Syon Park, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
Products Garden centres
Owner(s) Terra Firma
Website www.thegardencentregroup.co.uk

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.

It was voted 'Best Garden Centre 2009' in an online poll by Gardeners' World Magazine.[1]

The group now owns 17 of the "Garden Retail Top 100" individual centres by turnover, including nine in the top 40.[2]

History[edit]

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.[3] In 2009, the name was changed to The Garden Centre Group.[4] In March 2012, it was sold to Terra Firma[5]

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.[6]

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