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Garden centres react to the sale of Gardman We asked garden centre bosses for their reaction to the latest Westland acquisition. Neil Gow, Fresh @ Burcot Garden Centre They will have their work cut out but if anybody can do it then the team at Westland can. The demise of Gardman is just another example of outsiders thinking we are an unsophisticated ‘straw in the mouth’ bunch of oiks that they can show a thing or two. In reality we understand the seasons and how they influence everything we do. How many more times will we see this in both the supply and garden retail sector? Alan Roper, Blue Diamond Funnily enough I said to Edward Conroy, why doesn’t he buy Gardman, so he must have had the idea in his mind. It makes sense as Westland have been successfully branching out into other gardening categories such as tools and watering in recent years. There is a gap in the market for a Gardman rebirth and I am sure Westland will execute a good range of new gardening products and brands under this new umbrella over time. Julian Winfield, Haskins Westland buying Gardman is good as it maintains competition in the product categories that they trade in. Westland have a history of building a strong business and I am sure that they will do this with Gardman.

Simon Bourne, Perrywood I was very surprised to see the news about Gardman but it makes sense. Lots of people have said that now Westland are too big and too powerful but I don’t see it that way. Gardman’s performance over the past two years has been dreadful so to be owned by a company known for getting things done is surely good news for the industry. It will be interesting to see how it develops over the next few weeks/months in terms of the sales teams for Westland, Crest and Gardman. We have excellent relationships with all three and look forward to doing more business with them into 2019.

Nigel Wallis, Baytree Garden Centre As for Westland, good on them. It would have been a shame to lose one of the key suppliers to our trade, even though they have struggled to supply anything this year, with or without the fire. Peter Self, Whitehall Garden Centres With regards to Westland buying Gardman, it’s good news for the gardening industry and will bring stability and creativity. Justin Williams, Fron Goch The Gardman story is so sad. How the mighty fall!

What the Westland boss had to say Edward Conroy, Managing Director at Westland, said: “We have always believed that Gardman is an important part of the gardening landscape, and we are committed to maintaining this for the long term. “Gardman is fundamentally a strong business with good products. Our focus is to work together with all customers to make the transition simple and clear to all. It is imperative that we keep our lines of communication open with customers and stakeholders alike. “Westland is focused on delivering a strong future for Gardman categories which can only thrive from being part of the Westland family. For now, it’s very much business as usual for all concerned.”

Built on solid reputation Mr Fothergill’s RHS Award of Garden Merit range Launched for the 2017/18 season, the flower and vegetable seed range from Mr Fothergill’s and the RHS - built on the reputation of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit - has greatly added to the already strong RHS licensed gardening offer. Extremely well received by the garden trade and their customers alike and now stocked in over 900 retail outlets, both seed collections were developed to be the best possible range for home gardeners, involving close cooperation between the RHS and Mr Fothergill’s at every stage. The range is made up of two stands, consisting of top performing as well as traditional flower and vegetable varieties that have all received the famous Award of Garden Merit, a mark of quality awarded to plants with excellent garden performance. Each award is given only after a trial at an RHS garden and judged by a team of experts, providing gardeners with a reliable way of choosing the best selection of flowers and vegetables for the garden. The inspiring flower collection of 61 varieties includes those that have been selected from the RHS Plants for Pollinators list, maintained by RHS entomologists and

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the seed stands are eye-catching in store and display the well-known RHS logo prominently. RRPs in the range start from £1.80.

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