Blooms pulls out of RHS shows

Change of direction for chain following Wyevale buyout.

Wyevale-owned Blooms of Bressingham has pulled out of RHS shows for the next year at least. Gloucester-based ornamental plant producer RA Meredith & Sons, which supplies plants and designs Blooms of Bressingham’s displays, will not be taking part in any more shows this year due to increasing pressure on nursery operations. Exhibit builder Chic Bowman said from his stand at Chelsea this week that the company would miss BBC Gardeners’ World Live and the Tatton Park and Hampton Court shows. He said he had been building show stands for 45 years so it would be the “end of an era”. Wyevale Garden Centres, which bought Blooms last month, will continue to exhibit non-plant products on its own stand at shows. L West Coast Capital (WCC) has increased its share in Dobbies to 10.6 per cent. WCC, a consortium including entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter and Icelandic investor Baugur, owns Wyevale and Blooms. Dobbies is seen as a good geographical fit with those operations.

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