REVEALED: Horticulture Week's Top 150 Garden Centres 2019

The 2019/20 annual Horticulture Week Top 150 Garden Centres Report shows how the break-up of Wyevale has changed the look of Britain’s garden retail landscape.

While the selling off of Wyevale has split the industry, with about 40 different businesses buying centres, almost two-thirds have been bought by three groups. In many ways, the sector is in flux, waiting to settle down after a year of massive upheaval.

Blue Diamond, Dobbies and British Garden Centres have bought around 70 Wyevales between them, and most make this list. All three companies expect turnover uplifts at their new centres, with Blue Diamond, having bought its first Wyevales from Terra Firma in July 2018, already seeing large gains of up to 60% after refurbishments.

Turnover at the three big players could reach more than £500m when their new sites are developed, at least £200m more than Wyevale was at its peak, but operating from about 15 fewer centres. What has happened is bigger players have bought bigger centres with more potential and that means this list is set to vastly increase in cumulative value in the next year or two. 

In 2018, the threshold to get in the top 100 rose from £4.27m to £4.41m. This year, the list is expanded to show how groups are increasing in size, with entry levels around £3.5m for the top 150 centres.

TOP TEN

1 Longacres Bagshot
Bagshot, Surrey
Turnover £24m (2018: £23.5m)

2 Bents Garden & Home
Glazebury, Warrington, Cheshire
Turnover £22.4m (£21.6m)

3 Dobbies Woodcote Green
Wallington, Surrey
Turnover £17.2m (2017: £17.2m)

4 Webbs, Wychbold
Wychbold, Worcestershire
Turnover £15.4m (£14.5m)

5= Scotsdales Garden Centre
Cambridge
Turnover £14.3m (£14.3m)

5= Barton Grange
Preston, Lancashire
Turnover £14.3m (£14.3m)

7 Van Hage Great Amwell
Hertfordshire
Turnover £12.28m (£12.5m)

8 Burford Garden Company
Oxfordshire
Turnover £12.02m (£11.39m)

9 Otter Nurseries
Ottery St Mary, Devon
Turnover £11.9m (£11.9m)

10 Ruxley Manor
Sidcup, Kent
Turnover £11.77m (£10.23m)

Any comments on this year's Top 100 ranking are welcome via email to matthew.appleby@haymarket.com.

TOP 150 GARDEN CENTRES 2019 FULL REPORT & ANALYSIS

The ranking details the individual UK garden centres that have recorded the highest turnovers. It does not include VAT and concession income. The Full Report offers an in-depth analysis of the market and drawing on our garden retail industry-exclusive research, including:

* Insight into each of the top 150 listed garden centres
* Analysis of the leading sites by group, region and geographical location
* Information on key personnel, the biggest risers in the ranking, up-and-coming garden centres currently outside the ranking
* Analysis and comparison of this year's Top 150 results with previous years
* Insight into centres recognised as leaders in the field and more.

The full ranking and report are available to HW subscribers only. To find out more about a Horticulture Week subscription, click here.

 


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