There are around 2,300 garden centres in the UK and financial performance of the UK garden centre market has been increasingly positive over the last six years. Gardening expenditure still grew in 2020 despite the onset of the pandemic. Online garden centre sales saw a significant pandemic related up-tick in performance over the last eighteen months and sites and brands are taking advantage of experience leisure and competitive socialising trends to increase dwell times on site. Most garden centres now have a restaurant/café offering for its customers as well as a wider range of home and garden equipment. We are also experiencing a start in the change of the traditional garden centre model of out of the town garden centre sites and seeing a number of high street brands diversify and have garden centre plants and stock as part of their high street offerings, opening up these goods to those living in cities.

Join Guy Ruddle and guests: Ian Simpson, head of leisure and trade at Savills, Amanda Blythe-Smith, director in leisure and trade team at Savills and Isla Monteith, director in the retail team at Savills discuss the changes that have been taking place in the garden centre market, changes in consumer trends and the changes in operations and consumables. They also discuss how the need for property has changed and where this may go in the future.

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