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Van Hage own three garden centres in the UK. The branches are at Chenies, Great Amwell and Peterborough.

They have been in the horticultural business from 1953 when Mr and Mrs Van Hage opened up a plant nursery in Broxbourne, only a mile or two away from the current Great Amwell garden centre.

The real business started in 1968 when the Van Hages bought an existing rose nursery at Great Amwell and redeveloped the site completely.

Their timing was perfect because the gardening business in the UK was undergoing a transformation. Selling containerised plants, an idea copied from the Americans, was taking off and the Van Hage garden centre exploited this to the full.

The next development came in 1996 when Van Hage bought a smaller garden centre in Chenies. In 2010 the latest Van Hage garden centre was opened in Peterborough on the Peterborough Garden Park shopping complex. Initially this was a disaster because the traffic jams caused by the opening of the complex affected the customer numbers at the Van Hage Garden Centre.

Memories are short however and the Peterborough branch of Van Hage has turned out to be a crowd puller once more. All three Van Hage Garden Centres are listed below with links to our impartial reviews of the plants, the cafes and the other facilities offered by each Van Hage garden centre.

Van Hage Chenies

Van Hage Great Amwell, Ware

Van Hage Peterborough

LATEST VAN HAGE NEWS
29 July 2011
Business is suffering badly at the Van Hage Garden centres with Group Retail Director Martin Taylor commenting "..the last ten weeks trading have been the worst that anyone can remember". Redundancies are certain, it's only the number which are not clear at the moment

Cut backs, and serious ones, are also being implemented immediately. For starters, the floristry departments at both of its garden centres are to close. Other cut backs are also in the pipeline.

After a good April, almost all garden centres have reported bad results for May and June. Van Hage are the first of the larger garden centres to report such a dramatic reaction to the downturn of the last two months.

Financially, matters were already going downhill in 2010 with losses of 451,000, Results for 2011 looks like providing even larger losses.

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