June 2013: Gilbert Evans acted as advisor to the Barton Grange Group on the sale of its Bolton Garden Centre to The Garden Centre Group. The Barton Grange Group has retained its other garden centre and nursery businesses within the Group.

Mike Gilbert, partner at Gilbert Evans comments on the deal “This is the first acquisition that The Garden Centre Group has made since it was bought by Terra Firma last year and brings the total of its garden centres up to 130. This transaction provides yet more evidence of the continuing demand for successful, well-run centres”.

Kevin Bradshaw, Chief Executive of The Garden Centre Group, said: “We are delighted to have acquired Bolton Garden Centre and to be integrating this great property and team into our Group. Our garden centres have a reputation for outstanding plant quality and we look forward to expanding the range and quality of plants at Bolton as well as offering membership of The Gardening Club to all our new customers. This acquisition further strengthens our position as the largest plant- and garden-focused retailer in the UK.”