Haskins Garden Centre celebrates 25 years since opening of Ferndown centre

Haskins Garden Centre celebrates 25 years since opening of Ferndown centre

The popular garden centre in Dorset is celebrating its 25th anniversary, having officially opened its doors in March 1994. Chairman Warren Haskins is also celebrating 50 years in the business, after taking over the family retail nursery in 1969.

The family-run garden centre group has grown from the humble beginnings of a small market garden in Coy Pond in Branksome, to operating four popular centres located across Dorset, Hampshire and West Sussex. The business has grown from a turnover of £17,000 in 1969 to a multi-million pound turnover and from employing seven people in 1969 to employing over 600 people.

Warren Haskins, chairman of Haskins Garden Centres, commented: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in making the Ferndown centre the success story that it is today. When we opened the doors to our Ferndown centre, more than ten times the amount of people we expected to, turned up.

“Over the years, Haskins has ridden the humps of recession and I put our continued success down to the fact we have never and will not rest on our laurels.”

Haskins was founded in 1882 by Harry James Haskins, the great grandfather of Warren. Warren decided to open a small garden centre shop at Trickett’s Cross in Ferndown and moved to the site at Longham in 1994 to accommodate for the company’s growing popularity. This new 10-acre site and £4 million development, offered an extensive range of plants and gardening accessories, 560 parking spaces and a 230-seater restaurant.

Three generations of the Haskins family cut the ribbon on the day the Ferndown centre officially opened – Warren, his mother, and Warren’s three children, aged 10, 11 and 14. Fast forward to 2019 and the Ferndown restaurant now seats 530 people.

The very first member of staff that Warren employed in 1969 was Richard Tite, who took on the role of Production Manager. Richard was eventually appointed a Director of the Company and remains close friends with Warren.

Warren added: “Gardening remains the biggest single recreational pursuit in the country and so we’re hoping to acquire a fifth garden centre in the near future, but in the meantime will continue to focus on the development of our Snowhill centre which is currently being redeveloped and will open in spring 2020. The business constantly impresses me with what it achieves.”

Haskins Garden Centre is located in Ferndown, Dorset. Visit www.haskins.co.uk for more information.


Dolphin Shopping Centre supports Mental Health Awareness Week to create lasting change

Dolphin Shopping Centre supports Mental Health Awareness Week to create lasting change

The Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week, organised by the Mental Health Foundation, to help drive conversations on mental health.

Mental Health Awareness Week (Monday May 13 – Sunday May 19) is a campaign that aims to raise awareness about mental health issues. This year’s theme is ‘Body Image’ and as part of the campaign, the Dolphin will be welcoming the NHS to the centre.

The NHS will be prominently positioned in the centre, outside Marks & Spencer, and will have its own exhibition stand for the entire week. Retailers in the centre will also be encouraged to take leaflets to hand out to customers while they are shopping.

Rebecca Ledden, assistant psychologist at Poole Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, commented: “We are looking forward to visiting the Dolphin Shopping Centre next week to help encourage mental health conversations and to raise awareness by doing so.

“The majority of the team working on this campaign are clinicians from Poole Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. We have a range of clinicians that will be available to talk to, including our mental health nurses, assistant psychologists, CBT therapists, wellbeing practitioners and many more. Other teams will also be joining us, including other CAMHS teams, members of our inpatient CAMHS team and liaison psychiatry.”

The NHS will be hosting a variety of activities throughout the week based around Mental Health Awareness Week, as well as handing out self-help information sheets, leaflets for community services, information about CAMHS and information about the ‘Body Image’ theme. The team will also be encouraging positive affirmations amongst shoppers and handing out sweets.

John Grinnell, centre manager at the Dolphin Shopping Centre, commented: “We want to encourage our shoppers to feel open to discussing mental health issues and any difficulties they may be facing. We hope that by welcoming the NHS to our centre and getting involved with the UK’s awareness campaign drive, we will help open up conversations on mental health and body image to create lasting change.

“The ‘Body Image’ theme focuses on how we feel and think about our bodies. Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time, and this campaign, organised by the Mental Health Foundation, aims to reach more people than ever.

“Our support of this campaign has been encouraged by Legal & General, owners of the centre, as part of its focus on social values and we’re more than happy to show our support and encourage shoppers to feel open to talking about mental health issues.”

Last year the Mental Health Foundation found that 30 per cent of all adults have felt stressed by body image and appearance and therefore felt overwhelmed and unable to cope. This equates to almost one in every three people. Mental Health Awareness Week aims to campaign for positive change and introduce tools to help improve the nation’s relationship with body image.

For more information about the Dolphin Shopping Centre, visit www.dolphinshoppingcentre.co.uk

Haskins Garden Centres announce the return of bloomin’ popular Rose Festival

Haskins Garden Centres announce the return of bloomin’ popular Rose Festival

Leading garden centre group, Haskins Garden Centres, is delighted to announce the return of its Rose Festival at all four of its centres, from Thursday May 16 to Thursday July 25.

Haskins’ Rose Festival celebrates one of the UK’s favourite flowers, showcasing the vast amount of colours, varieties and versatility of roses. During the festival, there will be several exclusive campaigns, including:

  • Limited availability of the exclusive rose ‘Simply Stunning’ – 120 roses (30 per centre) will be available on a first come first served basis.
  • Pre-launch access to ‘Special Day’ from Saturday June 1, available for 2 weeks prior to being made available nationally.
  • Limited availability of the national Rose of the Year, ‘Starlight Symphony.’

In addition to these exclusive ranges, Haskins will be offering more than 200 types of roses, including Peter Beales Roses and David Austin Roses. The new Timeless Roses range will also be available from Haskins, ideal for cut flower and flower arranging.

Previous winners of Haskins’ ‘Name the Rose’ competition will also be available, including Serenity, Raspberry Delight and Amelia. These are all roses named by members of the public, which were chosen as winners of the competition and went on sale to the public at Haskins’ centres.

Lisa Looker, brand director at Haskins Garden Centres, commented: “The rose is such a versatile flower and means so many different things to people. The rose has an interesting and rich history, and according to fossil evidence could be more than 30 million years old.

“Suiting any type of garden, the rose can be grown in vast amount of colours and varieties. They remain one of the most popular flowers today because so long as they have a deep soil and lots of food, they are relatively easy to grow. Many types are also wonderfully scented, making them a perfect addition to any garden or balcony garden.”

Haskins is located in Ferndown in Dorset, West End in Southampton and Roundstone and Snowhill in West Sussex. Visit www.haskins.co.uk for more information.

Falmouth University students make do and mend with help from Weird Fish

Falmouth University students make do and mend with help from Weird Fish

Clothing brand Weird Fish has donated a mixture of woven and jersey fabric off cuts from its SS19 colour palette along with a variety of trims including zips and tapes, to Falmouth University’s Fashion Design and Textile Design students to use in their projects.

Students were also provided with offcuts of Weird Fish’s unique prints and Macaroni fabrics.

John Boddy, head of fashion design and textile design at Falmouth University, commented: “We are so grateful to Weird Fish for their kind donation of offcuts, as we have a number of students each year whose practice is centered on sustainability and upcycling, so these will certainly be put to good use.”

John Stockton, managing director at Weird Fish, said: “We’re more than happy to give back to the community we live and work in and are pleased with this collaborative effort to support the students’ creations. We look forward to seeing what they design from the offcuts as they are the designers of our future.”

The Weird Fish Falmouth store is the third store for the brand to open in Cornwall, following success in Newquay and Truro. The store is located at 47 Church Street in Falmouth.

Weird Fish boasts 15 physical stores across the country and all items are also available to buy online from www.weirdfish.co.uk.

OnBuy.com rolls out major expansion of OnBuy Deals

OnBuy.com rolls out major expansion of OnBuy Deals

The UK’s fastest-growing online marketplace, OnBuy.com, has unveiled an extensive revamp and enhancement of OnBuy Deals – the next bold step in its plans to disrupt the marketplace giants.

Regular visitors to OnBuy will discover a complete overhaul to its Deals page and how deals are featured on the site. Designed to make deals even easier to browse, OnBuy Deals now showcases a wider choice of products available at impressively discounted prices. In addition, a monthly Deals newsletter and a ‘Deal of the Week’ feature across OnBuy’s social pages are being implemented to bring OnBuy Deals to the attention of a much wider audience.

The revamp is just the tip of the iceberg, for the UK-based company has announced an entire strategic shift in approach by bringing OnBuy Deals to greater prominence within its business strategy. OnBuy Deals is supported by OnBuy’s dedicated team, working with sellers to maximise the choice and number of deals. In addition, the team is initiating a series of robust marketing initiatives to grow awareness of the exceptional deals offered through the OnBuy site.

Founder and managing director of OnBuy, Cas Paton, said: “Thanks to OnBuy’s low fees, our sellers can price their products much more competitively than on other online marketplaces.

“The revamp of OnBuy Deals serves to make these products even more accessible, enabling a greater number of buyers to enjoy the huge savings only available through OnBuy.”

The move is part of an ambitious expansion plan from OnBuy, planning to revolutionise online retail across the UK launch into 140 countries by 2022.

Visit www.onbuy.com/gb/deals for further information on the latest OnBuy Deals.