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Dungannon horticultural firm Westland rescues Gardman from collapse

Dungannon fertiliser maker Westland Horticulture has acquired the Gardman Group in England
Gary McDonald Business Editor

WESTLAND Horticulture in Dungannon has acquired bird-care group Gardman, one Europe's leading consumer garden product firms, and taken it out of administration.

The purchase, which was made for an undisclosed sum, includes all trading assets, stock, infrastructure and Gardman brands, which include Cole and Bright, Grow It, Moulton Mill and Gardman Wild bird care.

The acquisition will bring much-needed stability to customers and staff at Spalding-headquartered Gardman business, which had previously been rescued from collapse in 2013.

Westland, which owns garden brands including Gro-Sure compost, Peckish bird food and Aftercut lawn fertiliser, is a giant in its sector, with sales of £131 million and profits of £8 million last year.

Its managing director Edward Conroy said: “We've always believed that Gardman is an important part of the gardening landscape, and we are committed to maintaining this for the long term.

“Gardman is fundamentally a strong business with good products. Our focus is to work together with all customers to make the transition simple and clear to all. It is imperative that in the coming days we keep our lines of communication open with customers and stakeholders alike."

He added: "Westland is focused on delivering a strong future for Gardman categories which can only thrive from being part of the Westland family. For now, it's very much business as usual for all concerned.”

The purchase of Gardman provides the opportunity to put a greater focus on core gardening by joining together the product strengths in Westland and Crest with those of Gardman.

The growth of wildlife, the increased interest in the outdoor space and the opportunity to re-energise propagation and growing were factors in purchasing the business.

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