Squire’s customers raise over £21,300 for local charities

The fantastic Christmas grottos at Squire’s Garden Centres have helped raise £21,380.30 for numerous local charities. Squire’s customers donated this huge sum of money while visiting Santa in his grotto over the Christmas period. Read more

Holding the cheque are Andrew Jones, Laura Tough and Mark Morley from Squire’s

Service pushes Woodlodge sales over £20m

Woodlodge turnover has grown from £11.5m to over £20m in the 4 years since Michael Wooldridge took control of the business. Plus, last January, the company won the coveted cup for GCA Supplier of the Year.  Gardenforum paid him a visit. Read more

Michael Wooldridge

Sign up for game of ‘fockey’ for Greenfingers Challenge Cup

Garden centre and horticultural industry staff are this month (January, 2018) being asked to sign up for a fundraising event being held at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference. Read more

L-R)  Ian Flounders, Julian Winfield and Bob Hewitt present a cheque to John Ashley.

Garden industry mourns Paul Dye

Paul Dye, operations manager at Grovewell Garden Centre since 2014, has died at the age of 55 after a battle with cancer. Read more

Paul Dye

Five landscaping companies announced to take part in
APL Avenue competition at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2018

For the third year running, the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) return to BBC Gardeners’ World Live with the much-anticipated Show Garden competition, APL Avenue. Read more

Living Gardens ‘It’s not just about the beard’ garden which won gold on APL Avenue last year.

Volunteering in nature is good for your health!

Volunteering outdoors in the garden could boost your mental health and keep you fit and healthy, and the good news is that garden therapy charity Thrive is looking for more people to come and help at all three of its regional centres in Reading, London and Birmingham. Read more

Tina with Anthony

Stax signals declaration of intent in London area

The UK’s largest non-food wholesaler, Stax Trade Centres have recently announced the hiring of Anthony Whitehead to the position DIY Sales Executive at their Bristol Branch. Read more

Anthony Whitehead

Battery power drives Stihl’s sponsorship of Hillier at Chelsea

Stihl’s sponsorship of Hillier’s Chelsea exhibit underlines their drive to involve garden centres with the new era cordless garden tools, which will shortly be on sale at Hillier’s garden centres. Read more

APL Spring Seminar – Faking It

Following on from the success of the seminars in 2017, the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) are continuing their specialist one-day seminars held at Horticulture House, Chilton, Oxfordshire. Read more

GIMA launches new Foreign Exchange service

A recent survey undertaken by GIMA has highlighted that its members continue to feel the pressure of ever fluctuating exchange rates. In response, the trade association is pleased to announce that it is launching a new Foreign Exchange service, in conjunction with payment solutions experts, Moneycorp. Read more

Cultivating Retail – a new one-day event for retailers, suppliers and growers

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) and Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) are delighted to announce Cultivating Retail – a collaborative one-day event for retailers, suppliers and growers. Read more

Perrywood presents cheques for over £14,000 to centre’s chosen charities

On Monday 15 January, Tiptree based Perrywood presented cheques totalling a value of over £14,000 to its chosen charities at the garden centre: Mid and North Essex Mind, Marie Curie and Greenfingers. Read more

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