As Green-tech put the BRAKE on employee driving

2019 was a very busy year for Green-tech, who attended 48 trade shows, awards ceremonies and exhibitions. The events were located all over the UK, ranging from the company’s home town of Harrogate to further afield in London, Edinburgh and Cornwall. Read more

Are you ready to go ‘Monte Carlo or Bust’ for Greenfingers?

If you have a team of willing participants and a weekend spare, then the Bust Rallies’ Monte Carlo or Bust banger rally could be the perfect adventure. What’s even better, the Greenfingers charity has been granted 10 places for this fabulous event. Read more

Monte Carlo (Monaco)

Brimsmore Gardens helps The Hub ‘green up’ for RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme

The Hub, a Yeovil-based service for vulnerable adults across Dorset and Somerset, has received high praise in the RHS’s It’s Your Neighbourhood initiative, a non-competitive scheme for community groups wanting to ‘green up’ their local area. Read more

The Hub trainees visiting the team at Brimsmore Gardens in Yeovil.

The Garden Re-Leaf Day Sponsored Walk & Cycle Challenge has a new home

The annual Garden Re-Leaf Day Sponsored Walk and Cycle Challenge have become an integral part of the Garden Re-Leaf activities, and this year the event will be finding itself a new home within the heart of the Chilterns. Read more

Over the bridge!

Zest 4 Leisure presents cheque for nearly £18,000 to two children's hospices

Zest 4 Leisure has celebrated a year of fundraising by presenting a cheque for £17,982.55 to the Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith Children’s Hospices. Read more

Zest 4 Leisure presents cheque for nearly £18,000

Askham Bryan College students join Green-tech for National Tree Planting Week

To celebrate National Tree Planting Week, Green-tech invited eight Level 2 Arboriculture students from Askham Bryan College to their premises in North Yorkshire for a practical tree planting session. Read more

The students from Askhham Bryan College withe some of the Green-tech staff

Dobbies to consider float in a year or so UPDATED

Dobbies says that its underlying sales are around £300m after acquisitions and 5% like for like growth. Chairman Andrew Bracey says it will look to float on the Stock Exchange “in a year or so”. Read more

Encouraging garden centre tree sales
during National Tree Week

As part of this week’s National Tree Week activities (23 November – 1 December), the HTA has partnered with The Tree Council and the Daily Mail to use the National Garden Gift Voucher scheme to encourage tree sales through HTA member businesses. Read more

2019, The Year Of Greener Growing

The Hawkesmill Nurseries team know just how important it is to make a firm commitment to their customers of offering eco-friendly trays and pots for their plants and combines traditional heritage with the modern needs of today when it comes to 'green' growing innovations for their plants. Read more

Greenfingers Charity to work with Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People

Greenfingers Charity, the only UK charity that designs and builds gardens in children’s hospices, has designated much needed funds to extend and update the Remembrance Garden at Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People in the East Midlands. Read more

Rainbows Hospice Rememberance Garden Scene

Ties on for Tim again as Mr Fothergill’s Seeds raises money for BBC Children in Need

Once again, the team at Mr Fothergill’s Seeds have donned their finest ties to help raise money for BBC Children in Need - an idea which came about as Tim Jeffries, Mr Fothergill’s Commercial Director is the last and only person to ever wear a tie in the office! Read more

Mr Fothergill's UK showing off their ties

Deco-Pak’s Craig Hall remembers Greenfingers on his wedding day

It was a case of “something borrowed, something green” for Deco-Pak’s Craig Hall at his recent wedding as he and his new wife, Debbie, raised over £1,200 for Greenfingers Charity thanks to generous donations from guests and families. Read more

Deco-Pak’s Craig Hall and his new wife, Debbie at his recent wedding.

The Nation’s Favourite Gardens – winners announced

Coton Manor Garden in Northamptonshire has been named the Nation’s Favourite Garden to visit. Read more

Coton Manor in Northamptonshire

Perth wins RHS Britain in Bloom 2019

The Scottish city of Perth has been awarded top prize and crowned ‘Champion of Champions’ in the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) 55th annual Britain in Bloom community gardening competition. Read more

Beautiful Perth volunteers and the heather collection (credit: RHS / Julie Howden)

Zest 4 Leisure smashes charity fundraising target!

Zest 4 Leisure is proud to announce that its employees have raised over £15,000 for Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith, the company’s chosen charity for 2019. Read more

GCA Conference 2020 - Book now!

Our conference is attended by a majority of our garden centre members; therefore, it is the ideal opportunity to meet new and existing customers and speak to the decision makers. Read more

Squire’s employees rewarded for making a difference… and for saving Christmas!

Squire’s Garden Centres has rewarded some of their employees for making a difference to the business. Read more

Squire’s 2019 “Made A Difference” winners.

Decco owner in £46m deal with TP

Newbury Investments (UK), owner of garden trade distributor Decco, has bought Primaflow F&P from Travis Perkins for £46m. Read more

Squire’s counters loneliness with Chatter & Natter tables

Squire’s has introduced Chatter & Natter tables at each garden centre to cheer up the lonely months of January and February. Read more

Review of 2019

Here is a summary of the news stories published on Gardenforum during 2019:  Wyevale disintegration and the expansion of other groups, the environment, supplier consolidation and people in the news.  This review is open to all. Read more

Soft Play raises money for Children’s Charity

Squire’s Garden Centres in Shepperton has donated £2,889 to the Charley Paige Trust. Squire’s gave 20% of the profits from their Buzzy Bumbles soft play hive to the charity. Read more

Buzzy Bumbles soft play at Squire’s Shepperton

Perrywood launches local treeplanting initiative

Perrywood Garden Centre has joined Marks Hall Gardens & Arboretum and REco Store to set up a programme to encourage schools and all people in the area to plant trees as part of National tree week. Read more

Inaugural Elm stand planted as Hillier Trees ‘Re-elms the British Countryside’

A number of Staffordshire dignitaries and guests from across the horticultural industry celebrated as a stand of 20 elm trees was planted at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. This event marked the first official planting as part of Hillier Trees’ campaign; ‘re-elming the British countryside’.  Read more

Philippa Rawlinson, MD of the National Memorial Arboretum, & Adam Dunnett, Amenity Sales Director at

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity funds grow by over £11,000

The sale of one of Vitax’s leading gardening products has helped to grow the funds of a national charity by over £11,000. Read more

L-r: Kate Billingham Wilson, Paul Gooding & Mark Butler.

Frank P Matthews growing trees for Japanese ‘Sakura’ Project

An exciting new collaboration between Frank P Matthews and The Japanese Sakura Project aims to plant thousands of Japanese Flowering Cherries across Britain over the next two years. Read more

Prunus Beni Yutaka

Sara raises £1,599 for Bristol homeless charity

A Despatch and Stock Controller at one of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries in Hereford took part in a sleep out last Thursday (November 14, 2019) and helped raise £1,599.89 for a homeless charity. Read more

Sara Bowie - Wyevale Nurseries

Festive support available from Perennial this Christmas

Support for people in horticulture who are feeling the festive strain is available from Perennial this Christmas. Help with Christmas food and presents for children who would otherwise go without can be requested online. No-one should feel alone or unsupported at Christmas. Be a festive friend this year by telling colleagues and clients about Perennial.  Read more

Greenfingers celebrates another superb fundraising dinner

Late last week (Thursday, 31st October) friends and supporters of Greenfingers Charity came together for another wonderful night of celebrations and vital fundraising at the charity’s annual FUNdraising dinner. Read more

L-r: Imelda Staunton, Vicky Nuttall, Kimberley Hornby, Matthew Mein & Jim Carter.

Work starts on Laylocks garden centre

Work has commenced at Laylocks Garden Centre near Worcester, where a 470m² extension is under construction.

  Read more

Greenfingers ‘Nest & Rest’ garden opens at Grace House, Sunderland

A new Greenfingers Charity therapeutic garden at Grace House, Sunderland was officially opened by the Mayor of Sunderland on Monday (21st October). This inspiring new garden will provide a peaceful place for relaxation and enjoyment for the seriously ill children and their families that call Grace House ‘home’ Read more

Grace House officially opens Greenfingers garden

To see earlier stories - Look in the News Archive