Richard Sandbrook joins Katie Blake Garden Furniture

Richard Sandbrook a well known character for over 20 years in the Garden Furniture sector joins Glencrest Seatex and Katie Blake as Product Development Manager. Read more

Richard Sandbrook

New president for AEA

Mark Ormond, Managing Director of SAME Deutz-Fahr UK, takes over the annual presidency of the Agricultural Engineers Association. During his speech at this year’s annual conference, Mark highlighted the importance the AEA will be to its members as we head on our path out of the EU. Read more

AEA President - Mark Ormond

SGD appoints Chief Operating Officer

The Society of Garden Designers has appointed Craig Moyes as its Chief Operating Officer, effective from 20 April 2017. Read more

Craig Moyes

Celebrity gardeners Nick Bailey and Jim Buttress to appear at Blenheim Palace Flower Show 2017

Nick Bailey, Head Gardener at Chelsea Physic Garden, London, and Jim Buttress, The People’s Gardener, have joined the celebrity line-up for the Blenheim Palace Flower Show 2017. Read more

Nick Bailey

Masterchef 2016 winner, Jane Devonshire, to speak at HTA Catering Conference Dinner

Reigning Masterchef champion, Jane Devonshire, will be the speaker at this year’s HTA Catering Conference dinner which takes at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield in June. Read more

Reigning Masterchef champion, Jane Devonshire

Vitax appoints new sales manager

Vitax, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of garden and horticultural products, has appointed a new sales manager to help drive future sales and expand into new markets. Read more

L-R: Daniel Wilkinson, MD, Mark Butler, new sales manager & Colin Wetherley-Mein, sales manager.

DCF invests £8,500 in students of horticulture

Eight students studying horticulture have been awarded £8,500 worth of scholarships by the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF). Read more

Notcutts celebrates staff ‘heroes’

Notcutts, the family-owned garden centre business, has hosted an annual conference and awards dinner to recognise team and business achievements as it celebrates its 120th anniversary. Read more

Notcutts Annual Conference and Awards 2017

Two garden centre staff sponsored for IGCA Congress

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) Trust has announced this month (March, 2017) that not one but two candidates this year will go to the International Garden Centre Association (IGCA) Congress. Read more

(Left to right) Liz Dowling, Brand Manager with Tammy Woodhouse, Managing Director of Millbrook Gard

Student wins SWGS Sponsored Scholarship
in DCF Scholarship Season

Student, George Laws, has won a David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) Sponsored Scholarship. George, who is studying Horticulture BSc at Writtle College in Chelmsford, Essex, received the £1,500 South West Growers Show Sponsored Scholarship. Read more

George Laws, South West Growers Show Sponsored Scholarship

Smart Garden announces 2016 Sales Awards

Following an outstanding year in 2016, Smart Garden Products rewarded and recognised the great efforts of their sales force for their considerable contribution to the growth of its business. The winning Sales Team, for the second consecutive year, is ARC Southern Ltd for its fantastic achievement in the South-eastern territory. Read more

Sales team of the Year - Arc Southern

Paulina Rzeszotarska added to Mr Fothergill's marketing team

Paulina Rzeszotarska has joined Mr Fothergill’s as Retail Marketing Executive. She comes to the Suffolk seedsman, to work on the Mr Fothergill’s brand, from the toy manufacturer Schleich UK where she was Marketing Administrator. Read more

Paulina Rzeszotarska

Lifetime Achievement award for Paul Brooking

A Lifetime Achievement award has been presented to Paul Brooking, sales manager and front man for Quality Ornamentals, who retires at the end of the month. Read more

Paul Brooking

Garden retailing loses one of its innovators

Chris Milan former owner of Woodcote Green Nurseries in Wallington, Surrey has died. He was 57. Read more

Chris Milan

Nigel Gibson receives RHS Long Service Medal for 40 years of service to Horticulture

The Provender Nurseries team are over the moon to have celebrated Nigel Gibson's 40 years in Horticulture yesterday. 40 years – now that is something to celebrate. Read more

(L-r) Richard Burt, Richard McKenna, Nigel Gibson, Sheliagh & Chris Lanem, Tom Norris & Jude Lawton.

Plant hunter Ben attends California Spring Trials

A member of staff at one of the UK’s leading nurseries in Hereford has recently just got back from attending the California Spring Trials in the USA. Ben Gregory, Product Development Manager at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, visited 12 nurseries in the country searching for some unusual plants and building relationships with breeders and growers. Read more

Ben Gregory, Product Development Manager at Wyevale Nurseries

Wyevale appoints a new Retail Operations Director

Wyevale Garden Centres have announced the appointment of a new retail operations director. David Anderson will join the group at the beginning of May. Read more

David Anderson

Richard Pitman to host dinner at GIMA charity golf and activity day

Celebrated jump jockey, Richard Pitman, is to host this year's charity golf and activity day dinner at Telford Hotel and Golf Resort on June 8th. Read more

Richard pitman

Haskins Garden Centre celebrates successful staff and makes 33 promotions 

In the last year, Haskins Garden Centre has promoted 33 of its employees working at its centres across Dorset, Hampshire and West Sussex. Read more

Staff group photo from success day.

Luke Murphy appointed as Glee’s new Senior Marketing Executive

A familiar face amongst Glee’s marketing team has reason to celebrate as they become the show’s new permanent Senior Marketing Executive.  Read more

Luke Murphy, Glee Senior Marketing Executive

Stuart Staples joins Westland to drive innovation in the lawncare

Stuart Staples has joined Westland as Head of Technical for Lawns, to lead its innovation push. Read more

Stuart Staples

Prestigious RHS Victoria Medal of Honour Awarded to Nick Dunn

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has awarded its highest honour, the Victoria Medal of Honour (VMH) to Nick Dunn, Managing Director of Frank P Matthews, for his service to the horticultural industry for over 40 years. Read more

Nick Dunn

Hillier Nurseries restructures wholesale team

Hillier Nurseries announces a new sales team, following a recent restructure, part of an on-going development programme across Hillier Wholesale Nurseries. Read more

Charlotte Hasker

Student wins BPOA - Peter Seabrook Bursary in DCF Scholarship Season

Student, Gabor Lukoviczki, has won a David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) Sponsored Scholarship. Gabor, who is studying at Myerscough College in Preston, Lancashire, received the £1,000 British Protected Ornamentals Association (BPOA) - Peter Seabrook Bursary. Read more

Gabor Lukoviczki

GIMA announces new council

The Garden Industry Manufacturers’ Association’s AGM took place on 23rd March at Horticulture House, Oxfordshire with over 80 members in attendance. Read more

The GIMA Council 2017

Perennial appoints Peter Newman as CEO

Peter Newman, currently Chief Executive of children’s charity Dreams Come True, joins Perennial as Chief Executive in May 2017 following the retirement of Richard Capewell. Read more

Peter Newman

Garden Re-Leaf – where the money goes

“Garden Re-Leaf Day was a really good event with lots of new people taking part,” said Linda Petrons, head of fundraising at the Greenfingers charity. See pictures and stories and see where the money goes. Read more

Guests at Robin House on the new Pirate Ship

Carol Paris is to leave the HTA

The HTA has announced that CEO, Carol Paris, will be leaving at the end of April to move on to new challenges. Read more

Carol Paris

Scottish Horticultural Medal awarded to Stan Green

The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society’s (RCHS) Scottish Horticultural Medal has been awarded to Past President of the Horticultural Trades Association, Stan Green, for services to Scottish Horticulture. Read more

Stan Green (left) receiving the Scottish Horticultural Medal.

Merzario team cycles for Greenfingers

5 staff from Merzario Ltd (Freight forwarder based in Ongar) will cycle approx 150 miles from London to Amsterdam to raise money for Greenfingers Charity. Read more

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