Our Chairman is retiring

The character that is Edward Way is hanging up his boots and retiring from Fordingbridge plc. Read more

Edward Way

Steve Guy rejoins Kingfisher

Steve Guy, buying director at Dobbies until earlier this year, has rejoined Kingfisher as head of outdoor sales. Read more

Boyd Douglas-Davies awarded the HTA Pearson Medal

Boyd Douglas-Davies, CEO of Hillview Garden Centres, was awarded the HTA Pearson Memorial Medal at the HTA Garden Futures dinner, which took place at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire on 4 October. This award, in memory of the HTA’s first general secretary Charles Pearson, is presented annually to an individual for outstanding service to the garden industry. Read more

HTA President Adam Taylor and Boyd Douglas-Davies

Chris Buck joins the Elho team

Elho welcomes Chris Buck to their UK sales team as representative for the Midlands. Chris joins Elho with nine years' experience in sales and customer development, previously working with the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.  Read more

Chris Buck

Hornby Whitefoot PR expands with appointment of Cassie King

The industry’s leading garden, home and lifestyle PR agency has recently welcomed a new member to the team – introducing Hornby Whitefoot PR’s new Account Director, Cassie King.

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 Hornby Whitefoot PR’s new Account Director, Cassie King.

Tony Dedman, garden product stalwart retires after 48 years in trade

After 48 years in the garden trade, Tony Dedman, operations director of Garland Products/Worth Gardening is to retire on 30th September. Tony is pictured at Glee 2017 with his son Mark, who is sales director of the company. Read more

Tony and Mark Dedman show their new Grow Pot Tower

Forest Garden put their best foot forward for charity!

Employees at Forest Garden have swapped their work shoes for welly boots today (20th September) to help raise money for charity. Read more

Nicholas Marshall joins HTA Garden Futures Conference 2017 line-up

Nicholas Marshall, CEO of Dobbies Garden Centres, has joined the line-up for the HTA Garden Futures Conference, sponsored by Hozelock, which takes place on Wednesday 4 October at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire. Read more

Nicholas Marshall, CEO of Dobbies Garden Centres

The next generation takes control at Garden Pride Marketing

This year at GLEE, Garden Pride Marketing cut the ribbon on their new look and a new team as Stephen Vincent prepares to hand over to his daughter and future Son in Law. Read more

Luke Finegan with Maxine and Stephen Vincent

New President for the HTA

Adam Taylor from Taylors Bulbs was elected as President of the HTA at the Association’s AGM which took place on 12 September at Glee. Read more

Adam Wigglesworth hands over to Adam Taylor.

Ivyline strengthen its Agency sales team following strategic review

Ivyline, the leading indoor pot specialist, have seen huge growth in the last 12 months. “Houseplants are once again very fashionable as consumers recognise the instant impact they bring to the home, as well as the well-publicised health benefits”, says James Brindle, Ivyline’s UK Sales Manager. Read more

Steven Rae

Barrus appoints new Sales & Technical Manager for Garden Division

E P Barrus Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Noble to the role of Field Sales & Technical Manager for the Garden Division. After 19 years’ service with Barrus, Phil will be stepping up from his position as Area Sales Manager. Read more

Phil Noble, Field Sales & Technical Manager for the Garden Division.

Farplants continues focus on innovation with new Trade Marketing Manager

To build upon the success of their recently released new concept ranges, The Farplants Group create a new position.  Emma Glue joins as Trade Marketing Manager and is the latest addition to the Farplants team. Read more

Emma Glue joins Farplants as Trade Marketing Manager

Decco appoints Debbie Paterson

Decco has appointed respected hardware, DIY and garden operator, Debbie Paterson as its new area sales manager in Scotland. Read more

Debbie Paterson

Simon Fraser appointed to HTA Board

Simon Fraser, Managing Director of Ben Reid & Co in Aberdeen, has been appointed to the HTA Board. Read more

Simon Fraser

Smart Garden Products appoints new Trade Marketing Manager

Smart Garden Products is delighted to announce that Caroline Holford has joined Smart Garden Products on 9th October as Trade Marketing Manager. Read more

Caroline Holford, Smart Garden Products

Carol Paris becomes a non-exec director at Briers

Carol Paris has joined Jackie Eades on the board of Briers, the UK’s leading garden glove and boot supplier, to guide it through its next phase of growth. Read more

Carol Paris and Jackie Eades

Staff long service awards at Glendoick Garden Service

Fifteen Staff at Glendoick Garden Centre were recognised for their loyalty to the business recently when they were presented with long service awards for 5, 10 and 15 years of service. Read more

Rachel's new role

Mr Fothergill’s are pleased to announce a significant promotion for long-standing and valued member of staff, Rachel Cole. With immediate effect Rachel will be promoted to the new position of Seed Buying and Quality Supervisor. Read more

Rachel Cole

Dare to be different! HTA Marketing Forum speakers announced

Never has it been more important to stand out from the crowd. On Wednesday 15 November the HTA are holding a one-day Marketing Forum at Horticulture House, Oxfordshire, aimed at all those involved in marketing and public relations in the garden industry, bringing together experts from both inside and outside the industry. Read more

Mark Davies, Whistl

After dinner talk from Tom Heap at HTA Garden Futures Conference

Broadcaster and presenter Tom Heap will be the after dinner speaker at the HTA Garden Futures dinner. Tom, who is the BBC Rural Affairs correspondent, is well known for presenting programmes including BBC Radio 4’s Costing the Earth, Panorama and BBC Countryfile. He will enlighten delegates with tales from his journalistic and broadcasting career. Read more

Broadcaster and presenter Tom Heap.

Stax rising star advances to pivotal sales position

After joining Stax Trade Centres just two years ago, Marie Rossi has been promoted from Seasonal Section Manager to the field based role of Sales Representative, looking after key garden centre clients across Scotland. Read more

Marie Rossi has been promoted to the field based role of Sales Representative.

Society of Garden Designers announces new Chair

The Society of Garden Designers has announced Sarah Morgan MSGD as its new Chair replacing Philippa O’Brien MSGD who has completed her term in office after 3 years in the role. Read more

Sarah Morgan

Lechuza appoints new Key Account Manager

One of the gardening industry’s most influential people has joined the team at Lechuza – designers of high quality self-watering plant pots. Ian Riggs joins Lechuza as a Key Account Manager bringing with him more than 40 years of experience. Read more

Ian Riggs

New intake at Bransford Webbs

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company is proud to announce the appointment of two new apprentices following successful interviews and a short trial period. Poppy Griffin and Thomas Everard have both been offered positions on the nursery team. Read more

West Country sales agent wins Garland/Worth Gardening 2017 award

Andy Burton has been voted the Garland/Worth Gardening ‘Sales Agent of the Year’.  Andy is responsible for the company’s sales in the West Country, and featured in the awards in both 2013 and 2015.  He was chosen for the award in 2017 for his impressive 24 per cent growth in sales. Read more

Andy Burton (right) receives the ‘Agent of the Year’ award from operations director, Tony Dedman

Notcutts appoints new Trading Director

Family-owned garden centre group, Notcutts, has announced the appointment of Sarah Silverwood as Trading Director. Read more

 Sarah Silverwood, Trading Director

Two new appointments at Darlac

Garden tools specialists Darlac are pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Owen as Business Development Manager. Read more

Chris Owen, Business Development Manager.

Brian Carbury, of BC Associates, has died

Brian Carbury, ‘a huge character’, has died.  BC Associates specialised in the supply and merchandising of handmade Turkish Terracotta Pots, especially to Country Gardens and Wyevale. Read more

Brian Carbury

Interview with Glee’s keynote speaker, Nick Bailey

Nick Bailey talks about his experience in the horticultural industry, what continues to inspire him about gardening and many other topics in this interview.
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Nick Bailey 2017 (credit Lesley Cook)

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