Shaw Pye appointed Director of Fullbrook Operations

Fullbrook Nursery is excited to announce the appointment of Shaw Pye as the new Director of Fullbrook Operations, effective immediately. Read more - open to all

YPHA members to hold a Cotswolds regional event at Ball

The Young People in Horticulture Association (YPHA) has arranged for members to visit the Ball® 'Summer Showcase on 26th July.  Read more - open to all

Outdoor gardening is trending

Here are five gardening influencers to have on your radar.  Read more - open to all

Joe Clarke

Meet the 2024 GIMA Awards judges

As the gardening season gets underway in earnest, the team at GIMA are looking ahead to November when the winners of the 2024 GIMA Awards will be announced. But first, the judges need to deliberate. Here, GIMA reveals who will be making the tough decisions this year. Read more - open to all

 GIMA Awards 2024 Judges

Owner of Hillmount Garden Centre collects his BEM

Mr. Robin Mercer, the owner of Hillmount garden centre, has collected the British Empire Medal awarded at the new year for his contributions to business and the economy. Read more - open to all

Robin Mercer, Edith, son Alan and his wife Ciara with Lord Lieutenant Dame Fionnuala Jay-O'Boyle

Green-tech celebrates after winning Employer of the Year

Green-tech, the UK's leading supplier of landscaping and forestry products, is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded the prestigious title of ‘Employer of the Year’ at the ProLandscaper Business Awards 2024.

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 Pro-Landscaper Awards 2024

Dobbies appoints Robert Cook as board advisor

Hospitality professional, Robert Cook, has joined Dobbies Garden Centres as a board advisor to support the strategic development of its restaurant business. Read more - open to all

Robert Cook

The Colegrave Seabrook Foundation Scholarship Winners 

With approaching 100 applications to sift through, choosing the scholarship winners was even more difficult than normal this year. Read more - open to all

The AMES Companies appoints new Sales Director

In a move to further strengthen its position as the ‘partner of choice’, the AMES Companies has confirmed that it has recently appointed a new Sales Director, responsible for driving the garden centre channel. Read more - open to all

Patrick Thick

Nine Zest employees run marathon for mental health

Zest, part of the P&A Group, is fielding a team to take on the Manchester Marathon on Sunday 14th April to raise money for North East Wales Mind. Read more - open to all

Dobbies continues to add experience to top team

Dobbies Garden Centres appoints Rajesh Gupta as strategy and business development director following 8 months as a consultant. This is the 7th appointment by Dobbies since last summer. Read more - members only

Rajesh Gupta

Haskins Garden Centres celebrates the success of Barista of the Year

Haskins Snowhill Garden Centre is celebrating the success of restaurant supervisor, Adam Kelly, who recently won the regional heats of Costa Coffee UK’s Barista of the Year competition to progress to the UK and Ireland final. Read more - open to all

Adam Kelly

Management changes continue at Dobbies with departure of Marcus Eyles

Horticulture director Marcus Eyles is to leave Dobbies to work on the next chapter of his already 40 year-long career.  Read more - members only

Marcus Eyles

Notcutts Garden Centres Annual Awards

Notcutts recently hosted an awards ceremony attended by 140 colleagues, family members and sponsors, commemorating a year of hard work and dedication. Read more - members only

Colin Dale with vice-chair Caroline Notcutt

Fond Farewell to Rod Austin after 24 years at British Garden Centres

After 24 years of dedicated service, Plant Buyer Rod Austin is bidding farewell to British Garden Centres, he has been an integral part of the company's journey and growth. Read more - open to all

L-R Rod Austin, Robert Stubbs and Charles Stubbs building Brigg Garden Centre in 2004

His Majesty The King announced as Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)

The RHS is honoured and delighted that His Majesty The King will be the next Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society – the UK’s gardening charity dedicated to helping everyone to garden for health, happiness and the environment.

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Final piece in Amenity puzzle for Hillier

New appointment at Hillier Trees, marks the conclusion of a two-and-a-half year focus on developing the company’s industry leading amenity team. Read more - members only

Will Innes-Taylor

GIMA members vote in new President

Kate Ebbens has been voted in as GIMA President for the 2024 and 2025 term.  Craig Hall takes over the Vice President role. Read more - members only

GIMA President Kate Ebbens with past president Jenny Douthwaite

Branded Garden Products Group boosts area sales operation

Branded Garden Products (BGP) is delighted to announce a series of strategic new appointments to its area sales team. The appointments demonstrate the Group’s commitment to growing its market share with key garden centre customers across the UK. Read more - open to all

Simon Hull

Phillip Newton joins Hillier

Congratulate Phillip Newton, who has joined the head office of Hillier Nurseries as gardening buyer.  He has years of industry experience, most recently as gardening buyer for Dobbies. Read more - open to all

Phillip Newton

Plant Healthy appoints new Director

The Trustees of Plant Healthy Limited have announced the appointment of Malcolm Catlin as its new Project Director, effective from 29 April 2024.  Read more - open to all

Malcolm Catlin

MorePeople has launched The MorePeople Podcast

Whether you’re a job seeker or a hiring manager join us as we unlock the secrets to finding the perfect fit. Read more - open to all

Guy Topping represents England at World Curling Championships

Guy Topping, of Barton Grange Garden Centre, and his team are pitted against Belgium, England, Estonia, Latvia, Switzerland and United States in the early rounds of the competition. Read more - open to all

Left to right. Chris Kerr - Guy Topping - Peter Topping - Peter Alexander.

Provender Nurseries introduce a commercial sales branch

Grant Beerling has joined Provender Nurseries as Commercial Sales and will be managing the accounts for Landscape Architects and town planners. 

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 Grant Beerling

Mark Earles appointed as AEA President

Mark Earles, the newly appointed President of the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) discussed the importance of information and expertise, “in times which are fluid, and where our industry is seeing big changes.”  Read more - open to all

Mark Earles

The Greenfingers Charity remembers John Adkins

The Greenfingers Charity was saddened to hear about the recent passing of John Adkins, the charity’s first Garden Project Manager. Read more - open to all

John Adkins, Greenfingers Charity first Garden Project Manager.

Kevin runs to celebrate 40 years cancer free

Kevin Burgess is running this Sunday (7th April) the London Landmarks half Marathon in support of Greenfingers in his Yellow Wellies. Read more - open to all

Kevin Burgess

Dobbies adds Chief Marketing Officer to senior team

Following the recent appointment of a new CFO and a new Commercial director, Dobbies has added an experienced Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Phil Thomas, to its team. Read more - members only

Phil Thomas, new Dobbies Chief Marketing Officer

Next GCA chairman confirmed

Ben Harrison, Operations Director of Haskins Garden Centres, has been announced as the Chairman Elect for 2024/25 by the Garden Centre Association. Read more - members only

Will Blake GCA Chairman, Ben Harrison Chairman Elect and Peter Burks

Garden centre owner appointed deputy to the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester

Mark Llewellin of Daisy Nook garden centre, is one of 6 new Deputy Lieutenants appointed by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester. Read more - open to all

Mark Llewellin

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