A growing line-up for the APL Autumn Seminar - “It’s Time to Plant”

With less than two weeks to go until the final chapter of the latest round of Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) seminars, the full line-up of speakers for ‘It’s Time to Plant’ has now been announced. Read more

Richard McKenna, Provender Nurseries

Board appointments ratified at HTA AGM

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), that took place at Glee on 11 September, saw the strengthening of the Board with several key appointments being ratified. Read more

Boyd Douglas Davies, Richard Pyrah and Matthew Bent.

P&A Group takes on IRONMAN Wales challenge for charity

Managing Director of P+A Group, Steve Morgan and P+A Fencing & Timber Technical Manager, John Vaughan are taking on the gruelling IRONMAN Wales challenge in Tenby as part of the company’s charity fundraising efforts. Read more

Steve Morgan, PA Group

Vive La France!

At their annual Sales Meeting in August, Smart’s Managing Director, Jonathan Stobart, and Chairman, Paris Natar, presented the award for the French Sales Manager of the Year for 2018. Read more

Stevenson Agencies wins coveted Garland/Worth Gardening ‘Sales Agent of the Year’ award

Following a year of consistent sales growth of over 84 per cent, the Stevenson Agencies has been awarded the Garland/Worth Gardening ‘Sales Agent of the Year’. Read more

Stephen Pendleton (right) receives the award from Mark Dedman

Broadcasting and horticultural legend to be given Honorary Degree!

Well-known horticultural journalist and consultant Peter Seabrook MBE will receive an Honorary Degree from Writtle University College next month. Read more

Peter Seabrook MBE

New director joins Vitax board

Vitax Limited has appointed a new director to its board as it merges the Organico 6X brand with the Vitax business. Read more

(L-r) Paul Gooding - Vitax's chairman with new board director Andy Gurney & Carl Welsh - Vitax's md.

Tong Garden Centre strengthens its team

Tong Garden Centre, one of Yorkshire's biggest garden centres, has strengthened its team with appointments in Marketing, HR and Finance. Read more

L to R: Emma Wiltshire, Leigh Quinn and Carrie Mackertich

2018 garden sales increase as does Hayloft Plants

Hayloft Plants is experiencing similar growth and has strengthened the board by appointing Lukasz Laszkiewicz as Operations Director with effect from 1st August 2018. Read more

Lukasz Laszkiewicz

Celebration raises £20,000 for children

A 65th birthday, a 30-year business milestone; and an OBE in recognition of his services to business and charity all paved the way for a lavish celebration for John Athwal OBE of Premier Decorations Ltd in June – raising more than £20,000 for his favourite Fence Club charity to help sick and disadvantaged children. Read more

John and Jito Athwal (pictured centre) together with their children, partners and grandchildren.

New appointments for RSW International Limited

RSW International Limited; leading importers of Garden & Leisure products including; Christmas, Pet Care, Picnicware, Gift & Housewares are pleased to announce a new appointment to its growing business. Bobby Fisher recently joined the Garden & Leisure team as Business Development Manager for the UK mainland Read more

Bobby Fisher

Adam Dunnett takes on a new challenge

Wyevale Nurseries has announced today (Thursday, August 2, 2018) that Adam Dunnett has decided to move on from his post as Sales and Marketing Director and will be relocating and taking up a new challenge. Read more

Adam Dunnett, Sales & Marketing Director at Wyevale Nurseries

Graeme Jenkins is the new CEO of Dobbies

Dobbies names Graeme Jenkins as Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect replacing Nicholas Marshall, who has not been seen at the business for some months. Read more

Graeme Jenkins

Roger retires as GCA inspector after 11 years

Roger Crookes is retiring as an inspector for the Garden Centre Association (GCA) this month after 11 years in the role (July 2018). Roger became a GCA inspector in 2007 after a career working in garden centres around the UK since 1977. Read more

Roger Crookes

Have you considered if your business is ‘millennial ready’?

Consumer and shopping behaviouralist, Ken Hughes, has been announced as our keynote speaker for Cultivating Retail, the new one-day event for retailers, suppliers and growers which takes place on Tuesday 13 November 2018 at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham. Read more

Consumer and shopping behaviouralist, Ken Hughes.

Staff at Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown prepare for Bournemouth Half Marathon in aid of Autism Wessex

Four employees working at Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown are training for the Bournemouth Half Marathon in aid of Autism Wessex. Read more

Staff at Haskins GC, Ferndown prepare for Bournemouth Half Marathon in aid of Autism Wessex.

ARC expand their award-wining team!

ARC Southern Ltd owners Andy Roe and Andy Campion are delighted to announce another addition to their team who will be joining them for Glee next week, representing Smart Garden Products, Ames, Crest, Johnsons, Growtech and Glendale.  Read more

Andy Mountney

Student wins SWGS Sponsored Scholarship

Student, Luke Spiller, has won a South West Growers Show (SWGS) Sponsored Scholarship as part of the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) scholarship season. Read more

Luke Spiller

5th generation joins the Hillier board

George Hillier and Martin Hillier, respectively sons of Robert and John Hillier, have been appointed to the Hillier Nurseries board, becoming the 5th generation at the grower and garden centre group. Read more

The new Hillier Nurseries board

Boyd Douglas-Davies joins HTA board as Vice-President

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has announced that Boyd Douglas-Davies, CEO of Hillview Garden Centres, is to join the HTA Board as Vice-President. Read more

Boyd Douglas-Davies

Tom Sharples retires from Suttons

Tom Sharples, currently Senior Horticultural Manager at Suttons is retiring after 44 years with the company. Tom has made a huge contribution to both Suttons and Dobies over all those years and his legacy lives on in those with whom he has shared his immense knowledge.


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Tom Sharples

HTA strengthens its grower representation at Board level

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has announced the appointment of Brian Fraser, General Manager and Director of Oakover Nurseries near Ashford, Kent, to the HTA Board as a non-executive director. Read more

Brian Fraser, General Manager and Director of Oakover Nurseries near Ashford, Kent.

One Step At A Time – the inspirational after dinner speech at Cultivating Retail

Telling his compelling, uplifting and honest story, James Golding is to be the record holding, inspirational after dinner speaker at Cultivating Retail. Read more

James Golding

New hire to boost sales of British products in garden centres

British product sourcing specialist The Great British Exchange has appointed John Hinde to increase the volume of UK manufactured gifts and homewares in garden centres. Read more

John Hinde

Annabelle Padwick announced as latest Thrive Ambassador

We are delighted to announce that Annabelle Padwick has become the latest Ambassador for Thrive. The writer, speaker and founder of Life at No.27 has been promoting the benefits of gardening to those struggling with mental ill health since 2015, by sharing her own personal story through her popular allotment blog and speaking at various events, including BBC Gardeners’ World Live. Read more

Annabelle Padwick at Thrive’s Beech Hill centre.

Get set for Cultivating Retail this Autumn

Managing Director of the newly expanded Blue Diamond Group, Alan Roper, features on the programme for Cultivating Retail, the new industry conference and dinner, hosted by HTA and GIMA, taking place at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham on Tuesday 13 November. Read more

Alan Roper

Decco appoints Martin Sutcliffe as Leeds manager

Leading home improvement and garden wholesaler, Decco has appointed Martin Sutcliffe as Manager for Decco Leeds, following Andrew Ballantine’s promotion to Chief Operating Officer.  The appointment is effective from 1st August 2018. Read more

Martin Sutcliffe

Key sales appointments at Crest Garden

Crest Garden have increased their sales team with the appointment of a National Account Manager and a new Area Sales Manager. Read more

Katie Smith

New MD for Vitax

Vitax Limited, one of the UK’s leading garden and horticulture manufacturers has appointed a new managing director as it drives forward with its ambitious growth plans. Read more

Carl Welsh and Mark Butler

Highly-regarded horticulturalist celebrates 50 years in horticulture

Colin Randel, product manager and vegetable expert at Suffolk-based mail order plants and seeds firm Thompson & Morgan was last week presented with an engraved commemorative garden fork and spade in recognition of his 50 year contribution to horticulture. Read more

: The Sun’s Peter Seabrook (L) presents Colin Randel (R) with engraved garden fork and spade.

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