Steve Harper joins Southern Trident      

Southern Trident significantly strengthens its senior team with the appointment of Steve Harper as their new CEO. Read more

Azpects creates retail division

Azpects Ltd is pleased to welcome Geoff Seddon and Rebecca Cox to create the company’s retail division. Read more

Geoff Seddon and Rebecca Cox

Blue Diamond reorganises its garden buying team

Blue Diamond has reorganised its category management team for gardening following the departure of 3 buyers, to give it a more commercial focus says Alan Roper. Read more

Tong appoints project manager for Food Hall makeover

Former Nestlé Senior Commercial Manager, Sarah Dwyer will work with the team at Tong  to deliver a new Food Hall experience that will create at least 10 new jobs. Read more

Mark Farnsworth and Sarah Dwyer

Baytree Garden Centre celebrate 50 years

Reinhard and Vonnie Beihler celebrate Baytree 50 years growing from a stall at the side of the road to the largest independent garden centre in the region. Read more

Smart Garden Products keeps on growing!

Despite a challenging few months managing the impact of “Covid”, Smart Garden Products announce two new appointments. Sulie Turner and Leigh Martin have joined as Marketing Executive and Category Manager respectively. Read more

Sulie Turner

Squire’s appoint new Health, Safety & Facilities Manager

Squire’s Garden Centres has appointed Caroline McFarlane as their Group Health, Safety & Facilities Manager. Read more

Caroline McFarlane - Group Health, Safety & Facilities Manager.

Society of Garden Designers announces new chair

The Society of Garden Designers (SGD) has announced Lynne Marcus MSGD as its new Chair, replacing Sarah Morgan MSGD who steps down from the role after her three-year tenure. Read more

The Society of Garden Designers (SGD) has announced Lynne Marcus MSGD as its new Chair.

Horticulture students benefit from DCF Scholarships 

Horticulture students have received scholarships from the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) this year, with more to follow. Read more

DCF winners

Ernest Wertheim dies at 100

One of the biggest influences on UK and world garden centre design, Ernest Wertheim has died at the age of 100. Read more

Landmann appoint new key account manager

Landmann have appointed a new Key Account manager to manage the UK sales organisation. John Taylor who was previously a KAM at Fiskars joins Landmann with immediate effect. Read more

Keith Weed appointed as the new RHS President

Keith Weed appointed as the new RHS President seeks to accelerate the positive impact of gardening on our lives, society and the environment. Read more

Keith Weed appointed as the new RHS President.

JDA join forces with The Satchville Gift Company

JDA have been in business now for nearly 10 years, predominately selling / supplying the garden centre industry with giftware, sundries and quirky unique ranges, both classic and contemporary. Read more

Katie Blake appoint two new sales representatives

Jack Whiteley, Chairman and CEO of Glencrest Seatex the home for Katie Blake Outdoor Furniture, is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Sales Representatives. Read more

Syngenta Flowers strengthens European leadership team

Syngenta Flowers announces the appointment of Leendert Arkenbout as Head of Operations EAME for young plants and cuttings effective September 1. Read more

Leendert Arkenbout

Smart  welcomes new National Accounts Manager

Smart Garden Products has expanded its National Account team with the addition of Louise Gibbs. Read more

Louise Gibbs

Darlac appoints business development manager

Darlac, the Cutting Tools Experts, are delighted to announce the arrival of Luke Finnegan as Business Development Manager to help drive the company sales growth. Read more

Luke Finnegan

Paul Sykes departs Apta after a decade of growth

Paul Sykes, Managing Director of Apta, has left the company that he owned prior to November 2019 when it was acquired by Ames.  Read more

Paul Sykes

Stuart Whalley joins Rosebourne

Stuart Whalley has joined Rosebourne from Blue Diamond.  Gill Ormrod former HTA communications manager will also be joining the group next month. Read more

Stuart Whalley and Gill Ormrod

Expanding Provender Nurseries team roles to encompass biosecurity

Provender Nurseries prides itself on having stringent procedures in place for managing incoming stock and plant health and to reflect this Provender Nurseries are changing their Nursery managers role to encompass biosecurity procedures now in place through the industry. Read more

Stuart Tickner

Richard Kay from Green-tech voted in as National Chairman of the BALI Board

On Thursday 10th September Richard Kay of Green-tech was voted in as the National Chairman of the BALI Board of Directors at their National Annual General Meeting, which was held online for the first time in BALI’s 48-year history. Read more

Richard Kay of Green-tech

Broil King UK appoints Martin Carnaby as Country Manager of the UK Division

Broil King UK has appointed Martin Carnaby, formerly of Landman BBQs, as UK Country Manager. Broil King have aggressive expansion plans for the next 3 years and the appointment of Carnaby will support the brand to reach these goals. Read more

Steve Harper leaves The Greener Gardening Company

Steve Harper, sales and marketing director of The Greener Gardening Company (formerly Bord na Mona), left the business last week. Read more

Steve Harper

GIMA hosts Alan Roper interview

Alan Roper doesn’t believe that Covid-19 has uncovered a new class of customer, is optimistic about the first half of 2021 but says anyone feeling bullish for the economy in the next 5 years is misguided. Read more

Alan Roper

Mollie Higginson has joined the HTA Council

Congratulations to Mollie Higginson who has joined the HTA Council as the Representative for the West Midlands region.  Read more

Mollie Higginson

Char-Broil appoints new team to fire up UK business

Char-Broil is delighted to announce that Luke Hopkins, formerly of Landmann BBQ, joins Char-Broil UK as National Sales Manager. Read more

Luke Hopkins National Sales Manager Char-Broil UK August 2020

Brett Avery becomes HTA Vice-President

Brett Avery, managing director of Farplants, is to join the HTA Board as Vice-President. Read more

Georgia strengthens the John Chambers Wildflower team

Horticulture graduate Georgia Gilbert has joined the John Chambers team as a Technical Wildflower Sales advisor. Read more

Georgia Gilbert with Stuart Ball John Chambers Wildflower Seed

Apprentice of the year winner from Bransford Webbs…again!

The Midland Regional Growers Apprentice of the Year was awarded last week at Pershore College, and was won by Bransford Webbs apprentice Isobel Watson. Isobel, who is in the second year of her apprenticeship scheme. Read more

Hadlow College Student Progression at Provender Nurseries

After working closely with the potting on and growing of hardy nursery stock Provender Nurseries are delighted to have taken on two Hadlow College students on a part-time basis. Read more

Adam Harris and Stuart Tickner

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