GCA reveals its new area chairmen

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has this month (March, 2015) revealed its new area chairmen who will represent member garden centres in each region. Read more

James Ducker, chairman for North East

Allensmore nurseries new sales team

Allensmore Nurseries Limited are pleased to announce that Gareth Powell has joined the company. Read more

Hannah Groome & Gareth Powell

Forthcoming Great Yorkshire Show leader announced

The man who will lead the Great Yorkshire Show and Countryside Live into the next decade has been announced. Charles Mills, who farms near York, will succeed Bill Cowling as Honorary Show Director, at the close of this year’s Great Yorkshire on Thursday 16 July. Read more

Charles Mills (left) and Bill Cowling at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate

Adam Frost joins HTA Board

Landscape and Garden Designer, Adam Frost has joined the HTA Board as a Director. Read more

Landscape and Garden Designer, Adam Frost has joined the HTA Board as a Director

New chair elected for Growing Media Association

Steve Harper (Sales Director of Gardman and previously of Bord na Mona, Vital Earth and William Sinclair Horticulture) has been elected as the first Independent Chair of the GMA. Read more

Steve Harper elected as the first Independent Chair of the GMA.

Garden centre owner Sheila Clarke dies

A tribute to Sheila Clarke, joint owner of Orchard Park Garden Centre in Dorset and passionate campaigner for British rare breeds, has died, aged 82. Read more

Sheila Clarke with Louis

Alyson Haywood leaves Wyevale

Alyson Haywood leaves Wyevale today, months after she had been named the group’s horticultural quality manager.  Read more

And the Rising Stars winner is……….

Kirsty Clark was revealed last night as the winner of the Westland/GCA Rising Star of 2014. Read more

Kirsty from Perrywood Garden Centre in Essex pictured in the centre

Supplier team conquers at Roman Games

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) are celebrating after being crowned the winners of the Roman Games and raising £10,000 in aid of Greenfingers. Read more

Greenfingers Challenge Cup 2015

New technical sales advisor for Green-tech

Green-tech is delighted to announce the recruitment of Catherine Dixon who joins the sales team. Read more

Catherine Dixon

Fiskars chooses Birmingham

Fiskars, who recently celebrated its 365 year legacy, has chosen Birmingham as the new UK office location. Read more

Contact focuses on industry skills shortage

The garden industry has a skills shortage.  “If we don’t address this problem now, we won’t have an industry in 10 years.” Wayne Eady told the HTA Contact 2015 conference. Read more

Management changes at Stewart Plastics - UPDATED

News has emerged that the Group CEO of Stewart Plastics left in October.  This was followed by two more departures in December, including sales director Nigel Thompson, who becomes a consultant to the company.  There is a new role for Gavin Wray. Read more

New chairman for herb society

After seven happy years as a trustee of The Herb Society, and latterly as acting chairman, Gwenneth Heyking is retiring from the Board of Trustees. Read more

Gwenneth Heyking is retiring from the Board of Trustees

Writtle College student wins national scholarship

Writtle College horticulture student James Hayley has been awarded a national scholarship from a horticultural charity. Read more

James Hayley (left) with fellow horticulture students.

Mr Fothergill's Jon-Paul Schofield a salesman for all seasons

Mr Fothergill's Seeds has appointed Jon-Paul Schofield as salesman for its territory comprising a corridor either side of the A1 from Lincolnshire in the north to London in the south. Read more

Jon-Paul Schofield

Rebecca Spreckley joins Town & Country

Town & Country has appointed Rebecca Spreckley to the position of National Account Manager. Read more

Rebecca Spreckley, National Account Manager

Gardman CEO returns to drinks industry (Updated)

Stewart Hainsworth is leaving Gardman to return to the drinks industry where he spent most of his earlier career. Read more

Stuart Hainsworth

Jason Batley joins Glencrest Seatex as sales manager

Jason joins Glencrest Seatex as national sales manager taking over from Stephen Potter who has been appointed sales director. Jason is an important part of the expansion at Glencrest Seatex and Katie Blake. Read more

Jason Batley joins Glencrest Seatex as sales manager

New marketing manager at The Tildenet Group

The Tildenet Group appoints new marketing manager. Read more

Angus Lewis has joined the Bristol based Tildenet Group as marketing manager

Steven is appointed sales director

Steve Potter has been Glencrest sales manager for some time now and the company is please to appoint him to the board of directors. Read more

Steven Potter

Jim Carter & Imelda Staunton OBE host Greenfingers fundraising dinner

Renowned and much-loved actors Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton OBE hosted an exclusive fundraising pledge dinner for the small horticultural charity Greenfingers last Friday night, in the beautiful surroundings of Clifton Nurseries in London’s Little Venice. Read more

Former RHS Head of Operations charged with theft

Former head of operations at the RHS is accused of conspiracy to steal almost £700,000 from the charity over 10 years. Read more

Westminster Magistrates Court

GCA chair says first year of tenure a success thanks to sharing

The Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Chairman Will Armitage marked the end of his first year in office at the organisation’s annual conference with much to rejoice. Read more

Will Armitage, Chairman of the GCA

Hagedorn axes Martin Breddy

Martin Breddy, who headed Scotts Miracle-Gro in the UK, has been axed as Jim Hagedorn continues to streamline his senior management team. Read more

Sheila Hill will be in charge of UK operations

New Chairman announced for leading contractor group

BALI-NCF, a collaboration between the British Association of Landscape Industries and the National Contractors Forum, has announced that Phil Jones, Managing Director of ISS Facilities Services – Landscaping. Read more

Phil Jones, Managing Director of ISS Facilities Services – Landscaping

Green-tech’s Chris Swan awarded BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection and a finalist for Barrie Orme Shield

Back in December, Area Sales Manager, Chris Swan attended the BASIS Amenity Horticulture Turf course at STRI, the leading sports turf consultancy. Read more

Richard Kay congratulates Chris Swan

Charles Farmer becomes Bord Na Móna Head Of Consumer UK

Charles Farmer, Bord na Móna UK's National Accounts Controller has been appointed Head of Consumer UK following Steve Harper's decision to take up a new position with Gardman. Read more

Trans-Continental’s new sales director

James Marshall is a seasoned, consummate industry professional; he joins the business having had 14 years commercial experience. Read more

James Marshall joins as the new Sales Director

Review of 2014 in the Garden Industry

2014 has been dominated by the repositioning of the major gardening goods distributors following the demise of Solus.  The weather for once provided a good news story and towards the end of the year there was a flurry of activity from Wyevale as it picked up eight long established independent garden centres.  See the full review – which is open to all… Read more

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