Hear more about Life at No 27 at HTA Marketing Forum

Annabelle Padwick, founder of Life at No.27 and ambassador for the gardening charity Thrive, has been announced as the latest speaker at the HTA’s upcoming Marketing Forum on 17 October. Read more

Annabelle Padwick

Desch Plantpak nominated for the 2018 ESF award!

Each year, the European Social Fund allocates subsidies to projects that promote people's development and health in a distinctive way. Ten projects were again nominated for the 2018 ESF Award this year, including Desch Plantpak, which is competing with its 'Veilig en vitaal’ project. Read more

Jeroen Heerkens

Colin Wetherley-Mein confirmed as GIMA Membership Ambassador

Former Vitax National Sales Manager and GIMA President, Colin Wetherley-Mein has recently joined the team at GIMA as Membership Ambassador, helping to boost the trade associations relationship with its members and to communicate its many member benefits. Read more

Colin Wetherley-Mein

Speakers announced for SGD Autumn Conference

Five internationally acclaimed designers each renowned for the way in which they use geometry in their work, have been announced for the SGD Autumn Conference ‘Geometry – new angles on gardens & landscape’ taking place on 17th November at the Royal Geographical Society in London.   Read more

Italian designer Cristina Mazzucchelli.

Haskins Garden Centre employee announced as runner-up in Cultivation Street’s Ambassador competition

Sophie Lyall, customer services assistant at Haskins Garden Centre in West End has been announced as a runner-up in Cultivation Street’s national ambassador competition. Read more

Sophie Lyall, Haskins GC employee is runner-up in Cultivation Street's Ambassador competition.

Wyevale Nurseries hunts for new staff to help it grow

One of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries is searching for new employees this month to help meet demand as the business continues to grow. Read more

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.

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

6 pack award winner for Bransford Webbs

Thomas Everard, from The Bransford Webbs Plant Company, has won a place on the IPPS European Regional Annual Conference, taking place this year in The Zundert Region of the Netherlands. Read more

Thomas Everard

GCA Trust sponsored delegates return from ‘inspirational’ IGCA Congress in Czech Republic

Squires Garden Centres’ Matt Tanner and Klondyke Group’s Jayne Scott who were sponsored by the Garden Centre Association (GCA) Trust to attend the International Garden Centre Association (IGCA) Congress are back from their trip (October 2018). Read more

Matt Tanner, Squires GC & Jayne Scott, Klondyke Group with Sue Allen, Chairman of the GCA Trust.

Cultivation St. Ambassador of the Year supported over 1,000 children

David Domoney congratulates this year’s Cultivation Street ambassador of the year, Dobbies’ Steven Purton, who regularly shares his expertise with a local charity, 4 schools, a college and a hospital to improve their communal spaces. Read more

David Domoney congratulates Steven Purton

Poundbury Gardens sows seeds for school garden competition success

Damers First School in Poundbury has been awarded second place in the School Garden category at this year’s Cultivation Street Competition, receiving £1,500 and 100 Calliope geraniums from the scheme, which recognises community garden projects across the UK. Read more

Damers First School in Poundbury

UK pet industry toasts a successful year at glittering PetQuip awards event

Twenty-two companies receive awards and there’s a Special Lifetime Achievement Award for John James of James & Steel. Read more

Lifetime Achievement Award winner. John James (centre) with Peter Roy of sponsor Natures Menu and Am

Dr Paul Alexander joins Bulrush

Bulrush Horticulture are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Paul Alexander as Technical Support and Product Development Manager. Read more

Dr. Paul Alexander

Matt Jones wins Garden Design Competition

Provender Nurseries are pleased to announce Matt Jones of London Plantsman as the winner of the Garden Design Competition at the Enfield Campus. Read more

L to R Liz Hughes, Matt Jones and Sophie Guinness

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

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

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