New member to the sales team for Evergreen Horticulture

Evergreen Horticulture® is delighted to welcome Paul McDonagh who has joined our team as Regional Sales Manager for the South of England. Read more

Paul McDonagh

Alastair Fisher is the new president of Bheta

BHETA’s Annual General Meeting took place on 10th July and saw Alastair Fisher, joint managing director of Taylor’s Eye Witness appointed as its new President. Read more

Alastair Fisher

SBM’s field sales team continues to grow

A new appointment has been made to Scott’s team with Louis King taking up the position of Territory Account Manager. Read more

Scott Williams and Louis King

Founder of Keydell Nurseries dies unexpectedly

We are sorry to announce John Strange, founder of Keydell Nurseries, unexpectedly passed away at the weekend after many years in the trade. Read more

John Strange, founder of Keydell Nurseries

GCA’s South Thames area award winners revealed

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) in the South Thames region are celebrating after picking up awards during a presentation evening this week (Wednesday, July 17, 2019) at Haskins Garden Centre – Snowhill. Read more

Left, Alyson Haywood and right Mike Lind, with staff from Squires Garden Centre, Hersham.

Ian appointed Commercial Sales Director

Ian Wright from Shifnal near Telford has recently (July 2019) joined one of the UK’s leading nurseries as Commercial Sales Director. Read more

Ian Wright Commercial Sales Director at Wyevale Nurseries

GCA announces North Thames award winners

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) yesterday (Monday, July 15) unveiled its winners for the North Thames region during a presentation at Poplars Garden Centre. Read more

Perrywood Garden Centre - Tiptree

16 new starters join Green-tech in the first six months of 2019

Since January of this year Green-tech has welcomed 16 new starters and seen three promotions. Read more

 Green-tech's new starters

Squire’s recognised as a leading employer by Surrey Choices

Two employees from Squire’s Garden Centre in Badshot Lea have been given “Outstanding Achievement” awards from Surrey Choices. Read more

L-R: Kathryn Aitken, Louise Punter (CEO at Surrey Chambers of Commerce) & Paul Mason.

Extreme Lounging expands their team

We are thrilled to be able to write to you with news of further brand development and investment for Extreme Lounging. Read more

Connor Vallo has also joined the team as Area Manager for the North of England.

New Leaf Plants appoint North Regional sales person

Mollie Higginson joins New Leaf Plants sales team as North Regional sales representative. Read more

Mollie Higginson

Kingfisher names new CEO

Kingfisher, parent of B&Q and Screwfix in the UK has named Thierry Garnier to replace Véronique Laury as CEO this autumn. He will be based at Kingfisher’s headquarters in London. Read more

Thierry Garnier

Plant Heritage honours Roger Parsons, Sweet Pea expert, with prestigious Brickell Award

The Brickell Award winner 2019 is Roger Parsons for his work on Lathyrus. Roger is the holder of the National Collection of Lathyrus and in 2018 was awarded Scientific National Collection status. Read more

Roger Parsons

Vitax area sales manager retires after 37 years

Vitax has announced one of its longest serving area sales managers will be taking a well-earned rest at the end of July as he retires from his role. Read more

(L-r) Carl Welsh - MD, Mark Butler - national sales mgr, Julian Goodhand & Paul Gooding – chairman

SM Agencies join with Greenkey

Greenkey Garden & Home welcome Matthew Hanson of SM Agencies for their sales agent to cover the far North of England. Read more

Matthew Hanson

Details of the funeral for John Strange have been announced

The funeral for John Strange, founder of Keydell Nurseries, will be held at All Saints Church, Catherington PO8 0TD on August 19th at 12pm. Flowers are welcome or donations via Barrells Funeral Directors for British Heart Foundation or Rowans Hospice. Read more

Dorset applauds its champions of nature

On Thursday 25 July, Dorset’s most wildlife friendly gardeners were revealed at Castle Gardens in Sherborne, during Dorset Wildlife Trust’s 10th annual Wildlife Friendly Gardening Competition awards ceremony. Read more

Winners of Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Friendly Gardening Competition 2019 with Dr George McG

Westland picks its 2019 Rising Stars

Each year Westland and the Garden Centre Association (GCA) search for the most up-and-coming employees at garden centres who show great potential and would benefit from the opportunity to further their skills and experiences as part of the Rising Stars Program. Read more

Rising Stars - July 2019

Wales & West GCA regional winners revealed

Staff at garden centres across the Wales & West region are celebrating after scooping awards during a presentation evening at Castle Gardens this week (Tuesday, July 23, 2019). Read more

Right Michael Cole with staff & left Mike Lind from Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre.

GCA Midlands members receive regional awards

Staff from Garden Centre Association (GCA) member garden centres in the Midlands received awards during a presentation evening at East Bridgford Garden Centre last week (Thursday, July 18, 2019). Read more

Fairways Garden Centre, Ashbourne with their awards & (centre) Michael Cole, (2nd right) Mike Lind &

N.East and N.West GCA regional winners revealed

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) in the North East and North West are celebrating after picking up awards during a presentation yesterday (Tuesday, July 16) at Bents Garden & Home. Read more

Barton Grange Garden Centre

Stormafit Sales Team of the Year 18/19

Gordon and Caroline Vass have demonstrated a tremendous work ethic and have proven their value to the Stormafit team yet again.  Read more

Pauline Thomas celebrates 20 years with Horticruitment UK Ltd

Pauline has worked for Horticruitment since 1999 recruiting for the Garden Centre and Nursery Sectors. Previous experience of working in a garden centre ignited Pauline’s passion for horticulture. Read more

Pauline Thomas celebrates 20 years with Horticruitment UK

HTA drives the plant health agenda forward

Continuing the HTA agenda and prioritisation of plant health by the HTA, Alistair Yeomans will be taking on a new role to drive this forward focussing on the development of the plant health agenda. Read more

Alistair Yeomans

New appointments at Squire’s Garden Centres

Squire’s Garden Centres have made a number of exciting appointments, including promoting two members of staff to the roles of Centre Manager. Read more

George Bishop

Plant Heritage honours Roger Parsons, Sweet Pea expert, with prestigious Brickell Award

The Brickell Award winner 2019 is Roger Parsons for his work on Lathyrus. Roger is the holder of the National Collection of Lathyrus and in 2018 was awarded Scientific National Collection status. Read more

The Brickell Award winner 2019 is Roger Parsons for his work on Lathyrus.

ArtificialGrass.com looks to grow business in the south

A leading artificial grass firm has recently welcomed two new members of staff to its team to enhance its business in the south. Read more

NMBS Show 2019 - Emma (third from left) & Kerry (second from right) with ArtificialGrass.com team

Four staff members clock up 120 years of service

Four members of staff from Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford were recently (June, 2019) presented with medals to honour their long service to the company. Read more

L-r: Sheila Jackson, Andy Johnson, Chris Mason & John Sockett with their bronze medals for 30 years

Greenfingers wing walkers set to take to the skies

Greenfingers wing walkers set to take to the skies after technical glitch thwarts first charity attempt. Three daredevil souls from the garden retail industry have just days to overcome their fears before taking to the skies for an adrenaline-fuelled wing walk in aid of the Greenfingers Charity. Read more

(L-r) SBM’s Lowri Walker, Evergreen’s Mark Portman & GIMA’s Vicky Nuttall.

Jackie Eades has joined Fallen Fruits

Former Briers CEO, Jackie Eades has joined Fallen Fruits as commercial director at the end of May. Read more

Jackie Eades

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