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.

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

Stephen Richardson to join BHETA as marketing manager

Former Senior Digital and Trade Marketing Manager at Travis Perkins, Stephen Richardson is joining BHETA as its new Marketing Manager.  Read more

Stephen Richardson

John Morgan has joined Richard Jackson’s Garden

Richard Jackson’s Garden has recruited John Morgan to help them develop and expand their plant range for QVC and their newly launched website. Read more

John Morgan

Vernon Kay to host 2019 GIMA Awards

Following in the footsteps of Stephen Mangan, Rufus Hound, Tim Vine, Russell Kane and Hal Cruttenden, it has been confirmed that Vernon Kay, star of TV and radio, will host the 39th annual GIMA Awards. Read more

Vernon Kay

Alan is appointed Amenity Sales Executive at Wyevale Nurseries

Alan Young from Cheltenham in Gloucestershire has recently (May, 2019) joined one of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries as an Amenity Sales Executive. Read more

Alan Young - Wyevale Nurseries

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

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

Beth Chatto OBE to be Awarded Iconic Horticultural Hero Award at RHS Hampton Court

Gardening pioneer, Beth Chatto OBE VMH, is to be named 2019’s Iconic Horticultural Hero at the prestigious RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival this July. Read more

GIMA’s Vicky Nuttall gets set to take to the skies for Greenfingers

On Sunday June 2nd three brave souls from the UK garden retail sector will be taking to the skies to raise £15,000 for the Greenfingers Charity. Here we catch up with one of the ‘wing walkers’, GIMA Director, Vicky Nuttall, to find out more about her FUNdraising journey. Read more

 Vicky Nuttall GIMA Directo

SBM Life Science Ltd appoint new territory account manager

Scott Williams, SBM’s UK Sales Manager has announced the appointment of Heather Mayne to the UK field sales team. Heather joins SBM as a Territory Account Manager for the South West region, following David Fairless who joined the business back in December last year as North West Territory Account Manager. Read more

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