Glencrest Seatex appoint new Agents for the North West

Glencrest Seatex are very pleased to announce that George Cubrilo at Summit Sales has been appointed as sales agents for the North West of England. Read more

MBE for Philip Evason

Former buying director of Haskins, Philip Evason, has been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his work in the Territorial Army. Read more

GCA inspector called yet? They are coming this week...

Garden centre owners and managers who have not yet had their Garden Centre Association (GCA) annual inspections are being reminded that they will receive a visit this week (up to and including June 13, 2014). Read more

Updated: Wyevale Nurseries staff raise £4,500 for Greenfingers

Sponsor Adam Dunnett and a team of 20 from Wyevale as they set out on their 30 mile trek across the hills of Shropshire & Herefordshire on the Mortimer Trail. They have already raised £2500 for Greenfingers.  Update:  They comleted the trip in 15 hours and raised £4500. Read more

Major award for British manufacturer

Austin Jarrett, managing director of Turfmech Machinery Limited based at Hixon in Staffordshire, receives The Michael Dwyer Memorial Prize from Professor Mark Kibblewhite, the president of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers, at a special ceremony at Cranfield University on 21 May. Read more

Harry Minns: ‘Your Country Needs You’

War hero calls on the nation to help Britain bloom. Read more

Harry Minns, of Lincolnshire, has been a dedicated Bloom volunteer since the campaign started 50

Wyevale Nurseries unveils plans for the future at HTA show

One of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries will be unveiling its plans for the future including a new logo and branding at the HTA National Plant Show next month (June, 2014). Read more

Adam Frost named as RHS ambassador

RHS Chelsea Flower Show designer will help get more secondary schools gardening. Read more

From Huddersfield to Paris: Deco-Pak are getting set...

This June, Deco-Pak’s marketing manager Craig Hall will be taking on the inaugural Forget Me Not 500 ‘banger rally’ challenge, which will see him drive from Huddersfield to Paris (and back!) in a £500 ‘old banger’, all in aid of the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice charity. Read more

Retired servicemen sow poppies in memory of WW1

Retired servicemen and representatives from The Royal British Legion planted poppy seeds at a garden centre in Devon yesterday (May 20, 2014) to commemorate the First World War. Read more

Hillier win 69th consecutive RHS Chelsea Gold in their 150th anniversary year!

Hillier Nurseries & Garden Centres has secured its legacy as the most successful exhibitor in the history of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a 69th consecutive Chelsea Gold Medal. Read more

Top Knott

Smart Solar has reorganised its sales team to manage the sharp increase in sales of its products with garden centres this season and in anticipation of new product launches planned for 2015. Read more

New assistant manager for the UK’s National Sprayer Testing Scheme

Ian Forman has taken up the role of assistant manager for the NSTS.  Before joining the NSTS team Ian managed a 2,300 acre arable farm in Norfolk, having previously studied at Writtle College in Essex. Read more

Monkton Elm donates 2,014 saplings

Worthy causes from across the South West have this spring (2014) received a total of 2,014 saplings to help with projects they are running thanks to a garden centre in Somerset. Read more

William Sinclair names Richard Carr as Commercial Director

Richard Carr is set to join leading growing media, fertilisers and chemicals producer, William Sinclair
Horticulture, as Commercial Director. Read more

Stormafit appoint a new agent

Stormafit Ltd are pleased to announce the appointment of a new sales agent for Yorkshire/Northumberland. Read more

Sir Roy Strong to talk at Wyevale Nurseries open day

A landscape designer, writer and ex-Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum will be the guest speaker next month (July, 2014) during an open day at one of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries. Read more

Sisters clock up 25 years in Mr Fothergill's despatch

Sisters Doreen Pettitt and Susan Hawes have recently both clocked up working 25 years for Kentford, Newmarket, seedsman Mr Fothergill's. Read more

Kyle wins Peter Williamson Travel Award

Kyle Ross from Pershore College has recently (June, 2014) been presented with Wyevale Nurseries’ Peter Williamson Travel Award. Read more

Cambridgeshire primary school gets growing with Mr Fothergill's

A Cambridgeshire primary school's gardening club is hoping to lay on special 'home-grown' lunches and a strawberry picnic for parents this summer using produce grown from seeds and plants donated by seed company Mr Fothergill's. Read more

Kernock Park Plants appoints new marketing co-ordinator

This week Kernock Park Plants have announced the appointment of Falmouth University graduate Reuben Stone as their new Marketing Co-ordinator. Read more

Chris Self, chairman of Whitehall, has died after a short illness

The death has been announced of Chris Self, chairman of Whitehall Garden Centres and one of the pioneers of the industry.  His funeral will be held on Thursday 5th June. Read more

Former HTA President is changing jobs

Tim Woodland is to leave DeRee and Simple Pleasures and move to Kapiteyn in September. Read more

Plantsman and author Rice now writes for Mr Fothergill's

Respected plantsman and horticultural author Graham Rice is now writing a regular blog for Mr Fothergill's. Read more

Ex Sinclair MD joins Kärcher

Danny Adamson has teamed up with Kärcher as the company seeks to become a significant supplier of garden watering products to UK garden centres. See more... Read more

Hillier at 150

John Hillier joined Jean Hillier, the wife of Robert Hillier and the author of Hillier: The Plants, The People, The Passion, on the Hillier Exhibit for a group photograph, surrounded by their children and grandchildren  to cut the specially created Hillier 150th anniversary cake. Read more

Staff put on their walking boots in aid of charity

Fifteen members of staff at a plant nursery in Hereford have this month (May, 2014) signed up to take part in a 30 mile sponsored walk to raise money for a children’s charity. Read more

It's hats off to Larry - 21 years  at Mr Fothergill's

Mr Fothergill's territory manager Larry White reached a landmark 21 years with the company in 2014, making him one of the Suffolk seedsman's longest serving staff members. Read more

Chivenor’s new memorial will be forever green

RMB CHIVENOR in North Devon and the surrounding community will benefit from a donation of evergreens for a new memorial garden for years to come thanks to a garden centre in the area. Read more

The Richardson family are proud to be celebrating 50 years!

The Richardson family are proud to be celebrating 50 years of John Richardson, owning the Johnsons of Whixley businesses. Read more

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