New venture by Nick Davies will be a major force within 12 months

Days after leaving Solus, former MD Nick Davies has secured substantial financial backing for a new business that will become a major force within a year. See more... Read more

Mark Pearson becomes CEO of Solus

Former CEO of Gardman, Mark Pearson, becomes CEO of Solus Garden & Leisure with immediate effect as Nick Davies leaves. See more... Read more

James Parr joins Smart Solar

James Parr has joined Smart Solar as National Accounts Manager. Read more

The Garden Centre Group Names Jason Danciger Food & Beverage Director

The Garden Centre Group today announced the appointment of Jason Danciger as Food & Beverage Director, effective 16 December.  Jason joins from Marks and Spence. Read more

Tristan Sissons joins Briers as Trading Director

Tristan Sissons will be joining Briers as Trading Director at the beginning of January 2014. In his wide-ranging role Sissons will oversee brand building, new product development, the adoption of new sales channels and the company’s expansion into new export markets. Read more

Budding artist from Newtown St Boswells wins national Christmas Card Competition

A talented young artist from Newtown St Boswells has won a nationwide competition to design a Christmas card for National Garden Gift Vouchers (NGGV). Read more

New starters join Westland Horticulture to develop its brand

Three new starters have joined one of the leading and fastest growing firms in the UK, Westland Horticulture. Read more

New curator appointed at RHS Garden Harlow Carr

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has appointed Paul Cook as the new curator of RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Read more

From happy memories to a blossoming future

A new Memorial Garden is being designed as a living tribute to the sad loss of the founder Peter Beales, his wife Joan and daughter Amanda, all of whom died within a few months of each other during the last year. Read more

Tommy Gill appointed as Director of Commercial operations at Hockley International

Hockley International ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Tommy Gill as Director of Commercial Operations. In this capacity he is responsible for all activities in Sales & Marketing, Operations and Logistics. Read more

Geoff Caesar receives Pearson Memorial Medal at HTA Garden Futures Dinner

Geoff Caesar has been awarded the Pearson Memorial Medal at the HTA Garden Futures Conference dinner held at One Great George Street in London (16 October), in recognition for his outstanding contribution to the horticultural industry. Read more

Raymond Blanc Calls on Communities to Grow Organic

Home-grown is better option to shop-bought fare, says world-famous chef as RHS Britain in Bloom 2013 results are announced. Read more

GIMA opens search for new Director

GIMA opens its search for a new Director with an announcement on Jobforum. This follows the news that Neil Gow will step down in February. See more... Read more

Stagecraft appoints new managing director

Seb Smith, 50, is the new managing director of leading shopfit and garden centre design business Stagecraft. He takes over from founder Tom Davis, who will move to the chairman’s role. Read more

Garden buyer, Andrew West, leaves TGCG

Andrew West, left The Garden Centre Group last week. As Head of Garden Care reporting to Steve Pitcher he was the senior buyer of garden products. He was one of the team bought in by former CEO Nicholas Marshall having worked together at Country Gardens. Read more

Iain Wylie confirmed as permanent CX of the GCA

Iain Wylie is confirmed as permanent chief executive of the GCA, a role he has held on an interim basis since last October. See more... Read more

Bellagio Cross the Atlantic for Greenfingers

Julian Windsor, Managing Director of Bellagio, has successfully sailed across the Atlantic to raise money for Greenfingers, the national charity dedicated to creating magical gardens in children’s hospices
around the UK. Read more

Titchmarsh was not able to accept reduced role at Chelsea

Monty Don and newsreader Sophie Raworth are to replace Alan Titchmarsh as lead presenters for the BBC coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show in 2014, after Titchmarsh steps down. See more… Read more

Greenfingers team get going at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice

Greenfingers, the small charity dedicated to creating gardens in children’s hospices around the UK, held an event at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield last week to encourage local horticulture businesses to get involved with an inspirational new garden set to be built there. Read more

Garden Connect has been awarded the UKTI Investment Award 2013

It was awarded for its entrepreneurship of the last 12 months in the UK. Read more

Garden delight for UCLan designer

Student wins pitch to help create outdoor furniture of the future Read more

Mr Fothergill's pumpkin mercy dash to college's Hallowe'en Festival

When Capel Manor College, Enfield, realised it was short of pumpkins for its 'Hallowe'en Howler' festival on Sunday, 27 October, it contacted Suffolk seedsman Mr Fothergill's to see if it could help. Read more

Unwins Seeds help out local school gardening club following arson attack

Green fingered pupils have been given a boost by Unwins Seeds, as they look set to re-launch their gardening club, Little Green Fingers, following an arson attack last year. Read more

Paul elected to IGCA board

Paul Cooling has recently (October, 2013) been elected to the International Garden Centre Association (IGCA) board replacing Sue Allen who is retiring from the role. Read more

Student captures remarkable photograph of parasitoid wasp

This remarkable photograph of the parasitoid wasp Praon volucre emerging from its cocoon inside an aphid was taken by Nika Eftekhari, a student on the MSc Horticulture - Crop Production programme at Writtle College.  Read more

Mr Fothergill's - Co-sponsors of the International Garden Centre Congress

Mr Fothergill's joint-managing directors Dave Carey and John Fothergill accompanied 24 representatives from UK garden centres to the International Garden Centre Congress.  Read more

New President for HTA

Following the HTA AGM which took place on 16 October at One Great George Street in London, Stan Green from Growforth Ltd has been elected as HTA President. Stan takes up the Presidency and the role of chair of the HTA Board for a two year term taking over from Caroline Owen. Read more

Neville Prest, Managing Director, to leave Garden & Leisure Group

Following the recent acquisition of the Garden & Leisure Group, The Garden Centre Group announces that Neville Prest, Managing Director of the Garden & Leisure Group, has decided to leave the company. Read more

McArdle appointed Marketing Director at William Sinclair

William Sinclair Horticulture, one of the UK's leading producers of growing media, fertiliser and garden
sundries, announces the appointment of Simon McArdle as Marketing Director. Read more

Oldest garden centre manager Phyllis Self dies aged 105

The industries oldest boss, director of Whitehall Garden Centres who worked daily until well past her 102nd birthday, has died at the age of 105. Read more

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