High-flying Writtle College alumnus named Garden Designer of the Year 2014 at Grand Designs Live!

Writtle College alumnus Liam Sapsford has been named Garden Designer of the Year 2014 at the Grand Designs Live show! Read more

Three Writtle College Horticulture students given jobs with celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh!

Three Writtle College Horticulture students have been given the opportunity of a lifetime working with celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh on his top TV shows! Read more

Doors open on new garden buildings department

A partnership between Trelawney Garden Leisure @ Wadebridge and Elite Spas & Leisure has led to the creation of a new garden buildings department at the garden centre this month (May, 2014). Read more

New marketing man for New Era

David Stafford is the new marketing manager at New Era Aquaculture, the Thorne-based ground-breaking fish diets manufacturer. Read more

Mr Fothergill's Ben raises £1000 in Multiple Sclerosis Challenge

Ben Roden of Mr Fothergill's has raised more than £1000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society by walking over burning coals at an Ipswich, Suffolk, hotel. Read more

Nick Knowles Named as RHS Ambassador

TV presenter will help raise the profile of community gardening. Read more

More buyers to leave TGCG

Gardenforum understands that 3 more buyers are set to leave The Garden Centre Group. See more… Read more

John Athwal sleeps out

Last Thursday, 27th March Premier Decorations’ Managing Director, John Athwal raised over £11,500 by taking part in the Action for Children CEO Sleep-Out in Paternoster Square in the City of London. Read more

Hillier at 150: The remarkable history of a horticultural legend

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Hillier Nurseries & Garden Centres, Jean Hillier (wife of Hillier Chairman, Robert Hillier OBE) has written the remarkable story of Hillier, from its foundation in Winchester in 1864 to the present day. Read more

Tushingham takes top sales job at Smart Solar

Phil Tushingham has joined Smart Solar as Sales Director with overall responsibility for the company’s revenues in the UK and Europe. Read more

Investing in people

Rolawn – Europe’s largest turf grower - have recruited new key personnel to meet the next stage of the company’s development. Read more

Mr Fothergill's customers salute Chelsea Pensioners' Victoria Cross

Mr Fothergill's campaign to raise funds for the work of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War (2014) has undoubtedly struck a chord both with its retail stockists and their customers, the Suffolk seedsman reports. Read more

Writtle College student wins regional final of Young Horticulturist of the Year competition

A Writtle College student has won the regional final of the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition. Read more

First Minister opens Stagecraft’s new factory

The Rt. Hon. Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales, will signal the end of a turbulent year for Mid-Wales business Stagecraft when he opens their new factory in Newtown on Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 12 months to the day that Stagecraft’s former factory burnt to the ground. Read more

Jean Clark

Robin Clark has written to say, 'It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that my mother, Mrs Jean Clark, died suddenly last Wednesday 12th March. She was co-founder with my late father David of  Findlay Clark Limited in Milngavie.' Read more

Chris Evans, Dundry Nurseries, receives his BEM

Chris Evans, manager of Dundry Nurseries, set up Butterfly Garden 11 years ago to hold educational sessions for people with learning difficulties. Last week he received the British Empire Medal at his garden centre in Cheltenham. He describes his passion, see more… Read more

Staff sow 40,000 poppies in remembrance of WW1

Staff at a garden centre in Cornwall have sown 40,000 Flanders poppy seeds around the entrance to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War 1 (WW1). Read more

New president for AEA

David Sturges, Managing Director for Oxfordshire based Countax, manufacturer of ride-on mowers was appointed President of the Agricultural Engineers Association at their Annual General Meeting on 29 April 2014. Read more

This May sees the exciting launch of Alexander Tredwell

This May sees the exciting launch of Alexander Tredwell – a specialist recruitment consultancy operating in the Horticultural Industry and specialising in the Garden Retail, Landscape and Amenity, Commercial Horticulture and Garden Industry Supply Chain sectors. Read more

Neil Gow joins Glee

Well-known industry figure and former GIMA director, Neil Gow, has joined the Glee team, helping to drive a number of new initiatives that have been introduced for the 2014 show. Read more

Nick Knowles and Adam Frost launch 50th Britain in Bloom

TV host and top garden designer celebrate 50th anniversary of campaign now organised by Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) at the start of National Gardening Week 2014 (14-20 April)
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Latest TGCG recruits bring the best of the retail industry to the gardening world

TGCG has drawn from Dixons, Homebase, Waitrose and Britvic to expand its trading division and bring the best of the retail industry to the gardening world. See more… Read more

Latest Gardenex ‘Meet the Buyers’ event results in more export business for UK garden product firms

During a break from their one-to-one business creating meetings with British suppliers, a group of garden product buyers from Finland, Slovenia, Spain and The Netherlands are pictured with some of the suppliers and members of the Gardenex export federation team. Read more

Top garden centre staff celebrate awards

Staff at Webbs, the award-winning family-owned garden centre business, celebrated another year of triumph with their own awards ceremony in Worcestershire. Read more

Staff confirmed as Notcutts COO as Tunbridge Wells reopens

Notcutts is to hold the official reopening of the garden centre at Tunbridge Wells next week. At the same time it has emerged that former FD Andrew Staff has been confirmed as the new COO. See more... Read more

It’s Gold all round for The Apple Tree

The recently refurbished Apple Tree Restaurant and the Apple Tree Farm Shop at Brimsmore Gardens in Yeovil have won Gold awards in the Taste of the West Hospitality & Retail Awards 2014. Read more

Phil Welsh leads new manufacturing team at William Sinclair

With its new £15m world class growing media production facility at Ellesmere Port due to open later this year, William Sinclair Horticulture has appointed Phil Welsh as Manufacturing Director. Read more

William Sinclairs new Manufacturing Director, Phil Welsh

New area chairmen announced for the GCA

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has this month (March, 2014) announced its new area chairmen who will represent member garden centres in each region. Read more

Westland Rising Stars soar at first Masterclass

The Rising Stars 2014 Programme has got off to a great start with the first Masterclass held at Westland Horticulture’s Merchandising Lab in Peterborough. Read more

HTA announce Vice President-elect

Garden retailer Adam Wigglesworth from Aylett Nurseries in Hertfordshire has been appointed Vice President-elect of the HTA. Read more

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