Student awarded European study tour by Ball Colegrave Scholarship

David Acock, a student of Writtle College, is the latest recipient to benefit from a horticultural scholarship through The David Colegrave Foundation. Read more

Chris retires after 25 years at Millbrook Garden Centre

Chris Francis from Crowborough celebrated her retirement yesterday (June 25, 2013) with a special presentation after 25 years of service at a garden centre in the town. Read more

Grosvenor pair lose unfair dismissal claim against Blue Diamond

Iain Wylie and Neil Blaxall have lost their case against Blue Diamond for unfair dismissal in respect of redundancy. See more... Read more

Growing with Fleur

Smart Solar has appointed Fleur Hayter-Jose as Product Development Manager. Fleur is an additional member of the NPD team with specific responsibility for the development of new product lines for 2014. Read more

Marshalls names new CX

Marshalls, the leading manufacturer of paving and landscape materials has named Martyn Coffey as its new chief executive. He will replace Graham Holden who stands down in October. See more... Read more

The Gardens Group celebrates playgroup’s anniversary

The Gardens Group has donated a selection of flowers and pots to St Paul’s Playgroup in Sherborne, Dorset which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Read more

Westland rising stars battle it out to win the title

The four Garden Centre Association (GCA) Westland Rising Stars finalists have recently (May, 2013) successfully completed their second workshop as part of the competition. Read more

Young horticulturalists scoop third gold medal win at Holker Hall Garden Festival

Young horticulturalists, Tom (31) and Abi (29) Atwood, have won a third large gold medal in as many years at the Cavendish family’s 21st Holker Hall Garden Festival last week. They also won ‘best in show’ in their category. Read more

HTA announce new Head of Horticulture

The Horticultural Trades Association is delighted to announce that Raoul Curtis-Machin has agreed to join the HTA as its new Head of Horticulture. Read more

New head of horticulture completes new HTA line-up

The HTA has named its new head of horticulture, who joins the association in August. He will complete the new team headed by Carol Paris. See more... Read more

William Sinclair’s Steve Chalk will be leading a team of 14 in a charity challenge

William Sinclair’s Ferts & Chems Category Controller, Steve Chalk, will be leading a team of 14 in a charity challenge from the 17th-20th June.  Steve, who has worked in the Horticultural industry for 17 years, was unfortunately diagnosed with Melanoma in April 2011. Read more

Totally Shows director puts his foot down!

It’s a poorly kept secret that the Totally Show’s director Paul Grinsell’s true love, after the shows of course, is his Harley Davidson motorcycle.  However, Paul will be trading in his leathers for Lycra on Sunday, June 16th to take part in the London to Brighton cycle ride to raise money for industry charity the Rainy Day Trust. Read more

Sinclair Chairman to retire

William Sinclair, one of the UK's leading suppliers of growing media, announces that its non-executive Chairman, Bill Simpson, is to step down from his role and retire from the Board with effect from 28 September 2013.

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Team completes Grand East Anglia Run

By successfully completing the Grand East Anglia Run this weekend, a team from Thompson & Morgan has raised close to £3,000 for the charity Greenfingers, bringing the total raised to over £45,000. Read more

Cuckmere Trugs appoints new agents

Cuckmere Trug Company making the genuine Sussex Trug Baskets has appointed its first three sales agents in the South East. Read more

New RHS President elected

Sir Nicholas Bacon appointed President of the RHS Read more

205 miles of the Pennine Bridleway by bike and by foot in 4 days

Tara Truman from William-Sinclair undertook a 205 mile bike and run challenge to help raise funds for the charity supporting her work colleague and event organiser Steve Chalk who is suffering from the life threatening illness Read more

Martin Cowell's Geordie Jogle

Some people call it an "End to End", some call it "JOGLE", some call it just "a bloody stupid idea". But the basics of it are the same, to start at one end of the UK and ride to the other. Read more

Craft Advisor has career all sewn up

Chloe Heilbronn from Taunton has recently been appointed as a Craft Advisor at a craft centre in Somerset after successfully completing a 12 month apprenticeship scheme. Read more

Harper declared head of UK by Bord na Móna

Steve Harper, the former managing director of Vital Earth GB Limited and latterly Business Operations Manager UK at Bord na Móna UK is now to head up all of the Bord na Móna UK (BNM UK) retail business.  He will report to John Corcoran, Head of Retail Sales at Bord na Móna, Ireland. Read more

Dobbies details its new buying team

There have been substantial changes in personnel in the Dobbies buying team over the last year. Here is an up to date list of buyers and their areas of responsibility. See more… Read more

New marketing assistant for Town & Country

The UK’s leading gardening gloves and footwear supplier, Town & Country, has announced the appointment of Nicole Dopson to the position of marketing assistant. Read more

Dobbies appoints Director of Marketing

Dobbies Garden Centres has appointed Jo Coomber as its new Director of Marketing. Read more

Garden centre staff clock up more than 86 years’ service

Seven members of staff at a Powys garden centre are celebrating this month (June, 2013) after clocking up more than 86 years of dedicated service to the business between them. Read more

Hortsteppers complete their 100km challenge

A team from the Horticultural Trades Association is celebrating after raising over £5,500 for charity. Read more

“Webster” is ‘pawfect’ name!

A popular competition to name the new Webbs, Wychbold Garden Centre Guide Dog puppy has been won by Gill Hill of Brierley Hill in the West Midlands. Read more

Bettaland celebrates its 10th anniversary

Spalding’s peat-free nursery Bettaland celebrated its 10th anniversary, with former Energy Minister John Hayes MP formally opening its award-winning green offices. Read more

Landmann Barbecues appoints new Territory Manager

Landmann barbecues have appointed a new Territory Manager to cover the Midlands / North of the UK. Matt Muskett, who previously worked at Coolings Garden Centres, will start work on 1st June 2013. Read more

Team building

Smart Solar has welcomed two new members to its head office sales and administration team to support its planned growth in 2013. Read more

Gardman announces further senior appointment

The Gardman Group, one of the UK’s leading gardening sundries and wild bird care companies, has announced that Duncan Ross has been promoted to the role of Director of Garden Centre Sales. The announcement follows the retirement of Sue Sharp from the role earlier this year. Read more

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