The Garden Centre Group announces new Non-Executive Board Director

The Garden Centre Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Rupert Gavin to the Board of the Company as a Non-Executive Director. Rupert Gavin is the CEO of Odeon & UCI Cinemas, owned by Terra Firma. Prior to joining Odeon he held senior positions at the BBC, BT and Dixons. Read more

GCA Rising Stars set to present at conference later this month

Winners of the Garden Centre Association’s innovative Rising Stars Programme, sponsored by Westland Horticulture are set to present on their experiences at the 2014 conference later this month. Read more

RHS recruits three new members of its leadership team

UK's gardening charity recruits high profile individuals to deliver exceptional customer service, drive future growth and safeguard UK horticulture. Read more

Mark Pitman joins Waitrose

Hillier’s Mark Pitman leaves to become Nursery and Landscaping Manager, Longstock Nursery at Waitrose. Read more

Two Writtle College students given prestigious awards

Two Writtle College students have been given prestigious prizes from the Worshipful Company of Gardeners. Read more

Youngsters design new Deco-Pak birdfeeder product in aid of Greenfingers

The UK’s leading supplier of garden aggregates and decorative accents, Deco-Pak, has recently run a birdfeeder design competition involving pupils from Shelley First School in Huddersfield, giving them the opportunity to try their hands at garden product design from an early age. Read more

Joseph Bentley provides tools fit for winners

Solus Garden & Leisure was delighted to be able to help young gardeners compete in one of the most exciting gardening challenges of 2014 with a donation of Joseph Bentley digging spades. Read more

Dobbies manager moves to TGCG

Ian Mccavish has joined The Garden Centre Group as an area manager supporting 14 garden centres across the North West and Midlands. Read more

Steve Harper presents his final Mo

Steve Harper from Bord Na Móna UK Ltd along with this friends raise money for Movember. Read more

GIMA names Vicky Nuttall as successor to Neil Gow

Vicky Nuttall, currently the president of GIMA and head of marketing at Forest Garden is to become the next director of GIMA. Read more

Solus completes sales and customer team changes

With new sales director May Philpott and CEO Mark Pearson now on board at Solus Garden & Leisure, the Worcestershire-based company has announced the final additions to its sales and customer service teams. See more... Read more

Poppies for Schools campaign to expand, thanks to donation by Unwins Seeds

A local campaign designed to get pupils planting poppy seeds ready for the Centenary of World War One is set to expand. 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

James Parr joins Smart Solar

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

Greenfingers trustees stand down

Greenfingers have today announced that three founder trustees are standing down from the board of the charity. The end of the trustees’ tenure was expected after over 15 years of service and outstanding contribution since the charity began. Read more

Gary Scroby leaves The HTA

Policy manager Gary Scroby has left the HTA and the garden sector. He has taken up a franchise with Premier Sport. Read more

Stars support the Garden Re-Leaf Day quiz

Hollywood star Jude Law and Dr Who actor David Tennant have joined the growing list of household-name celebrities to support Garden Re-Leaf Day’s popular Gardening Quiz Read more

Terry Best – Area Sales Manager, Handy Distribution

The funeral has been held recently for Terry Best a well respected sales manager for Handy Distribution, who died suddenly at the end of November. Read more

New Year Honours Chris Evans and Ian Cheshire

Chris Evans of Dundry Nurseries has been awarded the British Empire Medal and Kingfisher’s Ian Cheshire has been knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours. See more… Read more

DCF invests £5,000 in horticultural students

Following a record number of applications from 15 colleges across the UK, five scholars have been awarded Student Scholarships of £1,000 by the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF). Read more

New faces strengthen Westland’s Technical Team

TWO new faces have joined Westland Horticulture’s Technical Team to ensure the company continues to deliver exciting new products to its customers. Read more

Christmas tree grower has Downing Street sown up

An Oxfordshire Christmas tree grower has delivered a Christmas tree to take up residence outside Number 10 Downing Street this week. Read more

Millbrook raises more than £2,000 for chYps

Staff at The Millbrook Garden Company recently (November, 2013) presented a cheque for more than £2,000 to its Charity of the Year. Read more

Westland says it is backing Nick Davies

Westland reveals that it will finance the new garden product business, headed by former Solus MD, Nick Davies, that he promises will be a major force within 12 months. Read more

Jane Lawler to support the Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf partnership

Jane Lawler, former Marketing Director at Gardman, is to take up a short term voluntary role at the charity Greenfingers from the beginning of December 2013. Read more

New Show Director appointed for Harrogate Flower Shows

Nick Smith, Development Manager for Culture and Leisure at Stockton Borough Council, has been appointed as the new Show Director for Harrogate Flower Shows. Read more

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

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

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