Steve Morgan's epic cycle ride for Doddie Weir

Managing Director of Zest, Steve Morgan, is embarking on an epic cycle challenge – the Doddie Cup 500 with a team of fellow ex-rugby players,  Read more

Doddie Weir

Garden centres making the local headlines

Local news headlines include tributes to the owners of Brookfields Garden Centre, an otter raiding Otter Nurseries, approval for a new Sunderland garden centre, an acquisition by Kybotech and developments at Newbridge Nurseries. Read more

Highfield Garden world's Greenway family with some of their planet-friendly products

“You are going to be the saviours of the horticulture industry”

The RHS rolled out the red carpet yesterday to the YPHA, a vibrant new group for young horticulturists.  Sue Biggs told them, “You are going to be the saviours of the horticulture industry.” Read more

The Committee: Liam, Lilidh, Mollie, Natalie and Abi.  All photos: Jonathan at Ginger Horticulture

SBM expands UK marketing team as part of its 2022 growth plans

SBM Life Science has expanded its UK marketing team as part of its strategy for growth within the industry, with the appointment of a new dedicated product manager. Read more

Calls to support Peter Seabrook’s legacy at Floral Fantasia

An industry group is fundraising to secure the future of Floral Fantasia at RHS Hyde Hall, developed, funded and cared for by the late Peter Seabrook. Read more

Richard Harding dies peacefully at home

It is with great sadness that the Four Oaks family announces the death of owner Richard Harding age 77. Richard passed away peacefully at home last night. Read more

Richard Harding

VegTrug announce the promotion of Operations Director

VegTrug are very pleased to announce the promotion of Richard Diaper to Operations Director with effect from January 1st 2022.
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Richard Diaper, Operations Director

Peter Seabrook has died, suddenly

Peter Seabrook, MBE, died suddenly on Friday of a heart attack.  At 86 he was campaigning for UK growers till the end. Read more

Peter Seabrook.  photo: Howard Walker

Big changes at MorePeople

21 years after co-founding MorePeople with Guy Moreton, Peter Hunt has retired from the business. Read more

HTA bolsters support to membership with new appointments for 2022

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is to offer its members an even greater level of support thanks to investment in the technical and professional skillset of its staff. Read more

David Lydiat

CBE for Plant Health Chief

Professor Nicola Jane Horsley, known within the industry as Nicola Spence has been awarded CBE in the New Year’s Honours list. Read more

Nicola Spence

New sales director at Trans-Continental Group Ltd (SnowTime & SunTime)

Lee Kennerley formally Head of Garden & Leisure at RSW International Ltd re-joins Trans-Continental Group Ltd in January, as Sales Director. Read more

Lee Kennerley

Top economist announced as a key speaker at GCA conference in 2022

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has announced that leading economist Roger Martin-Fagg will be speaking at its 56th annual conference in Blackburn this January (January 23 until 26, 2022). Read more

Roger Martin-Fagg will be speaking at its 56th annual conference.

Mabon’s fresh and sustainable approach

Phil Mabon has launched his own business, MABON Design and Print Ltd, specialising in design, marketing and sustainable print solutions. Read more

Phil Mabon

New Head of Supply Chain for Imported Goods at Ames

Steve Seal has recently been appointed to the newly created role of Head of Supply Chain for Imported Goods for Kelkay, La Hacienda and Apta.  Read more

Steve Seal

Char-Broil new team appointment

Due to the continued growth of the brand and a boom in sales for its highly-rated BBQ grills, Char-Broil has appointed Daniel Grundy as its new Sales Representative for UK & Ireland. Read more

Daniel Grundy as its new Sales Representative for UK & Ireland

Evergreen Garden Care grows sales in the UK

Evergreen Garden Care grows sales but warns of inflation and some product shortages, as 2021 results are published. Read more

Mark Portman

Geoff Caesar joins Allensmore Nurseries

Geoff Caesar has recently joined Allensmore Nurseries as business development director. Read more

Geoff Caesar

Promotions at the HTA

David Denny has become HTA Director of Research & Insights while Marin Simmons will become Head of Horticulture leaving a vacancy for a new HTA director of Membership. Read more

Dave Denny

Tong trebles food preparation space for its restaurants

The West Yorkshire Garden Centre has invested significantly to treble The food preparation area for its restaurants. Read more

Colin Porter, Vanessa Wright, Parbjota Rhoud, John Igo and Cath Westmoreland

New Head of Sales and team expansion at Hartman

Increasing its headcount by over 40%, Hartman has invested in all areas of the business.  The most senior appointment at Hartman is Head of Sales – David Cotgrave. Read more

New Head of Sales – David Cotgrave

Darlac appoints Damian McEvoy as Technical Lead

Darlac, the cutting tools experts, are delighted to announce the appointment of Damian McEvoy as Technical Lead to strengthen the firm’s in-house product development capability. Read more

Durston Garden Products remember Jim Kelly

Durston Garden Products is extremely saddened to announce the passing away of its much-loved sales agent, James (Jim) Kelly, who died in late 2021, aged 84 years. Read more

Jim Kelly

Hossein Arshadi retires from Hillier

After more than 40 years of working for Hillier Nurseries, Hossein Arshadi has retired from his position as board member and Hillier Trees Amenity Director. Read more

Hossein Arshadi

Jeff Carter promoted to Associate Director

Azpects Ltd is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeff Carter from Technical Manager to Associate Director. Jeff remains the lead for products and technical support at Azpects. Read more

Jeff Carter promoted to Associate Director.

GCA to welcome inclusion and diversity consultant at 2022 conference

Consultant, public speaker and author Linbert Spencer OBE will be presenting at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference in Blackburn in January (January 23 until 26, 2022). Read more

Linbert Spencer OBE, Inclusion and Diversity consultant

Southern Trident appoints new Sustainability Supply Chain Manager

Southern Trident is delighted to announce the appointment of a new member of staff who will take on the new role of Sustainability Supply Chain Manager. Read more

New rep for the new year!

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company are proud to officially announce the appointment of Amanda Frankish as their new Sales Representative for the Northern territory, caring for and improving on an existing portfolio of accounts throughout the North of England and Scotland. Read more

Amanda Frankish

The Real Soil Company appoints new Business Development Manager

Following the successful launch of The Real Soil Company and its benchmark-setting SuperSoil organic topsoil, the company has recently appointed James Romaine as the company’s first Business Development Manager. Read more

Simon Hedley & James Romaine

Dennis van der Lubbe to leave The Flower Council of Holland

Dennis van der Lubbe will be leaving the Flower Council of Holland (FCH) on 31 December. He has been the Managing Director since March 2018. Read more

Dennis van der Lubbe will be leaving the Flower Council of Holland

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