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

School competition gets a head start thanks to Durstons

All children like getting their hands dirty including the pupils of Brookside Primary School in Street, Somerset. Read more

Cookshop now open at Poundbury Gardens

A brand-new cookshop at Poundbury Gardens has been officially opened by Mayor Andy Canning. Specialist cookshop Owen & Simpson, which stocks brands such as KitchenAid, Joseph Joseph and Kuhn Rikon, is already proving a hit with the Poundbury community and further afield. Read more

Royal Horticultural Society appoints new Head of Science

The former Horticultural Science Curator at the Eden Project has been named as the new Head of Science at the world's largest gardening charity, the Royal Horticultural Society. Read more

Commercial nous gives Birmingham student winning edge

A student at Birmingham City University has won a competition to get their fabric design commercially produced on a range of outdoor furniture. Read more

iPad Mini winner announced

Steve Parry from Aylett Nurseries was presented with an iPad Mini recently from The Christmas Cabin, the leading specialist supplier of Christmas tree stands and Christmas tree marketing products. Read more

A real buzz in the air at Webbs

Visitors to the gardens at Webbs, Wychbold, will notice a real buzz in the air this summer. For professional bee keeper Chris Broad has established eight hives in the gardens there, which will provide up to 800 jars of exclusive Webbs’ honey each year. Read more

Gardman announces appointment of new Sales Director

The Gardman Group, one of the UK’s leading gardening sundries and wild bird care companies, has announced that Bernard Shannon has been appointed to the role of Sales Director. 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

Seed Developments Ltd appoint a new International Sales Manager

Seed Developments Ltd, the world’s leading manufacturer of biodegradable seed tapes and pre-sown associated products based in Somerset, announced the appointment of Gianluca Milani as International Sales Manager. Read more

TGCG names new marketing director

The Garden Centre Group has appointed Sarah Fuller as marketing director. She joins the group from Waitrose, where she was head of marketing communications. See more… Read more

Marshalls plc Chief Executive Graham Holden to retire

Marshalls plc, the specialist Landscape Products Group, announces that Graham Holden, Chief Executive, has informed the Board that he intends to retire as Chief Executive and a Director of the Company by April 2014. Read more

Mr Fothergill’s seed sowing talks well received by Chinese gardeners

Mr Fothergill’s joint-managing director John Fothergill and commercial director Tim Jeffries have just returned from a mini lecture tour of China spent discussing seed sowing and how the British garden to audiences of new gardeners eager for information and guidance on their hobby. Read more

Rush to raise profile of Sinclair brands

The new Ellesmere Port facility is what attracted new CEO Peter Rush to the top job at Sinclair. It gives the capacity to grow profitable sales and grow shareholder value. See more... Read more

UCAS staff learning to ‘grow their own'

Staff at UCAS have been given the chance to grow their own fruit and vegetables on a purpose-built allotment in the grounds of its headquarters (Rosehill) in Cheltenham. Read more

Bumblebees' big benefit from Johnsons seed sales

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT), has benefitted to the tune of £4682 thanks to customers of seed company Johnsons.  For every packet of Johnsons Mixed Bumblebee Friendly Flowers seed purchased in the last year, 25p was pledged to the BBCT, and the company is pleased to continue its support through the 2013 season. Read more

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