Former English rugby player and coach unveiled for 2019 GCA conference

Former English rugby player and coach Sir Clive Woodward OBE has been announced (November, 2018) as the first speaker booked for the Garden Centre Association's (GCA) annual conference in Luton in January (January 20 until 23, 2019). Read more

Sir Clive Woodward

Smart invests in new product development and supply chain

Smart are delighted to announce further investment in their New Product Development and Supply Chain teams, with the appointment of Michelle Lee as Category Management Co-Ordinator and Darren Bailey as Supply Analyst & Planner. Read more

Darren Bailey and Michelle Lee.

New elho group board member

This past summer, Melanie Meskers started her position as Chief Commercial Officer at elho. As a board member, Melanie is responsible for the commercial organisation of the elho group: the sales, marketing, product development, online and category management departments. Read more

Melanie Meskers

Phil Gibbs leaves LOFA

LOFA has announced that secretary Phil Gibbs left the association on Friday 19th October as a new look board explores new opportunities for the association. Read more

VegTrug appoint two new team members to expand VegTrug Europe GmbH

VegTrug Limited have recently appointed two additional team members to support growth of VegTrug Europe GmbH; Petrus Lahm, Sales Representative & Rebecca de Winter, Inside Sales Manager. Read more

Rebecca de Winter

Hear more about Life at No 27 at HTA Marketing Forum

Annabelle Padwick, founder of Life at No.27 and ambassador for the gardening charity Thrive, has been announced as the latest speaker at the HTA’s upcoming Marketing Forum on 17 October. Read more

Annabelle Padwick

Desch Plantpak nominated for the 2018 ESF award!

Each year, the European Social Fund allocates subsidies to projects that promote people's development and health in a distinctive way. Ten projects were again nominated for the 2018 ESF Award this year, including Desch Plantpak, which is competing with its 'Veilig en vitaal’ project. Read more

Jeroen Heerkens

Cultivation St. Ambassador of the Year supported over 1,000 children

David Domoney congratulates this year’s Cultivation Street ambassador of the year, Dobbies’ Steven Purton, who regularly shares his expertise with a local charity, 4 schools, a college and a hospital to improve their communal spaces. Read more

David Domoney congratulates Steven Purton

Poundbury Gardens sows seeds for school garden competition success

Damers First School in Poundbury has been awarded second place in the School Garden category at this year’s Cultivation Street Competition, receiving £1,500 and 100 Calliope geraniums from the scheme, which recognises community garden projects across the UK. Read more

Damers First School in Poundbury

Haskins Garden Centre employee announced as runner-up in Cultivation Street’s Ambassador competition

Sophie Lyall, customer services assistant at Haskins Garden Centre in West End has been announced as a runner-up in Cultivation Street’s national ambassador competition. Read more

Sophie Lyall, Haskins GC employee is runner-up in Cultivation Street's Ambassador competition.

Wyevale Nurseries hunts for new staff to help it grow

One of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries is searching for new employees this month to help meet demand as the business continues to grow. Read more

A growing line-up for the APL Autumn Seminar - “It’s Time to Plant”

With less than two weeks to go until the final chapter of the latest round of Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) seminars, the full line-up of speakers for ‘It’s Time to Plant’ has now been announced. Read more

Richard McKenna, Provender Nurseries

Board appointments ratified at HTA AGM

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), that took place at Glee on 11 September, saw the strengthening of the Board with several key appointments being ratified. Read more

Boyd Douglas Davies, Richard Pyrah and Matthew Bent.

Student wins SWGS Sponsored Scholarship

Student, Luke Spiller, has won a South West Growers Show (SWGS) Sponsored Scholarship as part of the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) scholarship season. Read more

Luke Spiller

5th generation joins the Hillier board

George Hillier and Martin Hillier, respectively sons of Robert and John Hillier, have been appointed to the Hillier Nurseries board, becoming the 5th generation at the grower and garden centre group. Read more

The new Hillier Nurseries board

Personnel changes at Neudorff

The end of the season has bought personnel changes to Neudorff UK with a long-serving member of staff retiring and another taking on extra responsibilities. Read more

Tony Loftus

Smart strengthens Head Office support in preparation for a bumper year!

Smart are delighted to announce the appointment of three new team members to strengthen their Head Office Sales functions. Read more

Left to right: Karen Gorski, Piotr Bury, Ana Beunza

HTA Pearson Medal awarded to Baroness Fookes

This year the HTA has awarded The Pearson Memorial Medal to Baroness Fookes, the co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Gardening and Horticulture Group (APPGHG) recognising her outstanding services to horticulture. Read more

HTA President Adam Taylor presents The Pearson Memorial Medal to Baroness Fookes

New appointment brings a bright outlook for Vitax in Scotland

Vitax Limited is continuing with its recruitment drive with the appointment of a new area sales manager for Scotland. Read more

James Miller

Reflections of a six packer at the IPPS European Conference

Thomas Everard, 19, an apprentice at The Bransford Webbs Plant Company has recently attended the IPPS European Regional Annual Conference in The Zundert Region of the Netherlands. Read more

Thomas Everard

New sales structure for AMES UK

Richard Pyrah, AMES UK Group Sales Director has announced the creation of a new sales structure designed to support the planned growth strategy for the business. In recent months, the acquisitions, firstly of La Hacienda, Kelkay and more recently Anchor Fast, have resulted in an overlapping network of sales representatives. Read more

6 pack award winner for Bransford Webbs

Thomas Everard, from The Bransford Webbs Plant Company, has won a place on the IPPS European Regional Annual Conference, taking place this year in The Zundert Region of the Netherlands. Read more

Thomas Everard

GCA Trust sponsored delegates return from ‘inspirational’ IGCA Congress in Czech Republic

Squires Garden Centres’ Matt Tanner and Klondyke Group’s Jayne Scott who were sponsored by the Garden Centre Association (GCA) Trust to attend the International Garden Centre Association (IGCA) Congress are back from their trip (October 2018). Read more

Matt Tanner, Squires GC & Jayne Scott, Klondyke Group with Sue Allen, Chairman of the GCA Trust.

Colin Wetherley-Mein confirmed as GIMA Membership Ambassador

Former Vitax National Sales Manager and GIMA President, Colin Wetherley-Mein has recently joined the team at GIMA as Membership Ambassador, helping to boost the trade associations relationship with its members and to communicate its many member benefits. Read more

Colin Wetherley-Mein

Speakers announced for SGD Autumn Conference

Five internationally acclaimed designers each renowned for the way in which they use geometry in their work, have been announced for the SGD Autumn Conference ‘Geometry – new angles on gardens & landscape’ taking place on 17th November at the Royal Geographical Society in London.   Read more

Italian designer Cristina Mazzucchelli.

Dr Paul Alexander joins Bulrush

Bulrush Horticulture are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Paul Alexander as Technical Support and Product Development Manager. Read more

Dr. Paul Alexander

Matt Jones wins Garden Design Competition

Provender Nurseries are pleased to announce Matt Jones of London Plantsman as the winner of the Garden Design Competition at the Enfield Campus. Read more

L to R Liz Hughes, Matt Jones and Sophie Guinness

Staff at Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown prepare for Bournemouth Half Marathon in aid of Autism Wessex

Four employees working at Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown are training for the Bournemouth Half Marathon in aid of Autism Wessex. Read more

Staff at Haskins GC, Ferndown prepare for Bournemouth Half Marathon in aid of Autism Wessex.

ARC expand their award-wining team!

ARC Southern Ltd owners Andy Roe and Andy Campion are delighted to announce another addition to their team who will be joining them for Glee next week, representing Smart Garden Products, Ames, Crest, Johnsons, Growtech and Glendale.  Read more

Andy Mountney

P&A Group takes on IRONMAN Wales challenge for charity

Managing Director of P+A Group, Steve Morgan and P+A Fencing & Timber Technical Manager, John Vaughan are taking on the gruelling IRONMAN Wales challenge in Tenby as part of the company’s charity fundraising efforts. Read more

Steve Morgan, PA Group

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