Former UK Ambassador 1st speaker unveiled for 2018 GCA conference

Former UK Ambassador Charles Crawford has been announced this month (November) as the first speaker booked for the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) 52nd annual conference in Warwickshire in January (January 21 until 24, 2018). Read more

Charles Crawford

Herman Hamer, pioneer and driving force of Florensis, has sadly passed away

Herman Hamer, Shareholder and Advisor to the Board of Florensis, passed away on 12 November 2017 following a courageous battle against his illness. He was 60 years old. Read more

Creator of Fullers Mill Garden, Bernard Tickner dies aged 93

Bernard Tickner MBE, whose home was at Fullers Mill, died peacefully this week. He was 93. Bernard leaves a legacy of achievements in both professional and private spheres which have enriched the lives of those in his local community and beyond. Read more

Bernard Tickner MBE

Helen MacDonald appointed HTA Council representative for Scotland

We are pleased to announce that Helen MacDonald of Merryhatton Garden Centre in East Lothian, near Edinburgh, has been appointed to the role of HTA Council Representative for Scotland. Helen replaces Simon Fraser who stepped down at the last meeting following his appointment to the Board. Read more

Helen MacDonald

Geoff gets growing his tash again for Hereford hospice

A member of staff at one of the UK’s leading nurseries is this month (November, 2017) growing a moustache in aid of a hospice in Hereford. Read more

Geoff Godsall Trading Foreman at Wyevale Nurseries

Zest employees clock up over 3,400 miles for charity

Employees from Zest 4 Leisure, a leading trade supplier of quality timber furniture, have covered over 3,400 miles this year, raising in excess of £15,000 for Cancer Research UK, its chosen charity for 2017. Read more

Bowles & Wyer announces new employees

Landscape company Bowles & Wyer has secured three new employees as part of its current restructuring programme under the guidance of John Wyer. Read more

Mark Latchford - Designer

Mark Portman says he joins Gardman at an exciting time

Mark Portman joins Gardman as group sales director after 5 years at Henkel, where he had a succession of roles from head of sales UK to general manager UK, Ireland and the Nordics. Read more

Mark Portman, Group Sales Director at Gardman

Smart Garden Products appoints new Trade Marketing Manager

Smart Garden Products is delighted to announce that Caroline Holford has joined Smart Garden Products on 9th October as Trade Marketing Manager. Read more

Caroline Holford, Smart Garden Products

Carol Paris becomes a non-exec director at Briers

Carol Paris has joined Jackie Eades on the board of Briers, the UK’s leading garden glove and boot supplier, to guide it through its next phase of growth. Read more

Carol Paris and Jackie Eades

Boyd Douglas-Davies awarded the HTA Pearson Medal

Boyd Douglas-Davies, CEO of Hillview Garden Centres, was awarded the HTA Pearson Memorial Medal at the HTA Garden Futures dinner, which took place at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire on 4 October. This award, in memory of the HTA’s first general secretary Charles Pearson, is presented annually to an individual for outstanding service to the garden industry. Read more

HTA President Adam Taylor and Boyd Douglas-Davies

Chris Buck joins the Elho team

Elho welcomes Chris Buck to their UK sales team as representative for the Midlands. Chris joins Elho with nine years' experience in sales and customer development, previously working with the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.  Read more

Chris Buck

Hornby Whitefoot PR expands with appointment of Cassie King

The industry’s leading garden, home and lifestyle PR agency has recently welcomed a new member to the team – introducing Hornby Whitefoot PR’s new Account Director, Cassie King.

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 Hornby Whitefoot PR’s new Account Director, Cassie King.

Tony Dedman, garden product stalwart retires after 48 years in trade

After 48 years in the garden trade, Tony Dedman, operations director of Garland Products/Worth Gardening is to retire on 30th September. Tony is pictured at Glee 2017 with his son Mark, who is sales director of the company. Read more

Tony and Mark Dedman show their new Grow Pot Tower

Forest Garden put their best foot forward for charity!

Employees at Forest Garden have swapped their work shoes for welly boots today (20th September) to help raise money for charity. Read more

Losses force nurseries to reorganise as costs increase

Results filed at Companies House for 2016 show how Brexit, rising costs, the living wage and tough competition are squeezing margins. Several nurseries are reorganising to stem losses. Read more

T&M's most experienced new product development team EVER!

T&M’s newly formed new product development team boasts over 140 years’ horticultural experience. Read more

Excellent customer service rewarded

Dealing with tricky consumers can be quite a challenge requiring patience as well as great communication skills and a detailed understanding of the product as well as business relationships. Read more

Leanne Arrowsmith

EU again fails to agree on the future of glyphosate

With the EU licence for glyphosate set to expire on December 15th, the EU has today failed to pass the Commission’s proposal of a licence renewal for 5 years. So what happens now? Read more

Jason Lock joins Bowles & Wyer as new Head of Design & Build 

Landscape company Bowles & Wyer has announced that Jason Lock, former partner at DeakinLock Garden Design, has been appointed as its new Head of Design & Build. Read more

Jason Lock

Smart Garden Products expand their award-winning team

In October 2017, due to the continued growth of their rapidly expanding Export business, Smart Garden Products welcomed two new employees to their award-winning team based in Abingdon. Read more

Left to right: Silvia Staudenmaier, Elvire Beugin and Sabrina Laloui.

New sales & marketing director for Glendale Horticulture

Glendale Horticulture is pleased to announce the appointment of Kersten Catella as Sales and Marketing Director. Read more

Kersten Catella

North Yorkshire nursery chairman is inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award winner

John Richardson, the chairman of leading horticultural nursery Johnsons of Whixley, has been named as one of the first recipients of a Lifetime Achievement Award in the recent Rural Excellence Awards. Read more

John Richardson Award

Our Chairman is retiring

The character that is Edward Way is hanging up his boots and retiring from Fordingbridge plc. Read more

Edward Way

Steve Guy rejoins Kingfisher

Steve Guy, buying director at Dobbies until earlier this year, has rejoined Kingfisher as head of outdoor sales. Read more

Staff long service awards at Glendoick Garden Service

Fifteen Staff at Glendoick Garden Centre were recognised for their loyalty to the business recently when they were presented with long service awards for 5, 10 and 15 years of service. Read more

Rachel's new role

Mr Fothergill’s are pleased to announce a significant promotion for long-standing and valued member of staff, Rachel Cole. With immediate effect Rachel will be promoted to the new position of Seed Buying and Quality Supervisor. Read more

Rachel Cole

Dare to be different! HTA Marketing Forum speakers announced

Never has it been more important to stand out from the crowd. On Wednesday 15 November the HTA are holding a one-day Marketing Forum at Horticulture House, Oxfordshire, aimed at all those involved in marketing and public relations in the garden industry, bringing together experts from both inside and outside the industry. Read more

Mark Davies, Whistl

After dinner talk from Tom Heap at HTA Garden Futures Conference

Broadcaster and presenter Tom Heap will be the after dinner speaker at the HTA Garden Futures dinner. Tom, who is the BBC Rural Affairs correspondent, is well known for presenting programmes including BBC Radio 4’s Costing the Earth, Panorama and BBC Countryfile. He will enlighten delegates with tales from his journalistic and broadcasting career. Read more

Broadcaster and presenter Tom Heap.

Stax rising star advances to pivotal sales position

After joining Stax Trade Centres just two years ago, Marie Rossi has been promoted from Seasonal Section Manager to the field based role of Sales Representative, looking after key garden centre clients across Scotland. Read more

Marie Rossi has been promoted to the field based role of Sales Representative.

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