Paul to talk about economy and political landscape at GCA conference

Writer and broadcaster Paul Mason will be talking about the economy and the political landscape during his guest speech at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) 2020 annual conference in January (January 26 until 29). Read more

Writer and broadcaster Paul Mason.

Notcutts announces Non-Executive Director and Chair for 2020

Notcutts Group Ltd has today announced the appointment of Bridget McIntyre as Non- Executive Director and Chair Designate with effect from 1st January 2020. Bridget will replace outgoing Chairman, Nicky Dulieu, with effect from 1st March 2020. Read more

Bridget McIntyre joins Notcutts Group as Non-Executive Director & Chair Designate.

Winner of the Katie Blake Luxury Holiday Prize draw

The winner of the Katie Blake Luxury Holiday Prize draw ran at Solex where by visiting the stand you would automatically be entered into the holiday competition was Phil Stevenson of Carlton Park Garden Centre. Read more

Zest 4 Leisure announces new senior organisational structure

Zest 4 Leisure has announced changes at Board level as it continues to forge ahead with its programme of continuous improvement. The new organisational structure reflects Zest’s mission to put quality and customer service at the heart of everything it does. Read more

Paul Booth

GCA conference attendees to hear from Eden Project co-founder

Attendees at this year’s Garden Centre Association (GCA) annual conference in January (January 26 until 29, 2020) will hear from co-founder and Executive Vice Chair of the award-winning Eden Project Sir Tim Smit KBE. Read more

Sir Tim Smit

Environmentalist to speak at 2020 GCA conference

Environmentalist Trewin Restorick has been announced (November, 2019) as the first speaker booked for the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference in Bristol in January (January 26 until 29, 2020). Read more

Trewin Restorick

The horticultural ‘Oscars’ highlight gardening as a force for good!

Eliminating plastics from our gardens, the social prescribing of gardening and the leafy love affair of millennials and their houseplants, were just some of the varied subjects being championed by gardening’s greatest influencers, at this year’s horticultural ‘Oscars’, the Garden Media Guild Awards. Read more

 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Carol Klein with Roy Lancaster (photo credit Jayne Lloyd)

HTA Pearson Medal awarded to John Ravenscroft

This year the HTA has awarded the Pearson Memorial Medal to industry pioneer John Ravenscroft in recognition of his outstanding services to horticulture. Read more

Boyd Douglas Davies and John Ravenscroft

Harry starts Management Trainee Scheme

Harry Downes has this month (November, 2019) started his two-year Management Trainee Scheme at one of the UK’s leading nurseries based in Hereford. Read more

Harry Downes who has started his two-year Management Trainee Scheme at Wyevale Nurseries.

Keith Weed to be proposed to RHS Members as the next President of the RHS

The Council of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced it will be supporting the nomination of Keith Weed for election as RHS President in 2020. Read more

Keith Weed

James Mitchell to leave Westland

James Mitchell, head of key accounts at Westland Horticulture for the last 6 years, looks set to leave and become an independent agent for the South West.  Read more

James Mitchell

Notcutts chairman to step down

Notcutts is to start the search for a new chairman, following the announcement that Nicky Dulieu is stepping down.  Read more

Nicky Dulieu

BALI Chalk Fund’s top award presented to Writtle student

George Truss, a student of BALI Training Provider college Writtle University College, has been awarded the BALI Chalk Fund's National Landscape Student of the Year Award 2019. Read more

George Truss

Environment Minister to address Cultivating Retail audience

Rebecca Pow MP, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Environment, will address the garden industry at the Cultivating Retail conference on 19 November. Read more

Rebecca Pow

Paolo Arrigo wins Person of the Year

Paolo Arrigo - pictured with his mother Theresa - of Seeds of Italy and Franchi Seeds who has been voted Slow Food Person of the Year Read more

Paolo Arrigo with his mother Theresa.

Fallen Fruits celebrates Liz Warren's 15 years

Fallen Fruits celebrates Liz Warren working for the company for 15 years. Michael Hall says she is a key member of the team with an in-depth knowledge of the company. Read more

Liz Warren

Whartons invests in marketing with new management position

Whartons Roses welcomes Jo Davey to the new role of marketing manager. Jo joins Norfolk based rose grower Whartons with over 25 years of horticultural experience in marketing and sales. Read more

Jo Davey, Whartons Nursery

Wyevale Nurseries expands its sales support team

One of the UK’s leading nurseries based in Hereford has expanded its sales support team and taken on two new administrators this month (December, 2019). Read more

Helen Hoskins Sales Support Administrator at Wyevale Nurseries.

Westland announces two key appointments

Two appointments at Westland Horticulture: Simon McArdle becomes marketing and category director at Gardman Crest and Mark Sage joins from Wyevale to become head of commercial horticulture. Read more

Mark Sage

Award wins for Hornby Whitefoot PR

Top industry awards, a BBC TV series and expansion of its client portfolio leads to celebrations at Hornby Whitefoot PR. The team at Hornby Whitefoot PR is celebrating after expanding its client portfolio and winning a top garden media industry award. Read more

Award wins for HWPR

Decco Mills is Hillier’s garden shop supplier of the year

Among the winners at Hillier’s Awards Dinner were: Botley, Hillier’s garden centre of the year; Meon Valley, Horticultural Supplier of the year; and Decco Mills. Read more

Garden Shop Supplier of the Year 2019 – Keith Willey of Decco Mill

Zest 4 Leisure's finance director sprints towards the finishing line of charity challenge

Andrew Baker, Finance Director at Zest 4 Leisure, has completed his 12 th and final competitive running event for 2019 to raise funds for Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith children’s hospices. Read more

Andrew Baker

Zest 4 Leisure's managing director honoured at business awards

Steve Morgan, Managing Director of Zest 4 Leisure, was presented with the Lord Barry Jones Legacy Award at the Flintshire Business Awards. Read more

 Lord Barry Jones and Steve Morgan

Distinction for Green-tech apprentice

Apprentice George Goodier has passed his course with the highest honours and has accepted a permanent contract with Green-tech as a Sales Advisor. Read more

Rachel Kay with George Goodier apprentice pass with distincton

Deco-Pak’s Craig Hall remembers Greenfingers on his wedding day

It was a case of “something borrowed, something green” for Deco-Pak’s Craig Hall at his recent wedding as he and his new wife, Debbie, raised over £1,200 for Greenfingers Charity thanks to generous donations from guests and families. Read more

Deco-Pak’s Craig Hall and his new wife, Debbie at his recent wedding.

Mike Lind on the GCA, independence and the minimum wage

Monkton Elm’s Mike Lind gets ready to hand over the chairmanship of the GCA and warns that the proposed increase in minimum wage could be a significant threat for the garden centre sector. Read more

Mike Lind

Greenfingers Charity welcomes Sue Allen as Trustee

Greenfingers Charity is delighted to announce that Sue Allen, founder of Millbrook Garden Centres has joined the charity’s Board of Trustees. Read more

Sue Allen

Kyle joins the Plant Health Professional Register

A Production Manager at one of the UK’s leading nurseries based in Hereford has successfully completed a competency exam to become an Associate on the Plant Health Professional Register. Read more

Kyle Ross Production Manager at Wyevale Nurseries

Landmann Barbecues appoint new Key Account Manager

Due to their continued growth, Landmann have appointed Luke Hopkins as their new Key Account Manager to manage key retailers within the Midlands / North of the UK. Read more

Ames’ Antony Harker returns to garden centres

Antony Harker, formerly of Tong and Kelkay, is to step down as MD of Ames UK having acquired a stake in part of British Garden Centres. Read more

Richard Slade, Antony Harker and Richard Pyrah

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