Cliff Bowers has passed away

Sadly Cliff Bowers passed away on Friday 9th September. He was a very successful agent who started representing companies within the Horticultural industry at the tender age of 18. Read more - open to all

Cliff Bowers

Ex-director of Dobbies Johnny Trotter has died

Johnny Trotter, a former director of Dobbies and a true horticulturalist, died suddenly on 21st August at the age of 74. Read more - open to all

Johnny Trotter

Boyd's final Presidential act, a pardon

2023 will see a gear change in member engagement says The HTA as Alan Down becomes President.  He succeeds Boyd Douglas-Davies whose final act was a Presidential pardon.  Read more - members only

Alan Down, HTA President

A new business venture for Andy Abraham

After 20 years working with Solus, and latterly 9 years at Westland, Andy Abraham has left the company to explore new business opportunities within the industry. Read more - open to all

Andy Abraham

BHETA recruits Sofia to its member services team

BHETA has appointed Sofia Sanchez to its members services team.  As member services co-ordinator, Sofia will be focussing on member relationships in terms of answering queries and providing information updates.  Read more - open to all

Nova Outdoor Living appoints new sales manager

After experiencing unprecedented growth, Nova Outdoor Living has been on the search for new talent that can continue to help steer the company into ambitious waters. This search has led to the appointment of Tara Harris as their new Sales and Operations Manager. Read more - open to all

Tara Harris

Next HTA President to draw on his nursery experience

Alan Down is set to assume the HTA President’s chain from Boyd Douglas-Davies on September 9th as the current holder’s extended reign finally comes to a close. Read more - members only

Alan Down, soon to become HTA President

New growth structure in place at Green-tech

Green-tech announces a host of promotions within the business as it continues to evolve and build for the future. Read more - open to all

Dean Jackson, Josh Forster,  Georgia Gilbert and Chris Swan

Iain Wylie resigns from the GCA

The Garden Centre Association’s chief executive has announced he has resigned from his role to pursue other opportunities. Read more - open to all

Iain Wylie

Allensmore 50th Anniversary Celebrations 

Allensmore Nurseries will be celebrating 50 years of business on Friday 12th August with a small gathering of past and present employees to mark this very special occasion. Read more - open to all

Brian and Ruth Taylor

Celebrity opening for Rosebourne’s extension to Weyhill

David Domoney cut the ribbon to Rosebourne’s 600m2  undercover extension at Weyhill, watched by MD Carol Paris and buying director, Stuart Whalley. Read more - members only

David Domoney cuts the ribbon watched by Carol Paris and Stuart Whalley

Dobbies search for Britain’s ‘Not Your Average Gardener’

Dobbies is on the lookout for Britain’s best gardeners with its Not Your Average Gardener Awards, launching today (Wednesday 3 August). Read more - open to all

Marcus Eyles and Jo Whiley

Two new trustees for the Colegrave Seabrook Foundation

Nicole Higginson, director at New Leaf Plants, and Neville Stein join the board of Trustees of The Colegrave Seabrook Foundation. Read more - open to all

Nicole Higginson

Group Plant Buyer retires from Haskins

Colin Brickell, group plant buyer for Haskins Garden Centres, has retired after 38 years of service for the business. Read more - open to all

Colin Brickell has retired after 38 years of service for Haskins Garden Centres

Rythm Jain becomes new president of BHETA

BHETA’s Annual General Meeting took place on 5th July and saw Rythm Jain, CEO of door and window hardware supplier, Avocet Hardware Group appointed as its new President.  Read more - open to all

Rythm Jain – CEO Avocet Hardware Group – President

Five Ornamental Growers of the Year

Five winners of the first HTA Grower of the Year Awards were revealed at the HTA conference.  They include Allensmore, Ball Colegrave and Palmstead. Read more - members only

Allensmore MD, Mark Taylor with new HTA President, Alan Down

Amanda joins Joy of Plants team as Library Manager

Amanda Barber from Berkshire has joined the team at a plant information company as its new Library Manager (September 2022).  Read more - open to all

Amanda Barber who has recently joined the Joy of Plants team as Library Manager

Maggie Bingham  (1950 – 2022)

Margaret Bingham, co-founder of Kingfisher Nursery at Gedney Hill in Lincolnshire, has died, aged 71, on 4th September after a short illness.  Read more - open to all

Maggie Bingham

Statements from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and the HTA

'It is with extreme sorrow and deep respect that the Society marks the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Patron of the RHS,' says the charity.  The HTA adds its sincere condolences. Read more - open to all

Kyle scoops top award at Four Oaks Trade Show

Production Manager at Wyevale Nurseries Kyle Ross has been presented with a special new award at this year’s Four Oaks Trade Show. Read more - open to all

Kyle Ross has been presented with a special new award at this year’s Four Oaks.

Adam Woolcott becomes Handy’s gardening expert

British garden equipment manufacturer Handy is delighted to announce the appointment of multi-award-winning garden designer Adam Woolcott as its new gardening expert.  Read more - open to all

Adam Woolcott

Glee crowns its first ever ESG Initiative Award winner

Following the first-ever June edition of the Glee exhibition, the show’s organisers have added a new initiative as part of its ‘Power of One’ campaign, introducing the Glee ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Initiative Award. This new award celebrates those brands that are taking great strides to positively impact these three critical areas of their business. Read more - open to all

Glee EGS Initiative Award winners 2022

Business is blooming as the team at PP8 Marketing grows

The wealth of experience at PP8 Marketing in the Home, Garden and Sustainability sectors has bloomed with the addition of Carrie Burgess. Carrie joins as Marketing Coordinator to support client delivery and account management as PP8 Marketing continues to grow. Read more - open to all

Carrie Burgess

Gardena strengthens its sales team

After being the only brand in positive growth in the watering category so far this year, GARDENA, the leading supplier of high-quality gardening products, is expanding its sales team to support rapid development within the garden centre channel. Read more - open to all

Gardena's new sales representative, Calum White

HTA appoints Marketing Director

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has today announced the appointment of Elia Johnston as its Marketing Director.   Read more - open to all

Elia Johnston, HTA Marketing Director

10 year old pet entrepreneur launches at Rosebourne

A launch within a launch. The ceremonial opening of the extension to Rosebourne at Weyhill provided the opportunity for a 10 year old entrepreneur to launch his pet products. Read more - open to all

Rory Fricker & Bean

Hozelock announces new CEO

Hozelock, Britain’s leading watering and plant protection expert, is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Davies as CEO.  He had been group sales and marketing director.  Read more - open to all

Simon Davies, new Hozelock CEO

Napoleon announces new president

We are very pleased to announce that Mike Tzimas, CPA, CA will become president, Napoleon. Mike succeeds Ron McArthur, as president who previously announced his intention to retire at the end of 2022. Read more - open to all

Mike Tzimas

New CEO and management for the HTA

The HTA is recruiting a new management team to include a new CEO and 2 new directors to strengthen its capabilities. Read more - members only

Jennifer Pheasey, to become director of public affairs

‘Magnificent seven’ clock up 230+ years of service

Six current and one retired team member from Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford have recently been recognised for notching-up more than 30 or 40 years of long service with the company (July 2022). Read more - open to all

Alan Hopkins, Goods Handling Manager with his Silver Medal

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