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.

Pippa Greenwood is the new HTA Horticulture Manager

The HTA has appointed botanist and broadcaster Pippa Greenwood as HTA Horticulture Manager to support grower members of the association. Read more

Pippa Greenwood

Growers prepare for year of resilience rather than growth

Growers attending the latest HTA Ornamentals Committee meeting reported an extremely positive twelve months of trading. The meeting also saw the appointment of Martin Emmett, Strategy Director for Tristram Plants as the new chair, taking on the role from Geoff Caesar, who has stepped down after six years. Read more

Geoff Caesar and Martin Emmett the new Chair.

IPPS 6 packer award for Bransford Webbs apprentice

Isobel Watson, from The Bransford Webbs Plant Company, has won a place on the IPPS European Regional Annual conference, taking place this year in Stratford upon Avon, in the Midlands. Read more

Isobel Watson

Malcolm Scott Consultants appoints new associate

Garden centre planning and design specialists Malcolm Scott Consultants has expanded its Worcester-based team with the appointment of a new Associate, Read more

Andrew Burton

New sales agency appointments

West Country Soil Improvement Ltd have announced the appointment of ARC Southern to represent them across the Southern Counties of England including Surrey, Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, Middlesex and South London. Read more

The team from ARC Southern

Support Steve Harper as he runs for Perennial

Bord na Mona's Steve Harper is running the Great North Run on September 8th (2 days before Glee) on behalf of the gardeners' charity, Perennial.  Click here to support him, Read more

Brian's lifetime in horticulture is just what the doctor ordered

Mr Fothergill's celebrated 60 years in horticulture for their Trials Manager Brian Talman at their August Press day with a presentation of an acer Shirasawanum Jordan in a premium pot with a personalised inscription. Read more

Brian being presented with his Acer by joint MD's John Fothergill and David Carey.

New member to the sales team for Evergreen Horticulture

Evergreen Horticulture® is delighted to welcome Paul McDonagh who has joined our team as Regional Sales Manager for the South of England. Read more

Paul McDonagh

Alastair Fisher is the new president of Bheta

BHETA’s Annual General Meeting took place on 10th July and saw Alastair Fisher, joint managing director of Taylor’s Eye Witness appointed as its new President. Read more

Alastair Fisher

Westland picks its 2019 Rising Stars

Each year Westland and the Garden Centre Association (GCA) search for the most up-and-coming employees at garden centres who show great potential and would benefit from the opportunity to further their skills and experiences as part of the Rising Stars Program. Read more

Rising Stars - July 2019

Wales & West GCA regional winners revealed

Staff at garden centres across the Wales & West region are celebrating after scooping awards during a presentation evening at Castle Gardens this week (Tuesday, July 23, 2019). Read more

Right Michael Cole with staff & left Mike Lind from Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre.

GCA Midlands members receive regional awards

Staff from Garden Centre Association (GCA) member garden centres in the Midlands received awards during a presentation evening at East Bridgford Garden Centre last week (Thursday, July 18, 2019). Read more

Fairways Garden Centre, Ashbourne with their awards & (centre) Michael Cole, (2nd right) Mike Lind &

N.East and N.West GCA regional winners revealed

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) in the North East and North West are celebrating after picking up awards during a presentation yesterday (Tuesday, July 16) at Bents Garden & Home. Read more

Barton Grange Garden Centre

Stormafit Sales Team of the Year 18/19

Gordon and Caroline Vass have demonstrated a tremendous work ethic and have proven their value to the Stormafit team yet again.  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

Just Eat’s Chief Operating Officer joins Cultivating Retail Programme

Graham Corfield, Chief Operating Officer for Just Eat, joins the high profile line up of speakers at the Cultivating Retail Conference, sponsored by Evergreen Garden Care. Read more

Boyd Douglas-Davies appointed as HTA President

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), which took place at Glee on 11 September, saw the appointment of Boyd Douglas-Davies as HTA President. Read more

HTA President Boyd Douglas-Davies with Immediate Past President Adam Taylor

Roger Llewellyn of Ace Equipment has passed away

Roger Llewellyn whose family owned Ace Equipment passed away on the 1st September in Queen's Hospital  Burton on Trent, a year on from having major heart surgery at Papworth. Read more

Sean Robinson appointed Chief Executive Officer of Stiga Group

Sean Robinson appointed Chief Executive Officer of Stiga Group; Georg Metz steps down as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director. Read more

Sean Robinson appointed Chief Executive Officer of Stiga Group

E. P. Barrus extends garden division team with appointment of area sales manager

E.P. Barrus has extended its sales team with the appointment of Gary Bowness as Area Sales Manager covering the North West and Midlands. Read more

Gary Bowness

Vitax appoints new area sales manager

Vitax is delighted to announce the appointment of a new area sales manager to cover customers across Avon, Wilts, Hants and Dorset following the retirement of Julian Goodhand earlier this year. Read more

Mark Butler (left) national sales manager with  David Beech, Vitax’s new area sales manager.

Rainer Schubert becomes Burgon & Ball UK MD

Rainer Schubert has been appointed as Burgon & Ball UK managing director.  Most recently he was UK and ROI sales director at Scotts Miracle-Gro. Read more

Rainer Schubert

Details of the funeral for John Strange have been announced

The funeral for John Strange, founder of Keydell Nurseries, will be held at All Saints Church, Catherington PO8 0TD on August 19th at 12pm. Flowers are welcome or donations via Barrells Funeral Directors for British Heart Foundation or Rowans Hospice. Read more

Dorset applauds its champions of nature

On Thursday 25 July, Dorset’s most wildlife friendly gardeners were revealed at Castle Gardens in Sherborne, during Dorset Wildlife Trust’s 10th annual Wildlife Friendly Gardening Competition awards ceremony. Read more

Winners of Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Friendly Gardening Competition 2019 with Dr George McG

SBM’s field sales team continues to grow

A new appointment has been made to Scott’s team with Louis King taking up the position of Territory Account Manager. Read more

Scott Williams and Louis King

Founder of Keydell Nurseries dies unexpectedly

We are sorry to announce John Strange, founder of Keydell Nurseries, unexpectedly passed away at the weekend after many years in the trade. Read more

John Strange, founder of Keydell Nurseries

GCA’s South Thames area award winners revealed

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) in the South Thames region are celebrating after picking up awards during a presentation evening this week (Wednesday, July 17, 2019) at Haskins Garden Centre – Snowhill. Read more

Left, Alyson Haywood and right Mike Lind, with staff from Squires Garden Centre, Hersham.

Ian appointed Commercial Sales Director

Ian Wright from Shifnal near Telford has recently (July 2019) joined one of the UK’s leading nurseries as Commercial Sales Director. Read more

Ian Wright Commercial Sales Director at Wyevale Nurseries

GCA announces North Thames award winners

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) yesterday (Monday, July 15) unveiled its winners for the North Thames region during a presentation at Poplars Garden Centre. Read more

Perrywood Garden Centre - Tiptree

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