Passing with flying colours - another apprentice success at Provender Nurseries  

Provender Nurseries are celebrating the success of our latest Apprentice Rosina Green for completing her Level 2 NVQ Business Administration Apprenticeship. Read more

Emily Wallace & Rosina Green

Nova appoint Graham & Abbie Miles as their East Anglia Agents

Nova Outdoor Living is pleased to announce the appointment of Graham and Abbie Miles of Alfresco Agencies as their representatives for East Anglia. Read more

Nova appoint Graham Abbie Miles as their East Anglia agents.

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

As Mr Fothergill's trials manager Brian Talman celebrates 60 years working in horticulture, he muses how his working life could have been quite different if he had not heeded the advice of a family-friend doctor. Read more

Mr Fothergill's trials manager, Brian Talman.

Karol Pawlak named 21st Fleuroselect President

Fleuroselect, the international organisation for the ornamental plants industry, is delighted to announce that Karol Pawlak has taken on the role of President from 1st January 2019. Read more

Karol Pawlak

LOFA appoint new marketing manager

The Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association is delighted to announce that Gina Hinde is the new LOFA Marketing Manager and is now in post Read more

Gina Hinde is the new LOFA Marketing Manager.

Piet Oudolf given Lifetime Achievement Award at the SGD Awards 2019

Visionary garden designer, author and world-renowned plantsman Piet Oudolf has been granted the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Garden Designers. Read more

Piet Oudolf given Lifetime Achievement Award at the SGD Awards 2019.

RSW International keep growing

New appointment made to support the continued growth of RSW’s business within the Garden & Leisure industry. Read more

Peter Hammett

GCA reveals its ‘Garden Centres of Excellence’ winners

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) revealed the winners of its most prestigious awards at its annual conference including its 10 Garden Centres of Excellence and the Garden Centres of the Year. Read more

Destination Garden Centre of the Year - Bents Garden and Home

SBM Life Science Ltd welcomes new Head of Business

SBM Life Science Ltd has appointed Nick Walton as the new Head of Business for the UK and Ireland. Read more

Smiemans Projecten concludes 2018 well and toasts to the new year with the strengthened experienced team!

The current specialized and experienced team of Smiemans Projecten has been invigorated with 5 new people, including Ferry Breugem and Dries Jansen. Read more

The project team of Smiemans Projecten toast to the new year!

Decco appoints Andy Macmillan as Perth manager

Leading home improvement and garden wholesaler, Decco has appointed Andy Macmillan as Manager for Decco Perth, Andy replaces John Graham who retired at the end of 2018. Read more

Andy Macmillan

Jack Robbins appointed Decco Dagenham manager

Decco has appointed Jack Robbins as Manager for Decco Dagenham effective immediately. Jack joins Decco from sister company Stearn Electric where he joined as a graduate trainee in 2015. Read more

Jack Robbins

Gardenforum reviews a turbulent year for garden retail

Here’s your chance to catch up with some of the events in the retail garden sector that you may have missed. It was a turbulent year with the collapse of Gardman; around 60 garden centres changing hands or closing, Wyevale, Bunnings, Snow and drought. This is open to all. Read more

Gardman's fire started a turbulent year

David Austin dies aged 92

David C. H. Austin Snr OBE VMH, rosarian and founder of David Austin Roses Ltd died peacefully at his home in Shropshire on Tuesday 18th December 2018, surrounded by his family. He was 92. Read more

David C.H. Austin

James Barnes is to be HTA Chairman

James Barnes, the former CEO of Dobbies, is to become the chairman of the HTA and will speak on behalf of the association with members and outside the industry. Read more

James Barnes

Labels n Things owner awarded MBE

Julie Clements the owner of Labels n Things has been awarded an MBE As well as being the driving force behind plant labelling. Julie worked tirelessly for victims of domestic violence. Read more

Julie Clements, owner of Labels n Things, has been awarded an MBE.

Nova appoint Alec Routledge as South West agent

As Nova Outdoor Living continues to put their 2019 price list to potential customers, the business has appointed Alec Routledge from AR Agencies to represent them in the South West. Read more

Choice appoints a non-exec chairman

Choice, the buying and marketing group of 42 independent garden centres, has recruited a former MD of Blacks Leisure Group as non-executive chairman. Read more

Michelle de Lavis Trafford and Terry Maywood

Nova appoint Ian Read as UK sales manager

After unveiling their plans to appoint several regional agents throughout the UK, Nova Outdoor Living has announced the appointment of Ian Read as their UK sales manager. Read more

Nova Outdoor Living has appointed their new Sales Manager, Ian Read.

Bransford Webbs latest apprentices

Bransford Webbs has a long and proud history with apprenticeship schemes, datingback to the late 1980’s, with a number of our current grower, supervisory and management staff beginning their career in this way. Read more

Amelia and Isobel - apprentices

GCA announces Chairman Elect for 2020/21

Mike Burks, who is the Managing Director of The Gardens Group, was revealed as the GCA's Chairman Elect for 2020/21 during its annual conference, which took place at Luton Hoo Hotel, Luton. Read more

Mike Burks, who has been selected as the GCA Chairman Elect for 2020/21.

BASIS helps Green-tech enhance professional standards

Green-tech, who is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year; reinforces its commitment to investing in people by sending its team out in force. Five people have attended rigorous BASIS training courses to strengthen the company’s inhouse expertise. Read more

Josh, Andrew, Cameron, Roger and Glenn - all BASIS trained Jan 2019

Top awards for garden centres at GCA conference

Staff at garden centres across the country are celebrating after receiving awards at the Garden Centre Association's (GCA) annual conference in Luton yesterday (Monday, January 21, 2019). Read more

Barton Grange Trophy for Commercial Creativity and Innovation – Bents Garden & Home

Wyevale Nurseries’ Karen gets British Empire Medal

A member of the sales support team at one of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries in Hereford has recently been awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List. Read more

Karen Jones, Wyevale Nurseries

Change in role creates opportunity at Bransford Webbs

After fourteen years working with both independent garden centres and group accounts, David Chilvers, our current northern area sales executive is taking on the role of sales manager. His new role will see him lead the sales team, whilst continuing to build the company’s relationships with group accounts. Read more

David Chilvers

Greenkey adds strength to sales team

Paul Barker joins the Greenkey sales team in the new role of Key Account Manager. This will be a nationwide business development function to strengthen and support the established territory sales roles. Read more

Paul Barker

Evergreen Garden Care strengthens commercial team

Evergreen Garden Care UK has strengthened its commercial team with three new senior appointments within marketing and sales. Read more

(L-r) Sean Elkins Ann-Marie O'Riordan and Phil Harrison.

Dedicated horticulture staff receive plaudits for long service

A committed quartet from North Yorkshire nursery, Johnsons of Whixley, is celebrating a major milestone – after achieving more than 100 years of service combined for the company. Read more

Long service - L-R - Graham Richardson Paul Lamb and Adrian Price.

Paul to talk about ‘profit, people and the planet’ at GCA conference

Former Channel 4 News Economics Editor Paul Mason will be joining the star-studded roster of guest speakers at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference next month. Read more

Paul Mason

Tildenet appoints Head of Marketing

Tildenet Marketing Manager, James Leyland, has been promoted to the role of Head of Marketing as part of the drive to develop marketing across whole Tildenet Group. Read more

Tildenet Marketing Manager, James Leyland

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