Commercial horticulture benefits through award of BPOA Peter Seabrook Bursary

Student, James Pike, has won a £1,000 British Protected Ornamentals Association – Peter Seabrook Bursary. Read more

James Pike win BPOA Peter Seabrook Bursary

Briers team joins Smart

Smart Garden Products is delighted to confirm that a number of staff have joined Smart from Briers. Read more

Tara Truman

Garden centre pioneer Michael Cooling has died

Michael Cooling, who died last week, was very proud to collect the first ever Horticulture Week “Retail Nursery of the Year” award in 1997 and the GCA Garden Centre of the Year in 2005. Read more

Michael Cooling, how to get the best from the new Fisons Grow Bag in the 1970s

HTA frustrated as agriculture minister resigns

George Eustice, Minister for Agriculture since 2015, has resigned over Brexit.  HTA chairman James Barnes said, “Clearly such events are frustrating but you always have to respect these decisions in the political arena.” Read more

George Eustice on the HTA stand at Chelsea in 2016 with Carol Paris and Peter Seabrook

Nova appoints Sean Sunderland as their North West agent

Nova Outdoor Living is happy to announce that Sean Sunderland from SS Agencies will be representing them to customers in the North West. Read more

Bragg is the new chair of the GMA

Neil Bragg from Bulrush Horticulture is the new chairman of the Growing Media Association (GMA) with Ben Malin from Godwins taking on the role of vice-chairman. Read more

Neil Bragg is centre with green tie.  Steve Harper is 4th from left

Sarah Squire appointed as Chairman of Squire's Garden Centres

After 30 years as Chairman and more than five decades in the business, Sarah’s father Colin Squire OBE takes on the role of Chairman Emeritus, and remains an active director of the business. Read more

Sarah Squire - Chairman of Squire's Garden Centres

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

Meindert Klem, our new International Account Manager

Meindert Klem has joined Thermoflor as the new International Account Manager. Read more

Meindert Klem

Jane joins GCA’s team of inspectors

The Garden Centre Association has this month welcomed Jane Lawler as its new inspector. Jane, who has more than 35 years’ experience in marketing and business development, will be responsible for inspecting member garden centres in North Thames, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Read more

Jane Lawler, GCA Inspector

Horticulture apprentice hones skills in Trust garden

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) student meets MSP at the start of Scottish Apprenticeship Week. Read more

(L-r) MSP for West Scotland Ken Macintosh, Eilidh Fletcher and Simon Jones.

New Decco Chesham manager

Leading home improvement and garden wholesaler, Decco has appointed Chris Gladwin as Manager for Decco Chesham. Read more

Decco has appointed Chris Gladwin as Manager for Decco Chesham.

Nova appoint Thomasson Agencies as their North East agents

Nova Outdoor Living is pleased to announce the appointment of Mathew Thomasson and Steven Hall from Thomasson Agencies as their brand representatives in the North East. Read more

Mathew Thomasson

Nova appoint Julie McLean & Andy Moore as their Midlands & NI agents

Nova Outdoor Living is pleased to announce that they have appointed Julie McLean and Andy Moore, of Julie McLean Limited as their representatives for the Midlands and Northern Ireland. Read more

Julie McLean

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

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