Four Oaks announces death of Pat Coutts

Four Oaks Trade Show has announced the death of Pat Coutts, who led the event across 5 decades, at the age of 76. Read more - open to all

Pat Coutts

Colin Squire awarded by Rose Society UK

Colin Squire OBE, Chairman Emeritus of Squire’s Garden Centres, has been awarded the prestigious Dean Hole Medal by The Rose Society UK in recognition of his work with and love of roses. Read more - open to all

Peter Seabrook, Ray Martin, Colin Squire, John Anthony

New commercial lead for AMES

With a goal of £150million revenue within 3 years, AMES UK has ambitious growth plans for the future. Driving the business to achieve this target is their recently appointed Commercial Director, Nick Jones for the integrated business brands; Kelkay, La Hacienda and Apta. Read more - open to all

JDA welcome a new member to the team

JDA, which has been servicing the garden centre industry for 10 years, would now like to welcome Matthew van der Linde to the team.  Read more - open to all

Matthew van der Linde

Green-tech takes Supplier and Service Provider category title at ProLandscaper Business Awards

Leading landscaping supplier Green-tech has been named as the Supplier and Service Provider in the 2021 Pro Landscaper Business Awards. Read more - open to all

The ProLandscaper Awards plague has made it back to Green-tech HQ

Steve Nicholls recognised for 25 years of committed service

Blue Diamond MD, Alan Roper, says congratulations and well done to the general manager at Newbridge Nurseries, Steve Nicholls, who is celebrating 25 years of service. Read more - open to all

Alan Roper congratulates Steve Nicholls

New manager at Squire's Garden Centre in Chertsey

Rupert Sleight has been appointed Garden Centre Manager at Squire’s in Chertsey. Read more - open to all

Rupert Sleight - Garden Centre Manager Squire's Chertsey

New sales director appointment for AMES UK

AMES UK appoint a new sales director for multiples business. Rob Parker will lead the 17-strong team driving business acquisition and growth in the Grocery, DIY, High Street, Export and Online channels. Read more - open to all

Rob Parker

Syngenta Flowers appoints a new Head of Sales Netherlands and Belgium

Syngenta Flowers appointed Edwin Zuidgeest as Head of Sales for the Netherlands and Belgium. Read more - open to all

Marco van der Sar new chairman of the Flower Council of Holland

Marco van der Sar has been appointed chairman of the Flower Council of Holland (FCH) board. Marco is succeeding Henk Spoon, who is standing down after three years. Read more - open to all

Marco van der Sar new chairman of Flower Council of Holland

Nursery sector loses a well-known figure with Renato Canale’s death

Renato Canale, the driving force behind  Europlants and a leading figure in the nursery industry for almost 60 years, has died aged 78. Read more - open to all

Renato Canale

Hygeia expands its UK team

Hygeia are pleased to announce the appointment of Carrie Burgess, to strengthen their presence in the UK garden care market, as Marketing & PR executive. Read more - open to all

Carrie Burgess

Azpects Ltd expands marketing team

Azpects Ltd, creators of EASYJoint, are pleased to welcome apprentice Chloe Ryman to their Marketing Team. Azpects specialise in developing and manufacturing products for creating and maintaining outdoor hard landscaping. Read more - open to all

Chloe Ryman

Promotion for Haskins Garden Centre’s catering manager

Jason Froggatt, who first joined Haskins Garden Centres in 2003, has been promoted to Group Catering Manager. Read more - open to all

Jason Froggatt

Ekju management forms AMATA for MBO

The management of garden furniture specialist EKJU has completed a MBO as AMATA in what it calls turbulent times.  Demand is high and there’s a shortage of raw materials. Read more - members only

Antony Harker returns as a supplier of aggregates and garden products

Altico Garden Products will be a major talking point at Glee.  It is the vehicle for the return of Antony Harker and family as a supplier of  aggregates and garden products to garden centres. Read more - members only

Antony Harker

New Director for Langlands Garden Centres

Langlands Nurseries Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Daniel Lawton as Director. Dan has started his new role on the 1st of August 2021 and is bringing over 18 years of industry experience into the business. Read more - open to all

Mr D Lawton (left) and Mr J Ducker

Broil King appoints new sales merchandiser

Broil King announce the appointment of James Leach as their new Sales Merchandiser to support the Broil King sales team and the stockist network in the UK. Read more - open to all

James Leach

Congratulations to Alan Blomfield from Worcester

Congratulations to Alan Blomfield from Worcester Garden Centre who celebrated his 50 year work anniversary on Sunday 1st August 2021. Read more - open to all

Whartons Rosie Ramble raises over £2,000 for Greenfingers

On Sunday 1st August the office team at Whartons Garden Roses undertook a 10 mile sponsored walk around the roses fields to raise funds for Greenfingers. Read more - open to all

Zest 4 Leisure raises over £8,000 for MacMillan in 24 hour event

Outdoor garden furniture, wooden products and decorative garden structure specialist, Zest 4 Leisure has completed a 24-hour run / walk charity challenge, raising over £8,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Read more - open to all

Two new non-exec directors for Squire's

Squire’s Garden Centres has appointed two new non-executive Directors.  Rob Collins recently retired as MD of Waitrose. Tony Perkins was Audit Lead Partner at BDO. Read more - open to all

Chairman Sarah Squire (centre) with new Non-Executive Directors, Rob Collins (l) & Tony Perkins (r)

Garden centre headlines around the country

Headlines around the country include a sale and lease back by Dobbies, controversy about breast feeding in a garden centre and thefts of catalytic converters at Bents. Read more - members only

Gary Plevey, a true gentlemen, with his family

Industry newcomer, Ian Hepburn talks about trading and reducing peat

It was a steep learning curve for Ian Hepburn who joined Evergreen Garden Care a few months ago as marketing director,  having worked previously for Mars.  Read more - members only

Ian Hepburn

Azpects Ltd adds to support staff

Azpects Ltd, creators of EASYJoint, are pleased to welcome two new staff members to their support team. Read more - open to all

GIMA announces the re-election of Simon McArdle

Re-elected GIMA President, Simon McArdle, thanks retail customers on behalf of the membership. Plus, Kate Ebbens re-joins GIMA Council. Read more - open to all

GIMA President Simon McArdle of Westland Horticulture

New marketing director for Evergreen

Ian Hepburn joined Evergreen Garden Care a few months ago as the new marketing director.  He succeeds Ann-Marie O’Riordan who has a new group role in the company. Read more - open to all

Ian Hepburn

Swedish success story for Highfield Garden World protégé

The team at Highfield Garden World in Gloucestershire are toasting the success of former member of staff Alcwyn Davies having heard the news that he has beaten 1700 others to win a coveted award in his adopted home country of Sweden. Read more - open to all

Alcwyn Davies - Highfield Garden World protege receiving his award

AMES UK names new HR director

AMES UK has appointed of Nicola Sykes to the newly created role of HR director.  She will be bring together True Temper, Kelkay, La Hacienda and Apta into a single, strong, harmonised team Read more - open to all

Nicola Sykes, Ames UK HR director

Seventh generation Durston joins family business

Katie, the daughter of company director Dan, announced last year she would like to join the family business in the autumn. She will obtain job experience at Durstons whilst working towards a recognised national qualification. Read more - open to all

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