Service pushes Woodlodge sales over £20m

Woodlodge turnover has grown from £11.5m to over £20m in the 4 years since Michael Wooldridge took control of the business. Plus, last January, the company won the coveted cup for GCA Supplier of the Year.  Gardenforum paid him a visit. Read more

Michael Wooldridge

53 for 53 - Helen’s Runaway Success for Greenfingers Charity

A tireless woman has completed 53 runs in one year to raise funds for the Greenfingers Charity, who have opened 53 magical gardens in the grounds of children’s hospices since the charity was established in 1999. Read more

Helen Barker in action for Greenfingers

Aidan’s charity gloves launch!

Ten-year-old Aidan Parmar saw the realisation of his glove design when he received a surprise presentation of the finished article in front of his classmates and parents at Brocks Hill Primary School’s morning assembly in Leicestershire. Read more

Briers’ Head of Design, Lewis, presents Aidan with the finished product in front of his school.

Squire’s in Long Ditton is Garden Centre of the Year!

Squire’s Garden Centres have announced the winners of their annual garden centre awards. With 15 centres across the South East competition was tough, but Squire’s in Long Ditton came out top and won the double – best Garden Centre and best Café Bar of the year! Read more

Emma Large - Squire's Badshot Lea

The Tildenet Group appoints James Hollingworth

James Hollingworth has joined The Tildenet Group as Product Development Manager working across all their brands. Read more

James Hollingworth

Mark Taylor of Kernock Park Plants has passed away

It is with great sadness to inform you that Mark Taylor passed away on Boxing Day following his diagnosis with advanced prostate cancer in 2012. Read more

Evergreen Horticulture appoints Stephen Simmons as UK National Sales Manager

Evergreen Horticulture is delighted to welcome Stephen Simmons (formerly Regional Sales Manager, The Scott’s Co. Ltd.), who joins us on 3 January 2018 as UK National Sales Manager. Read more

A round-up of 2017, a year dominated by Brexit and Xylella

2017 started with a flourish but lost momentum and settled to be an OK year. Suppliers worried about Brexit, the living wage, higher costs and Wyevale. Retailers and growers worried about Xylella. Takeover activity reached new peaks among suppliers, but no major garden centres changed hands. The industry said goodbye to some old friends. Read our review – (open to non-subscribers). Read more

Riffelmacher strengthen their sales team

Riffelmacher have the pleasure to announce that The Denholm Agency formerly the agents of O. Widmann and Co are taking the helm and their representatives will be at the forthcoming Harrogate Christmas and Gift Fair. The Denholm team will be joining existing sales executive Kevin Sheehan. Read more

Entrepreneur & Sewing Bee judge backs creativity at GCA conference

The dapper-suited entrepreneur made famous for his role as a judge on BBC’s ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ is speaking at the Garden Centre Association’s 2018 conference. Read more

Patrick Grant

Chris Pateman to be the new chair of the HTA

The HTA has named Chris Pateman as the new chair of the Association.  In this new role Chris will assist the HTA Board in coordinating the activities of the HTA Executive and their teams at Horticulture House. In addition, he will represent the HTA at a senior level to Government and other stakeholders. Read more

Chris Pateman - New HTA Chair

Uffe Kloster, Playmobil and Lechuza Commercial Director, passes away

It is with great sadness and dismay we had to learn that Uffe Kloster, Commercial Director for Playmobil and Lechuza in the United Kingdom and Ireland, passed away over the weekend. We are deeply saddened by his sudden death. Read more

Uffe Kloster

Hillier celebrates a record year

The Hillier Awards Night celebrated a record year for the group. Suppliers and garden centres collected their awards as Robert Hillier praised the impact Chris Francis has made since taking control in March 2014. Read more

Chris Francis with Robert Hillier, celebrating his 50 years service

New appointment to Klondyke buying team

The Klondyke Group are pleased to annouce the appointment of Dan Lawton to the horticulture buying team. Dan will start on the 22nd January 2018. Read more

Losses force nurseries to reorganise as costs increase

Results filed at Companies House for 2016 show how Brexit, rising costs, the living wage and tough competition are squeezing margins. Several nurseries are reorganising to stem losses. Read more

Garden industry mourns Paul Dye (Updated)

Paul Dye, operations manager at Grovewell Garden Centre since 2014, has died at the age of 55 after a battle with cancer. Read more

Paul Dye

BBC comedian to compere GCA awards dinner

Radio and TV comedian Jo Caulfield will be compering the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) conference awards’ dinner this month (January, 2018). Read more

Radio and TV comedian Jo Caulfield

Charles Carr joins Hillier as new head of wholesale nurseries

Hillier has recruited Charles Carr to oversee all areas of Hillier Nurseries including technical developments in growing, crop protection and implementing new systems. Read more

Two exciting developments at Desch Plantpak England to start 2018

We are pleased to announce that Martin Shields has joined the business as Manufacturing Manager from the start of January. Martin has extensive experience in plastics processing and his depth of experience will strengthen the Mundon manufacturing operation. Read more

Martin Shields

Panarama Agencies Ltd new appointment

Panarama Agencies Ltd strengthen their sales team with the appointment of Alan Wood.  Read more

Alan Wood

Glendale Horticulture names new Lathom Nursery Manager

Glendale Horticulture has appointed Neil Dudley as manager for its Lathom Nursery, in Lancashire with effect from 02 January 2018. Read more

Neil Dudley

New Year OBE’s for Colin Squire and John Athwal

The New Year's Honours list 2018 awarded OBE’s to garden centre owner, Colin Squire, and to the founder and owner of Premier Decorations, John Athwal. Read more

John Athwal

Former England rugby player Matt Dawson to speak at GCA conference

Former England rugby player Matt Dawson MBE will share his team building and personal commitment expertise with delegates at Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) 52nd annual conference in Warwickshire in January (January 21 until 24, 2018). Read more

Former England rugby player Matt Dawson MBE

Shark Warrior to get jaws wagging at conference

Following the BBC’s successful Blue Planet II series the Garden Centre Association (GCA) has secured a guest speaker passionate about shark conservation for its annual conference in January (2018). Read more

 Lesley Rochat

Mr Fothergill’s appoints Ken Ross as new territory manager

Mr Fothergill’s Seeds is delighted to welcome Ken Ross to the company. He has joined Mr Fothergill’s as territory manager responsible for looking after garden retailers in an area running from Cambridgeshire to the west midlands. Read more

Ken Ross

Visiting economist at Bank of England to speak at GCA conference

World renowned economist Roger Martin-Fagg will be speaking at the Garden Centre Association's (GCA) 52nd annual conference in Warwickshire this January (January 21 until 24, 2018). Read more

Roger Martin-Fagg

Mr Fothergill's staff showcase their photography skills

This year, staff at Mr Fothergill's were challenged to take their best pictures from our trial grounds and they certainly rose to the challenge! Read more

Ian Cross' Winning Entry

Mike Rimland from Costa Farms USA joins AIPH board

Members of the AIPH elected Mike Rimland from Costa Farms in Florida, USA as representative of North and Central America to the Board in September. Mike Rimland takes over from Bill Stensson from Sheridan Nurseries, Canada after his term was completed.  Read more

Mike Rimland

Phil Griffiths appointed sales manager UK & Ireland at Desch Plantpak

Phil joined Desch Plantpak in September 2016 and has been responsible for the North West area. He brings to the role extensive business experience within our industry. Read more

Phil Griffiths

Former UK Ambassador 1st speaker unveiled for 2018 GCA conference

Former UK Ambassador Charles Crawford has been announced this month (November) as the first speaker booked for the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) 52nd annual conference in Warwickshire in January (January 21 until 24, 2018). Read more

Charles Crawford

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