OBE for Monty Don

BBC Gardener’s World presenter Monty Don has been awarded an OBE for services to horticulture, broadcasting and charity in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Read more - open to all

Monty Don OBE

Gloucestershire independent Highfield Garden World welcomes third generation with tiffs, trips and instant gardening on standby

The 132-strong team at Highfield Garden World in Gloucestershire now includes members of not two but three generations of the founding Greenway family.   Emma Greenway, 25, has recently joined her father, aunt and grandmother in the family business. Read more - open to all

Joan, Tim, Emma and Sue of the Greenway family.

Squire’s Chairman receives OBE at Buckingham Palace

Colin Squire, Chairman of Squire’s Garden Centres, received his OBE from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace on Friday 18th May. He was given the award in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list in recognition of his services to the horticultural industry and to charity. Read more - open to all

Colin Squire with his daughters Sarah and Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.

New owners for Stansted Park Garden Centre

Stansted Park Garden Centre becomes the second to be branded ‘Your Local Garden Centre’, having been bought from administrators by Paul Richards and Tim Mason. Read more - members only

Paul Richards (L), James White and Tim Mason

Success for Green-tech’s apprentices

Green-tech’s first apprentices have passed their course with flying colours and have been offered contracts within the business. Read more - open to all

Kate and Sam with MD Rachel, centre

Gardener, writer and plantswoman Beth Chatto dies

Beth Chatto OBE VMH, the acclaimed gardener, writer and plantswoman died peacefully at home with her family by her side, on the evening of 13th May 2018, aged 94. There will be a private funeral with a memorial service to follow. Read more - open to all

Beth Chatto

News update for Glencrest Seatex and Katie Blake

We are pleased to announce that Steven Potter has been promoted as Managing Director. Steven joined the Company five years ago after leaving Alexander Rose as an area representative and joining Glencrest and Katie Blake managing the East Anglia area as a Salesman. Read more - open to all

Steven Potter

Introducing new HTA Board members

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has announced the appointment of Matthew Bent, the Managing Director from Bents Garden & Home near Warrington, to the HTA Board as a non-executive director. Read more - open to all

Matthew Bent

Durstons’ Dan takes up a position on GIMA Council

Director and National Sales Manager, Dan Durston of Durston Garden Products is one of three new Garden Industry Manufacturers’ Association (GIMA) council members appointed at last months AGM held  in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Read more - open to all

Zest 4 Leisure trio celebrate marathon success

Three intrepid runners from Zest 4 Leisure, a leading trade supplier of quality timber garden products including furniture, arches, arbours and fencing, are celebrating after completing the London Marathon in the hottest conditions on record. Read more - open to all

L-r: Andrew Baker, Steve Morgan and John Vaughan.

New sales representative for Glencrest Seatex and Katie Blake

Anna who has been working in our offices for some time now has always been keen to become a sales representative and after seeing her performance at the last SOLEX exhibition where she helped man the stand we agree. Anna knows the products in some depth and is able to advise customers and help with any issues on a face to face basis. Read more - open to all

Yorkshire horticulturalist sees life’s work immortalised with statue in his honour

BBC Look North’s Harry Gration this week helped unveil a statue commemorating horticulturalist John Richardson’s more than 60 years’ service to the industry. Read more - open to all

Johnsons of Whixley chairman John Richardson, BBC Look North’s Harry Gration and the statue.

Zest 4 Leisure power trio to take on the London Marathon in the name of charity

An inspirational trio from Zest 4 Leisure, a leading trade supplier of quality timber garden products including furniture, arches, arbours and fencing, are taking on one of the world’s most famous races in the name of charity. Read more - open to all

(L-r) Andrew, Steve and John.

Timber industry stalwart and entrepreneur passes away

Malcolm Morgan, founder and Chairman of the well-known timber company Zest 4 Leisure, part of the P&A Group, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday April 5.  Read more - open to all

Malcolm Morgan

Kyle’s dissertation contributes to a study published in BioControl Journal

The Plant Health Coordinator at one of the UK’s leading nurseries has contributed to a study published this month (April, 2018) in a leading scientific journal. Read more - open to all

Kyle Ross Plant Health Coordinator at Wyevale Nurseries

Kyle and Chris celebrate promotions

Two members of staff at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford are celebrating this month (June, 2018) after both receiving promotions. Read more - open to all

Chris King, Wyevale Nurseries

Green-tech welcomes additional staff to meet increasing demand

Green-tech has recently welcomed four new recruits to join their sales and warehouse teams. Having experienced significant growth over the last 18 months, Green-tech’s headcount has now hit 85. Read more - open to all

Floramedia UK Account Manager Team goes from strength to strength

With the recent appointment of Andy Dyer who joins as Account Manager for the South and South West and Lawrence Smith, who joined as Sales Executive in August 2017, Floramedia UK continues to strengthen its sales team. Read more - open to all

 Lawrence Smith, Sales Executive.

Raoul Curtis-Machin to leave HTA

Raoul Curtis-Machin is to leave the HTA at the end of June. His role will be split between the existing management team and two new posts that will be created. Read more - members only

Raoul Curtis-Machin

Dougal Philip to become RHS Vice president

New Hopetoun garden centre owner, Dougal Philip, is to become a vice-president of the Royal Horticultural Society. Read more - open to all

Leslie and Dougal Philip

AEA welcome Robert Crook – AEA Technical and Standards Engineer

The Agricultural Engineers Association is delighted to announce that Robert Crook has joined the AEA team in the role of Technical and Standards Engineer. This is a newly created position within the organisation to strengthen the existing Technical and Standards Group. Read more - open to all

Robert Crook

Decco appoints Andrew Ballantine as new Chief Operating Officer

Leading home improvement and garden wholesaler, Decco has appointed Andrew Ballantine as its Chief Operating Officer, following the departure of Charlie Lacey to take up a position as Managing Director of the Stearn Electric Company Limited.  The appointment is effective from 1st June 2018. Read more - open to all

Andrew Ballantine

Carol Paris to head Somerton, a new garden centre company

Former HTA chief, Carol Paris has set up Somerton, a new garden centre company that will trade as a franchise of Rosebourne.  Read more - members only

Carol Paris

Hayter and Toro appoint new Marketing Executive

Popular lawn care brands, Hayter and Toro, have appointed a new Marketing Executive, Ashleigh Bradshaw. Previous to her new role, Ashleigh was working at Dorel Juvenile, the world’s leading juvenile products company.  Read more - open to all

Ashleigh Bradshaw, has been appointed as Hayter and Toro’s new Marketing Executive.

Garden centre industry duo sponsored by GCA Trust to go to IGCA Congress

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) Trust has selected Matt Tanner from Squire’s Garden Centres and Jayne Scott from Klondyke to go to this year’s International Garden Centre Association (IGCA) Congress (September, 2018). Read more - open to all

Sarah Squire, Matt Tanner and Martin Breddy.

Daredevil Denise skydives for Princess Alice Hospice

Denise July, an employee at Squire’s Garden Centre in Long Ditton, bravely jumped out of a plane last Saturday 21st April to raise money for Squire’s chosen charity Princess Alice Hospice in Esher. Read more - open to all

Steve Millington leaves Tildenet

Tildenet is looking for a sales and marketing director to look after its portfolio of brands and companies after it announced that Steve Millington is to leave the business. Read more - members only

Steve Millington

Don’t let retailers bully you says the Gamekeeper turned Poacher

Former head of Scotts Miracle-Gro, Martin Breddy, tells how different it is to be a retailer now that he is MD of Squire’s Garden Centres. Read more - members only

Martin Breddy

Smart investment in Supply Chain

Behind every successful operation is a buzzing Supply Chain department, managing the complex supplier relationships and logistics required to ensure our stock levels and customers shelves are kept replenished all year round. Forecasting stock demand is a perennial challenge, especially with the vagaries of the weather! Read more - open to all

Supply chain team

GIMA announces new council

The Garden Industry Manufacturers’ Association’s AGM took place on 12th April at Ettington Chase Hotel, Stratford-Upon-Avon, with over 65 members in attendance. Read more - open to all

GIMA Council

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