Staff put on their walking boots in aid of charity

Fifteen members of staff at a plant nursery in Hereford have this month (May, 2014) signed up to take part in a 30 mile sponsored walk to raise money for a children’s charity. Read more

It's hats off to Larry - 21 years  at Mr Fothergill's

Mr Fothergill's territory manager Larry White reached a landmark 21 years with the company in 2014, making him one of the Suffolk seedsman's longest serving staff members. Read more

Monkton Elm donates 2,014 saplings

Worthy causes from across the South West have this spring (2014) received a total of 2,014 saplings to help with projects they are running thanks to a garden centre in Somerset. Read more

William Sinclair names Richard Carr as Commercial Director

Richard Carr is set to join leading growing media, fertilisers and chemicals producer, William Sinclair
Horticulture, as Commercial Director. Read more

Chris Evans, Dundry Nurseries, receives his BEM

Chris Evans, manager of Dundry Nurseries, set up Butterfly Garden 11 years ago to hold educational sessions for people with learning difficulties. Last week he received the British Empire Medal at his garden centre in Cheltenham. He describes his passion, see more… Read more

Staff sow 40,000 poppies in remembrance of WW1

Staff at a garden centre in Cornwall have sown 40,000 Flanders poppy seeds around the entrance to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War 1 (WW1). Read more

Doors open on new garden buildings department

A partnership between Trelawney Garden Leisure @ Wadebridge and Elite Spas & Leisure has led to the creation of a new garden buildings department at the garden centre this month (May, 2014). Read more

New marketing man for New Era

David Stafford is the new marketing manager at New Era Aquaculture, the Thorne-based ground-breaking fish diets manufacturer. Read more

Mr Fothergill's Ben raises £1000 in Multiple Sclerosis Challenge

Ben Roden of Mr Fothergill's has raised more than £1000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society by walking over burning coals at an Ipswich, Suffolk, hotel. Read more

Nick Knowles Named as RHS Ambassador

TV presenter will help raise the profile of community gardening. Read more

More buyers to leave TGCG

Gardenforum understands that 3 more buyers are set to leave The Garden Centre Group. See more… Read more

John Athwal sleeps out

Last Thursday, 27th March Premier Decorations’ Managing Director, John Athwal raised over £11,500 by taking part in the Action for Children CEO Sleep-Out in Paternoster Square in the City of London. Read more

Hillier at 150: The remarkable history of a horticultural legend

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Hillier Nurseries & Garden Centres, Jean Hillier (wife of Hillier Chairman, Robert Hillier OBE) has written the remarkable story of Hillier, from its foundation in Winchester in 1864 to the present day. Read more

Tushingham takes top sales job at Smart Solar

Phil Tushingham has joined Smart Solar as Sales Director with overall responsibility for the company’s revenues in the UK and Europe. Read more

Investing in people

Rolawn – Europe’s largest turf grower - have recruited new key personnel to meet the next stage of the company’s development. Read more

Top Knott

Smart Solar has reorganised its sales team to manage the sharp increase in sales of its products with garden centres this season and in anticipation of new product launches planned for 2015. Read more

New assistant manager for the UK’s National Sprayer Testing Scheme

Ian Forman has taken up the role of assistant manager for the NSTS.  Before joining the NSTS team Ian managed a 2,300 acre arable farm in Norfolk, having previously studied at Writtle College in Essex. Read more

Chivenor’s new memorial will be forever green

RMB CHIVENOR in North Devon and the surrounding community will benefit from a donation of evergreens for a new memorial garden for years to come thanks to a garden centre in the area. Read more

The Richardson family are proud to be celebrating 50 years!

The Richardson family are proud to be celebrating 50 years of John Richardson, owning the Johnsons of Whixley businesses. Read more

High-flying Writtle College alumnus named Garden Designer of the Year 2014 at Grand Designs Live!

Writtle College alumnus Liam Sapsford has been named Garden Designer of the Year 2014 at the Grand Designs Live show! Read more

Three Writtle College Horticulture students given jobs with celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh!

Three Writtle College Horticulture students have been given the opportunity of a lifetime working with celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh on his top TV shows! Read more

New president for AEA

David Sturges, Managing Director for Oxfordshire based Countax, manufacturer of ride-on mowers was appointed President of the Agricultural Engineers Association at their Annual General Meeting on 29 April 2014. Read more

This May sees the exciting launch of Alexander Tredwell

This May sees the exciting launch of Alexander Tredwell – a specialist recruitment consultancy operating in the Horticultural Industry and specialising in the Garden Retail, Landscape and Amenity, Commercial Horticulture and Garden Industry Supply Chain sectors. Read more

Neil Gow joins Glee

Well-known industry figure and former GIMA director, Neil Gow, has joined the Glee team, helping to drive a number of new initiatives that have been introduced for the 2014 show. Read more

Nick Knowles and Adam Frost launch 50th Britain in Bloom

TV host and top garden designer celebrate 50th anniversary of campaign now organised by Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) at the start of National Gardening Week 2014 (14-20 April)
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Latest TGCG recruits bring the best of the retail industry to the gardening world

TGCG has drawn from Dixons, Homebase, Waitrose and Britvic to expand its trading division and bring the best of the retail industry to the gardening world. See more… Read more

Latest Gardenex ‘Meet the Buyers’ event results in more export business for UK garden product firms

During a break from their one-to-one business creating meetings with British suppliers, a group of garden product buyers from Finland, Slovenia, Spain and The Netherlands are pictured with some of the suppliers and members of the Gardenex export federation team. Read more

Top garden centre staff celebrate awards

Staff at Webbs, the award-winning family-owned garden centre business, celebrated another year of triumph with their own awards ceremony in Worcestershire. Read more

Staff confirmed as Notcutts COO as Tunbridge Wells reopens

Notcutts is to hold the official reopening of the garden centre at Tunbridge Wells next week. At the same time it has emerged that former FD Andrew Staff has been confirmed as the new COO. See more... Read more

It’s Gold all round for The Apple Tree

The recently refurbished Apple Tree Restaurant and the Apple Tree Farm Shop at Brimsmore Gardens in Yeovil have won Gold awards in the Taste of the West Hospitality & Retail Awards 2014. Read more

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