New faces at Smart Solar

The Smart Solar head office team is expanding in line with increasing sales to ensure that trade customers continue to receive outstanding customer service. From order taking to delivery and beyond, these new appointments will help the office admin team to provide a more efficient service. Read more

Joint winners urge others to get involved in the 2014 Rising Stars Programme

Joint winners Will Michieli and George Bishop wowed the crowds at this year’s Garden Centre Association (GCA) Conference with two fantastic speeches about their experience in the Rising Stars Programme. Read more

(From left to right): Will Michieli (Plant Advisor from Monkton Elm Garden and Pet Centre in Taunton

2014 RHS awards for exceptional contributions to Horticulture

Society honours those who have excelled in their field. Read more

Burks bags key role at Trelawney Garden Leisure

Peter Burks has been appointed as the General Manager for Trelawney Garden Leisure in the Westcountry. Read more

Paul Dye joins Grovewell Garden Centres

Former Garden Centre Group Regional Manager Paul Dye has joined Grovewell Garden Centres, who operate Tenterden and Canterbury Garden Centres in Kent, as Retail Operations Manager. Read more

The Garden Centre Group announces new Non-Executive Board Director

The Garden Centre Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Rupert Gavin to the Board of the Company as a Non-Executive Director. Rupert Gavin is the CEO of Odeon & UCI Cinemas, owned by Terra Firma. Prior to joining Odeon he held senior positions at the BBC, BT and Dixons. Read more

GCA Rising Stars set to present at conference later this month

Winners of the Garden Centre Association’s innovative Rising Stars Programme, sponsored by Westland Horticulture are set to present on their experiences at the 2014 conference later this month. Read more

Stars support the Garden Re-Leaf Day quiz

Hollywood star Jude Law and Dr Who actor David Tennant have joined the growing list of household-name celebrities to support Garden Re-Leaf Day’s popular Gardening Quiz Read more

Terry Best – Area Sales Manager, Handy Distribution

The funeral has been held recently for Terry Best a well respected sales manager for Handy Distribution, who died suddenly at the end of November. Read more

New Year Honours Chris Evans and Ian Cheshire

Chris Evans of Dundry Nurseries has been awarded the British Empire Medal and Kingfisher’s Ian Cheshire has been knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours. See more… Read more

DCF invests £5,000 in horticultural students

Following a record number of applications from 15 colleges across the UK, five scholars have been awarded Student Scholarships of £1,000 by the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF). Read more

Joseph Bentley provides tools fit for winners

Solus Garden & Leisure was delighted to be able to help young gardeners compete in one of the most exciting gardening challenges of 2014 with a donation of Joseph Bentley digging spades. Read more

Dobbies manager moves to TGCG

Ian Mccavish has joined The Garden Centre Group as an area manager supporting 14 garden centres across the North West and Midlands. Read more

Steve Harper presents his final Mo

Steve Harper from Bord Na Móna UK Ltd along with this friends raise money for Movember. Read more

GIMA names Vicky Nuttall as successor to Neil Gow

Vicky Nuttall, currently the president of GIMA and head of marketing at Forest Garden is to become the next director of GIMA. Read more

Joint winners urge others to get involved in the 2014 Rising Stars Programme

Joint winners Will Michieli and George Bishop wowed the crowds at this year’s Garden Centre Association (GCA) Conference with two fantastic speeches about their experience in the Rising Stars Programme. Read more

Senior management changes at QD Stores

Retailer QD Commercial Group Holdings is to make key changes to its operations management following the resignation of group managing director, Justin Farrington Smith. Read more

Garden centre team wins Greenfingers Challenge Cup

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) are celebrating after being crowned winners of the Beach, Bingo and Boogie event last Sunday (January 26, 2013) and raising £9,600 for Greenfingers. Read more

The Garden Centre Group Appoints Steve Masters Estates Director

Steve Masters joins The Garden Centre Group as estates director from Gap.  Before that he worked with Asda. Read more

Gardeco Ltd acquires Eco Garden Gifts in Bolton

Isabelle Harris (pictured right) concluding the deal with previous owner of Eco Garden Products Karin McGuiness who is retiring from the business. Read more

Greenfingers trustees stand down

Greenfingers have today announced that three founder trustees are standing down from the board of the charity. The end of the trustees’ tenure was expected after over 15 years of service and outstanding contribution since the charity began. Read more

Gary Scroby leaves The HTA

Policy manager Gary Scroby has left the HTA and the garden sector. He has taken up a franchise with Premier Sport. Read more

RHS recruits three new members of its leadership team

UK's gardening charity recruits high profile individuals to deliver exceptional customer service, drive future growth and safeguard UK horticulture. Read more

Mark Pitman joins Waitrose

Hillier’s Mark Pitman leaves to become Nursery and Landscaping Manager, Longstock Nursery at Waitrose. Read more

Two Writtle College students given prestigious awards

Two Writtle College students have been given prestigious prizes from the Worshipful Company of Gardeners. Read more

New faces strengthen Westland’s Technical Team

TWO new faces have joined Westland Horticulture’s Technical Team to ensure the company continues to deliver exciting new products to its customers. Read more

Christmas tree grower has Downing Street sown up

An Oxfordshire Christmas tree grower has delivered a Christmas tree to take up residence outside Number 10 Downing Street this week. Read more

Millbrook raises more than £2,000 for chYps

Staff at The Millbrook Garden Company recently (November, 2013) presented a cheque for more than £2,000 to its Charity of the Year. Read more

Westland says it is backing Nick Davies

Westland reveals that it will finance the new garden product business, headed by former Solus MD, Nick Davies, that he promises will be a major force within 12 months. Read more

Jane Lawler to support the Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf partnership

Jane Lawler, former Marketing Director at Gardman, is to take up a short term voluntary role at the charity Greenfingers from the beginning of December 2013. Read more

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