Growing with Fleur

Smart Solar has appointed Fleur Hayter-Jose as Product Development Manager. Fleur is an additional member of the NPD team with specific responsibility for the development of new product lines for 2014. Read more

Marshalls names new CX

Marshalls, the leading manufacturer of paving and landscape materials has named Martyn Coffey as its new chief executive. He will replace Graham Holden who stands down in October. See more... Read more

New marketing assistant for Town & Country

The UK’s leading gardening gloves and footwear supplier, Town & Country, has announced the appointment of Nicole Dopson to the position of marketing assistant. Read more

Dobbies appoints Director of Marketing

Dobbies Garden Centres has appointed Jo Coomber as its new Director of Marketing. Read more

Garden centre staff clock up more than 86 years’ service

Seven members of staff at a Powys garden centre are celebrating this month (June, 2013) after clocking up more than 86 years of dedicated service to the business between them. Read more

Hortsteppers complete their 100km challenge

A team from the Horticultural Trades Association is celebrating after raising over £5,500 for charity. Read more

“Webster” is ‘pawfect’ name!

A popular competition to name the new Webbs, Wychbold Garden Centre Guide Dog puppy has been won by Gill Hill of Brierley Hill in the West Midlands. Read more

Bettaland celebrates its 10th anniversary

Spalding’s peat-free nursery Bettaland celebrated its 10th anniversary, with former Energy Minister John Hayes MP formally opening its award-winning green offices. Read more

Landmann Barbecues appoints new Territory Manager

Landmann barbecues have appointed a new Territory Manager to cover the Midlands / North of the UK. Matt Muskett, who previously worked at Coolings Garden Centres, will start work on 1st June 2013. Read more

Team building

Smart Solar has welcomed two new members to its head office sales and administration team to support its planned growth in 2013. Read more

Gardman announces further senior appointment

The Gardman Group, one of the UK’s leading gardening sundries and wild bird care companies, has announced that Duncan Ross has been promoted to the role of Director of Garden Centre Sales. The announcement follows the retirement of Sue Sharp from the role earlier this year. Read more

School competition gets a head start thanks to Durstons

All children like getting their hands dirty including the pupils of Brookside Primary School in Street, Somerset. Read more

Cookshop now open at Poundbury Gardens

A brand-new cookshop at Poundbury Gardens has been officially opened by Mayor Andy Canning. Specialist cookshop Owen & Simpson, which stocks brands such as KitchenAid, Joseph Joseph and Kuhn Rikon, is already proving a hit with the Poundbury community and further afield. Read more

Royal Horticultural Society appoints new Head of Science

The former Horticultural Science Curator at the Eden Project has been named as the new Head of Science at the world's largest gardening charity, the Royal Horticultural Society. Read more

Commercial nous gives Birmingham student winning edge

A student at Birmingham City University has won a competition to get their fabric design commercially produced on a range of outdoor furniture. Read more

Harper declared head of UK by Bord na Móna

Steve Harper, the former managing director of Vital Earth GB Limited and latterly Business Operations Manager UK at Bord na Móna UK is now to head up all of the Bord na Móna UK (BNM UK) retail business.  He will report to John Corcoran, Head of Retail Sales at Bord na Móna, Ireland. Read more

Dobbies details its new buying team

There have been substantial changes in personnel in the Dobbies buying team over the last year. Here is an up to date list of buyers and their areas of responsibility. See more… Read more

Westland rising stars battle it out to win the title

The four Garden Centre Association (GCA) Westland Rising Stars finalists have recently (May, 2013) successfully completed their second workshop as part of the competition. Read more

Young horticulturalists scoop third gold medal win at Holker Hall Garden Festival

Young horticulturalists, Tom (31) and Abi (29) Atwood, have won a third large gold medal in as many years at the Cavendish family’s 21st Holker Hall Garden Festival last week. They also won ‘best in show’ in their category. Read more

HTA announce new Head of Horticulture

The Horticultural Trades Association is delighted to announce that Raoul Curtis-Machin has agreed to join the HTA as its new Head of Horticulture. Read more

New head of horticulture completes new HTA line-up

The HTA has named its new head of horticulture, who joins the association in August. He will complete the new team headed by Carol Paris. See more... Read more

William Sinclair’s Steve Chalk will be leading a team of 14 in a charity challenge

William Sinclair’s Ferts & Chems Category Controller, Steve Chalk, will be leading a team of 14 in a charity challenge from the 17th-20th June.  Steve, who has worked in the Horticultural industry for 17 years, was unfortunately diagnosed with Melanoma in April 2011. Read more

Totally Shows director puts his foot down!

It’s a poorly kept secret that the Totally Show’s director Paul Grinsell’s true love, after the shows of course, is his Harley Davidson motorcycle.  However, Paul will be trading in his leathers for Lycra on Sunday, June 16th to take part in the London to Brighton cycle ride to raise money for industry charity the Rainy Day Trust. Read more

Sinclair Chairman to retire

William Sinclair, one of the UK's leading suppliers of growing media, announces that its non-executive Chairman, Bill Simpson, is to step down from his role and retire from the Board with effect from 28 September 2013.

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Team completes Grand East Anglia Run

By successfully completing the Grand East Anglia Run this weekend, a team from Thompson & Morgan has raised close to £3,000 for the charity Greenfingers, bringing the total raised to over £45,000. Read more

Cuckmere Trugs appoints new agents

Cuckmere Trug Company making the genuine Sussex Trug Baskets has appointed its first three sales agents in the South East. Read more

Seed Developments Ltd appoint a new International Sales Manager

Seed Developments Ltd, the world’s leading manufacturer of biodegradable seed tapes and pre-sown associated products based in Somerset, announced the appointment of Gianluca Milani as International Sales Manager. Read more

TGCG names new marketing director

The Garden Centre Group has appointed Sarah Fuller as marketing director. She joins the group from Waitrose, where she was head of marketing communications. See more… Read more

Marshalls plc Chief Executive Graham Holden to retire

Marshalls plc, the specialist Landscape Products Group, announces that Graham Holden, Chief Executive, has informed the Board that he intends to retire as Chief Executive and a Director of the Company by April 2014. Read more

Mr Fothergill’s seed sowing talks well received by Chinese gardeners

Mr Fothergill’s joint-managing director John Fothergill and commercial director Tim Jeffries have just returned from a mini lecture tour of China spent discussing seed sowing and how the British garden to audiences of new gardeners eager for information and guidance on their hobby. Read more

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