GCA chair says first year of tenure a success thanks to sharing

The Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Chairman Will Armitage marked the end of his first year in office at the organisation’s annual conference with much to rejoice. Read more - open to all

Will Armitage, Chairman of the GCA

Hagedorn axes Martin Breddy

Martin Breddy, who headed Scotts Miracle-Gro in the UK, has been axed as Jim Hagedorn continues to streamline his senior management team. Read more - members only

Sheila Hill will be in charge of UK operations

New Chairman announced for leading contractor group

BALI-NCF, a collaboration between the British Association of Landscape Industries and the National Contractors Forum, has announced that Phil Jones, Managing Director of ISS Facilities Services – Landscaping. Read more - open to all

Phil Jones, Managing Director of ISS Facilities Services – Landscaping

Green-tech’s Chris Swan awarded BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection and a finalist for Barrie Orme Shield

Back in December, Area Sales Manager, Chris Swan attended the BASIS Amenity Horticulture Turf course at STRI, the leading sports turf consultancy. Read more - open to all

Richard Kay congratulates Chris Swan

Charles Farmer becomes Bord Na Móna Head Of Consumer UK

Charles Farmer, Bord na Móna UK's National Accounts Controller has been appointed Head of Consumer UK following Steve Harper's decision to take up a new position with Gardman. Read more - members only

Trans-Continental’s new sales director

James Marshall is a seasoned, consummate industry professional; he joins the business having had 14 years commercial experience. Read more - open to all

James Marshall joins as the new Sales Director

Review of 2014 in the Garden Industry

2014 has been dominated by the repositioning of the major gardening goods distributors following the demise of Solus.  The weather for once provided a good news story and towards the end of the year there was a flurry of activity from Wyevale as it picked up eight long established independent garden centres.  See the full review – which is open to all… Read more - open to all

Writtle College postgraduate shortlisted for prestigious garden design student award

A Writtle College postgraduate has been shortlisted for a major student award for her garden design which aims to support those facing mental health issues. Read more - open to all

Jiyoung Kim

Steve Harper to leave Bord na Mona for Gardman

Steve Harper is set to leave Bord na Mona and join Gardman at the beginning of February.  Terry Murphy will also be moving to the company. Read more - members only

Steve Harper

Quinton Edwards celebrates 25 years in business

Quinton Edwards Property Consultants are proud to be celebrating their 25 year business milestone. Read more - open to all

Simon Quinton Smith and Shane Prater

E.P. Barrus Extends Garden Division Team with appointment of National Account Manager

E.P. Barrus has extended its Garden Division with the appointment of Helen Woodward as National Account Manager for WOLF-Garten and Wilkinson Sword garden tools and Energizer batteries. Read more - open to all

Winners of Garden Media Guild Awards 2014

The Garden Media Guild Awards were held at The Savoy, London yesterday. Hosted by James Alexander Sinclair, the awards lunch drew many influential players in the gardening world. Read more - members only

Roy Lancaster presents Christopher Brickell with the Garden Media Guilds Lifetime Achievement Award

Industry leaders seek your backing for the Santa Run

Prominent figures from the HTA and leading garden companies seek your backing as they join the London Santa Run to raise funds for Greenfingers. Read more - members only

Shoot scoops Double Award Win at Good Web Guide Awards!

Shootgardening.co.uk has scooped two major titles at The 2015 Good Web Guide Awards: Gardening Website of the Year judged by a panel of industry experts and the People’s Choice Award by online public vote. Read more - open to all

Expansion for APL member Holland Landscapes

2014 has been a good year for the horticultural and landscaping industry, especially for Essex based Holland Landscapes. Read more - open to all

Kate Marshall MSGD joins the Holland Landscapes team

Supplier team conquers at Roman Games

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) are celebrating after being crowned the winners of the Roman Games and raising £10,000 in aid of Greenfingers. Read more - open to all

Greenfingers Challenge Cup 2015

New technical sales advisor for Green-tech

Green-tech is delighted to announce the recruitment of Catherine Dixon who joins the sales team. Read more - open to all

Catherine Dixon

Fiskars chooses Birmingham

Fiskars, who recently celebrated its 365 year legacy, has chosen Birmingham as the new UK office location. Read more - open to all

Contact focuses on industry skills shortage

The garden industry has a skills shortage.  “If we don’t address this problem now, we won’t have an industry in 10 years.” Wayne Eady told the HTA Contact 2015 conference. Read more - members only

Management changes at Stewart Plastics - UPDATED

News has emerged that the Group CEO of Stewart Plastics left in October.  This was followed by two more departures in December, including sales director Nigel Thompson, who becomes a consultant to the company.  There is a new role for Gavin Wray. Read more - members only

New chairman for herb society

After seven happy years as a trustee of The Herb Society, and latterly as acting chairman, Gwenneth Heyking is retiring from the Board of Trustees. Read more - open to all

Gwenneth Heyking is retiring from the Board of Trustees

Writtle College student wins national scholarship

Writtle College horticulture student James Hayley has been awarded a national scholarship from a horticultural charity. Read more - open to all

James Hayley (left) with fellow horticulture students.

Writtle College students given prestigious awards

A mother-of-two who was struck down with a potentially deadly lung condition while running her own garden maintenance business has been honoured with an award from the Worshipful Company of Gardeners. Read more - open to all

Left to right, Master Gardener Stephen Bernhard Esq FI Hort of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners;

Thank you for supporting Santa Run in aid of Greenfingers charity

Carol Paris along with her two spaniels, Max and Murphy and other leading industry figures complete the Santa Run. Read more - open to all

Two new appointments to Mr Fothergill's sales team

The Mr Fothergill's Group has announced two new appointments to its UK sales team. Read more - open to all

Dwayne Bolton

Sam Gunston departs as HTA merges departments

The HTA has merged its events team with the PR department under the overall control of Gill Ormrod, who becomes communications manager. Read more - members only

redheadPR become latest member of GIMA

redheadPR, the dynamic independent public relations consultancy, have become the latest members of GIMA, the Garden Industry Manufacturers' Association. Read more - open to all

Sara Tye, Founder & Managing Director, redheadPR

Bosmere celebrate Debbie’s 25 years

Debbie Curtis of Bosmere recently celebrated 25 years service with the company. The event was marked with a presentation and staff get together at the Crawley offices. Read more - open to all

(Left to right) Justin Landon, Debbie Curtis and Steve Millington

Home design award for Notcutts garden centre team

The Notcutts team is celebrating success after scooping the title of Best Large Format Store in the annual Retail Week Interior Awards. Read more - open to all

Andrew Staff, COO holds the award with property director, Michael Cole to his left

Award winning Chelsea Flower Show designer launches Rosebank Landscaping Firm

Rosebank Landscaping has today been launched as a new division of Maidenhead-based building firm Farr & Roberts, following Head Designer Matt Keightley’s success at the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Read more - open to all

Matt Keightley, Head Designer

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