Garden centre owner John Toomer has died

The death has been reported of John Toomer.  He ran Toomers Garden Centre in Swindon and Cirencester.  He was also a popular local politician and a keen sportsman.  The full tribute and photo can be read by clicking on the website link below. Read more

In memoriam: Fokke Gnodde

Mr Gnodde passed away on July 22nd. His body gave up against a debilitating disease; his spirit was strong to the end. Read more

Tim Stainton joins Homebase

Tim Stainton, the UK managing director of Gardman until March 2013, has joined Homebase as category manager for DIY. Read more

Steve Chalk

Steve Chalk who worked for William Sinclair Horticulture has regretfully passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Read more

Yankee Candle® appoints two new directors

Yankee Candle® International, the world leading home fragrance brand, is pleased to announce two appointments to its Executive Leadership Team. The addition of new heads brings together a notably experienced team of experts to oversee the brand’s strategy and elevate the company in each territory. Read more

Sales team of the year award

The launch of the new Autumn/Winter range from Stormafit Ltd and the sales person of the year award. Read more

Highfield Riding High on Double Business Awards Success

The team at family-owned Highfield Garden World celebrates having scooped two business awards in its home county of Gloucestershire. Read more

Award-winning Marcus aims for horticulture career

Capel Manor College's horticultural student Marcus Papa is the 2013 winner of Mr Fothergill's Award for the student who has demonstrated  the highest skills in plant care. Read more

‘Snow in summer’ wins top awards at Taunton Flower Show

Staff from Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre are celebrating this week (August 5, 2013) after scooping a large gold medal and ‘Best in Show’ for their snow-themed garden at the Taunton Flower Show. Read more

New appointments at BALI Landscape House

Following a review of the support available to members from the Association, BALI has re-focused its staff resource and recruited three new positions, based at Landscape House in Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, but supporting members across the country. Read more

Gardman board appointments

Gardman Group Ltd., the UK’s leading provider of gardening sundries and wild bird care products, has announced two strategic appointments to their Board of Directors. Read more

Bestwick moves to Smart Solar

Smart Solar has announced that Andy Bestwick is joining the company as a non-executive director. Read more

GCA advertises for permanent Chief Executive

The Garden Centre Association is advertising for a new chief executive. The previous incumbent left suddenly last October after only a few months in the role. See more... Read more

The Garden Centre Group announces two new Executive Appointments

The Garden Centre Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Frank Hayes and Sarah Biggers as Directors, reporting to Group CEO Kevin Bradshaw, with immediate effect. Read more

Aylett and Simpsons share Garden Re-Leaf ‘Westland Challenge’ prize worth £6,000

This year’s ‘Westland Challenge’ competition offered by Westland Horticulture to find the garden centre that best optimised Garden Re-Leaf Day 2013, has been won jointly by Aylett Nurseries and Simpsons Garden Centre. Read more

Gardman’s new CEO starts on Monday

Stewart Hainsworth starts work with Gardman on Monday as its new Chief Executive Officer. He completes the new team at Gardman under chairman, Jonathan Halford. See more... Read more

Writtle College governor undertaking the Three Peaks Challenge with a difference!

Writtle College governor Paul Downer is climbing the UK’s three highest peaks – and cycling the 427 miles between them all – in just six days. Read more

TGCG apprentices enjoy a week at The Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.

The Garden Centre Group’s top two apprentices, Jade Goodwin and Toby Smith enjoy a week at The Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. Read more

Gert Van der Vijver to oversee UK sales

Following internal restructuring, Sjaak van der Vijver B.V is pleased to announce that Gert Van der Vijver will now oversee all UK sales of cut flowers and plants. Read more

Bonjour Smart Solar

Smart Solar has announced the appointment of Xavier Faure as European Sales Manager to support its ambitious strategy for growth across continental Europe.  Read more

Hillier puppy is a Chelsea Gold!

A VIP (Very Important Puppy!) visited Hiller Garden Centre at Botley, Hampshire, on Friday 19 July to say "thank you" for setting it on the first steps to becoming a guide dog. Read more

Butterwick House Children’s Hospice open ‘transformed’ garden – thanks to Greenfingers and The Garden Centre Group

Butterwick House Children’s Hospice in Stockton-on-Tees has officially opened a new garden for the children and families who benefit from care at the hospice to use. The garden saw the transformation of a previously old and tired space into an inspiring new garden for all to enjoy. Read more

Gardman appoints Chris Keightley National Account Manager

Chris Keightley has been appointed National Account Manager for Gardman. Chris is responsible for the company's relationship with a number of key national accounts. Read more

Managing director role for Mike at Hale Events

Mike Anderson, who completed 20 years service with Hale Events Ltd this June, took on the role of managing director on the 1st August 2013. Read more

BALI increases technical support for members

As a direct result of members’ feedback, BALI has recently established the new role of Technical Officer, based at the Association’s Landscape House headquarters in Warwickshire. Jonathan Tame BSc (Hons), who started his BALI role at the end of June, is now providing members with technical advice and support ‘on demand’. Read more

Greenfingers get busy at Little Havens Children’s Hospice

Greenfingers, the charity dedicated to building magical garden’s in children’s hospices around the UK, hosted an event for potential donors and suppliers at Little Havens Children’s Hospice in Thundersley, Essex yesterday. Read more

Andy Kings quits Notcutts for Tesco Group as Dobbies’ MD

Notcutts’ chief executive has quit the Woodbridge-based garden centre group to replace James Barnes at Dobbies. He joins in September. See more... Read more

New marketing head and agency for Solus Garden & Leisure

Solus Garden & Leisure, one of the UK’s biggest suppliers of products to garden centres and retailers, has appointed a new head of marketing and a brand communications agency as part of an ambitious three-year growth and business improvement plan. Read more

The Coolings Three Peaks Team arrived safely back in Knockholt

As 2013 is Coolings centenary year we are doing many things in a bigger and bolder way than ever before and one of those things is charity! Read more

James Barnes leaves Dobbies - UPDATED

Dobbies staff were told yesterday James Barnes, CEO and finance director Sharon Brown have left the business. See more… Read more

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