Apprentice of the year winner from Bransford Webbs…again!

The Midland Regional Growers Apprentice of the Year was awarded last week at Pershore College, and was won by Bransford Webbs apprentice Isobel Watson. Isobel, who is in the second year of her apprenticeship scheme. Read more

Hadlow College Student Progression at Provender Nurseries

After working closely with the potting on and growing of hardy nursery stock Provender Nurseries are delighted to have taken on two Hadlow College students on a part-time basis. Read more

Adam Harris and Stuart Tickner

GIMA elects Simon McArdle as President

GIMA has announced the election of Simon McArdle of Westland Horticulture as GIMA President, following its rescheduled AGM held on Friday 10th July, 2020. Read more

Richard Pyrah outgoing GIMA President - passes on the GIMA chain of office to Simon McArdle.

Introducing new HTA Board members

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has announced the appointment of three new board members as non-executive directors: Jane Lawler, Lawler Associates; Vicky Nuttall, The Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association (GIMA); and Ken White, Frosts Landscape Construction. Read more

Vicky Nuttall

Syngenta appoints new global head of Flowers business

Today, Syngenta Flowers announces that Michael Kester will retire at the end of 2020 after 42 years at Syngenta. Mark Schermer is appointed as his successor as global head of Syngenta Flowers from September 1, 2020. Read more

Michael Kester

Mark Gregory wins first ever BBC People’s Choice Garden of the Decade Award

Mark Gregory and his 2018 Welcome to Yorkshire Chelsea garden has been crowned the winner of the BBC People’s Choice Award for Garden of the Decade. Read more

Mark Gregory please credit LandForm

Parasene set to return to the market

The Parasene brand has been bought by a former employee, John Cartwright, the owner of Fireside Products Ltd. Read more

John Cartwright, MD of Fireside Products

Award-winning Garden Designer Mark Gregory named Vice President of The Yorkshire Society

Multi award-winning garden designer, Mark Gregory, has been given the title of Vice President of The Yorkshire Society, following in the footsteps of Sir Michael Parkinson, Sir Geoffrey Boycott and the Archbishop of York to name just a few.   Read more

Mark Gregory has been given the title of Vice President of The Yorkshire Society.

Gill Ormrod to leave the HTA

Gill Ormrod has announced that she will be leaving the HTA at the end of the month after 12 years with the association. Read more

Gill Ormrod

Notcutts’ new chairman becomes High Sheriff of Suffolk

Bridget McIntyre, who became chairman of Notcutts last month, has become High Sheriff of Suffolk for the year from April. Read more

Bridget McIntyre

Jay Hamlett joins Horticruitment UK Ltd

Horticruitment UK Ltd is delighted to announce the appointment of Jay Hamlett to the role of Recruitment Consultant for the retail sector. Read more

Jay Hamlett

More names confirmed for GIMA Day Conference

The annual GIMA Day Conference is fast approaching (19th March 2020), and with the latest names joining the agenda it is set to be a valuable day of learning and networking for both members and non-members. Read more

Phil Pond

BGC shows depth of Stubbs family involvement

Stepping into the limelight at the Garden Press Event for the British Garden Centres Group was Amy Stubbs. With her cousins she represents the next Stubbs generation in the business. Read more

Amy Stubbs with Boyd Douglas Davies

Forty years on... Neville and Richard go over the edge for charity

40 years after meeting at Pershore, Richard Lawton and Neville Stein are to abseil down the Orbit in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 28th of March 2020, raising funds for Perennial. Read more

Neville Stein and Richard Lawton

Adrian Bloom pays tribute to Laurence Flatman

Laurence Flatman died in January, aged 88.  He spent his working life at Blooms Nurseries in Bressingham.  A thanksgiving service will be held on March 2nd. Read more

Adrian Bloom, Mary Fox, Laurence Flatman, Alan Bloom, Maurice Prichard, Flora Bloom, Robert Bloom.

Katie Blake appoint two new sales representatives

Jack Whiteley, Chairman and CEO of Glencrest Seatex the home for Katie Blake Outdoor Furniture, is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Sales Representatives. Read more

Syngenta Flowers strengthens European leadership team

Syngenta Flowers announces the appointment of Leendert Arkenbout as Head of Operations EAME for young plants and cuttings effective September 1. Read more

Leendert Arkenbout

Duchess visits Fakenham GC during Children’s Hospice Week

The Duchess of Cambridge bought plants at Fakenham Garden Centre last week for a new garden at a Norfolk children's hospice.  Plans are also underway for an imaginative space created by Greenfingers. Read more

Fallen Fruits' new sales agent for Scotland

Fallen Fruits are pleased to say, Neil Cochrane has joined the team as the new sales agent for Scotland

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Neil Cochrane

Andy Whelan Business Development Launches Today

Andy Whelan has announced the launch of Andy Whelan Business Consultancy with its new website, working closely with MorePeople. Read more

Andy Whelan

A sponsored swim to save the Garden Museum

How do you keep a museum afloat in the treacherous waters of the coronavirus lockdown? Garden Museum Director Christopher Woodward is undertaking a 50 mile sponsored swim to save the Museum. Read more

Trevor Wellington 29/4/47 – 14/5/20

The widely known and well-liked grower and nursery manager, Trevor Wellington, has sadly died aged 73. Trevor contributed much to the growth of Highfield Garden World until his retirement in 2010. Read more

Trevor Wellington

Carol Paris becomes CEO of Rosebourne

Carol Paris has become CEO of Rosebourne as Neville Prest stands down and becomes a non-executive director. Read more

Carol Paris and Neville Prest when at Garden and Leisure

John Grayson joins Hozelock

Hozelock announces the appointment of John Grayson as Commercial Director for UK and Ireland, Scandinavia and Southern Hemisphere. Read more

John Grayson

David Domoney takes on role of Patron for Greenfingers Charity

TV gardening personality, David Domoney, has recently been confirmed as the Greenfingers Charity’s newest Patron.  The role will see David support the charity’s work in building magical and therapeutic gardens for life-limited children in hospices across the country. Read more

Greenfinger's newest patron David Domoney

Mairi Devlin joins British Garden Centres

Mairi Devlin joined British Garden Centres as their new Trading Director last week. Read more

Neil Sims joins Natural Grower, the award winning veganic fertilizer

Neil Sims has started working with Natural Grower having retired from Evergreen Garden Care (formerly Scotts Miracle-Gro) last December after twenty years. Read more

Sarah Gittins, Neil Sims and Charlotte Beaty

Antony Harker confirms his links with BGC

Antony Harker has confirmed that he will not be accepting an offer of a strategic advisory role with AMES UK. He has made a significant investment in and holds an advisory role with in British Garden Centres. Read more

Antony Harker

Bringing the right balance between great genetics and commercial success

Syngenta Flowers announces the appointment of Martijn Kuiper (MBA) as new Head of Product Management  EAME. Read more

Martijn Kuiper

Triathlete from Mr Fothergill's to make Garden Releaf Debut

Sam Broadway, National Account Manager for Mr Fothergill’s, has been doing some serious training to ensure optimum performamce for her 100km Garden ReLeaf bike ride on 13th March. Read more

Sam Broadway, National Account Manager for Mr Fothergill’s

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