Haskins celebrates qualification success for two employees

Haskins Garden Centres is celebrating the achievements of two employees, Jason Froggatt, Group Catering Manager at Haskins, and Mike Morath, Commercial and Operations Manager at Birdworld, after they achieved their Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety and Hygiene in Catering. Read more - open to all

Jason Froggatt, Gp Catering Mgr at Haskins & Mike Morath, Commercial & Operations Mgr at Birdworld

BAGMA signs up a new General Manager

A well-known industry name will be taking the reins at the British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association (BAGMA). Read more - open to all

Nick Darking, new BAGMA general manager

Ella is crowned Rising Stars winner

Ella-May Bradshaw from Bosworths Garden Centre was recently revealed as the winner of the GCA’s Rising Stars programme sponsored by Westland Horticulture (January 2023). Read more - open to all

Tammy Woodhouse, Ella-May Bradshaw, Keith Nicholson and Gordon Emslie

Squire's appoints new H&S Manager

Squire’s Garden Centres has appointed Jordan Howell as its new Health, Safety & Facilities Manager serving its group of 16 centres. Read more - open to all

Jordan Howell, Health, Safety & Facilities Manager, Squire’s Garden Centres

Ivyline appoints new National Sales Manager

As Ivyline’s star continues to rise, it has further enhanced its internal team with the appointment of Chris Owen as the brand’s new National Sales Manager. Read more - open to all

Chris Owen - Ivyline's new National Sales Manager

Josef Fischer leaves Syngenta Flowers

Syngenta Flowers announces that, following a successful 15 year long career at Syngenta Flowers, Josef Fischer is retiring to fully dedicate to innovation projects in Floriculture. Read more - open to all

Josef Fischer leaves Syngenta Flowers

Andrew Mellowes joins Burpee Europe as Commercial Director

Burpee Europe is pleased to announce that Andrew Mellowes as joined them as Commercial Director. Read more - open to all

Andrew Mellowes

Changes bring in the New Year at Whartons

After 35 years at the helm of Whartons Garden Roses Managing Director, Robert Wharton takes on the role of Chairman, stepping aside for Paul Wharton to take on the role of Managing Director. Read more - open to all

L:R Jo Davey – Sales & Marketing Director, Kiley Goodswen – Operations Manager

Paul Cooling memorial notice

Carol, Jessica and Tom Cooling invite you to join us in celebrating the life of this wonderful man, please let us know if you're intending to come. Read more - open to all

Stephen Richardson becomes BHETA marketing director

BHETA has promoted its former marketing manager, Stephen Richardson to the newly created role of Marketing Director, making him part of the associations’ executive team.  Read more - open to all

Stephen Richardson

Key growers retire from Hillier Nurseries

Two Hillier Nurseries innovators are retiring. Alan Postill, one of the UK’s greatest plant breeders, and Nursery Manager Dave Hooker, who has worked for Hillier for 43 years. Read more - open to all

Alan Posthill with Robert Hillier

Rising Stars finalists announced

Seven individuals from Garden Centre Association member garden centres have reached the finals of the Rising Stars programme sponsored by Westland Horticulture. Read more - open to all

Mia Crawford from Poundbury Gardens

New chair for the Tillington Group

The Tillington Group has announced that Caroline Owen, Managing Director of Scotsdales Garden Centres, has taken over the chairmanship of the Tillington Group from Dennis Espley. Read more - members only

Caroline Owen

Paul Cooling dies

With great sadness Coolings Nurseries Ltd have announced that Paul Cooling died on the 29th of December having recently suffered a massive stroke. Read more - open to all

Paul Cooling who died on 29th December 2022

MorePeople has appointed MD Richard Hanwell to the main board

MorePeople has appointed MD Richard Hanwell to the main board.  He has become a shareholder. Founder Guy Moreton and CEO Andrew Fitzmaurice make up the remaining shareholding. Read more - open to all

Richard Hanwell

The death of Keith Butters is announced

Keith Butters has passed away peacefully at his home at the age of 90.  He built a market leading multi-million-pound business distributing houseplants. Read more - open to all

Keith Butters

YPHA pays tribute to mentor and friend Paul Cooling

YPHA members gathered at Coolings yesterday at a gathering initiated by Paul Cooling.  They toured the nursery, heard from TV presenter Adam Frost and learned how the company is now owned by the staff. Read more - open to all

YPHA Committee with Ian Hazon, Liz Dowling and Adam Frost

Catering and food drives garden centre sales

Nerves about December sales were settled by a late surge according to the latest figures from the GCA.  2022 whole year revenues were down, but that was only half the story. Read more - members only

Joy of Plants adds Head of Product

Nick Healey from Berkshire has joined the team at plant information company Joy of Plants as its new Head of Product (January 2023). Read more - open to all

Nick Healey - Joy of Plants

HTA welcomes new Chief Executive

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has, this week, welcomed Fran Barnes as its Chief Executive, completing the strengthening of its senior leadership team.   Read more - open to all

Fran Barnes

Mr Plant Geek joins Glee as the exhibition’s first-ever ambassador

In an exciting move, Michael Perry – better known as Mr Plant Geek – will be joining Glee 2023 (27th – 29th June, NEC Birmingham) as the exhibition’s first ever ‘ambassador’. Read more - open to all

Michael Perry

AIPH Young International Grower of the Year 2023 announced

Eliot Barden, Production and Education Manager for Majestic Trees, UK, received the Young International Grower of the Year Award at an International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) awards ceremony held on Tuesday 24 January 2023 in Essen, Germany. Read more - open to all

Mr David Rayner of Scotsdales has died

Mr David Rayner, father of Caroline Owen and Ben Rayner of Scotsdales Garden Centre died unexpectedly, but peacefully in his sleep on Saturday 14th January.  He was 94. Read more - open to all

David Rayner with his son, grandson and great grandson

YPHA next in-person event

The Young People in Horticulture Association are excited to announce 2023’s first in-person event which will be run in conjunction with Coolings Nurseries and Garden Centres. Read more - open to all

Peter Burks moves into the GCA

Peter Burks has taken up his new role as chief executive of the GCA ahead of its annual conference later this month.  He sets out his priorities. Read more - members only

Peter Burks, CEO of the Garden Centre Association

Bents' FD retires after nearly 30 years

Brian Daniels, Bents’ Finance Director who joined the team in 1993 when Ron and his wife Wendy were running the business, retires. Read more - open to all

Wendy and Ron Bent (on screen), Matthew Bent, Katherine Bent, Brian Daniels and Helen Bent

Leadership changes at Evergreen Garden Care

Evergreen Garden Care has announced that Ian Hepburn, marketing director for two years, will be leaving the company with Rich Fisher succeeding him from January 3rd, 2023. Read more - open to all

Rich Fisfer

Alastair Jackson – General Manager – Poplars Garden Centre

On the 27th December Alastair lost his short battle with cancer and died peacefully, at home, surrounded by his family. He will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. Read more - open to all

Alastair Jackson

The headlines that made 2022 unique - a round-up

2022 was dominated by the recovery from the distortions to trade caused by Covid. It was a year of acquisitions. There were some game changers and sadly we lost some leading characters. Read more - open to all

The YPHA - a game changer for young people in horticulture

Gavin Cooper of Prior Park has died, suddenly

Gavin Cooper who was general manager of Prior Park Garden and Pet Centre has died suddenly and completely unexpectedly. Read more - open to all

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