Fond Farewell to Rod Austin after 24 years at British Garden Centres

Company: British Garden Centres

After 24 years of dedicated service, Plant Buyer Rod Austin is bidding farewell to British Garden Centres, he has been an integral part of the company's journey and growth since the group’s early days when there were just two centres in the portfolio.

Rod’s journey with British Garden Centres began when the family made the initial jump from one centre to two.  He was part of what was then Frosts Garden Centre and therefore joined the family with the new centre, which became Brigg Garden Centre.

Over the years, Rod's horticulture commitment and expertise have propelled him through various roles in the business, including serving as a manager at Brigg, procuring everything from garden furniture to sundries, and spearheading the plant-buying efforts before the establishment of a dedicated team as the number of centres acquired grew.

 In more recent years,  Rod has been based at Woodthorpe Nursery, where he has played a pivotal role in growing and procuring plants, building strong relationships with suppliers.

Own nursery business

Rod Austin is going to run his own nursery business, Austins Plants, where he will be attending many horticulture shows throughout the year. This new chapter is something very exciting for Rod and British Garden Centres wish him the very best of luck.

Commenting on his departure, Rod said, "It has been an incredible journey being part of British Garden Centres for the past 24 years. From witnessing the company's humble beginnings to contributing to its growth and success, it's been a privilege to work alongside such talented individuals and serve our loyal customers."

Charles Stubbs, Director at British Garden Centres said: “Everyone at British Garden Centres wants to express their gratitude and thanks to Rod Austin for his invaluable contributions and wish him the very best in the future. His unwavering dedication to excellence and his deep-rooted knowledge of plants and the industry have been instrumental in shaping the group into the reputable brand it is today. His passion, expertise, and leadership will be deeply missed.”

The British Garden Centres plant team is now led by Julian Palphramand with support from Tom Cook and Andy Little.

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Boyd DD,  4 Apr 2024:
...Rod is the most brilliant and knowledgeable plant hunter I have ever worked with. His enthusiasm for all that he does will ensure his new venture is a great success.
Paul Haynes (Zest),  2 Apr 2024:
...Incredible service over 24 years Rod. It has always been a great pleasure working with you, and I wish you all the best with your great new venture. I am sure Charles and the entire team at British Garden Centres will miss you. Our wonderful industry always needs people like you Rod, so it is good to hear that you are now developing your own business, I wish Austin's Plants all the very best for the future. Hope to see you at Four Oaks. Very best wishes, Paul.
Darren Craven,  2 Apr 2024:
...I first met Rod at what is now Brigg GC 24 years ago during my time as a sales person, at that time (during the take over) Rod was like a rabbit in the head lights. Over his time I have watched as his love for plants shone through taking him all over Europe sourcing plants and navigating the challenges that brings. Not to mention the challenges of upscaling production to cope with the huge growth of recent years. You will prosper Rod, Best Wishes. Darren.

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