April 21, 2018

Latest:

Fosseway Garden Centre extension passed despite objections -

Friday, April 20, 2018

Food at Webbs at Wychbold garden centre wins Farm Shop & Deli Award -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Garden centres hope for better weather after Easter washout -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Abbots Leigh garden centre café reopens -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Plowmans Garden Centre in West Parley ‘will remain open’ -

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Haskins Garden Centres choose charities for the year -

Monday, April 16, 2018

Gardman Service Update -

Monday, April 16, 2018

Garden centres pray for better weather as sales slide -

Monday, April 16, 2018

Garden centre manager stole more than £30,000 from family business -

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Strikes fire: Garden centre to reopen ‘as soon as possible’ -

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Hayes Garden World increases revenue 110% thanks to temporary structure -

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Owner of Plowmans Garden Centre in West Parley goes into administration -

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

‘Major damage’ in Stokesley garden centre fire -

Monday, April 9, 2018

Bents raises over £22k for Alzheimer’s Society -

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Notcutts celebrates success at its own annual conference and awards dinner -

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Magical Hydrangeas launched into the UK with The Little Botanical -

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Garden centre gifts £650 worth of plants to the Martlets Hospice -

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

North-east garden centre named one of the best in UK -

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Gold found in stream at Cardwell Garden Centre -

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Christmas department at Haskins Garden Centres now open due to high demand -

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Brackenburn creates renewable biofuel to burn in the home

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With an investigation looming into whether burning wood is bad for the environment, Brackenburn is helping shoppers looking for ways to stay warm with a clean conscience. The link between burning wood and air pollution arises when the wood is wet.  Wet wood makes stoves and open fires work at a lower temperature, meaning less fuel is fully burnt and more escapes as soot. To help, there’s a certification scheme in place to identify and promote dried wood – but the team at Brackenburn think they can do even better. Based in Somerset, they harvest bracken from the surrounding countryside,…

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Two new appointments at garden tools specialists Darlac

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Garden tools specialists Darlac are pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Owen as business development manager. Chris joins Darlac from Mr Fothergill’s, the seed company which recently acquired Darlac and where Chris worked previously as a territory manager. In addition to all existing Darlac accounts, Chris’s responsibilities will include spearheading new business opportunities with garden centres. He will personally present Darlac’s extensive collection of tools and equipment to retailers, ensuring that this quality brand is at the forefront of Buyers minds as they prepare to stock up for next season, and he will also look after a new sales…

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Notcutts appoints new trading director

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Family-owned garden centre group, Notcutts, has announced the appointment of Sarah Silverwood as trading director. Sarah has been acting as interim commercial director at Notcutts since May 2017 and has a wealth of past experience in trading and commercial roles, having previously fulfilled roles with Dreams, Wyevale, Habitat, Homebase and Argos. Commenting on the appointment, Nick Burrows, CEO said: “During her time at Notcutts as interim commercial director, Sarah has already brought strong leadership and vision to our trading operations and forward strategy. She has become a valued member of our executive team and her knowledge and expertise adds a…

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Barrus appoints new sales and technical manager for Garden Division

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E P Barrus Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Noble to the role of field sales and technical manager for the Garden Division. After 19 years’ service with Barrus, Phil will be stepping up from his position as Area Sales Manager to head up one of the most respected sales teams in the industry. Phil has a long track record in the garden machinery sector gaining extensive experience working in both technical and sales positions for a number of garden machinery companies and dealerships. Working alongside his predecessor at Barrus, Martin Wasley, who will retire at the…

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Decco appoints Debbie Paterson as new area sales manager

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Leading home improvement and garden wholesaler, Decco has appointed respected hardware, DIY and garden operator, Debbie Paterson as its new area sales manager in Scotland. Debbie will be looking after Decco’s many home and garden customers in Fife, Angus and the West of Scotland. Based in Decco’s Perth depot Stuart and McIntosh, she will spearhead business development across the territory.  Debbie has more than twenty years’ experience in sales and sales management with the last six years specialising in DIY, home and garden products through the independent retail sector. Her most recent role was in sales management at Stax. Commenting…

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Glee 2017: Simon King confirmed as second keynote speaker

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Joining Glee’s keynote roster in 2017 will be well-known naturalist, film maker, author and co-designer of several award-winning garden wildlife products, Simon King OBE. Simon will be presenting a special off-one session on Tuesday 12 September (2:10 – 2:30pm within Glee’s seminar theatre, Retail Lab) entitled ‘The Secrets to a Successful Wildlife Garden’. Never before has there been such a wide choice of products to help attract and support wildlife in your garden. Whether you have a square metre in the heart of the city or a rambling spread in suburbia, there are a host of interventions you can make…

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Interview with Glee’s keynote speaker, Nick Bailey

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1. After 27 years’ experience in the horticultural industry, what continues to inspire you about gardening? I am often described as an expert in my field, but I see myself still a student in it. You never stop learning. It’s exciting to still be learning – every day, observing, even if not actually gardening. I enjoy plants and how the environment responds to them.  2. What have been some of the key learnings from your experiences overseas, having worked in Spain, South Africa and Australia?   There have been some key challenges: Plant supply – in UK & Europe we have a huge diversity…

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Sales agent network to boost ecofective drive into garden centres

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Sipcam UK, which launched its ecofective range of environmentally friendly and natural feed, weed and control products earlier this year, has recruited a network of sales agents to help boost sales into garden centres. Nine experienced and well-known agents will cover the UK and ROI, working in cooperation with Decco (exclusive wholesaler) and handling merchandising and some direct selling where required.  A major thrust will be promoting the new sub range of seven child and pet safe labelled products that are also bee friendly. Since its launch at Glee 2016, the ecofective range has been well received by retailers recognising…

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Simon Fraser appointed to HTA Board

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Simon Fraser, managing director of Ben Reid & Co in Aberdeen, has been appointed to the HTA Board. With a Diploma in Horticulture and an HND in Commercial Horticulture Simon has worked for a number of nurseries and garden centres in Aberdeen, Lincolnshire, Kent and New Zealand. This was followed by a six-year stint managing the family forestry business before a number of roles outside the industry. Now as managing director of Ben Reid & Co Simon is the fourth generation of his family that have owned and managed this Aberdeen business. Simon has represented Scottish members on the HTA…

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Briers strengthens supply chain with expanded sales team

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Fashion-led garden clothing and giftware company Briers has further increased investment in its sales management team, with new team members added following on from appointments made throughout the year to strengthen the supply chain.  The expansion of Briers’ workforce comes as the company experiences an increase in demand and expanded worldwide distribution. At the beginning of the season Briers appointed Charlotte Prentice from Suttons as national sales manager, with Chris Keightley as international sales manager. In the last twelve months the company also brought in Tahnee Miles as head of supply chain and Collette Pope as project manager. Tara Truman…

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