January 23, 2018


Garden centres scoop top awards at GCA conference -

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Smart Garden Products is bringing the Three Kings brand to Spring Fair -

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Wildlife World returns to Spring Fair in February 2018 -

Monday, January 22, 2018

Wyevale Nurseries landscape & amenity sales up by 20% -

Monday, January 22, 2018

Squire’s customers raise over £21,300 for local charities -

Monday, January 22, 2018

Garden centre in Devon wows customers with new cafe offering including ‘free from’ treats -

Friday, January 19, 2018

Catshill garden centre donates trees to Dudley Zoo -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Shoulder To Soldier makes plans at the Bents community allotment -

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Perrywood presents cheques totalling over £14,000 to chosen charities -

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

BBC comedian to compere GCA awards dinner -

Monday, January 15, 2018

Paradise Park Garden Centre supports town academy -

Thursday, January 11, 2018

New roads mean workers facing job losses at Willesborough Wyevale garden centre -

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bonningtons Announces New Website Launch -

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Squire’s in Long Ditton is Garden Centre of the Year -

Monday, January 8, 2018

Donkey Sanctuary thanks Dunbar Garden Centre visitors for their festive support -

Monday, January 8, 2018

Record breaking growth for Farplants’ Christmas offering -

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Notcutts celebrates successful 120th year -

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Tong Garden Centre launches staff reward and recognition scheme -

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Dogs met Santa at Squire’s -

Monday, December 18, 2017

Bunnings Warehouse opens its first store in South Yorkshire -

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Briers working with EFSA on future trends


Briers has stepped up its involvement with EFSA, the European Floral and Lifestyle Product Suppliers Association, with two appointments to key positions within the organisation. CEO Jackie Eades joined the board during the EFSA October 2016 General Meeting, with her nomination unanimously supported. Toine Van de Ven, EFSA chairman commented: “With Jackie on the board we make another step towards an international orientation.” Jackie’s appointment is designed to provide retailers with added confidence in Briers’ new ranges, the company also aims to use this ongoing partnership to strengthen its position as the original fashion-led garden clothing, gift and tool brand….

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Adam Taylor joins HTA Board


Adam Taylor, director of Taylors Bulbs, has joined the HTA Board as vice-president elect it has been confirmed today. O.A.Taylor & Sons Bulbs Ltd., based in Holbeach in Lincolnshire, is the largest bulb company in the country supplying garden centres, nurseries and landscapers throughout the UK and Ireland. The company incorporates their specialist daffodil division, Walkers Bulbs, which continues to enjoy great success having won their 23rd consecutive gold medal at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show for their display of narcissus. Adam Taylor said: “I feel very honoured to be appointed to such a prestigious position on the Board…

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INTERVIEW: Tillington Group appoint new chair


There is a new Chairman of the Tillington Buying Group, following the retirement of Harry McDermid after 16 successful years. Dennis Espley, ex MD of member group Squire’s Garden Centres, is taking over. Garden Centre Retail caught up with Dennis to speak about his new role. What does your new role entail? The role is Chairman rather than CEO, so it’s about understanding what member companies Alton, Bents, Frosts, Squire’s, Van Hage, Otter, Ruxley, Hayes, Webbs, Sotsdale, Whitehall  want to achieve, co-ordinating this, and seeing it through. Why have you taken this role on? Harry McDermid was looking to retire…

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New marketing executive for Town & Country

Town & Country

Town & Country, supplier of gardening gloves and footwear, has appointed Andrea Litchfield to the position of marketing executive. Andrea has worked within a marketing and communications environment for the past eight years, most recently as a digital marketing manager, as well as having previous journalistic roles across national print and local broadcast media. At Town & Country she will have responsibilities across a range of marketing roles that will cover the day to day operation of the website, sourcing content, new product development as well as building on the company’s social media presence. Andrea commented: “With the recent revitalisation…

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Ken White joins HTA Board


Ken White, managing director of Frosts Landscapes, has joined the HTA Board as a director. Ken has over twenty years’ experience in the industry, having trained at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Kew and now being a member of the APL Committee. Twelve years ago he joined Frosts Landscapes as operations manager before being construction director five years later and managing director in 2012. Carol Paris, HTA chief executive, commented: “We are delighted that Ken has accepted a position on the Board. He brings with him a wealth of experience from across the industry sector which will inform our…

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Plantlife appoints new vice president


Plantlife has appointed a new vice president: broadcaster, horticulturalist, writer and garden designer Rachel de Thame. Rachel’s passion for gardens is firmly rooted in a love of our  native flora. She said: “Wildflowers are part of our heritage, and vital to the pollinators that rely on them. A future without them is unimaginable. That’s why I’m proud to become Plantlife’s vice president. Since launching 25 years ago, they have protected and conserved the nation’s unique and irreplaceable flora.” Rachel is perhaps best known as a presenter of the BBC’s flagship series Gardeners’ World and Great British Garden Revival, as well…

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First RHS Young Ambassador announced


The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) announced its first Young Ambassador at the launch of the RHS Vision last night. Ten year-old George Hassall, from Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, attended the event at the RHS London Shades of Autumn Show where his new role was announced. George spoke confidently and passionately on the night about his love and gardening and his new honour. Having been crowned RHS Young School Gardener of the Year in 2014, he will now join Alan Titchmarsh, Mary Berry, Adam Frost, James Wong and Nick Knowles as an RHS Ambassador. Speaking on the achievement, George said: “What a…

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Stewart appoint Juan Pillay as new marketing director


British manufacturer and distributor Stewart has announced Juan Pillay as its new marketing director. The company, known for supplying gardening products, catering supplies, homewares and bespoke technical solutions, says the new appointment reaffirms its commitment to delivering market-leading products and services across its core business areas. Pillay joins Stewart from Whirlpool Corporation, where he held senior positions in logistics, sales and marketing. Most recently, he was head of marketing for the UK and Ireland. Pillay commented: “This is an exciting time to join Stewart. At 70 years strong, it’s a great brand with fantastic growth opportunities. The passion for manufacturing…

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Fiskars UK appoints new Commercial Director


Fiskars UK have appointed a new Commercial Director: Richard Carr, who will report directly to Regional Director for south west Europe, John Grayson. “Richard’s knowledge of Fiskars and our recent UK progression presented me with a tremendous opportunity,” Grayson said. “During the selection process he was the standout candidate, impressing everyone involved and I’m delighted with the conclusion.” Carr adds, “I have respected Fiskars for a long time and watched with admiration how the UK business has thrived in the last few years under John’s leadership. It’s a great opportunity for me.” Carr, Grayson and the Fiskars team look forward…

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Kelkay appoints new manufacturing manager

Manufacturing manager

Aggregates expert Kelkay has appointed Jonathan Wilson to the position of manufacturing manager. Jonathan will take day-to-day control of Kelkay’s production facility, ensuring the company’s stringent quantity and quality targets are met. He’ll be responsible for the company’s programme of continuous improvement in manufacturing efficiencies, and will introduce new key performance indicators. Jonathan will also implement an advanced, ISO 9001 compliant, quality control system. Jonathan joins Kelkay from paving specialist Marshalls, where he worked for nine years. During this time he held the positions of production manager and site manager, managed over 200 employees and helped his site win numerous…

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