April 21, 2018

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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

  • Fosseway Garden Centre

    Fosseway Garden Centre extension passed despite objections

    A plan to extend Fosseway Garden Centre has been passed despite fears it is “becoming into a shopping complex.” Fosseway Garden Centre in Stow Road will now have a soft play area, a new events space building, a new office and staff facilities as well as a mezzanine storage area. The centre will also have a storage building, an outdoor sales area, a bigger car park and a new store entrance. Moreton Town Council told Cotswold District Council: “There are concerns that products for sale will replicate those sold in town and will subsequently take trade away from the High…

  • Webbs

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

    The food hall at Webbs at Wychbold has won the top prize at this year’s Farm Shop & Deli Awards. Food at Webbs was named Food Hall of the Year during an award ceremony at the NEC in Birmingham on Monday, April 16. The annual awards commended the Worcester Road garden centre for its renovated food hall, which launched last spring, as well as its commitment to supporting an extensive network of regional suppliers. Ed Webb, executive chairman of Webbs, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be recognised by our industry peers and the voting public as a top quality food…

  • weather

    Garden centres hope for better weather after Easter washout

    Garden centres across the country were affected by the bad weather during the early Easter break (March, 2018) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. Compared to the same month last year (2017) sales in outdoor plants were down -46.17%, and sales in seeds and bulbs were down -30.54%. Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said: “At this time of year we expect to see customers getting organised for the gardening season ahead, buying up new plants and their seeds and bulbs ready for planting, but this wasn’t the case as the wet weather meant that…

  • garden centre

    Abbots Leigh garden centre café reopens

    Refurbishment at Brackenwood Garden Centre café, in Pill Road, began in January, and it has now reopened as The Garden Tea Room. The kitchen and indoor seating area offers teas, coffees, homemade cakes, breakfasts and light meals, while work to complete an enlarged conservatory is still ongoing. New tenants Mark Ingram and Dotty Laskowska have worked at restaurants across North Somerset and Cornwall in chef and front-of-house roles respectively. Garden centre administrator, Sarah Winstone, said so far so good for the new venture. She said: “We had a good number of visitors over the Easter break. “The combination of a…

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Features

Brexit

BRC: Rates respite reduces retailers pressure

Nov 23, 2017

Following a business campaign led by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the Chancellor’s has announced in his Budget that the move from RPI to CPI indexation will be brought forward by two years to 2018. Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive of the BRC, said: “This is a hugely welcome and positive move. From being caught in a web of competing pressures from all parts of the economy, limiting the scope for action, it’s clear that the Chancellor has listened to the retail industry and the growing chorus from across business and commercial life who have spoken up in favour of…

Canada

From Canada, with love

Oct 19, 2017

Edwin Meijer from Garden Connect returns from a trip to Ontario, Canada with the International Garden Centre Association to take a look at the garden history in the Niagara Falls area of the country It was my first time but definitely not the last one! Two weeks ago I came back from the International Garden Centre Association trip to Niagara Falls, Canada. With a group of over 200 people from all over the world, we enjoyed the trip through the garden industry in this part of Ontario. Since I was travelling around in a bus with a group of about…

wildlife

GCR speaks to Simon King about his Wildlife World range

Sep 28, 2017

Can you tell me about the range you’ve worked on with Wildlife World? Over a period of several years I developed various garden wildlife product designs, based on my knowledge of the natural world and wildlife behaviour. Norman and I have known each other for some time, and decided to sit down and put my ideas into practice. I had various prototypes that I had tried and tested previously, which after much discussion and planning we began to put into production. We launched our first collaborated product, the brushwood robin nester, at GLEE last year, which received a lot of…

online

Online plant shop raises $1.1m to lead the houseplant revival among London’s stylish homeowners and offices

Sep 14, 2017

Patch (www.patch.garden), the online plant shop, has completed a $1.1m seed investment in its efforts to bring gardening to the digital age. 12 months after launching in East London, the startup has now served over 5,000 customers across the capital, has been growing 30% every month this year and has secured its seed round, led by early-stage investors Forward Partners and supported by London Co-investment Fund and several angel investors. Patch is looking to fill a gaping hole left by traditional garden centres, which are struggling to deliver value to customers due to rising costs, and a slowness to respond…

enemies

Edwin Meijer: Google – Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer

Sep 13, 2017

You may remember the age old saying ‘Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.’ Well, Google is a friend and a foe in retail: a friend because you have access to an enormous marketplace, and a foe because they take away your business. In this article, I would like to highlight three of Google’s innovations which you should definitely keep an eye on. And to keep it fun, I will also highlight three of Google’s failures. The buy button You search for products on Google, you compare products with Google Shopping and well, why not buy products now that you’re…

echo

Ariens launches new ECHO website

Aug 24, 2017

Ariens Company has launched a new website for ECHO Power Tools, offering an improved user experience. The new website has clear visual and responsive design and visitors, both domestic and professional, will be able to navigate their way around with ease. A key feature is the new e-commerce functionality which provides ECHO customers with an additional channel to purchase ECHO products. ECHO build all their machines to professional standards to meet the demands of domestic customers and professionals, who want to use their outdoor tools to increase productivity and reduce downtime in maintenance. The new website has a clean, uncluttered…

gardena netatmo

GARDENA and Netatmo announce new partnership

Aug 24, 2017

GARDENA smart system coming from Europe’s leading gardening brand is the only complete smart solution that combines automatic garden irrigation and lawn care within one platform. Robotic lawnmowers, sensors and watering controls can all be controlled via one app. That gives more freedom to the passionate gardener. GARDENA smart system now allows the integration of compatible devices by other companies into its app for the smart garden. Netatmo is a revolutionary smart home company, developing groundbreaking, intuitive and beautifully-designed connected consumer electronics. Presence, Netatmo’s outdoor security camera that distinguishes between people, cars and animals, is the first device from a…

safety

Making the the world safer – 2017 World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

Aug 24, 2017

Chief Executive of the British Safety Council and its Chairman designate, will explore the nature of wellbeing at work and the practical management of workplace risks at the 21st World Congress on Safety & Health at Work in Singapore The 21st World Congress on Safety & Health at Work 2017, which takes place on 3-6 September 2017, will bring together occupational health and safety professionals, business leaders and government officials from all over the world to share their knowledge and expertise in making workplaces safer and healthier. It is estimated that 2.3 million workers worldwide die every year because of…

coffee

Edwin Meijer: Do you like your own coffee?

Jul 22, 2017

Do you like your own coffee? Do you go to the same bathroom as your customers? And where do you park your car? Three questions that might seem strange, but to get online attention, there is nothing quite as powerful as a weird pick-up line. However, there is a kernel of truth: good coffee, a clean toilet and the parking area say a lot about your garden centre. Edwin Meijer of Garden Connect explains how this works. Coffee About a year ago, I was visiting a garden centre in the Netherlands. A major, well-known garden centre, but I won’t mention any names…

accessibility

Genevieve Morris: Improving accessibility in Garden Centres

Jun 18, 2017

Modern businesses need to be accessible, both to meet consumer need and to ensure they are compliant with legal requirements. Over and above that, an accessible business is one that is able to grow its audience and boost market share by appealing to the widest possible customer base. Garden centres are not traditionally the most accessible of spaces, from often rough terrain to buildings that have multiple upper floors. However, there are some very simple ways to change this and to make adjustments that will benefit the business as a result. Why is accessibility important? Since the London Paralympics in…

amazon

Edwin Meijer: Are you ready for the Amazonification?

Jun 9, 2017

Two weeks ago I was invited to participate in an expert group discussing the future of garden retail in the Netherlands and Belgium. Among the speakers was a very famous expert and he dropped the word “Amazonification”. I always like these words since you can explain them exactly the way it fits you. But as a garden centre, you already know how Amazon is having an impact on your day to day life. With a 16% market share in the UK, 1 out of 6 online purchases are made via Amazon. Here are 4 reasons to brace for the Amazonification…

customer

Easy ways to make your shop more appealing to the customer

May 11, 2017

Retail isn’t any easy business. It requires hard work and long hours. The work feels like it’s never done and don’t forget, the customer’s always right. Running a business has its ups and downs, but there are fun times too. It goes much smoother when there are processes and procedures in place. Learn easy ways to make your shop more appealing to the customer and watch it thrive. Stock the Right Items There’s nothing more frustrating than walking into a store and them not having the item you need. This is especially true if it’s something that’s in demand or…

Morphy

Morphy Richards: Cooking up a fresh source of margin

Apr 14, 2017

With continuing pressure on margins, enterprising retailers are always looking for potential new revenue streams. And here is one which is proving both popular and successful. It’s the food prep market – worth a healthy £190m+ at RSP – which has gone from strength to strength as cooking from scratch remains high on the agenda for foodies.  Driven by the huge wave of TV cookery programmes the category has enjoyed significant growth in the last few years with food processors, juicers and kitchen machines now being at the top of peoples’ shopping lists. Market research giant Mintel claim that 93%…

week

Terence Nicholson: Give your lawn some TLC this Gardening Week

Apr 7, 2017

It’s time to grab the tools from the shed and turn your garden into a spring haven: next week is National Gardening Week. This means people up and down the country will be spending time in their garden and giving it some TLC. This year, the focus of gardening week is about helping new gardeners. There are a number of activities and events throughout the UK and the aim is to get people outside and tending to their gardens. If your garden has been a bit neglected over the winter months, gardening week is the ideal time to spruce it…

mobile

Five top tips to make your garden centre mobile friendly

Feb 28, 2017

Last week Edwin Meijer, founder of Garden Connect, found a video on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aag1P4OwA3s), made in 1999, in which the interviewer is asking random people on the streets if they wanted to have a mobile phone. “I don’t see the point of it”, “Imagine people would call you while you’re on the bike” and “I have a wired one at home, so why would I need a mobile one?” were the answers. A lot has changed since then, hasn’t it? Since more people are using tablets and smartphones rather than desktop computers it’s important to assure your garden centre is…

curb

Stocking items that boost a home’s curb appeal

Feb 15, 2017

Garden Centre Retail magazine hears from Chris Hopkins, commercial director of Turnbull, for his expert opinion on what to stock within a garden centre. Before guests and potential buyers have even stepped foot in a home, their impression is being shaped by a property’s curb appeal. A home’s frontage has an immediate impact on people, so curb appeal cannot be understated — but improving it doesn’t necessarily mean expensive renovations. It means making sure a home’s outdoor area is up to scratch and well maintained, so it looks picturesque and accessible to guests and passers by. Some polishing and trimming…

News

Fosseway Garden Centre

Fosseway Garden Centre extension passed despite objections

A plan to extend Fosseway Garden Centre has been passed despite fears it is “becoming into a shopping complex.” Fosseway Garden Centre in Stow Road will now have a soft play area, a new events space building, a new office and staff facilities as well as a mezzanine storage area. The centre will also have a storage building, an outdoor sales area, a bigger car park and a new store entrance. Moreton Town Council told Cotswold District Council: “There are concerns that products for sale will replicate those sold in town and will subsequently take trade away from the High…

Webbs

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

The food hall at Webbs at Wychbold has won the top prize at this year’s Farm Shop & Deli Awards. Food at Webbs was named Food Hall of the Year during an award ceremony at the NEC in Birmingham on Monday, April 16. The annual awards commended the Worcester Road garden centre for its renovated food hall, which launched last spring, as well as its commitment to supporting an extensive network of regional suppliers. Ed Webb, executive chairman of Webbs, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be recognised by our industry peers and the voting public as a top quality food…

weather

Garden centres hope for better weather after Easter washout

Garden centres across the country were affected by the bad weather during the early Easter break (March, 2018) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. Compared to the same month last year (2017) sales in outdoor plants were down -46.17%, and sales in seeds and bulbs were down -30.54%. Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said: “At this time of year we expect to see customers getting organised for the gardening season ahead, buying up new plants and their seeds and bulbs ready for planting, but this wasn’t the case as the wet weather meant that…

garden centre

Abbots Leigh garden centre café reopens

Refurbishment at Brackenwood Garden Centre café, in Pill Road, began in January, and it has now reopened as The Garden Tea Room. The kitchen and indoor seating area offers teas, coffees, homemade cakes, breakfasts and light meals, while work to complete an enlarged conservatory is still ongoing. New tenants Mark Ingram and Dotty Laskowska have worked at restaurants across North Somerset and Cornwall in chef and front-of-house roles respectively. Garden centre administrator, Sarah Winstone, said so far so good for the new venture. She said: “We had a good number of visitors over the Easter break. “The combination of a…

garden centre

Plowmans Garden Centre in West Parley ‘will remain open’

The owner of a garden centre near Bournemouth Airport has reassured customers the business won’t close. Vic Plowman, who owns Plowmans Garden Centre in Christchurch Road, said trading at the centre is strong and there is no cause for concern. Signs promoting a clearance sale have recently gone up outside the business. The posters read: “Closing down. Everything must go.” Plowmans is leased to company Home and Garden, which has recently gone into administration. A buyer for the company is being sought. Despite that, Mr Plowman said the garden centre will not be affected. The centre is the home of the well-loved…

Haskins

Haskins Garden Centres choose charities for the year

The team at Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown has announced it will be focusing its fundraising efforts towards supporting Autism Wessex for the year. Employees at the centre aim to raise several thousands of pounds by running events throughout 2018, as well as providing the charity the space to host information and awareness evenings to raise further donations. Autism Wessex provides high quality specialist services for adults and children affected by autism throughout Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Somerset. According to statistics there are around 700,000 people affected by autism in the UK. Lisa Looker, brand director at Haskins Garden Centres,…

gardman

Gardman Service Update

“Following the fire at the Gardman Daventry warehouse on 12th March, we’re pleased to communicate that within the space of a month we have fully operationalised our Kings Lynn warehouse. We now have over 50 staff with years of experience working full time at the site. “In the last week we have increased our stock holding to over 1,200 SKU’s. We now have large volumes of both gardening and lighting stock arriving from UK ports and overseas. We also have a constant supply of our top selling Wild Bird Care products arriving daily from our local UK supplier. The team…

garden centres

Garden centres pray for better weather as sales slide

The UK’s garden centres are suffering after the country’s spate of bad weather, with sales at their worst levels in at least five years. So far this year, average underlying sales are down 15% to 20%, with the early Easter proving a washout, says the Garden Centre Association. Now the horticulture industry is hoping for brighter late spring weather. “It’s literally in the lap of the gods,” said the association’s chief executive, Iain Wylie. He told the BBC that people were not coming in to buy flowers and other plants because of unfavourable conditions in their often waterlogged gardens. “We…

garden centre

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

A family who have been running a garden centre for 60 years have been left “devastated” after their trusted office manager took more than £30,000. Ian McDonald, director of Abergavenny Garden Centre in Llanfoist, said Zena Price betrayed his trust and her offending had a direct impact on the small family-run business. In a victim impact statement read out at Cardiff Crown Court, he said: “I feel personally devastated as I had full confidence and trust in her.” The court heard 37-year-old Price conned her employers out of £32,021.92 over a three-year period. Nuhu Gobir, prosecuting, said she was employed in April 2014…

Strikes

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

Bosses pledged to see Strikes Garden Centre back up and running – hopefully within days – following a blaze which destroyed the building. Firefighters were called on Friday night after flames took hold at the Stokesley centre. Despite their efforts the landmark garden centre was almost totally burned to the ground, leaving staff and customers devastated. But on Monday chief executive David Yardley and retail operations director David Abbott, said they were meeting with insurers to sort out moving forward adding: “We are looking at getting things moving as quickly as we possibly can – get some sort of temporary trading facility, hopefully…

Hayes Garden World's temporary structure

Hayes Garden World increases revenue 110% thanks to temporary structure

Hayes Garden World, located in Ambleside, is the largest Garden Centre in Cumbria, attracting over a million visitors per year.  In the run up to the festive period, they wanted to transform their furniture section into a Christmas shop. Worldwide Structures were approached by Hayes Garden World to provide a single storey temporary structure to accommodate some of their garden furniture over the Winter months.  During the development stage, drawings and images were sent through of the proposed structure and project details finalised. Upon confirmation of the project, the structural components were prepared and delivered to site.  Installation of the…

garden centre

Owner of Plowmans Garden Centre in West Parley goes into administration

A garden centre near Bournemouth Airport is set to close after the ‘Beast from the East’ dealt a trading blow. Home and Garden, which owns Plowmans Garden Centre in Christchurch Road, has gone into administration. A buyer is being sought for the business. Administrators, Mazars LLP, are continuing to trade at the garden centre, as well as seven other sites across the country run by Home and Garden. Plowmans is holding a closing down sale in the meantime. Customers told the Daily Echo they would be sad to see the garden centre close. It is well known for being home to the…

garden centre

‘Major damage’ in Stokesley garden centre fire

A huge fire has destroyed large parts of a garden centre dubbed a “local institution”. The fire burned overnight at Strikes Garden Centre in Stokesley, North Yorkshire, including its aquatics centre containing tropical fish. Fire crews were called at 21:20 BST on Friday, with eight fire engines and 40 firefighters attending at its height. North Yorkshire Fire Service said there had been “major damage” to the centre and the roof had collapsed. Three crews remained at the scene on Saturday morning. Station manager Andy Creasy said on Saturday that crews were still “dealing with hotspots” and that investigation teams were…

Bents

Bents raises over £22k for Alzheimer’s Society

Customers and colleagues have once again shown enormous generosity in helping Bents Garden & Home raise an incredible amount for its 2017 Charity of the Year.  A total of £22,100 has been presented to Alzheimer’s Society, who will use the donation to help people living in the Warrington and surrounding areas. Penny Hamer from Alzheimer’s Society visited Bents to accept the donation and was joined by Zachary Clements and a team from St Rocco’s Hospice, the Centre’s 2018 Charity of the Year; a cause which was chosen by Bents’ customers in a vote held earlier in the year. Says Matthew…

notcutts

Notcutts celebrates success at its own annual conference and awards dinner

Notcutts, the family-owned garden centre business, has hosted an annual conference and awards dinner to recognise team and business achievements over the past 12 months. The conference, which was held on Wednesday 21 March at the Five Lakes Crowne Plaza Resort in Maldon, Essex, brought together colleagues representing all 18 garden centres as well as the central support teams. The event also offered interactive learning sessions for colleagues. The event was sponsored by leading names including Hozelock, Bidfood, Briers, Mr Fothergills, Kettler, Gardman, Stanley Bragg, Scotts, LeisureGrow, Pelican, Porters, Gleeds, Esprit and McBains Cooper. After the conference, an awards dinner…

hydrangeas

Magical Hydrangeas launched into the UK with The Little Botanical

With Spring just around the corner, Magical Hydrangeas are making homes beautiful all over the UK once more, thanks to their stunning natural beauty and super long lifespan. Hills Plants, the Sussex based parent company of The Little Botanical, is the only British business with a licence to grow this amazing indoor flowering plant and we’re proud to have the Magical Hydrangeas available for the UK market. With their starting colours, pink and blue, which slowly change tone to become something altogether more magnificent, when exposed to daylight, these beauties just keep on blooming all the way to Autumn. Available…

garden centre

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

Mayberry Garden Centre in Portslade has donated more than £650 worth of garden plants and gardening equipment to aid the Martlets Hospice in the major redesign of its gardens. Included is a silver birch tree to provide dappled shade, and a rose named Compassion, providing scent throughout the summer months. Tates Garden Centre director Darren Clift said: “We have a long-standing relationship with Martlets Hospice and have supported them as one of our key charity partners since Mayberry opened in 2010. “One of our former members of staff was cared for at the hospice so this only added to our…

garden centre

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

A North-east garden centre is celebrating being named one of the best in the UK. The Mains of Drum has been placed in the top three in Britain, after winning Best in Scotland late last year. Staff at the centre had been waiting nervously since the announcement of the Scotland-wide award for confirmation of the UK accolade. Being selected within the top 10 centres in the country means that the Garden Centre Association (GCA) recognise Mains of Drum as a “Garden Centre of Excellence”. The GCA said: “The winners of our Garden Centres of Excellence awards have all showed that they…

gold

Gold found in stream at Cardwell Garden Centre

Tiny nuggets of gold have been found at the bottom of a stream running through a local garden centre. The amazing discovery has sparked a modern-day Klondike Gold Rush with dozens of would-be prospectors standing knee-deep in the water, panning for the precious metal. The stream that runs through Cardwell Garden Centre, near Gourock comes from an underground spring on nearby Bargane Hill. Geological experts believe the recent de-forestation on the hillside led to soil erosion causing sediment – containing the flecks and nuggets of gold that had been lying under the ground for thousands of years – being washed into the…

Haskins

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

Haskins Garden Centre group has opened its Christmas department across all centres, due to high demand from customers. With centres in Dorset, Hampshire and West Sussex, the popular garden centre group experienced a higher number of visitors to the Christmas department last year than ever before. The group normally launches Christmas in September but has opted to open in April to give shoppers more time to spread the cost of Christmas over a longer period of time. Dean Ridley, head of retail operations at Haskins, commented: “We normally give our customers three months to shop our Christmas department, but we’re…

Kemps

Kemps Plants garden centre expands with five-figure backing from HSBC

A garden centre in Bristol has opened a 4,300 sq ft extension after receiving a five-figure finance package from HSBC. Kemps Plants, which has banked with HSBC since 2003, has built the extension to meet consumer demand for its growing range of dry goods, including plant chemicals, garden furniture and BBQs. This follows a major renovation project in 2010 which comprised the owner of the business, Lee Kemp, using a £310,000 funding facility from the bank to re-build the garden centre. Kemp said: “HSBC has played a pivotal role in the success of the business over the last two decades,…

Easter

Squire’s Staff Donate Easter Eggs to Eagle Radio Appeal

After hearing how short of Easter eggs Eagle Radio were on their Easter Egg Appeal, all staff at the newly opened Squire’s Garden Centre in Woking have donated their Lindt egg that that they were given by the company. Employees at many other Squire’s Garden Centres across the South East have also donated their Lindt egg to the Eagle Radio appeal, which will help give local, less fortunate children a happier time this weekend. Martin Breddy, Squire’s Managing Director commented “We always give a chocolate egg to our hard working staff to say ‘thanks’ at this very busy time of…

Bord Na Mona

Bord Na Mona Horticulture announces new head of horticulture

Mark Higgins has recently taken over the position as Head of Horticulture for Bord Na Mona.  Mark joins Bord Na Mona Horticulture with a strong strategic commercial and operational background which he has gained within the FMCG sector, with considerable experience in growing market share in very competitive environments. He has spent much of his career to date in Ireland and the UK and has extensive experience in delivering business performance targets. Mark joining Bord Na Mona Horticulture is well timed for the organisation’s horticulture business, which is the leading Irish supplier of growing media and barks in Ireland and…

Towa

Gardening glove from Towa makes RHS Product of The Year 2018 finals

New to the UK gardening market for 2018, the Luminus gardening glove from Japanese brand Towa has made the final of the prestigious RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year 2018. Available in three attractive floral designs – Rose, Olive and Herb – the Luminus glove combines aesthetic appeal, comfort and hand protection whilst retaining the dexterity and sensitivity of touch required for delicate gardening tasks. The palm is coated using Towa’s patented MicroFinish technology which gives up to 100% more grip than standard gloves and brings the added benefit of less effort being required for handling tasks, something that…