The GCA Trust has selected Emma Lamb from Barton Grange and Sam Clark from Cowell’s to attend this year’s IGCA Congress.
They will receive a sponsored place at the IGCA Congress in September as part of the Dick Allen Scholarship Award Scheme.
Sue Allen, Trust Chair, said: “This is the fourth year we have sponsored GCA member centre staff to attend the IGCA. We’re delighted to announce Emma and Sam as the two lucky candidates.
“The pair will experience the event in the company of like-minded potential managers. They’ll spend their time visiting top garden centres, other retailers and historic gardens.
“They will even have time to visit the Bombay Sapphire Gin distillery and take a cruise on the Thames.
Throughout the week they will be discussing issues that affect our industry. They’ll form friendships and make important contacts.
“The Trust were thrilled with the calibre of applicants this year. It was a very tricky decision to make, but we’d like to congratulate Emma and Sam and we hope they enjoy their trip.”
The pair will join 250 delegates from around the world at this year’s IGCA Congress. It’s taking place in Windsor from September 1 until 7.
GCA Trust takes Emma and Sam to IGCA
Emma said: “This very exciting opportunity gives me a second gear in motivation.
“I am grateful for all the support and development opportunities that arise through the GCA. This as the icing on the cake.
“From Barton Grange and my working team, the encouragement I receive is immense. I am very proud to be representing them this year. The IGCA is an excellent time to learn from others and to ignite ideas and inspiration, I cannot wait.”
Emma joined Barton Grange in 2017 after studying Horticulture at Lancaster University.
Will Clark, Plant Area Manager at Barton Grange, said: “I’m delighted and very proud that Emma is going to be part of the IGCA. She’s a star at Barton Grange and I’m enjoying seeing her career blossom.
“Her passion and enthusiasm is so infectious I’m sure she will be a great addition to the interactive tour. I can’t wait to hear all about it when she returns.”
Delegates on this year’s trip will be based at The Castle Hotel and The Macdonald Windsor Hotel. Both are centrally-located on the High Street in the historic town of Windsor.
Sam said: “I would like to thank Sue and all the members of the GCA Trust who have given me this wonderful opportunity.
“I’m excited to visit some wonderful southern centres and also the wonderful RHS Gardens. September can’t come soon enough!”
Sam has always had an interest in horticulture, since he helped his Nan in the garden as a child. He began working at Cowell’s Garden Centre in 2008 on the checkouts and went on to work in the plant area.
Martin Cowell said: “I’m thrilled that Sam has this prestigious place at the IGCA. It will be a wonderful opportunity for him to continue his growth.”