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GIMA announces new council

The Garden Industry Manufacturers’ Association elected its new council and appointed new president at its AGM on April 12.The meeting took place at Ettington Chase Hotel, Stratford-Upon-Avon, with over 65 members in attendance.During proceedings ... 
18 April 2018

Castle Gardens gives houseplant department a new lease of life

Sherborne-based Castle Gardens has appointed Kyla Foster-Shaw as manager of its multi award-winning houseplants department.Having owned and run a successful florist in Shaftesbury, Kyla has now brought a modern aesthetic to the department, expanding ... 
18 April 2018

Covers to take part in Moonlight Walk in memory of colleague

A team of 33 colleagues from Covers Timber and Builders Merchants in Chichester will be taking part in St Wilfrid’s Hospice Moonlight Walk on Saturday May 5 in memory of a loyal colleague who sadly passed away in January.Kev Starling, who worked at ... 
12 April 2018

RDT’s Bryan Clover creates charity in memory of daughter

Following the death of his teenage daughter Evie this year, Rainy Day Trust CEO Bryan Clover has established charity, Evie’s Gift offering financial support to parents with children admitted to hospital with life-threatening and life-limiting ... 
6 April 2018

Toolbank driver retires after 39 years and almost 2million miles

Mike Peace, who was based at Toolbank’s Cleckheaton branch and clocked up a huge number of miles delivering to customers throughout Yorkshire and Lancashire, retired last month. Mike joined Toolbank in August 1978 as a driver and has remained ... 
6 April 2018

Screwfix enlists army of tradespeople to makeover charity for latest campaign

Today, Screwfix and agency collaborators McCann Central and Viewpoint are set to debut their latest Outdoor Projects campaign, which focused on supporting a charity for young people.Filmed on location at The Amber Foundation in Devon, the integrated ... 
6 April 2018

Bents donates over £22k to Alzheimer’s Society

Customers and colleagues have helped 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 by Bents, which will use the ... 
5 April 2018

Squire's runs successful 'Grow Your Own Chips' event

Hundreds of local school children visited Squire’s Garden Centres at the end of March to take part in a “Grow Your Own Chips” session. This initiative began because Squire’s believe in the importance of children learning where their food comes from, ... 
4 April 2018

APL appoints Rod Winrow as new chairman

Ken White from Frosts Landscapes has stepped down as chair of the association of professional landscapers (APL). Vice chair Rod Winrow, from Garden House Design, is taking on the role of chair with David Sewell from the Garden Makers assuming the ... 
3 April 2018

Decco raises £1,750 in Hanging Man challenge

To help celebrate the Rainy Day Trust’s 175th anniversary and fundraising drive, the manager of Decco’s Leeds distribution centre, Andrew Ballantine was literally left hanging, as he became the latest industry figure to prove the strength of Henkel’... 
3 April 2018
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