John Ashley has been named as the new chairman of Greenfingers, the charity that creates inspiring outdoor spaces for children in hospices around the country.
Mr Ashley, who has previously held the office of vice chairman at Greenfingers, takes over the role from Matthew Wilson and will lead the charity for the next three years.
John Ashley first joined the horticultural industry in 1972 with Fisons, and subsequently set up the Miracle-Gro business in Europe, which eventually became part of the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. He is still involved in the Scotts business, and with Scotsdales Garden Centre.
"Having worked with brand leaders throughout my career, one of my objectives is to make Greenfingers a leader in its field," he commented. "I'm very much looking forward to continuing the good work that Richard Jackson initiated when he founded the charity and the excellent work Matthew Wilson has done in the last three years."
Greenfingers charity director Deborah Skillicorn added her thanks to Mr Wilson for his hard work and commitment during his time as chair. He will remain on the board.
Greenfingers launched a major new appeal to coincide with Mr Ashley's appointment. The A Million Moments appeal will see the charity aiming to raise £1m to create 15 more garden spaces.