GRANGE STRENGTHENS MARKETING TEAM WITH TWO NEW APPOINTMENTS

Leading garden structures company, Grange Fencing has boosted its marketing team with the appointment of two dedicated team members.

With over 15 years of marketing experience, CIM-qualified Mark Morris has been appointed marketing manager at Grange Fencing and will be responsible for ensuring continuous progression across all aspects of the company’s marketing and communications strategy. Mark will be supported by recently appointed marketing executive Peter Holloway, who brings with him an in-depth knowledge of retail marketing and relationship management.

Commenting on his new position, Mark said, “ Grange Fencing is a well known and hugely respected name in the industry and I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to be part of the company’s strategic planning. Grange is at an exciting stage in its development and I look forward to overseeing the company’s ambitious plans throughout the coming years.”

Mark and Peter will be joining Grange’s head of commercial, Rob Giles and marketing co-ordinator, Julie Hall to create a steadfast marketing team.  Of the recent developments, Rob said, “ We welcome Mark and Peter to the team and are confident that their experience and knowledge will be instrumental in bolstering Grange Fencing’s credibility as a market leader in its sector.

For more information about Grange Fencing and the company’s range of garden structures and fencing, visit www.grangefen.co.uk

‘Nibbling’ The NEW Gooseberry

Lubera have found the perfect name for their brand NEW gooseberry ….’Nibbling’.  Nothing better describes what you will want to do, and indeed we guarantee you will end up not being able to resist doing, when you see these red, jewel-like berries dangling temptingly in front of you!

This year, Lubera’s very large gooseberry cultivation program has reached 10 years of breeding work. The goal was to improve the mildew resistance on the one hand, to increase the quality of the fruit on the other hand, and, finally, to produce less thorns…the fruits of the new variety ‘Nibbling’ are large, medium red to bright dark red, aromatic and deliciously fruity in taste.

Gooseberry Crispa’Nibbling‘ is the aromatic tip of our gooseberry range together with the new Crispa ‘Darling’ variety and the yellow equivalent Crispa ‘Goldling‘.  All of these three varieties also have a better tolerance level against mildew!

‘Nibbling’ ripens a bit earlier, stays longer on the bush, and are a continually source of snacking heaven, the fruits are rounder, darker and slightly larger. Together with the ability to have slightly less thorns, it is a great variety for growing in containers. ‘Nibbling’ is a cross between ‘Redeva’ and ‘Hinnonmäki Yellow’.

Maturity: very early, before Crispa ‘Darling’. However, the fruits remain 3 – 4 weeks on the shrub, then turn a warm, dark red colour and they get sweeter. One can be snack on them for a very long time. It is ideal for growing in containers
Fruits: Slightly larger and rounder than the quite oval ‘Darling’ fruits. Sometimes a neck is formed on the stalk side, which makes the gooseberries look like small figs. The shell is fine, not hard; it can be well eaten, the fine hairiness is not felt
Flavour: ‘Nibbling’ can be eaten very early when the fruits are pinkish red with white stripe; later they get darker, sweeter, more intense, but without the “soapy” aftertaste, which some overripe gooseberries have. Actually these fruits hardly ever get overripe
Growth/health: In trials over the last five years, ‘Nibbling’ is one of the most robust varieties. It has a round, vital, balanced habit, which is ideal for growing in pots.
Yield: ‘Nibbling’ has a significantly higher yield than ‘Darling’. And there has been no loss of yield in the testing period throughout the past five years
Cost: A strong plant in 5 litre pot £15.90

Is Stratford-upon-Avon ‘to be or not to be’ home to GCA’s January 2018 conference?

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has announced that the location of its annual conference is to be Stratford-upon-Avon (January 21 until 24, 2018).

The GCA’s annual event will be held in the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel from January 21 until 24.

Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA, explained: “It will be hard to top last year’s annual conference, which took place in the picturesque St Andrews in Scotland, as it was such a success but this year we have chosen a location that is steeped in history, Stratford-upon-Avon.

“We are thrilled that the conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. It is set in beautiful landscaped gardens next to the River Avon and for the entirety of the conference we will have the usual mix of top quality speakers, analysis of inspections and garden centre best practice and announcements of competition and awards.

“We will be announcing more details shortly and information on how to book in due course via our website www.gca.org.uk, but for now, be sure to keep the dates free in your diary.

“Briefly, the schedule for the conference will be as follows:

  • Sunday – Greenfingers Challenge Cup
  • Monday – inspection and competition round ups plus keynote speakers – based around operational issues. A themed evening dinner, networking event for garden centres and associate members.
  • Tuesday – a day of strategy with keynote speakers on subjects such as the economy, challenges facing business and direction of future market trends with an emphasis on maintaining and enhancing profitability. In the afternoon there will be the supplier exhibition. In the evening we will host our Annual Gala Dinner and awards presentation.”

Hawkesmill Nurseries Ready For The National Plant Show

Warwickshire based Hawkesmill Nurseries,  have a plant for every season and business alike.  You will be able to find the Hawkesmill team at the National Plants Show on stand 147/160, where they will be showcasing some fantastic new varieties, including their brand new and exclusive Salvia ‘Pink Lips’ and Victorian Viola Range.

The family run business will be showing a good selection of collections and promotions at the forthcoming National Plant Show on 20th and 21st June. Here you will be able to see examples of the British grown perennials and seasonal collections that Hawkesmill Nurseries are so respected for.   All plants will be available to order for immediate delivery or as advance orders, enabling you to reserve stock for the weeks ahead or indeed the spring of 2018 thus making sure you don’t miss out on these super opportunities.

“The National Plant Show is a superb annual showcase and is the event which kicks off our next selling season. says Richard Evans Sales Director, Richard continues   “It is a great way for the visitors to view a whole host of stock under one roof and provides visitors the opportunity to see thousands of plant varieties from UK growers in the main.”