The Chartered Institute of Horticulture launches new website

The new website has been built specifically with our members in mind. We believe we have created a website that not only demonstrates the professionalism of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture but also represents our members.

The new website will serve as a professional platform upon which we can continue to promote and enable development of our members and promote professional horticulture to the government.

With the knowledge of how important it is to ensure the longevity of the industry by encouraging new entrants into the sector. We have therefore integrated www.growcareers.info with www.horticulture.org.uk to create one website that supports both our established members as well as new comers.

The new website will have all the functionality of the last but with some exiting new areas and interactive features and overall the website will be the first port of call for everything related to CIH and our connections with the wider industry.

“This is a fresh, interactive and professional digital window to horticulture and our institute, so come on in and see us in our new space!

Our goal with this new website is to provide our visitors with an easier way to learn about horticulture and our Institute. Our new website is interactive and gives better access, to our current members and prospective members, to see some really useful information about our events, membership details and the services we provide on the homepage.

We hope you find our new website fresh and modern; we have worked hard to make sure it contains valuable information.”

Dr Owen Doyle President Chartered Institute of Horticulture

New Website For Stewart Garden

stewart logo 2013The new website from Stewart Garden, the British manufacturer and distributor of gardening products, is now live.

www.stewart-garden.co.uk will improve the brand experience for customers. The use of strong imagery and detailed product information alongside a simplified ‘where to buy’ function, will help informed customers to easily access retail stockists and make their purchase.

Visitors to the new site will enjoy:

  • Detailed product information and imageryto help them make quicker, better informed buying decisions.
  • Simplified navigationto guide them to product and stockist’s as fast as possible.
  • Easy browsing onmobile devices and an intuitive desktop layout.

Speaking of the launch, Andy Burns, managing director at Stewart, said: “This new site represents a significant investment in our brand and, by extension, our retail partners. We’re looking forward to seeing the site drive even more traffic towards retailers large and small.”

Stewart Garden is a leading brand in the grow-your-own category and contemporary lifestyle garden products sector. It is the market leader in premium flower pots and self-watering plant pots and the voice of authority in premium consumer propagation.

stewart websiteFor more information, visit www.stewart-garden.co.uk, like on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

Royal Horticultural Society launches new website to encourage gardening in schools

rhs logoRHS Campaign for School Gardening website goes live 28 April 2015 as 19,000 schools participate in UK’s largest school gardening campaign
Over 19,000 schools currently participate in RHS scheme (Image: RHS)

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced the launch of a pioneering new website to encourage horticulture in schools as part of their RHS Campaign for School Gardening, to go live on 28 April. The new site will offer an enhanced resource for both teachers and students, to engage with and support schools to develop and actively use a school garden.

As the UK’s largest school gardening campaign, with over 19,000 schools and groups currently participating – representing 59% of all UK primary schools and 47% of secondary schools – it’s hoped that the new website will allow even more schools and youth groups to get stuck in, creating their own gardens and inspiring gardeners and botanists of the future.

rhs school websiteDeveloped in house, the new site is the Society’s first to use responsive design, providing an improved user experience along with lesson-ready resources from lesson plans to tips on what to grow when, and even access to RHS advice – all for free. Registered users can also bookmark their favourite resources and events tailored to their learning needs, and monitor the progress of their class by uploading evidence to an online portfolio of achievement, which can then in turn build towards earning the school a prestigious School Gardening Award. For those hoping to develop their newfound passion further, a new dedicated careers section will give advice and information to young people considering a career in horticulture. As a result of the new site, the RHS hopes to see 8,000 schools taking part in the awards scheme by January 2016.

RHS Digital Director, Matt Rooke, said: “The new RHS Campaign for School Gardening site sets the bar for where we, as an organisation, want to go next digitally, and is our first using responsive design. We’ve also integrated it with our new in house developed CRM solution to offer a far more personalised service to users, the learnings from which will massively assist in informing our future plans for the society’s wider online presence.”

Claire Custance, RHS Skills Development Manager, said: “We’re incredibly proud of the existing success of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, which shares our passion for horticulture with millions of pupils up and down the country through high quality educational resources. The new site not only makes these easier to find, but by streamlining some of the processes will hopefully encourage even greater engagement.”

In line with its charitable aims, increasing engagement with young people in diverse communities is at the very core of the Royal Horticultural Society’s ambitions for the future, as is a determination to give every child in the UK the opportunity to garden to ensure they develop essential life skills and robust physical and emotional health through connecting with their local environment. By uniting the best in horticultural skill with the latest in digital technology, the re-launch of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening website is key to this vision.

The RHS Campaign for School Gardening was started in 2007 with four important aims; to encourage all schools to use gardening as a teaching and learning tool; to show how gardening can enrich the curriculum; to teach children life skills and contribute to their emotional and physical health; and to the demonstrate gardening’s pivotal role in developing active citizens of the future.

For more information on the RHS Campaign for School Gardening visit www.rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening

New website for Smart Garden Products

smart garden productsSmart Garden Products has unveiled its new website which complements the company’s new branding and showcases their 500 products across 6 key categories.

The new user friendly website has been aligned to Smart Garden Products’ 2015 catalogue to enhance the visitor experience.  Visitors can browse the new and existing product categories, latest offers and promotions as well as read the latest company news and blog.

Jonathan Stobart, managing director commented, “Following the successful launch of over 350 products in 5 new categories at Glee, we are delighted with our new website that trade customers and consumers can easily view on their PCs, tablets and phones.”

Smart Garden Products has exciting plans for ongoing development of the site, which will shortly also be available in French and German to meet the demands of Smart Garden Products’ growing European markets.

The new website can be viewed at www.sgpuk.com

smart garden website

New website to help garden centres promote their Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day events

greenfingers garden relief 2015A new website has been launched that allows garden centres to publicise their Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day events to customers, local and national press and a much wider audience via social media.

Hundreds of garden retailers are expected to participate in the fourth, annual Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day, which takes place on 27thMarch 2015, to help boost the early spring sales season, whilst raising funds for Greenfingers, the small national charity dedicated to creating gardens in children’s hospices across the UK.
Garden centres wanting to take part should register on the website, and can also take advantage of free publicity for their events, by filling in the simple form online at www.gardenreleaf.co.uk/register-an-event.  Once registered, each individual event appears on the site’s ‘events’ section, and is searchable by area to help the public find their local participating garden centre. Early registration on the site will also mean events will have a chance to be publicized by the central Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day communications team, bringing industry wide recognition to individual garden centres’ fundraising plans.

Founder of Garden Re-Leaf Day, trustee of Greenfingers, and CEO of Hillview Garden Centres, Boyd Douglas-Davies, is passionate about the new website:  “This is a fantastic opportunity for all garden retailers, especially those looking to ensure the best promotion of their fantastic Garden Re-Leaf Day events which is so important to the success of the day.  In just five minutes, you can fill in our online form, effortlessly setting the promotional ball rolling, putting yourself in front of customers, local people and the media.”
The newly launched website features news, galleries of events from previous years and information on how the money raised is spent, including images of Greenfingers children’s hospice gardens which have already benefited from Garden Re-Leaf Day fundraising.

The organisers of Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day are currently ramping up promotional activity in time for the 27th March 2015. Some of the event ideas already on the cards include hosting the popular Greenfingers Garden Re-leaf Day Gardening Quiz; getting involved with the Loose Change promotion; simple yet unique ways to put on your own sponsored cycle ride; and fun family day activities such as making cress heads and sowing sunflowers – the Home Garden Association’s plant of the year for 2015.
To ensure maximum exposure for your event, make sure to register soon via www.gardenreleaf.co.uk/register-an-event. To explore other opportunities for supporting the 2015 event as a supplier, or participating as a retailer, email info@gardenreleaf.co.uk.

Inspirational new website for Homebase

Homebase_roundell_logo_80kbWith more people than ever looking for inspiration and advice online before making a purchase, Homebase has launched a new look website to help customers find the information they need to ‘get the look’ – no matter how big or small their home projects.

As well as offering improved functionality and easy to navigate pages, there are over 50 videos to help with almost every gardening and DIY dilemma, from laying turf to putting up wallpaper.

Homebase Director of Multi Channel, Siobhan Fitzpatrick said: “We know that nearly 40 per cent of our customers start looking for ideas online before visiting us in store. That’s why we have developed a new website to start to provide more support, help and inspiration around the key home and garden projects.”

homebase websiteHomebase sells a number of exclusive brands including Habitat, Qualcast and Farrow & Ball. Now customers can more easily search through Homebase’s vast number of products on a brand by brand basis, save a ‘love list’ of their favourite products and also compare items to help their decision making.

Siobhan said: “Customer service is at the heart of what we do and providing the convenience to shop how they want, when they want is increasingly important. We have simplified the checkout process to make it easier for customers to arrange home delivery and Reserve & Collect in store in one transaction, offering more flexibility than ever.”

Siobhan added: “Using IBM WSC7 platform and the Aurora starter store will put us in good shape for the next phase of a chain of new digital developments over the coming months. We have a great deal to look forward to, including new apps, more video content and delivery options, as well as better visibility of pricing and stock.”

To view our new website, log on to homebase.co.uk.

Crest Garden Launch New Website

Crest-GardenCrest Garden, the new start-up business by seasoned garden professionals Nick Davies, Colin Smart, and Andy Abraham and backed by Westland Horticulture, have launched the first stage of their new website.

As no products are available at present, the site is a holding page and an introduction to the fledging company.

As the business gets nearer launch the trade only company will fill the site with details of their exciting product ranges.

You can find Crest’s website at www.crest-garden.co.uk

 

Nick Davies

Nick Davies

Colin Smart

Colin Smart

Andy Abraham

Andy Abraham

 

Garden Organic’s New web site goes live

garden organic 2014The new site uses a modern content management system so it will be much, much easier to keep it up to date. It has a fresh, light design with an open feel and it quite shamelessly puts organic growing first.

A real achievement in its day, the ‘old’ site was comprehensive but difficult to maintain. It originated this millennium (just), but wasn’t designed to work on your iPad and smartphone – they didn’t even exist then. And it had grown – well, organically – resulting in a lot of duplication, which made it rather rambling. It was high time to pension it off. But as it’s such a big site, we decided to tackle the task in three distinct phases.

  • Phase One (now complete) involved getting the most widely-used content onto the new site.
  • A few specialist sections (e.g. Education, Research, HSL) are still mainly on the ‘old’ site at present. They’ll move this summer, in Phase Two.
  • For the time being, the Members’ Area in its entirety remains on the ‘old’ site. It will be moved in the third phase, this autumn.

screengrabSo until this autumn you’ll find yourself switching between the new and ‘old’ sites occasionally. We’ve created a ‘transfer page’ to do that smoothly. It pauses for a few seconds before taking you to the ‘old’ site automatically. Once you’re used to it, pressing the ‘Transfer’ button will move you over immediately. For most people, this halfway stage shouldn’t be too taxing, but for the inconvenience it’s bound to cause a few people, we apologise right now. We’re as keen as you are to get the whole job completed. We’ve already started work on Phase Two.

We’d love to get your feedback on the new site, so we’ve made it easy to send us a message using the ‘Contact Us’ menu button on the right-hand side of the screen. If you’re using a mobile phone, it’ll be nearer the bottom of the page. When the content’s too wide for your device, the right-hand sections drop down so as not to squash important information. It’s called ‘responsive’ design and means that the one-in-three of you who already use our site with a handheld device will have a much better experience from now on.

Please have a good look round and then tell us what you think. We want to go into Phase Two knowing about additional changes we should make to ensure you get the web site you deserve.

New look Trade Ordering Web Site

sinclairAs from October 2013, trade visitors to the William Sinclair ordering website will notice a series of user-friendly upgrades. “The modifications are aimed at supporting our customers by simplifying and speeding up the order process”, said Danny Adamson, Managing Director.

“Visual pack shots, clearly labelled by category, mean that an order can be quickly created at the click of a button” added Samantha Jones, Trade Marketing Manager. “Alternatively customers can build up their shopping basket entering a ‘quick-search’ product code or by looking up a previous order history. Placing an order via the web is a fast-track way to purchase from our extensive range whilst still having the close support of our Customer Service team”.

Further changes include real time email order confirmation and a despatch point reference.

Sinclair, a supplier of Growing Media, Fertilisers and Chemicals, have an
ambitious Marketing programme lined up for the 2014/15 season. As part of this, additional investment is allocated for on-going web-site development, with a Phase 2 launch scheduled for 2014.

New Games For Youngsters At Little Gardeners Website

johnsons logoThree exciting new games – Scare the Crows, Weed the Pots and Create Your Own Little Gardener – have now been added to Johnsons Little Gardeners website, which is aimed at youngsters who enjoy growing plants.  The new interactive games are sure to get children challenging their friends and family, says Johnsons brand manager Helen Clayton.

Log on at www.little-gardeners.co.uk for plenty of gardening-related fun and facts. The games are features of the Fun Zone, where youngsters can also colour in with their friends and take part in a What’s That? quiz to test their gardening knowledge.  The Little Gardeners’ Academy helps explain the science of seeds and also looks at garden wildlife and the importance it plays in our gardens.  Youngsters can ‘Meet the Gang’, try out some Yummy Recipes and find out more about the full Little Gardeners product range.

littlegardeners websiteThe Little Gardeners range of products includes Shake and Rake Flower Mixes, Seed Starter Pots and Complete Grow Kits.  Ideal for children from three to 11 years old, they are perfect and inexpensive Christmas gifts for budding gardeners from encouraging parents and grandparents.