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Zest 4 leisure celebrates another successful GLEE

Zest 4 Leisure, a leading trade supplier of quality timber garden products including furniture, arches, arbours and fencing, is celebrating another successful year at Glee 2018.

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RHS perfume Floral Street launches at Chelsea Flower Show

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) his showcasing an exciting new fine fragrance at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week. Electric Rhubarb has been produced in partnership with Floral Street, an innovative British company producing contemporary floral fragrances.

Electric Rhubarb packaging will feature the Floral Street and RHS logos against the background of a fabulous and colourful flower mural created exclusively for Floral Street by leading London photographer Matthew Donaldson. The Electric Rhubarb packaging will include the words: “For the sparkling, luminous, fun-loving and charming”. This fragrance is part of an extensive range of Floral Street fine fragrances.

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Forest Garden fence panels

The high winds at the end of March have blown in some good news for the UK’s leading manufacturer of domestic garden fence panels, Forest Garden, who have reported a 60% increase in demand.

The company was easily able to cope with this sudden boost in sales as it holds in excess of 375,000 panels at its facilities in rural Worcestershire.

“We keep a careful watch on weather forecasts as strong winds often herald a sudden peak in demand and we have to be ready,” says Forest Garden’s head of marketing, Nicola Simpson.  “The challenge is getting deliveries out of the door to our customers.  We deliver 7,000 loads to store each year, that up to 90 loads a day, and this can increase substantially following gales.”

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WOLF-Garten NHS gardeners

Leading garden tool supplier, WOLF-Garten, has donated a selection of high-quality tools to NHS staff for their communal garden, which is used to relax in after difficult call-outs.

The Chelmsford Ambulance Station, in Essex, reached out to the company asking for tool donations after it created a large pond and garden area late last year. The space is used by around 200 staff who work for the service.

To regenerate and expand the garden, staff were needing first-class, reliable tools to undertake basic daily tasks, such as weeding, planting and pond cleaning.

Emergency medical technician, Stuart Wilkinson, who has worked at the station for over five years has been at the forefront of this campaign. He also helped build the outdoor area at the station during his time on leave with PTSD.

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E.P Barrus Merchandising Team

Leading garden tools and accessories supplier E. P. Barrus has expanded its merchandising team to meet demand as the business continues to grow.

The latest recruit to the team is James Utton, who joins E. P. Barrus with years of experience in garden centre retail. James said: “I’m delighted to be part of the merchandising team at Barrus where I will be looking after the South East region of the UK. I have enjoyed my few weeks getting to know the business and the rest of the team have been a great help. Coming from a garden centre in my previous role has given me additional experience in setting up products in store and made me aware of the high level of service Barrus provides.”

The highly trained merchandising team at E. P. Barrus have developed strong relationships with its customers and play a crucial role in supporting retailers with a professional, flexible merchandising service.

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Greenhouse conservatory surrounded by flowers

Being inside a greenhouse can create an overwhelming sense of calm, the natural light combined with the warmth and the sound of trees or birds outside can provide a sanctuary for a number of different activities.

“Glasshouses and greenhouses are more than just places to grow and nurture plants,” says Griffin Glasshouses’ Linda Lane. “Our customers like to get the most from of their investment and often use them as an extension of their living space.

“Our free-standing greenhouses make the perfect location for a multitude of activities; the distinctive design means that the structure can either be placed in a secluded spot in the garden or close to the house. Being freestanding allows light to pour in from all angles and the range of features available are designed to offer customers maximum flexibility, ensuring they get a glasshouse that is perfectly suited to them.”

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DuraOcean chair by LifestyleGarden

Initiatives such as the Ocean Recovery Project are helping to raise awareness and encourage UK consumers to take responsibility for local ocean clean-up operations.

But what happens to the ocean plastic that is recovered? In the case of the DuraOcean chair from LifestyleGarden®, it becomes a beautiful piece of outdoor furniture – the first of its kind in the UK. A representative of a significant period of research and development, the DuraOcean chair showcases true product innovation.

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Inside Glee 2018

If you have a team of willing participants and a weekend spare, then the inaugural Greenfingers Glee to Monte-Carlo Banger Rally could be just what you are looking for.

This exciting new event will see teams from across the industry pitch themselves against each other to travel from Glee at the NEC Birmingham, to the world-famous Monte-Carlo on the French Riviera. But to make it even more exciting, each team must complete the 1,000mile course, commit to raising at least £1000 all in a car worth no more than £500! 

The rally won’t be about speed, but instead teams will be faced with exciting challenges and adventure along the way, all with the aim of putting the FUN into FUNdraising.

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Ray Jenkins from Wyevale Nurseries

ONE OF THE UK’s leading commercial nurseries based in Hereford recently (April, 2019) had its UK Sourced & Grown Assurance Scheme (UKSG) application renewed.

Wyevale Nurseries applied for inclusion in the joint Woodland Trust and Grown in Britain scheme and will be able to offer those trees for sale under a verified UK Sourced and Grown label. 

Chris King, Assistant Production Manager at Wyevale Nurseries’ Transplants Division, explained: “The scheme guarantees our buyers that trees in our stock marked with the UKSG badge are raised from seeds sourced only from the UK and grown in the UK for their entire lifespan. 

“Being part of the scheme allows our customers to come to us and source full traceable UK provenance stock. This is particularly important in not only sustaining our own business but reducing the requirements for imports, by creating more demand for UK provenance stock.

“This reduction in imports supports our industry, while minimising the risk from foreign pest and diseases, which can have a devastating impact on our landscape.

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Treadstone Clever Clip Gloves hanging on a wall

As part of its ongoing development and expansion plans, Treadstone Products has made a number of changes to its business operations. The company is now housed in larger offices, which incorporate an improved showroom area. In addition, Treadstone has a new 3PL (third party logistics) partner, enabling it to offer an even better customer service via more superior warehousing facilities.

Changes are also being made in the area of staffing, again in order to facilitate improved customer service. The company is currently recruiting a new Office and Administration Manager, and is seeking to exapnd its team going forwards. Treadstone has already boosted its sales force in the East Midlands and The Wirrall with the recent recruitment of Mark Gillott as Sales Agent. This takes to eleven the number of sales professionals employed by the company. Treadstone is also currently seeking more Sales Agents to cover other parts of the country.

At the same time, Treadstone is also busy developing a range of high quality safety gloves for use in industry and by those in the building trades. Full details of this product innovation are expected to be revealed in the next few months.