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fl ooring, a new and extended seating area and new counter equipment as well as new lighting and heating. Fakenham Garden Centre, based at Mill Road,


Hempton, was opened in 1985 by Mr Turner’s mother and father, Gordon and Brenda Turner, who are still involved in running the business. It is one of Norfolk’s most well-known garden centres and currently employs 53 staff. Mr Turner said: “We only started making plans


Fakenham Garden Centre, has invested £100,000 into modernising its cafe, which can now be enjoyed by the many customers looking to make the most of their gardens as spring makes an appearance. The cafe features new


to refurbish the coffee shop in October, so it’s all happened very quickly. I’d like to thank our customers for their patience while we closed for the fi rst two weeks of February and I’m delighted that the new cafe is now ready as we approach our busiest time of the year.” www.fakenhamgardencentre.co.uk


Burford Garden Company win Taylors Bulbs display competition


Burford Garden Company has won the national Taylors Bulb ‘Bulbland’ competition. Presented with the Bulbland trophy, a cheque for £200, a certifi cate and a glass plaque, Burford buyer Glen Sheldrake said, “We are delighted to have won, our bulb display takes a great deal of time and effort to plant, set up and maintain. However, winning the award has made all of our efforts really worthwhile.”


National runner-up was awarded to Melbricks


Garden & Leisure, who had won the competition for the previous two years but were denied the hat-trick by Burford’s stylish use of silk fl owers and other display props. Certifi cates were also awarded for


excellent bulb displays to Christies of Fochabers (Scotland), Tavernspite Garden Centre (Wales), Ribblesdale Plant Centre (North England), Planters Garden Centre (Midlands) and Garsons of Fontley (South England). www.taylors-bulbs.com


NEWS IN BRIEF


Bord na Móna UK (BNM UK) has recruited Jason Pike as its National Sales Manager covering the retail market throughout the UK. www.bordnamona.ie


In early March Creative Gardens’ centres across Northern Ireland hosted their annual ‘Spring has Sprung’ event in aid of Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children. www.creativegardens.net


A nurse in Ealing has launched The Garden Centre Group’s fi rst national charity partnership, with a vote by staff leading to Marie Curie being chosen. www.thegardencentregroup.co.uk


In December, Langford Garden Centre in Bedfordshire was fi lmed for Channel 5’s “It Takes a Thief to Catch a Thief”; a programme about the impact of shoplifting on small businesses. www.langfordgc.co.uk


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