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Rolawn achieves milestone with 160 millionth roll of turf

Rolawn is celebrating a significant milestone, having harvested and delivered its 160 millionth roll of turf. Since the company was founded in 1975, sales

records have been kept allowing this unique moment to be identified. As a result, the roll of turf in question was photographed on its journey from the production field to the customer. In true British tradition, this all happened on the wettest summer day experienced this year. The recipient of the turf in question is newly

launched Rolawn stockist Hassett Plant Centre of Pitsford, Northampton. Manager Kevin Wells commented: “As a new business, the team and our customers at Hassett Plant Centre have been

really pleased with the quality, service, and after sales that Rolawn and their products provide so it is no surprise that they have reached such a huge milestone.” Rolawn sales and marketing director Jonathan

Hill added: “We are very proud of this amazing achievement, and I would like to thank all of our customers who have made it possible. But, it would be remiss of me on this occasion not to highlight the work of the turf production team, the farm staff who work through all that the UK weather can throw at them, assisted by a first- class administration team, combining to manage a sophisticated and challenging process. They all help to make my life easier through their

Outdoor space gets royal seal of approval


Nurseries’ staff join 30 years’

Andrew Notcutt, great-grandson of the founder of Notcutts garden centres, and Notcutts operations director (North) Chris Coward, met HRH Princess Anne when she visited Halton Carers Centre in Runcorn. Notcutts garden centre Rivendell in Widnes

service club Two members of staff from Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford were recently presented with medals to honour their long service to the company. Director Steve Ashworth and production director of the container division Steve Reed both received bronze medals from the Three Counties Agricultural Society in recognition of 30 years’ continuous service at Wyevale Nurseries.

Wyevale Nurseries is a member of The Three Counties Agricultural Society, which issues medals to people who have completed 30 years’ continuous service to horticulture or agriculture with the same employer or holding company.

The Three Counties Agricultural Society chief executive Ken Nottage said: “Here at the Three Counties Agricultural Society, we are delighted to recognise the loyal commitment of Steve Ashworth and Steve Reed from Wyevale Nurseries with our 2017 awards. “The Three Counties Awards seek to champion the long-standing contributions made by horticulture and agricultural businesses such as Wyevale Nurseries to the communities of the Three Counties. They should be extremely proud of their achievements.”

GCU September 2017

has shown its support to the carers centre by donating potted flowers, hanging baskets, bulbs, pots and compost to create an attractive outdoor area for carers, their loved ones and staff to enjoy when they visit the centre.

Notcutts Rivendell centre manager David Quigley said: “The carers centre in Halton does fantastic work in our local community and we were delighted to support them. We hope they will benefit from their spruced-up outdoor space.”

Hartley Botanic unveils RHS Hyde

Hall glasshouse commission In its latest partnership with the RHS, Hartley Botanic has unveiled a new glasshouse commission to form the centrepiece of the Royal Horticultural Society’s new edible gardens at RHS Hyde Hall.

With a unique octagonal design, stately roof lantern and 14 metre span, the new Hartley Botanic Hyde Hall glasshouse provides a landmark visible far beyond the gardens themselves and is a calling card for the manufacturer’s engineering expertise.

RHS Garden Hyde Hall curator Robert Brett said: “We wanted something which visitors could really enjoy to form the core of our new edible garden. The octagonal shape of the Hartley Botanic Glasshouse is the perfect centrepiece to the surrounding circular landscaping and it enables us to showcase some of the more tender exotics as well as increase our capacity for year- round displays. We hope it will inspire many visitors to try their hand at edible growing.” Hartley Botanic managing director Tom Barry commented: “This commission was a really exciting one for us. It is always a thrill to work on projects we know the public will be able to enjoy, but the scale of the brief and challenge to create a centrepiece in keeping with the garden’s circular landscaping was very interesting. We are increasingly seeing demand from organisations who want a greenhouse or glasshouse to tap-into continued interest in growing your own, and specifically, what that means in terms of taste and variety. We are sure the new glasshouse and gardens will be a great inspirer for many gardeners.” | 25

dedication and attention to detail which is why we are the growers of Britain’s finest turf!” In recognition of this achievement Hassett

Plant Centre have been provided with their turf order free of charge and a cheque for £500 is being donated to Rolawn’s nominated charity Greenfingers, who build sensory gardens for hospices in the UK providing care for children with life limiting conditions.

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