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RANGE REVIEW: GARDEN & WOODCARE RANGE REVIE : GARDEN & W RANGE REVIE EW EW:


WOODCARE


KEEP CALM, A Wa


ddr essi ng delegates at the GIMA day conference last month, T


To Tony, who is also the fo Tony Blake


the first time I’ve ever spoken to a gr oup of people in our industry To y,, who is also the founder of Choice Marketing Gr oup, talks about his background and what brought him to establish his own family-run business. “I’m fr om Wandsworth originally – home to


explains: “This is industry


y..” 24 DIY WEEK 27 APRIL 2018 Yo when I was a boy


– and I remember,r, oy, if a dray horse


y,


pulling the br ewery carts did a poo in the road, my father would make me run out and scoop it up, so he could add it to his compost. That was my first intr oduction to horticultur e.”


He continues: “I was never very academic. I would have liked to have joined the army but my parents still had memories of the war they weren’t going to encourage me going down that path.


ies of the war r,, so


KEEP PLANTING St Peter’s Garden Centre owner To Tony Blake tells his stor y and talks a bout the


challenges and opportunities garden retailers face in the current climate. Young’s Br ewery


I got an appr enticeship at Kew Gar dens through one of my neighbours when we were living in Putney


y. I had to sign the official y.


secrets act when I started there – I’m not sure why but I did. I spent the first six months there digging, which kept you warm in the winter – and then I moved on to picking weeds out of the alpine gar dens. I r emember the sights in the gardens in spring and summer wer e something to behold.”


“I joined a London florist and


then a nursery at Feltham. I was working on hydr oponics for plants in of fices but I didn’t see that as my futur e. I was attracted by a job advertisement in a trade magazine looking for a garden centr e manager at a nursery based in Her efor d – it was W yevale. I moved my wife and young family ther e and joined Wyevale under Harry W


Wy To


Reflecting on his time at Wye in Hereford ony explains tha, T business never opened on a Sunday which would probably seem ludacris


Wiilliams Wy


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