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Seabrook on...Valuing the contribution of your employees

Seabrook on...Valuing the contribution of your employees

A recurrent theme through the Garden Centre Association Conference presentation on "A Lifetime Experience in Retailing" by John W Herbert was the value of staff. They are our greatest asset and most ignored, we were told.

According To Farrer ... Government must face climate change reality

According To Farrer ... Government must face climate change reality

Our climate has and will continue to change. People's capacity to accommodate this new reality amazes me.

Strong leadership pays off

Strong leadership pays off

The need for strong leadership to build a future for parks in the midst of the ongoing funding crisis was a theme returned to again and again at a recent Parks Alliance round table - the first of a series designed to inform the development of policy positions to take the sector forward.

Dixon on...Focus on crop health seen as welcome boost
HLF lifeline for hard-hit parks

HLF lifeline for hard-hit parks

As local authority consultations over budgets for the 2016-17 financial year continue, there is scant good news for unprotected parks departments, which from north to south are facing yet more cutbacks to staff numbers, facilities, planting schemes and more.

According To Seabrook ... Experience trumps economists every time

According To Seabrook ... Experience trumps economists every time

Trade conferences have been of great value to me over the years, providing good opportunities to network and learn about innovations in horticultural production and sales. But their cost in cash and time in recent years does not look good value when the programmes of speakers are studied.

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