The chairman of Coolings Nurseries said: "I am really getting into my new role now, although it’s only been a few months, and there are interesting and inspiring times ahead.
"The big event coming up is the International Garden Centre Congress which, this year, is being held in Ireland from August 10 until 15. These international visits are the best way to learn and understand the culture of a different country and also of course to see some of the best garden centres in the world.
"The itinerary will also include other places of horticultural interest and national heritage. Already more than 130 delegates have signed up for this year’s event but there is always scope to accommodate a few more. For full details, please visit www.igccireland2014.com."
Cooling's father, Michael, was an early supporter of the IGCA. "He took me to my first International Congress in Holland in 1978 and since then I’ve attended 18 in total. Carrying on the family tradition, I took my daughter Jessica to the most recent Congress I attended in Germany in 2012, where she participated in the study tour. It is a wonderful privilege to be representing the UK."