Garden Centre Group to launch online plant training course for staff

The Garden Centre Group is planning a web-based horticulture training course for hundreds of staff.

Chief executive Nicholas Marshall said he is instigating web-based plant training for all staff "from the FD down" at the HTA Gardens Futures conference last week.

Pippa Hawkins, horticulture development manager, is in charge.

The programme is currently being written and garden centre consultants are being appointed to help.

# Country Homes and Gardens has returned a loss of £1.889m for the year to December 2008 on a turnover of £17m. In 2007, the 12-garden centre group, funded and run by Marshall, turned over £16.78m and lost £397,000. Marshall refused to comment.


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