Stewart's Grow Your Own Tour with Pippa Greenwood

March 24th: Scotsdale Nursery & Garden Centre, Cambridge Road, Great Shelford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB22 5JT.Tel 01223 842777. www.scotsdalegardencentre.co.uk/

BBC Gardeners’ Question Time panellist and BBC Gardeners’ World columnist, Pippa Greenwood will be visiting Scotsdale Nursery & Garden Centre on March 24th 2012 from 11am until 3pm.

Pippa Greenwood, the popular gardening broadcaster and writer has teamed up with Stewart, the market leader in quality garden products to launch an eight location tour which started on March 1st at Stewarts Garden Centre, encouraging people to grow their own produce.

Pippa has signed a three-year partnership deal with Stewart and they will work together promoting the understanding and knowledge of growing fruit and vegetables.

Pippa will be demonstrating how easy it is to grow from seed, explaining and demonstrating propagation. She will also show how to pot a plant using different sized pots as well as giving a master class on making small and versatile growing beds from large pots, troughs and hanging baskets. Her enthusiasm is sure to give confidence to all.

While at Scotsdale, Pippa will take a tour of the garden centre and demonstrate using a propagator, advising on the types of fruit and vegetables that are best to grow at this time of year.
She will talk with the customers while answering questions they may have.
Pippa will be finishing off her day by signing her new book, ‘The Gardener’s Calendar’.

11.00 am              Pippa Greenwood to arrive and tour Scotsdale Nursery & Garden Centre

1:30 pm                Customer talk and demonstrate using a propagator

2:30 pm                Book signing of ‘The Gardener’s Calendar’

Scotsdale is a well established Garden Centre with over 40 years experience in providing garden produce and equipment in the Cambridgeshire area. Pippa’s visit enthusing the ‘grow your own’ theme with lots of demonstrations and practical advice will provide an informative and fun day out for well established and budding gardeners alike.

Pippa’s gardening credentials include a botanical degree and she has previously worked with the Royal Horticultural Society’s garden at Wisley. A regular with Alan Titchmarsh on BBC’s Daytime Live, she’s also presented BBC 2’s Gardeners’ World and can be heard giving advice on BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time. She writes for BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine and ‘NFU Countryside Magazine’.

The dynamic partnership between Stewart and Pippa Greenwood is a potent relationship between a top gardening product producer and one of the most experienced and knowledgeable gardening minds in the country. Pippa will be giving demonstrations using Stewart’s durable and beautifully designed products. There will be some fantastic grow your own products available as well as some great offers.

Pippa’s ‘grow your own’ branding will appear on Stewart products, which are designed with all types of gardening in mind. From water butts and composters for the more ambitious gardener to window sill kitchen garden sets, ideal for encouraging green fingered children. New colour propagators in lime and mocha are an added attraction.

Caroline Owen, Director of Scotsdale Nursery & Garden Centre said “we are looking forward to Pippa coming to Scotsdales and how invaluable her advice will be to our customers.”

Pippa has her own blog on the Stewart website at: www.stewart-garden.com/pippa selling a wide range of Stewart products with the ‘grow your own’ branding on her own website at www.pippagreenwood.com

The bestselling novelist of New Gardener and Gardening Hints and Tips said she is very excited to be working with Stewart. “I’m looking forward to chatting about grow your own with people, and using some of Stewart’s wonderful products. Stewart’s product range demonstrates a real and long-term commitment to the grow your own movement – something that everyone knows I am passionate about.”

Tour details:

March 24th 11am-3pm: Scotsdale Nursery & Garden Centre, Cambridge Road, Great Shelford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB22 5JT. Tel 01223 842777. www.scotsdalegardencentre.co.uk

March 28th 12pm-4.30pm: Barton Grange Garden Centre, Garstang Road, Brock Preston,

Lancashire PR3 0BT. Tel 01995 642900. www.bartongrange.co.uk

March 29th 3.30pm-8.15pm: Gordale Nurseries Ltd, Chester High Road, Burton, South Wirral, 

Cheshire CH64 8TF. Tel 0151 336 2116. www.gordale.co.uk

April 5th 10am-2pm: Webbs, Wychbold, Droitwich, Worcestershire WR9 0DG. Tel 01527 860000. www.info.webbsdirect.co.uk

April 13th 11am-3pm: Exeter Food Festival, Northernhay Gardens, Exeter, EX4 3QE www.exeterfoodfestival.co.uk

May 13th 11am-3pm: Garden Pride Garden Centre, Common Lane, Ditchling,

West Sussex, BN6 8TP. Tel 01273 846844. www.garden-pride.com/index.php

Stewart - backgrounder

Formed in 1945, Stewart is the UK market leader in the manufacture and supply of technical plastic moulded products for the gardening, home and professional catering sectors. The company offers a large range of products in its portfolio ranging from garden planters and propagators, to food containers and specialist storage products. The company employs 75 people in Croydon and enjoyed a turnover in 2010 of £13 million.

In June 2011 ECI, the mid-market private equity specialist, invested £12 million in the company in a BIMBO (buy-in / management buyout) deal that valued the business at £17 million. A new management structure saw Richard Butler join as Group CEO. Butler has significant knowledge of the advanced technical plastics sector, having worked for leading manufacturers in the aerospace and automotive sector. Lee Mowle, the previous owner and CEO, became Managing Director of the gardening and catering divisions, retaining a substantial shareholding in the company.

In the months following the BIMBO, Stewart made a series of changes to its brand and corporate identity and established discrete divisions for the core sectors it serves.

Stewart Garden produces grow your own products, watering, pots, propagators and garden accessories. These are available in over 1000 outlets across the UK and Eire including major DIY outlets such as Homebase and Wilkinsons and garden centres across the UK such as Dobbies and Klondyke/Strikes, The Garden Centre Group and some 600 plus independent garden centres. Having achieved a dominant position in the domestic market by offering durable, lifestyle-driven value for money products. The company continues to invest heavily in new product development.

Stewart Garden plays a full and active role in the gardening and leisure industry through its membership of:

  • GIMA – the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association
  • Gardenex – the Federation of Garden and Leisure Manufacturers Limited, and
  • HTA – the Horticultural Trades Association

Stewart won the House Beautiful Best Product Garden Category in 2005 and the Klondyke Dry Goods Supplier Award in 2010. The company was a GIMA Awards - POS Finalist in 2009, and Best of British Finalist in 2011. Its Heat and Grow Thermostatic Propagator was top in the Which? Gardening Best Buy test on windowsill propagators 2011.

Stewart Home provides food storage and homewares products. These comprise of the Refine, Essentials and Seal Fresh food and drink storage collections, offering hygienic storage in a wide range of colours and shapes.

Stewart Catering supplies the Gastronorm and Seal Fresh food storage ranges to the catering industry and specialist cook shops via wholesale and cash and carry outlets.

Other divisions recently established under the Stewart umbrella are:

Stewart Aerospace

Stewart Automotive

Stewart Medical

Each division of Stewart is BS ISO 9001-2000 accredited and operates from the company’s manufacturing, warehousing and distribution centre in Croydon, Surrey.

For more information visit www.stewartlimited.co.uk

For editorial enquiries, pictures, interviews and samples, contact Sara Tye on 07786 176 617 or Emma De Maio on 07921 160 134 email sara@redheadpr.co.uk or emma@redheadpr.co.uk

About Us

Stewart - backgrounder Stewart is a UK manufacturer and market leader in rotational and injection moulded products. The business operates in the aerospace, automotive, medical, technical moulding, garden, homewares and catering sectors. Products manufactured by Stewart include pots, propagators, food containers and specialist storage products. Two specialist divisions, Stewart Technical and Stewart Packaging, provide bespoke technical moulding and packaging expertise and services to the aerospace, automotive, medical and other manufacturing industries. Stewart employs 100 people at its purpose-built 178,000 sq ft facility in Banbury, Oxfordshire. The Fully Automated factory is home to micro controlled machines, including several Engle 300 machines and an Engle 700 machine, giving us enviable large machine capacity and fast manufacturing cycles. Stewart operates 24 Hours, five days a week. The factory has an extensive warehouse and can offer sub-assembly and printing. We also have strong links with offshore tool making facilities, enabling you to benefit from a world class manufacturing service and significant time and cost savings. Stewart is headed by CEO Richard Butler who built his career in the technical plastics and rubber sector and has worked for leading manufacturers in the aerospace and automotive sectors. Originally established in 1945, Stewart was the subject of a BIMBO (buy-in/ management buyout) in June 2011. ECI, the mid-market private equity specialist, invested £12 million in the company in a deal that valued the business at £17 million. Stewart Technical provides bespoke rotational and injection moulding solutions to clients including aerospace businesses, first and second tier automotive suppliers, the medical sector and other major manufacturers. Available at the factory are 18 machines (120T – 800T), full CAD facilities and extensive warehousing. Stewart Packaging offers manufactures of all types of products a bespoke packaging solution, which includes food grade packaging. As well as an extensive fleet of machines Stewart Packaging’s fully automated facility offers sub-assembly, custom design, promotional printing and extensive warehousing. Clients of Stewart Packaging include Kellogg’s, The Body Shop and Lush. Stewart Garden is responsible for grow your own products, watering, pots, propagators and garden accessories and sundries. These are available in over 1,600 outlets across the UK and Eire including major DIY outlets such as Homebase and Wilkinson and garden centres across the UK such as Dobbies and Klondyke/Strikes, The Garden Centre Group and some 600 plus independent garden centres. Stewart Garden plays an active role in the gardening and leisure industry through its membership of: • GIMA – the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association• Gardenex – the Federation of Garden and Leisure Manufacturers Limited • HTA – the Horticultural Trades Association Stewart won the House Beautiful Best Product Garden Category in 2005 and the Klondyke Dry Goods Supplier Award in 2010. The company was a GIMA Awards - POS Finalist in 2009, and Best of British Finalist in 2011. Its Heat and Grow Thermostatic Propagator was top in the Which? Gardening Best Buy test on windowsill propagators 2011. Stewart Home provides food storage and homewares products. These include the Refine, Essentials and Seal Fresh food and drink storage collections, offering hygienic storage in a wide range of colours and shapes. Stewart Catering supplies the Gastronorm and Seal Fresh food storage ranges to the catering industry and specialist cook shops via wholesale and cash and carry outlets. Stewart is BS ISO 9001-2000 and TS 16949 (stage one) accredited, with stage two accreditation expected to be achieved in 2013. For more information visit www.stewartcompany.co.uk. For editorial enquiries, pictures, interviews and samples, contact Emma De Maio on 07921 160 134 or Maria Bretti on 07854 819 213 or emma@redheadpr.co.uk or maria@redheadpr.co.uk.

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