MONTH IN REVIEW APPOINTMENTS DEAKINLOCK GARDEN DESIGN PARTNERSHIP ENDS AS LOCK JOINS BOWLES AND WYER Following nine years in business, Chris Deakin and Jason Lock have decided to close Deakinlock Garden Design to individually pursue new opportunities within the garden design and landscap- ing industry. Chris Deakin will continue to work on garden design projects in East Anglia and Jason Lock will be taking up a new position with Bowles and Wyer. Lock has been appointed as the company’s new head of design and build. Lock said: “The last nine years have been a fascinating journey for Chris and me. Starting a busi- ness at the height of the reces- sion was tough, but we worked through it and are parting with some great projects under our belt, that we are both immensely proud of, not least winning a Principle BALI Award, being shortlisted for the SGD Awards and Gold and Silver medals at RHS Chelsea 2010 -2014. We both now want to explore new opportunities and the time feels right to do it now.” Of his new appointment, he said: “As one of the leading land- scaping companies in the UK, I’ve admired Bowles and Wyer’s work for a long time and I’m ab- solutely thrilled to be joining the organisation at such an exciting time in its development.” Deakin added: “Jason and I had a great, complemen- tary partnership but felt we had reached a fork in the road in our business together. We are both excited about the new chapters in our careers, and focusing on our passions within this wonderful industry.” 16 Landscape Insight | December 2017 Jason an I had a great partnership but we reached a fork in the road . ’’ Chris Deakin, Deakinlock EVENTS NEW PRODUCTS GREEN-TECH LAUNCHES SEASONAL TREE PLANTING PACKAGES UK-based stockist and distributor of tree planting products, Green-tech, has launched its Winter Tree Planting Packages. The brochure features tree planting ‘essentials’ including tree shelters, spirals, planting accessories and soil conditioners. Green-tech has announced that the tree-planting season has begun slightly earlier than normal with 1 million spirals going out in just one day. The company currently has more than 2.5 million tree shelters and spirals in stock, and it holds vast stock quantities of every-day equipment of tree belting and stakes, to higher speciication tree anchoring and tree grilles and guards. New for this season is TerraCottem Arbor, a soil conditioner, developed speciically for tree and shrub planting. It provides the plant with critical support over the irst two years after planting to give improved survival rates. The increase in root and plant growth sets out to signiicantly reduce the need for irrigation and reduces the user’s input costs and need for replacements. Earlier this year Green-tech announced that it now holds a FSC Certiication on square sawn softwood tree stakes and machine round stakes. FSC set the standards for what is a responsibly managed forest, both environmentally and socially. FORMER UK AMBASSADOR FIRST SPEAKER ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 GCA CONFERENCE Charles Crawford, former UK ambassador, has been revealed as the irst speaker booked for the Garden Centre Association (GCA) 52nd annual conference in Warwickshire in January. Garden centre owners, managers and their teams who attend the event in Stratford-upon-Avon will be ofered advice from Craw- ford on the art of negotiation on Tuesday, 23 January. Iain Wylie, chief executive of the GCA, said: “Charles is a highly skilled negotiator and mediation specialist. He draws on 28 years’ experience in the UK diplomatic service, much of it in central and eastern Europe, where he served as UK Ambassa- dor to Poland, Serbia, Montene- gro, Bosnia and Herzegovina. “Charles will be joining other keynote speakers giving talks on subjects such as the economy, challenges facing business and direction of future market trends with an emphasis on maintaining and enhancing proitability. We’ll be announcing the details of our other guest speakers very soon.” The GCA’s annual conference will be held Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon on 21 - 24 January 2018. Places for the event can be booked via the GCA website.