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Award success for RocketGro at Klondyke Plant Show
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Leading British peat-free growing media manufacturer, RocketGro, was presented with an award for Supplier Innovation at the Klondyke Plant Show and was praised for developing “genuine innovation in our industry.”


RocketGro is celebrating its win at the annual Plant Show organised by independent garden centre chain, Klondyke. More than 30 suppliers exhibited at the show, which was hosted at Aintree Racecourse and attended by the group’s 22 plant managers and horticultural buying team. 


As well as allowing the buying team to plan for the 2024 season, the event featured an awards presentation, which recognised a handful of key suppliers and several of Klondyke’s centres.


RocketGro Managing Director, Toby Thomas collected the Supplier Innovation Award from Klondyke Group Chief Executive, David Yardley, and was delighted with the win, having only started supplying supplied the Group in January 2022.


David Yardley commented: “It was a pleasure to attend out recent plant show at Aintree Racecourse and see all of the wonderful plants that will be coming to centres soon. We also invited along some of the key sundries suppliers who provide us with plant-related products and it was wonderful to see some new products and real innovation in this category. 


“There were a number of awards presented at the evening dinner and it was great to be able to hand over this year’s Supplier Innovation award to Toby from RocketGro. Ever since I first met with Toby and his business partner, Tim, at Glee in 2021, I have been impressed by their passion and professionalism in developing what is a genuine innovation in the industry, and becoming one of our key suppliers in such a short period of time.”


Managing Director, Toby Thomas said: “Building a relationship with David Yardley and the management team at Klondyke has been a cornerstone of the development of RocketGro as a business and as a brand. I feel that our relationship is a true partnership and goes way beyond being just another supplier. Working hand in hand with Mary and Andy at Klondyke to build our brand presence in the stores has helped us grow stronger every year. 


“Klondyke and RocketGro share the same values and both sides have invested significant time into genuinely understanding each other’s business to enable the relationship to really thrive. We are thrilled to have been given the Supplier Innovation award and thank Klondyke for recognising our significant progress and contribution to the industry in this way. We look forward to innovating further, year after year, and growing our rewarding relationship with Klondyke.”


RocketGro boasts an impressive 24-strong portfolio of premium peat-free growing products, including its flagship Magic Mulch, best-selling Fruit & Veg CompostSeed & Cutting Compost, and Multi-Purpose with added John Innes.

All RocketGro products are chemical free, 100% organic approved, British grown, sourced and manufactured, and are the by-product of renewable energy production. Packaging is also 100% recyclable. 


Find out more

If you want to learn more about RocketGro or are keen to discuss adding its product portfolio into your 2024 offering, please contact Toby Thomas ( /07936 928 981) or Andy Abraham ( / 07446 937902). View the full range and discover more about the RocketGro story at

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Well done team RocketGro, the first of many!