Gardener’s World’s Joe Swift opens NMSB’s Builders’ Merchant new landscaping display

On Saturday 24th June, BBC’s Joe Swift – award-winning garden designer, author and presenter of Gardeners’ World – officially opened a new landscaping display at our Builders’ Merchant in New Milton.

The grand opening saw over 200 local people attend, giving them an opportunity to look around the new display and merchant area, get their hands on some free goodies, take part in some friendly competition to win prizes, and meet with Joe. Guests were also treated to delicious fish and chips by father and son duo and local fishermen, New Forest Fish and Shellfish, and enjoyed iced coffee and cake by Cool Coffee Cart.

NMSB Landscaping Display Opening
NMSB Landscaping Display Opening Fish and Chips

The large landscaping display is the last part of the extensive renovation works undertaken at the branch over the past 12 months. The Builders’ Merchant now benefits from a larger branch and indoor warehouse, hardstanding yard area, improved customer parking, and a much wider product range.

Golfing Competition

The new landscaping area has been created to enable customers to view products in a mock-garden format, rather than on boards or via brochures. The mini gardens showcase a range of BBQ areas, raised decking, brickwork, and resin drives, along with the plethora of paving, blocks and decorative aggregates available. Brands available at the branch include Pavestone, Saige, Artificial Grass and many others. One of the largest displays in the South of England, the space was created by Magnolia Landscaping.

Matt Lock, Commercial Director for NMSB comments; “We were delighted to welcome Joe Swift to New Milton on Saturday – it was an honour to have him officially open our brand-new landscaped area, which we’re all very excited about!”

“It’s a beautiful, friendly, and welcoming space for both our trade customers and consumers to come and view the wide range of landscaping products we have available, to get inspiration and hopefully help them transform their own outdoor space. We are all so pleased with the fantastic job Yve and her team at Magnolia Landscapes have done to create this space.”

Following his visit to the Builders’ Merchant, Joe Swift then paid a visit to New Milton’s local Community Garden, where Joe spent time with members of the Residents Association and gave them advice on looking after their garden. Throughout the afternoon, almost £350 was raised for the Community Garden and for New Milton’s local Men’s Shed project.


Local Primary School pupil creates eye-catching new design for our Road Sweeper

Earlier this month, we revealed the new, colourful design of our road sweeper, following a competition with the students at Milford on Sea C of E Primary School. (link to Home | Milford-on-Sea Church of England Primary School ( This week, we went to the school to reveal the vehicle to the students, and the winner, Tyler Pallant, age 9, along with runners up, Elouise Pallant, Mia Roberts and India Dowse, all received mini models of their designs.

Local School Helps Plant New Orchard

Pupils of Milford on Sea Primary School have helped us plant a new orchard, located at Downton Manor Farm Quarry in Milford on Sea. Working in partnership with The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, the new orchard has been created to benefit local wildlife and will become an important new space for the community.

GCSE Students visit our Hurn Site

Last week we welcomed over 50 students from Parkfield School to our Hurn production and extraction site.

Awards Season

We are really excited to share with you that not only have we been nominated for finalists in the Builders Merchant Awards - Hard Landscaping Display of the Year, but NMSB has also been shortlisted as finalists in the prestigious Hampshire Business Awards, for Contribution to the Community, and Business of the Year. As well as qualifying to be included in the Solent SME Growth 100, and subsequently being nominated for the Leadership Team of the Year Award.

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