Poplar Tree Garden Centre has appointed Paul Barker as general manager.
Barker will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Poplar Tree and its award-winning Brambles Coffee Shop.
The centre, located in Shincliffe Village, is Durham City?s only garden centre.
After working at centres across the North East, Barker said: ?This was a perfect opportunity for me as Poplar Tree is the premier garden centre for Durham built up over more than 40 years. It has a great reputation amongst its loyal customers and within the sector as well.
?After expanding our coffee shop, we have even more exciting plans in the pipeline which I am delighted to be at the heart of and which will only enhance our existing excellent customer experience.?
Caroline Walker, Poplar Tree?s marketing manager, addedd: ?We are delighted to welcome Paul to the Poplar Tree team. He has the knowledge, experience and the integrity from managing several centres for Wyevale Garden Centres and a great enthusiasm for his work.
?He will set very high standards for our 46 staff as we enter an exciting period of growth. We wish Paul all the very best in his new role.?