Berwick Garden Centre's new Plantsplus site adds UK-grown offer to business

Berwick Garden Centre says it new Plantsplus site will meet demand for UK-grown plants for its garden centres, while expanding its offer into retail too.

Four years after building Dunbar Garden Centre on a green-field site, the company has bought 14 acre former wholesale nursery at Ponteland near Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Plantsplus had been trading as a retail nursery.

Cindy Redfearn, former manager of Berwick Garden Centre, is now general manager of the expanded business.

She is building the link between the production nursery and two retail establishments.

Plantsplus is in the process of transition between plant production and retail garden centre. Planning permission has been granted for retail use and a coffee shop, disabled access and enhanced car parking and shopping facilities.

Redfearn said: "This is an ideal opportunity for the three businesses to work together. They each have their own identity. Because we now have a viable horticultural enterprise, I’m looking forward to all three sharing the growing facility."

She added: Tthere has been renewed interest in UK based horticultural production facilities due to the weakening pound. Some selling agents report under-supply of suitable properties on the market. Due to the installation of a new biomass boiler, Plantsplus is well situated to benefit from these conditions."


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

What new vegetables will gardeners be growing in 2018?

What new vegetables will gardeners be growing in 2018?

Next year is Fleuroselect year of the chilli pepper and Thompson & Morgan and Mr Fothergill's have ranges around the hot vegetable, with a new way of promoting sales.

Garden centre building: what's going up?

Garden centre building: what's going up?

After a lull in new builds, 2018 could see a slight resurgence in garden centres being erected.

Retail seed: crowded market for 2018

Retail seed: crowded market for 2018

Thompson & Morgan is refocusing on the garden centre seed market, hoping to win back business from Mr Fothergill's, which has expanded during T&M's long sale process.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Top 100 GARDEN CENTRES

Our exclusive ranking of garden centre performance by annual turnover. 

Garden Centre Prices

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world
 

Read more Peter Seabrook articles

Neville Stein

Business advice from Neville Stein, MD of business consultancy Ovation
 

Read latest articles