Larch Cottage has been Peter’s life and passion for the past 30 years and over that time he has developed Larch Cottage from a overgrown scrap yard into one of the country’s leading plant nurseries specialising in rare and unusual plants.
The nursery has unique architecture, with a combination of Romanesque style ruins, follies and ponds entwined with harmonious plantings. There are no point of sales boards at Larch Cottage and no hard sell, the plants simply sit subtly arranged in alphabetical order within the serenity of the walled gardens awaiting the discerning visitor.
Stott said: "I am proud to have made our very humble mark on Cumbria. I am not driven by monetary success but by an artistic inspiration to add something that gives pleasure and so inspires the lives of others. I believe that Education is key in all areas of life and the very foundation of every success story.
"Larch Cottage has been my obsession for the past 30 years, and although over those years our reputation has grown nationally I have always felt that we were not particularly well known for our efforts in Cumbria so to be given such an award such as this is an honour I did not expect and one which I share with all those who have helped me make Larch Cottage what it is today – family, staff and customers alike."