Around 40 staff have been made redundant. The company is being run by administrators Grant Thornton in Southampton. The bank involved is HSBC.
The business was established in 1985 and grows herbs, alpines, bulbs, wild flowers and other seasonal plants for the garden centre industry. Production is approximately three million plants per year and turnover is betwenn £3m and £4m.
Joint administrators are Trevor O’Sullivan and Nigel Morrison, who are developing a strategy to market the site. O’Sullivan said the business had seen a downturn in turnover over the last 18 months and did not have the funds to carry it through the winter.