Chris Corke, who ran Burstow Nurseries near Gatwick for 11 years, said: "We want to carry on Will’s legacy with this fantastic business. We want to try new ranges and expand on Will’s good work. We grow for the National Trust and will continue with peat-free and definitely try and grow that market."
George will continue as a consultant, including for the Nursery Business Improvement Scheme.
The Corkes will be trading under the name of Prenplants Sussex Ltd.
They will continue to run the nursery producing peat free herbaceous and grasses for garden and plant centres, landscapers and the National Trust shops and properties. The nursery now supplies 31 National Trust Shops, mainly in the south east.
Will and Sylvia George said: "We would like to thank all our customers and suppliers for all their help and support over the last umpteen plus years. We have really enjoyed supplying plants and meeting you all. In some ways we will be sad to go and will miss all you wonderful people but it really is time for us to take a back seat and take things a little easier.
"Sylvia is looking forward to being able to do some proper gardening for the first time in quite a long while and Will is looking forward to catching up with old friends and watching some cricket. He will also be continuing with his consultancy in nursery costings and with the HTA’s Nursery Business Improvement Scheme.
They added: "We hope you will continue to support Chris and Ellen and the business in the future. They have those much sort after attributes of youth and vigour, which we are now sadly lacking."
Will George can be contacted at: email@example.com