One of last Notts rose growers to close

'I'm 68 years old and there's lots of reasons, not just one. The time is right,' explains company owner John Timmerman.

Timmermans: now in final year
Timmermans: now in final year

Timmermans Roses is closing after more than a century in business. Owner John Timmermans said he is retiring after growing the flowers for more than 50 years.

"I think it just got difficult in the past couple of years because of the weather and I have no family in the business - it's only me," he added. "I'm 68 years old and there's lots of reasons, not just one. The time is right."

Timmermans grows 400,000 roses every year and will grow 350,000 in this its final year. The last two full-time staff will be made redundant in the summer.

Growing guide Find That Rose only lists Timmermans and one other grower, Dalestorth, from the former rose-growing area of Nottinghamshire. Timmermans said: "I don't know what will happen to the site, I've not decided, but options include development.

"The market is not that buoyant at the minute. We've just been a little bit spoilt - in the last 10-15 years we've seen some stability. Looking back to the 1960s, 70s and early 80s the market was like the potato market, way up one year and down the next. The rose trade comes and goes and will come back, but I didn't feel like struggling for five years until it does."

The company supplies a range of garden centres and nurseries in the UK "but we've never gone down the contract or multiple route". He said he "does not envy" growers who deal with multiples and prefers "honest to goodness independents". But he admitted: "If you want to be big you have to deal with the multiples to get volume".

He began work in 1963 at the business, which was opened in the Woodborough valley and grows on 7ha.

Timmermans is a third-generation rose-grower, his father being one of five brothers working for the family's rose-growing business in Herten, Holland.

Garden writer Peter Seabrook said there were once 20 growers operating in the area, including famous names such as Wheatcroft.

Guernsey grower Thirty successful years

Guernsey Clematis Nursery, which has 20-25 per cent of the world market in young clematis plants, is celebrating 30 years of successful growing.

But owner Raymond Evison pointed out that Guernsey growers are now almost extinct after VAT changes in 2012. He said with the loss to the UK of Channel Island Plants, Thompson & Morgan and others, and tomato growing ending, a new urban plan that might allow building on old glasshouses is the hope of many ex-growers.

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



Masses of colourful tubular flowers can give these plants a substantial presence in the border, says Miranda Kimberley.

Tomorrow's tractors

Tomorrow's tractors

These machines have advanced rapidly over recent years but what does the future hold? Sally Drury looks ahead.

Climbing roses

Climbing roses

Walls, trellises, pergolas and even trees can all be brightened up by these beautiful blooms, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Opinion... Shining a light on trading with Europe

Opinion... Shining a light on trading with Europe

Accurate figures are notoriously difficult to get at, but without doubt the UK imports a great deal of its ornamental plant requirement.

Opinion... Unbeatable delight of quality plants

Opinion... Unbeatable delight of quality plants

Viewing top-quality plants, both growing and on sale, always gives me pleasure.

Editorial ... More analysis and insight from bumper HW issue

Editorial ... More analysis and insight from bumper HW issue

Welcome to this bumper 72-page July edition of Horticulture Week magazine, packed with exclusive analysis, insight and expert advice on the biggest issues impacting all sectors of the UK horticulture industry right now.

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

Tim Edwards

Boningales Nursery chairman Tim Edwards on the business of ornamentals production

Read Tim Edwards

Ornamentals ranking

Top 30 Ornamentals Nurseries by Turnover 2017

Top 30 Ornamentals Nurseries by Turnover 2017

Tough retail pricing policies and Brexit opportunities drive the top 30 growth strategies.

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world

Read more Peter Seabrook articles