Owner of Oaktree Garden Centre decides not to retire thanks to staff

The owner of the largest garden centre in Berkshire has decide not to retire as planned - because his staff are so good.

Derek Culley, owner of the 10.5ha Oaktree Garden Centre & Nursery near Bracknell, was going to retire and sell up but after a holiday he returned to find that his staff had run the centre smoothly without him. He said: "If I pulled back and left it to them I'm happy they would cope with it."

The centre gained a certificate of lawful use late last year through Malcolm Scott Consultants, meaning it has consent as a mixed-use garden centre for retail sale of goods within class A1 and for horticulture.

The site's 1.28ha nursery grows annuals, perennials, large specimen plants and hanging baskets. The centre stocks one million homegrown plants.

Culley said Oaktree increased its plant selection by one-third this year and has built new plant display areas. Oaktree also has plans to develop its non-plant range.

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