Rosebourne Garden Centres group plans first site at Weyhill

The former Weyhill Nurseries site in Andover, Hampshire is the first site for the new Rosebourne Garden Centres group, which has former Garden & Leisure chief executive Neville Prest as chief executive, Charles Good as chairman and Beckworth Emporium's Jon Kitching and David Brown as non-executive directors.

Garden Park Investments won planning permission for the Andover site but no garden centre group has taken it up.

Consultant HPW is now re-submitting the planning application to change it to fit the Beckworth aesthetic of "local, honest, simple and horticulturally-focussed".

The centre will be 35,000sqft and could be open in 2016, with another in a southern location open in 2017, followed by further centres on the Beckworth model in the future.

See more in Horticulture Week magazine on 12 June.

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