Updated: Four Oaks Horticulture, owner of the Four Oaks Trade Show and 18.7ha site, is for sale

Four Oaks Horticulture owner Richard Harding is to sell his nursery and the trade show site of the same name but has assured exhibitors and visitors of "continuity".

Four Oaks Trade Show opened today
Four Oaks Trade Show opened today

The owner of the site in Lower Withington, near Macclesfield in Cheshire, announced his intention to sell as the Four Oaks Trade Show opened this morning, citing his age and a desire for show director Pat Coutts to benefit from her 20% stake in the trade show business.

He said she would continue on as event director after a change in ownership and the show would go on, on 5 and 6 September 2017 with exhibitors benefiting from the same rates as this year.

"Exhibitors are assured of continuity. The 2017 website will be live by Thursday morning and priority re-bookings can be made online or by a fax back form," he said.

"Thank you for your continued support. We hope you have a successful show and look forward to seeing you at Four Oaks 2017."

The site is on the market for £2.9m with TLG commercial. Alongside the production nursery which includes 17,000sqm under glass and outdoor areas, the site has a retail emporium, cash and carry outlet, production nursery, reception offices and bungalow with agricultural tie.

TLG commercial director Tony Rowland said: "They are anxious to achieve the seamless sale where there is continuity of trading activity in particular for the Four Oaks Trade Show which will take place on September 5 and 6 2017."

Four Oaks Trade Show is now in its 46th year, and comprises massive displays of plant material alongside associated supplies and services from production to point-of-sale. Over 40% of participating companies this year are from overseas. 

Visitors include commercial growers, grower retailers, garden centres, multiple retailers, farm shops, landscapers and architects, garden designers, local authorities and florists.

Update: Please note an earlier version of the story included Four Oaks Nurseries' turnover data from companies house. This is a separate company from Four Oaks Horticulture which is the subject of the sale.

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