Garden Centre Group to relaunch five nurseries

The Garden Centre Group, which already has five nurseries attached to its garden centres, plans to reopen a further five in early 2010 with two likely to be at the former Wyevale centre at Castleton in South Wales and the Sudbury Garden Centre in Suffolk.

Chief executive Nicholas Marshall, who would not disclose where the nurseries will be, said: "We are very excited about re-establishing these nurseries to increase production to supply our own centres. 

"Just as other garden centres are pulling out of plant production we're going back into it because we believe in giving people who visit our garden centres the healthiest plants possible.

"We do not want the same bland offer that every DIY store has. We want to provide our discerning customers with the best of British — home-grown plants, raised and cared for by our horticultural experts on-site at our garden centres."

The five existing nurseries are located at Bridgemere Nursery & Garden World near Nantwich in Cheshire, Church Lawford Nursery & Garden Centre in Warwickshire, Heighley Gate Nursery & Garden Centre near Morpeth in Northumberland, Old Barn Nursery & Garden Centre near Horsham in West Sussex and Woodlands Nursery & Garden Centre in Stapleton near Hinckley, Leicestershire. The nurseries employ 69 people.

The new five nurseries will be five that were closed when bought by the former Wyevale over the past few years. In recent times many garden centres have closed or sold their nurseries, including Klondyke at Greatham and Notcutts in Suffolk.

The Garden Centre Group's existing nurseries grow a variety of plants including Abelia mosanensis, Cornus kousa ‘Satomi' and x Sinocalycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine'.

The Garden Centre Group is also growing 50,000 poinsettia this Christmas at its Woodlands nursery and garden centre in Leicestershire — 5,000 more than 2008.


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