Nurseries' agreement sees new cash and carry centre

Earlswood Nurseries and Wyevale Nurseries have struck a deal that will see the creation of a new cash and carry and plant centre.

Following the announcement of a new Midlands-based centre for Wyevale (HW, 26 June), the firm has released details of a deal with Earlswood Nurseries that includes a 0.8ha extension of the Solihull site to create what will become the Earlswood Plant Centre.

The new centre will complete the development of the 3ha site on the Solihull-Warwickshire border.

The garden and landscape centre will offer a wide range of plants for retail and trade, with an emphasis on larger specimen plants.

Centre director Doug Reade said: "We feel we have to give something more to the customers. One major difference is our decision to offer our full range to trade and retail/general-public customers with an emphasis on an exciting range of larger-size specimen plants.

"This means we will be serving our ever-increasing customer base of large local authorities, professional garden designers, landscapers and now direct to the general public from our new Earlswood Plant Centre."

Earlswood Nurseries has been operating on the site since 1996 and has become a well-established business.

Earlswood director and co-proprietor Dave White said: "The past 13 years have been very exciting for us at Earlswood Nurseries. From starting off with little more than a run-down barn and a couple of second-hand polytunnels, we have continued to develop and grow the business year on year by listening to customers and, more recently, by building a state-of-the-art eco-friendly retail complex that was launched in 2007.

"The addition of the Earlswood Plant Centre will help us branch out even further by offering even more choice to our customers."

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