Oak Nurseries gets funding and planning for new garden centre

Oak Nurseries in Lancashire is defying the economic downturn by building a new garden centre in Preston.

Owners Terry and Joan Cartmell received planning permission last week from Preston Council.

And unlike Hare Hatch Sheeplands, which has been 'let down' by its backers,  the funds are "all in place" Terry Cartnell confirmed.

“We are all absolutely delighted about the planning permission for the new garden centre and coffee shop.  We would like to thank Preston City Council for giving us the opportunity to improve our customer care by providing much better facilities, undercover sales areas, landscaped surroundings and safe car parking.”

Terry Cartmell said “You’ve got to move with the times. We’ve seen out neighbour Barton Grange expand. It looks like little garden centres won’t exist in a few years.”

The design is being drawn up by Simon Gillespie Associates and work should begin over the next few months with the opening scheduled for next year.

Set amongst landscaped grounds, the new centre will feature a café and training room where workshops will be run for local people.

Plans include a new access road built to service the centre in Goosnargh village.

The Carnells say they plan to make the development “ecologically and environmentally sympathetic” and aim to employ a number of local people. The company is currently run by them and their four daughters, family and close friends.

Other feature of the new centre include an in house floral design department specialising in supplying events. 

A landscaping team and planting advice centre will offer consultations to customers and workshops will be held regularly for local schools, colleges and organisations.

Terry Cartmell said the funds are “all in place. It helps to have the landscaping side of the business, and four daughters involved. Two of my daughters run the floristry business, one is an accountant and one works in the shop. It’s a real family firm.”

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