Perrywood Nurseries gets modern revamp with new structure

A retail nursery is being remodelled to swap polytunnels for a more modern selling environment.

Perrywood Nurseries in Tiptree, Essex, is undergoing a rebuild by builder Geo Hodges & Son, with structure from Newspan and planning obtained by Malcolm Scott Consultants.

Malcolm Scott won planning permission last year for an extension to the shop and café, replacement of polytunnels with glasshouses, re-cladding of existing glasshouses, erection of new polytunnels, erection of storage buildings, extension to the car park and improvement to the sales area.

The 4.4ha site includes a nursery production of area of 7,000sq m, which produces 250,000 plants a year for sale in the 10,000sq m garden centre.

Deputy manager Simon Bourne said the business, founded by his grandparents, still grows most of its own vegetable plants, bedding and Cyclamen.

He added: "We've been a garden centre as well as a nursery for a number of years. This will enable us to have a purpose-built structure; before, we were trading out of glasshouses - a lot of garden centres do it but it's not ideal. This enables us to kick on further.

"In winter, trading from polytunnels is not ideal because they are so cold. Although floor space is not increasing, we will have a hugely better environment."

Work is due to finish before Christmas, with a grand opening in the first week of March. Planner Chris Primett said: "Perrywood is a true combination of a production and a retail nursery that is successful on both counts. It's an independent, family-run business that has grown over a decade without borrowing any money. It's evolution, not revolution."

- Meanwhile, Newspan and Geo Hodges are working on - or have recently completed - revamps, rebuilds or new-builds for Poplars in Bedfordshire, Blue Diamond at Le Friquet and Country Gardens Winnersh (a new roof). A new-build for Blue Diamond in Leeds is also going into planning this year.

Poplars' John Little said: "Hodges hands over on 26 February to us for shopfitting. We have a design by MA Designs but we haven't chosen a shopfitter yet."



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