A Somerset garden centre is set to pilot a scheme to hit the road from this month onwards to take its expertise, plants and products to customers' garden gates.
Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre plans to bus staff and products from most departments in a pop up garden centre style to interested communities in Somerset from April.
General manager Norma Moore said: "As a local garden centre we are very keen to meet the community’s needs. We thought it would be a great idea to take our business on the road and are looking to create a mini garden centre on wheels, we’re calling it the pop up garden centre concept. We think we’re the first in the country to do this.
"This means people without transport, those who are less mobile or anyone wishing to save on rising petrol costs can still access our expertise, plants and products without having to travel to the garden centre.
"Experts from our plant, shop, pet and craft departments will be on the garden centre bus and will stop in any villages that would like a visit to offer free expert advice. Our plant specialists will be on-board and will be happy to visit people’s individual gardens to advise them on plants that might work for them or even how to care for their existing shrubs and flowers."
The Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre mobile vehicle will also contain a selection of plants and products that people can purchase on the day.
She added: "Depending on the replies we get from villages we hope to roll out the scheme from April onwards, subject to response and resources.
"We are really excited about our new venture and are looking forward to getting out on the road. We hope to see lots of our customers along the way."