Stewart's Nursery brings crops in from the cold with £1 million glasshouse

Wimbourne based Stewart's Nursery has invested £1 million in a state-of-the-art two-acre glasshouse.

Speaking at last week’s Woking Nursery Exhibition, Nursery manager Matthew Teague told Horticulture Week the move would reduce their growing area from 8 acres to 2 but said the company was confident it could achieve a similar turn over using commercial stock.

"Its going to bring us in line with our competitors in terms of time scale and getting things ready earlier," he said.

"It’s a massive change for us and its very exciting – it’s a major investment for the business."

Stewart’s is associated with two garden centres and Teague said the move came after extremely strong retail sales.

Dutch company Venlo will supply and erect the glass houses which include retractable roofs.

The design will allow for future expansion on the rest of the site.

It will see the company drop some crops but maintain its balance of approximately 70 per cent perennial and 30 per cent shrub production.

Teague added:  "We have finished doing trees from this season and we are also going to drop clematis.  Its been a tough time with trees so we have come away from it. The way we will be structured now will allow us more flexibility."

See Horticulture Week 23/07 for more news and views from Woking.


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