Van Hage garden centre in Great Amwell has firmly dismissed rumours that it plans to close, in a statement which was published on its website.
The statement said: "On numerous occasions recently we have been advised by local customers that there are rumours circulating regarding the future of Van Hage Garden Centre, some of these rumours speculate that the business has been sold or merged. These are untrue.
"We have been operating for over 60 years and can assure you that the board of directors and Van Hage family fully intend to continue trading as an independent, privately owned business.
"In these highly competitive times we have been looking at options to extend and expand the facilities here and have been considering plans to secure a future investment programme. Potential new and exciting developments will be published shortly when plans are finalised and we are in a position to move forward.
"We hope this helps to clarify the position and whilst recent gossip has been about us closing, we are delighted that your support produced record sales in December when we were pleased to provide skating for 55,000 visitors on our Christmas ice rink.
"We thank you for your past custom, and hope to have the pleasure of serving you for many years to come."