World's End Garden Centre founder Jim Bone dies aged 68

World's End Garden centre founder Jim Bone has died aged 68.

Founder of the World's End Garden Centre, Jim Bone - image: Gardman
Founder of the World's End Garden Centre, Jim Bone - image: Gardman

His funeral is on 1 September in Weston Turville in Buckinghamshire at 11am.

Mourners are invited to the house, which is behind the garden centre, from 9.30am onwards. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the service.

Gardman founder Paris Natar said; "A larger than life character who was at the vanguard of garden centre retailing in the 1960s, Jim helped to construct the vital independent garden centre industry we have today."

Bone was the youngest of six children. He helped his parents run their fruit stall then with his older brother Len bought a dahlia nursery in Wendover near Aylesbury that became World's End Garden Centre.

In July 1987 the Economic Forestry Group (EFG) bought the centre for several million pounds, one of the first such deals in the garden centre industry.

Bone worked with EFG for six years. Wyevale Garden Centres later bought the centre. Bone later bought Yorkshire Garden Centre for his daughter Rose and Berkshire Garden Centre for his daughter Joanne.


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