Wyevale to flatten Bridgemere Garden world in makeover

Wyevale is to flatten Bridgemere Garden World as part of a huge makeover that is likely to add more retail space to the Shropshire visitor attraction.

The multi-million pound project will see much of the garden centre replaced in an 18-month project across the 52ha site.

Plans include an environmentally sustainable main greenhouse, improved retail spaces, new customer restaurant and cafes, timber-framed buildings, improved road access and better parking.

Owners Wyevale Garden Centres will unveil the proposals at Bridgemere on Friday (3 October). Insiders suggest Wyevale are keen to squeeze property value out of the site and may seek to increase its retail footprint.

Centre manager Gary Kemp said: “We’re looking to provide our customers with the very best horticultural experience possible and the redevelopment plans aim to deliver this plus educational and arts and craft initiatives.”

Wyevale bought the attraction for £15m back in November 2006 from Garden Retail lifetime achievement award winner John and Liz Ravenscroft, who developed Bridgemere over 40 years.

The planning application is due to be submitted before Christmas.

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