Why we do what we do, and why we love what we do.
After taking redundancy from fishers, my Dad Ken Cole was looking for a new opportunity when he spotted the Ad in the local paper .
Having always had a keen interest in plants and gardening he made enquiries, and the rest 'as they say was history'.
He 'moved' onto the vicarage lane site in February 1973 where there was 1 Greenhouse a couple of sheds and that was it.
Over the next few years 2 more greenhouses were add, an 'Office'.
We grew a range of plants, conifers, bedding plants and many more.
In 1986 after a series of break-ins over several months my dad took the heartbreaking decision to close down, then a chance sighting by a local led to the culprit being arrested my Dad had decided to continue but look for another site.
In 1990 We moved to the current site at Birmingham Road.This time there was a cottage and a field, over time the greenhouses were moved from the vicarage lane and re-erected on Birmingham road.They were eventually replaced by 2 new 'Keder' Greenhouses in 2018 having lasted between 40 + 50 years.
Over the years we have added 2 'Keder' Poly Tunnels in hope that we can sell them and advertise the spring bedding that was looking fab on our facebookn page and in 2003 we had our first 'Keder 'greenhouse sited at the entrance to give us a 'shop'.
This was extended to the side and a large canopy the rear over the next few years.
Then a large separate greenhouse and lastly the 3 old greenhouses replaced by 2 new.
We have a small pet shop, we sell wild bird food and have added a antique collectable range, along with garden ornaments, sundries,compost and many more.
In March 2019 we opened our Tea Room and have built up a good reputation for good quality food at reasonable prices and delicious home made cake!
This year has been a challenge in many ways due to cover-19
The Tea room was just picking up after winter when the first worries were upon us and with dwindling customers we closed the tea room doors before lockdown.
Lockdown was announced and we closed the gates not sure what to expect.
My Dad (Ken) is over 70 so he went into isolation with mom, and when we should have been gearing up for our busiest season we were closed.
We had spring bedding coming to its best and summer bedding plugs and seedings ready to plot on.
We carried on producing the summer plants in the hope we could sell them, and advertised them on our facebook page as a special offer for a contactless delivery.
The orders then started coming in, slowly at first rising to the point the phone was ringing non-stop and we needed help delivering.
For re opening we implemented a one-way system and a social distancing marks, it was great to have our customers backhand to receive the fabulous feedback from the people who had had deliveries.
For us it's been an extremely busy, crazy year and we've been the 'first outing' for a lot of people.
What People are saying
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