Today opened from 09:00 until 17:30

Your independent Plant Centre
for all the Family

  • Come and choose from our delicious breads and cakes this Christmas

  • Join us on Friday 30th November from 4pm until 8pm for our fabulous festive late night event!

  • We've fresh trees from 25th November, decorations and gifts in our dazzling Christmas Marquee

  • Enjoy a piping hot tea, coffee or chocolate on our heated Cafe´Terrace

  • The finest local ingredients for your Christmas dinner from our newly extended Farm Shop

  • We have a fantastic choice of gifts for all ages in our Christmas Marquee

  • All our sausages are made by our own Butcher

  • Enjoy tea, coffee and home-made lunches in our Cafe

  • Our Plant Centre has all you need for Autumn garden maintenance

  • We stock Regatta outdoor men's and womenswear

    Count your butterflies

    Count your butterflies

    Count your butterflies for this year's Big Butterfly Count, the initiative run by Butterfly Conservation which draws on ordinary gardeners to help monitor populations of this much-loved but endangered garden regular.

    All you have to do is find a quiet spot somewhere in your garden any time between now and the end of August, sit down for 15 minutes and record any butterflies you see. You'll find an ID chart and full instructions on the website (www.bigbutterflycount.org).

    You can bump up the count in your garden by growing loads of butterfly-friendly plants, and you'll find a wonderful selection in our garden centre. With a good range of nectar-rich plants you can attract up to 18 different species of butterfly and moth to your garden, and help reverse the dramatic population declines of recent years.

    Among butterfly-friendly plants to look out for are of course Buddleja davidii (the aptly named butterfly bush); tall, elegant Verbena bonariensis; any species of lavender; and Sedum spectabile (ice plant). Don't forget to add food plants for caterpillars like ornamental grasses and honesty, and a few flowers for moths, too. Evening-flowerers like nicotiana and the heavenly scent of Lonicera periclymenum 'Graham Thomas' should have them flocking in.