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Haskins celebrates 20 years at Longham

In March 1994, the purpose built Haskins Garden Centre was offi cially opened on a former 10 acre industrial site at Longham. Warren Haskins, who in 1969 took over the company business at the age of 20 following the sudden death of his father, developed the original Haskins centre at Tricketts Cross in Ferndown until Sainsbury’s purchased the land in

two of which have been rebuilt to similar designs.” Warren Haskins as Chairman, with Julian Winfi eld, who is the Chief Executive and also celebrates 20 years with the company, both returned to the shop fl oor as part of the celebrations to put out stock and help serve customers: “It’s been a very long time since I helped on the shop fl oor.


As spring progresses the Greenfi ngers team keeps getting busier. Following on from the magical Woodland Walk garden at Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in Sussex, which we have been creating with designer Ann-Marie Powell and Garden House Design, our thoughts will be turning to the other gardens we hope to build this year. In June we will be starting work on a new

1993 and Warren, with the consultancy of Ernest Wertheim, a garden centre guru from San Francisco, decided to purchase the Longham site. “We saw staffi ng levels leap from 60 people at the old Tricketts Cross centre to over 100 at the new Longham centre,” says Warren. “The total number now employed exceeds 190 with the growth of our head offi ce which is also on the site and supports a total of four centres,

There have been so many changes

with the introduction of technology and systems which our current team just take for granted.”In October 2008 the Longham centre received an extensive £3 million update which included doubling the size of the restaurant which now seats 400, also major refi t of the retail area and renovation of the signage and landscaping.

Tesco and Dobbies JOIN FORCES

Plans have been submitted for a Tesco supermarket and Dobbies garden centre to be built together in the fi rst development of its kind in Scotland. The site in Peel Park, East Kilbride, would create more than 400 jobs in the area and both companies are asking South Lanarkshire Council to give them permission to go ahead with the plans. They back the plans by saying it would generate opportunities for former students studying horticulture at South Lanarkshire College. Adam Williams, Tesco corporate affairs manager, said: “Feedback


from the local community has been extremely positive. People like the idea of joining Tesco and Dobbies together and welcome the extra choice and competition we will bring to East Kilbride.” Stuart Wright, director of property

at Dobbies, added: “Our plans for East Kilbride bring a new-generation retail and garden centre to the area which will not only offer quality, range and value to customers who love their home and garden; but also a unique day-out destination for all the family.”

garden at Little Havens children’s hospice in Essex. Greenfi ngers will transform a currently vacant patch of land into an abundant and lush fruit and vegetable garden where hospice children and their families can be actively involved in growing and harvesting crops. The garden plans include a circus style ‘big top’ social area where outdoor activities can take place, children and families can relax and therapists can run vital sessions in the beautiful surroundings. Like all Greenfi ngers gardens, the space

will include elements specially designed to stimulate young people’s creative and imaginative play, as well as providing a valuable space for children and families to simply relax and have fun. Greenfi ngers’ team of expert designers incorporate the ideas of the young people who use the hospices to make sure the fi nished gardens truly refl ect what they really want from a garden. Before we can start work on this garden we

have more fundraising to do to ensure we have the funds and materials we need to complete the ambitious scheme for this hospice. We are hoping to really engage suppliers and businesses in the industry for this really special project. We are particularly looking for donations or discounted items including the following: wooden summerhouse; stones and aggregates; plants, trees, hedging, turf and seed. If you think you could help us secure any of these items we’d love to hear from you – please call Greenfi ngers on 01494 674 749.

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