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anniversary celebrations Dean’s Garden Centre has come a long way since the initial 60ft x 14ft greenhouse and prefab building that housed the business in 1968

Family-run Yorkshire garden centre Dean’s Garden Centre has unveiled events and celebrations to mark its 50th anniversary

On December 7, 1968, Ken and Margaret Dean first opened the doors to Dean’s Garden Centre in Stockton-on-the-Forest in York and over the last 50 years this family-run business has gone from strength to strength. From its humble beginnings of a 60ft x 14ft greenhouse and prefab building, the business has extended over the years to include a coffee shop and nursery site in 1991 and the purchase of a second garden centre at Scarborough in 1986. The site now covers more than four acres, with the most recent expansion in 2017 of a new, larger coffee shop. Dean’s has remained a family enterprise and,


when Ken and Margaret took well-earned retirement in 1993, the business was taken over by their three children Richard, Helen and Sarah

The team at Dean’s Garden Centre includes over 120 staff between two garden centres and a nursery, with more than 35 members of staff having been with Dean’s for 10 years or more

ean’s Garden Centre, based in North Yorkshire, is celebrating a very special anniversary.

who still run the business today. Between the three Partners, they have eight children, four of whom currently work within the business. During the last 50 years, gardening has remained at the centre of the business, with Dean’s growing a large range of bedding plants, perennials, vegetable plants, cyclamen and bowls of bulbs at their nursery site just a short distance away from the garden centre. Over 120 staff are employed between the two garden centres at York and Scarborough and the nursery. Of these, more than 35 members of staff have worked for the company for 10 years or more, establishing itself as a big local employer while staying true to its roots.

For a number of years, Dean’s Garden Centre has supported charities in many different ways. Since 2002, a charity of the year has been nominated annually and this alone has raised over £265,000 to date. The charity of the year for 2018 is Macmillan Cancer Support. To help celebrate their anniversary, there will

be two celebration days. A 50th Anniversary Charity Day will be held on Thursday December 6, which will include a cake stall, golden raffle, tombola and book stall, proceeds of which will go to Macmillan Cancer Support. On Friday December 7 the business will also host their 50th Anniversary Celebration Day with special offers and golden envelope giveaway. The business is also engaging with its younger

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visitors, by holding a children’s colouring competition which runs throughout November, with prizes for the three age groups; 4 years and under, 5-7 years and 8-11 years. Once the winners have been chosen, Dean’s will make bunting out of the coloured and decorated ‘50s’ and put them on display throughout the garden centre up until Christmas.

Across both centres throughout December there will also be a golden treasure hunt, with 11 pictures of golden coloured tools around the garden centre to find, which will spell out a word. There will be a small prize for each child once they have completed it. Having been a part of the community for such

a significant period, the garden centre is also asking both staff and customers to share any stories, memories and anecdotes that they have of Dean’s Garden Centre from the last 50 years, by writing a message in the Golden Anniversary Memory Book or by writing a short message on one of the Christmas Decorations to add to the Golden Anniversary Celebration Tree. Dean’s Garden Centre partner Helen Jones commented: “A large part of our continued success is due to the enthusiastic, motivated and dedicated staff we have had work with us over the years. Plus the many regular customers that continue to visit us, some of them on a daily basis!”

After 50 successful years, the business is looking forward to many more in the future.

GCU November/December 2018

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