Leisure Park Grows with New Million Pound Attraction
A brand new garden centre opens, in Lancaster for the first time on Friday. After months of planning and building, the Redwood Garden Centre opens its doors at 10:00 am on the 18th August as part of the new look Lancaster Leisure Park. (The former Hornsea Pottery site)
Already a leading attraction in Lancaster for nearly 30 years, the Leisure Park is home to The Factory Shop, The Magic Castle, Timeless Tea Room and children’s rides, as well as GB Antiques Centre, which is now the largest antique and furniture centre in the North West.
Work started in April with Lancaster businessman Richard Harrington and his business partner Gary Boyd investing more than £1 million into this huge project.
Offering quality plants sourced from nurseries all over the North, as well as an extensive gift selection, beautiful paving, fencing, home wares, sheds and green houses, Gary and Richard hope to provide customers with a lot more than just an average garden centre. Employing an expert in every section, their goal is to provide excellent customer service as well as advice on every aspect of gardening. Anna James, the new Plant Area Manager is passionate about plants and has fantastic ideas about garden design. She provides inspirational solutions and will help you choose the right plants and accessories for your garden.
Added to Anna’s expertise is Nigel Stanway, the Landscape Product Manager. He’s on hand 6 days a week to provide everything you need to know about paving, borders and fencing or even just a few handy hints for the novice DIYer!
Meeting Richard and Gary, it’s hard not to get carried away by their enthusiasm and drive and they’ve certainly tackled this challenge head on. The building is in keeping with the rural feel of the park and they’ve been sympathetic to the surroundings. Gary said “We’ve tried to think of everything to make it easy to visualise a new garden and motivate our customers. Next year, our miniature show-gardens will be set up to give different ideas and we hope to offer colour postcards of the garden themes, to take way, to help inspire you with ideas of your own.”
Lancaster Leisure Park’s owner Allan Blackburn has been looking for the right development to go side by side with the site’s other major attractions for the last four years. The Redwood Garden Centre perfectly complements the sites other attractions making Lancaster Leisure Park a true family day out.
Spread over 2 acres and including a 10,000 square foot indoor sales area, the garden centre has free admission and plenty of free parking. They have a home delivery service and good access roads to the collection point should you wish to use your own car to collect your purchase.
Richard and Garys’ vision for the parks development is a long term one. With Redwood now completed, they’re working on developing the old café area on site, next year.