Ashbrook Nursery and Garden Centre

Overview

The aim of this project is to ensure sustainability of Ashbrook Nursery by further developing services to the local community, on which Ashbrook wants to brand itself better. The nursery will develop improvements to its sales arrangements, a new multi-functional indoor space and community garden/outdoor play offer, and host a short-term community development post, to connect customers to the benefits of horticulture and gardening. The nursery employs several staff and supports horticultural training in the community, education and training sectors, all of which will benefit.

What has been your greatest achievement so far?

Retaining and expanding our workforce.

How has your project benefited your local area?

In a difficult year the project has resulted in Ashbrook Nursery becoming a more sustainable business. We have taken on a manager and an accounts assistant, this will help ensure the future of Ashbrook Nursery beyond retirement of the current managerial staff, thus safeguarding jobs.
The Garden Centre and café have provided a ‘safe place’ for people to visit and socialise when opportunities for such have been limited.
In the gift shop and café we have supported local producers, artists and craft workers giving them an opportunity to sell and display their produce when many of their usual outlets have been unavailable.

What has been your biggest challenge?

Finding a drainage solution that was acceptable to SEPA and to Building control.
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Project name

Development of a sustainable, community focused business at Ashbrook Nursery and Garden Centre

Applicant name

Anne Webster

Approved grant

£143,838.97

Fund now closed for further applications