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