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… And then there were Two! 

This could be the biggest literary faux pas ever seen in Village Connect, or the best bit of advance marketing...

Due to the deadlines - which Vivi has kindly extended for me this month - I am having to write this in anticipation of signing a rental agreement which I had really hoped to have completed before deadline day.
We have made no secret of our desire to find another site to relocate our existing Garden Centre to. 
We have problems with car parking, with volumes in the Coffee Shop and seasonal products, like Christmas decorations and garden furniture being shoe-horned into a space most big garden centres would allocate to their toilet block!  Great problems to have, but problems nonetheless. 

Despite spending the best part of six years seriously trying to find a new site, and probably another ten flirting with the idea, we do not currently have another site to relocate to, so we are not going anywhere in the near future, but we are still searching.

So why Two, and why bring all this up again?  Well, early in March, I noticed an advert for a plant centre near Peterborough which had gone into liquidation.  I was lying in bed going through ‘stuff’ on my iPad one evening when I found the details (like many people passionate about their work, I am afraid I am not very good at flicking the off switch), and casually mentioned it to Tania expecting to be told not to be stupid and to go to sleep.  Six weeks later, we are about to sign a rental agreement to take over the plant centre at Elton Walled Garden. 

So sixteen unsuccessful years trying to find a relocation site, and within six weeks we will have gone from running one to two garden centres. Elton Walled Garden lies in the grounds of Elton Hall, between Oundle and Peterborough, and was originally set up as a plant centre by Blooms of Bressingham.  The walled garden is home to many lovely plants and is in a beautiful setting within the original walled garden. 

The plant centre does not have anything like the shop area that we have at Burton Latimer, but it does have a substantial plant sales area, and overall the site is a similar size to our existing Garden Centre.  When we went to visit the site it was soon apparent that the liquidators had taken just about everything, including the kitchen sinks, so there is lots to do in a short space of time; it is our intention to move onto the site and pen the plant area as soon as practicable, and definitely in time for the first May Bank Holiday. 

The coffee shop will require significantly more work, and we aim to have this open for the late May Bank Holiday at the latest.  Although I do the figures in this partnership, my budget for the plants and gardening seems to be only about 25% of the figure that Tania has requested (not sure this is the right word) for the catering investment, but I should be used to that by now, and I know she will create something wonderful.

It will take time to get to understand the site and to get the product ranges right, especially given that we have only three weeks to get up and running, but we are in this for the long haul and are determined to make it a success.  It may take me a bit longer to walk to work, but I am really excited by this opportunity.  We hope to see you over there at some point this Summer; I am expecting fantastic plants and superb catering, so well worth a drive out, it is only 20 miles from our Burton Latimer site

Not Just A Garden Centre
Finedon Road
Burton Latimer
NN15 5QA

Only minutes from J10 off the A14 and midway between Kettering  and Wellingborough
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