The family started in business at the end of the 1800’s when mechanisation first came to rural communities; they moved their traction engines to different farms to thrash the corn to remove the grain which had previously been done by hand. Lucy’s father, seen on the right, managed the business but when Joe and Lucy, on the left, were married Joe had other ideas, so using the money he received as compensation for being invalided out of the First World War he bought a nursery in South Woodham Ferrers. Joe’s son Fred helped him to develop this business which was beside the railway line so had easy access to the London markets. They grew tomatoes and celery which Fred and Gwen continued to produce with the help of Roger, their son.
The nursery in South Woodham was compulsory purchased in 1972 by the county council to make way for the new town in South Woodham. The Council bought them another nursery Glebelands in Ironwell Lane, Hawkwell where they carried on the business. However, they had lost most of their customers and were obliged to change the nature of the business. So they erected new greenhouses and installed machinery to enable them to produce garden plants which were in demand as more and more garden centres came into being. Roger dismantled the work shed brick by brick, transported it from Woodham to Hawkwell and rebuilt it with his father.
2012 - Present Day
Over the years the nursery grew from strength to strength, expanding their plant range year on year. Simon, Roger’s son later joined his father after completing a HND and Degree in Agriculture and Horticulture. We then bought Potash Garden Centre as an outlet to sell our home grown plants in 2012.