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So looking back at last months article, I started by saying that we had not actually signed an agreement to take on a second garden centre at Elton, which must make it around nine weeks ago that I said that.  It seems like nine months ago! 

There has been so much work done in such a short space of time, that it really is incredible to think we have reached a point where everything is open. However, before I talk about Elton, or Burton Latimer, I need to talk about our staff.  Tania and I would never have been able to reach this point if it were not for the commitment, dedication and enthusiasm of so many of our staff. 

When we came back from holiday at the end of February we did not anticipate that the garden industry would have the worst March trading month on record and only a marginally better April, followed by the busiest May that any of us have ever known. 

This squeezed nearly all of the spring trade into May, which put enormous pressure on resources and staff.  And then I had the wise idea of taking on a second garden centre at the same time… Our management team at Burton Latimer, and in particular our entire plant team, have really worked their socks off to get everything in the right place at the right time. 

We had been advertising for a while to try and find a Nursery Manager to help Adele run our plant production, and I can honestly say Michelle was worth the wait, she has been fantastic. 

So with Adele being overall in charge of plants across all areas and sites, Michelle running the Nursery and Simon running the garden centre plant area, we really have a great team in place.  These three are backed up by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic plant area team who, in my totally unbiased opinion, provide the best Customer service on any Planteria that you will find just about anywhere. 

One of the advantages of having our own nursery is being able to react quickly when things take off so quickly as they did this year.  The main problem we have had is running out of stock, but as we had no idea we would be supplying a second site when we ordered all our 2018 spring and summer plants back in August 2017, it is not surprising; we are now going to have to look at the possibility of another growing house for next spring.

So how did the timeline at Elton work out?  Well, we signed the rental agreement on the 16th April and took possession of the keys on the 23rd April.  Over the next two weeks we cleared the site, had a huge bonfire or two, installed some new plant benching to mix in with the best of what was left on site, ordered in lots and lots of plants and set the plants out - managing to open the plant area in time for the first May bank holiday weekend.  It was a herculean effort with many of the plant team from Burton Latimer working on their days off - and in Lisa’s case dragging along her partner for the day on the basis of if he wants to see me this week ... 

So Planteria up and running in two weeks.  The Coffee shop refurbishment began on Monday 30th April and took four weeks to transform the space before it opened for the second May bank holiday weekend. It has been wonderful to see so many of our ‘Burton’ customers over at Elton, along with their supportive comments, of which a common one has been: ‘Your Mum and Dad would have been proud to see this happen.’  A lovely thought.

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NN15 5QA

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