Dundonald Nurseries in Co. Down unveils £1m expansion

As part of a major investment programme, Dundonald Nurseries has increased the size of its garden centre. It’s also opened a new gift shop.
 
The business, founded in 1963, has enhanced its wholesale nursery offering. This follows investment in industry-leading technology, including automated potting equipment.
 
Sustained growth at the Co Down nursery has has also seen the workforce expand from three staff in 2013 to 60.
 
Dundonald Nurseries owner Malcolm McCully said the latest investment is part of ongoing growth plans.
“This is the latest stage in our investment programme. With the support of First Trust Bank, we have plans to renovate the basement of our restaurant. We will turn it into a function room to offer a new private space for hire,” Mr McCully said
 
“Having started out with one small van, the wholesale nursery aspect of our business now requires four large lorries.
 
“Over the past 55 years, the business has expanded. We are innovating to keep up with changing consumer requirements. We are proud of our growth and recently purchased more land off-site to build a new-state-of the-art glasshouse complex. This will be equipped with the latest growing technology for plants.”
 
Catherine O’Keefe at First Trust Bank added: “The ongoing expansion programme has led to almost new 60 jobs. It’s great to see a family business become such an inspiring success story. We wish the McCully family the best of luck for the future.”
 
Besides the nursery, the McCully family also run an award-winning 125-seat restaurant on site. Due to the growing popularity of its gift shop, a 3,000 sq ft expansion has created sections for children, crafts and homewares.

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