Garden centre goes green with £400,000 package

A family-owned garden centre operator which has sites in Wiltshire and Bristol is expanding its green energy credentials after securing a £400,000 funding package.

The fifth-generation-run company, established in 1884, operates the Whitehall Garden Centre in Lacock and the Whitchurch Garden Centre on Norton Lane, Bristol.

The funding package was provided by Barclays and will see the centres install three new biomass energy cabins capable of serving its 65,000 sq ft and 40,000 sq ft stores and help reduce running costs by up to 70 per cent.

Managing director Peter Self said: “This is a significant investment for us and comes as part of the wealth of improvements we have made in recent years.

“The age of the premises means the heating and water system installed decades ago has become outdated. This is a great opportunity to modernise our energy supply and in doing so ensuring we continue to operate as cleanly and greenly as possible.”

The businesses, which turn over a total of £10m per year, attracted an estimated 500,000 customers in 2013. The capital will also support the management’s ability to compete for government funding.

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