Christchurch: Stewarts acquires Abbey Garden Centre

The Abbey Garden Centre at Titchfield in Hampshire has been acquired by Christchurch-based Stewarts Garden Centres.  The seven-acre site, which has been associated with growing since the 60s with its lines of greenhouses, is an ideal sister centre for the long established Stewarts horticultural business.

Martin Stewart, managing director, said: “We have found our niche with medium-sized, earthy garden centres. This fits perfectly and is unique with the Abbey behind it.”

Stewarts expects to work closely with English Heritage regarding the neighbouring Titchfield Abbey when it comes to the long-term refurbishment of the commercial greenhouses at its Broomhill Centre near Wimborne, which grow up to 25% of the plants sold at the centres.