It’s growing to be a lovely year as college garden centre is open again

Students at Oswestry's Derwen College are delighted to see their garden centre and gift shop on the college complex open again.

 Derwen College in Oswestry has reopened its garden centre. Pictured is Paul Moss the nursery Production Manager.
Derwen College in Oswestry has reopened its garden centre. Pictured is Paul Moss the nursery Production Manager.

The team at the garden centre and shop, which offers work experience to students with special educational needs and/or disabilities, opened the doors to customers on Monday.

They say they are ready to help gardeners to enjoy the season of brightly flowered bulbs, blossoming trees, and all the prep that needs to be done for a blooming great summer.

Paul Moss the nursery production manager said: "Spring is a busy time in the gardening calendar; the period where weeds start to grow, seeds need to be sown and planters, pots and baskets can be replenished for beautiful floral displays.

David Newtown, 20, with some of the bread baked at the college

Garden centre commercial supervisor Sharon Jones said: “We are really excited to be open again and to welcome visitors back in time for spring. It’s the busiest and most exciting time of the year for gardeners, so we’ve got all the plants and seeds needed to make gardens bloom with a boom and to start planning plots for a fruitful harvest.

“We also stock beautiful gifts and cards, many from unique and local artisan businesses. We also have a food area filled with fine fare, including bread, cakes, jams and chutneys made by students at Derwen. It’s the ideal place to buy spring treats and Easter or birthday gifts.”

The Horticulture students have been busy ensuring that the plants are at their best as usual. While, in the garden centre gift shop, retail students have been creating stunning spring and Easter displays to tempt shoppers. The Garden Café will be reopening for outside table service and take away on April 12.

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