A popular garden centre in Lambley is back in business just eight weeks after closing its doors to the public.
Floralands closed temporarily after the company which leased it went into administration.
Home and Garden, which had owned the site on Catfoot Lane, blamed the ‘Beast from the East’ for poor trading conditions which led to the group putting all their sites up for sale.
But now Jackie Loftus and business partner Hollie Steptoe, who had been running the farm park at Floralands, have now taken on responsibility for the whole site.
They reopened the site gift shop, cafe and farm park on Monday (July 16). The plant area will reopen on Friday (July 20).
Jackie told Gedling Eye she hopes the site will continue being successful.
She said: “We truly believe that the site, which has been a plant nursery since 1880 and a ‘modern’ garden centre for at least 40 years, can be an amazing family destination venue for a value for money day out.
“Each part is now being run as separate businesses with industry experts leading them. The café is being run by Des and Brent, who together have over 55 years experience running busy bistros. The plant area will be run by Chris, who has run another very successful garden centre for over 20 years. Myself and Hollie will continue to run the farm park and will now also be running the gift shop.
Jackie added: “We are confident that the site will be a success and will bring employment opportunities to the local area along with a great day out for people of all ages.”
A Fairytale Weekend is taking place at the farm park on August 4 and 5.
Children can ride on a ‘real’ unicorn, meet a prince and princess, and also fight like a knight.
They can also free fairies and take on a troublesome troll hunt at the event.
More details can be found on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/floralandsfarmpark/
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