Garden centres making news this week

Recent local headlines include a garden centre worker 'sacked in row over pink hair', the fight to save Leighton Buzzard Garden Centre and Frosts staff walking 26m in their bras for cancer.

Garden centre worker 'sacked in row over pink hair'

A garden centre worker claims they were sacked after a row about refusing to cover up their dyed pink hair with a hat. Avery Adams, from Swadlincote, who identifies as non-binary, claims they were made to wear a woolly hat when it was hot, which caused a migraine.

This led to Avery walking out on the job at Planters at Bretby, and were later sacked. Avery claims they were told they needed to keep their hair covered and could wear a cap instead of the woolly beanie hat they had, but when Avery refused it would lead to her being fired.

Fight to save Leighton Buzzard Garden Centre continues

The owners of Leighton Buzzard Garden Centre and Blossom Cafe have expressed their "relief" after the town council objected to plans for redevelopment at the site.

The LBO understands the garden centre still has a number of years left on its lease, and that the developers’ intention is to work with the business so it can be relocated to a new place and doesn’t sit amongst the housing.

However, Iris Lee-Lo, wife of owner Anthony Lo, told the LBO that the places the business could relocate to are “limited”.

The developers' planning statement says: "The proposal seeks planning permission for the demolition of the existing garden centre buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide 44 dwellings.

The largest indoor adventure play frame in Leicestershire

Sunnyside Adventure Play has just opened at Sunnyside Garden Centre in Ibstock, and, according to the owner, it features the largest indoor adventure play frame in Leicestershire.

Suitable for children up to the age of 12-years-old, the five floor play frame includes more than 100 features to explore.

Along with the play area, a new cafe has also opened. These two areas make up the first phase of a new development at the garden centre. Sunnyside Adventure is a new family entertainment centre, which will also soon feature an 18 hole adventure golf course, The Secret Garden, along with new casual dining restaurant, The Potting Shed. These are both set to open later this year.

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Walk-in interview day at Rosebourne

Rosebourne has a number of vacancies at its Aldermaston store covering a range of departments from front of house team members through to customer assistants. So it held a walk in interview day between 9 am – 5 pm on Friday 29th April.  Recruitment at Aldermaston | Rosebourne.

Garden centre staff to walk 26 miles in their bras for breast cancer

Staff from Frosts Garden Centre in Frilford are taking part in a night-time walk in their bras to raise money for a breast cancer charity.

Seven women, Alyssa, Sophie, Shelly, Becky, Betsy, Emily & Freya, from the garden centre opposite Millets Farm Centre will be taking part in The Moonwalk London on Saturday, May 14.

Participants wear decorated bras and walk for 26.2 or 15.1 miles. The group, named team “Flower Power” hope to raise £700.

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New garden centre and newly refurbished café

A farm park in Buckinghamshire welcomed a newly refurbished cafe and a new garden centre on Friday (April 29). Thrift Farm in Whaddon has been open for more than 40 years and supports adults with adults with mental health problems and learning difficulties.

Located just outside Milton Keynes, the new Potting Shed Cafe and Garden Centre will support the park's adult care clients as they are able to care for the plants, serve customers and make products to sell.

The cafe was officially unveiled by Buckingham MP Greg Smith when he cut the ribbon and then helped plant the commemorative tree outside with General Manager Matt Philcox.

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