Waddesdon Plant Centre to close
PUBLISHED: 10:06 23 January 2014 | UPDATED: 10:06 23 January 2014
The centre will close on 28 February and until stock runs out items will be offered in a 50% sale.
The business at the National Trust destination of Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire has struggled to be profitable despite what has been described as ‘the incredible hard work of staff and the support of loyal customers’. Competition from supermarkets together with changing lifestyles made it harder for the independent plant retailer to compete, says the Trust.
The Plant Centre shop and café will continue to operate during the usual winter opening hours until Friday, 28 February 2014, which will be the last day of trading. Some events normally held there will be re-located to the Manor grounds whilst new locations will be needed for others but all organisers and exhibitors will be informed.
Wherever possible the staff will be redeployed elsewhere at Waddesdon.
A spokesperson from Waddesdon said: “The Plant Centre is a much loved place that is cherished by staff and customers alike and its closure will leave a real hole in life at Waddesdon but it has been necessary to make this commercial decision.”
It stands on what was once a huge range of glasshouses and the walled kitchen gardens built for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild at the end of the 19th century, when they were the largest in private hands in England. Some historic structures remain, such as the impressive fruit wall, and were incorporated into the current buildings.
Waddesdon Manor is the 3rd most visited National Trust property with visitor figures of 380,000 visitors for this last year, an increase of nearly 50,000 year on year. See nationaltrust.org.uk.