A PERSHORE garden centre and nursery saw the biggest sales month in its history as demand for plants soared across the country.
Pershore College Garden Centre and Nursery took sales worth more than £78,000 in April – the highest sales figure since its records began.
Retail sales at the garden centre rose 15 per cent but the biggest rise came in trade sales at the nursery.
The nursery saw a 61 per cent increase in sales as garden centres around the region bought stock from Pershore in a race to meet demand from their own customers.
The record-breaking figures come as people continue to spend more time at home and are looking to spruce up their gardens for the summer ahead.
Trees and hedging have been in huge demand from the general public, with many garden centres selling all of their stock in recent months, and Pershore was left with only around 30 per cent of the trees usually left for potting for sales throughout the summer.
The garden centre and nursery are based on site at Pershore College, which is part of college group WCG.
Students at the college have been helping Pershore College Garden Centre and Nursery to meet the high demand by supporting on site by potting, pruning and maintaining stock.
It means the students are still able to gain valuable work experience – which is necessary for their courses – in a busy commercial garden centre and nursery environment, despite the challenges which the pandemic has brought to finding work placements.
Josh Egan-Wyer, Pershore College Garden Centre and Nursery manager, said: “It’s been a really busy year for us, we’ve seen demand like never before and have worked hard to ensure we can meet that demand.
“It’s been great to have the students with us on site too and give them the opportunities to gain vital work experience, which will prepare them to go out into the world of work after completing their studies.”
Visit www.pershoregardencentre.co.uk for more.