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We have been around a while and know a thing or two about gardening.  The garden centre you see today started with humble beginnings back in 1959 growing over the years to the centre you see today.  In 2018 Elton was added as a second site.  See our timeline for more information.

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1959

Frank and Helena Bosworth and their son John moved to a smallholding site in Finedon Road, Burton Latimer.  The site had ONE Greenhouse and ONE pre-fabricated bungalow (the White Bungalow) on it at that time.  The Greenhouse was demolished in the mid-1990’s, but the bungalow is now used as a Staff Room and customer toilet facilities within the Garden Centre.

1963

John and Jill Bosworth get married and build the bungalow that is still located a the front of the Garden Centre

1970’s

During the 1970’s the site is mainly used for Agricultural and Horticultural crops including Tomatoes, Cut Flowers, Runner Beans, Strawberries and Raspberries, along with livestock such and Pigs, Chickens, Goats and Geese.  John and Jill begin to sell produce on Kettering and Corby markets.

1975

Frank Bosworth passes away.  John and Jill Bosworth take over the business with Jill leaving her job as a reporter on the Kettering Evening Telegraph

1980

During the 1980’s, agriculture on a small scale becomes more difficult, so horticulture became more relevant.  Livestock disappeared and cut flower, vegetables, fruit and bedding plants were sold “at the farm gate”.  The retail Nursery was established.

1987

The Bosworths were approached by the South Midlands Co-Operative society to look at the possibility of creating a residential development. The Co-Op owned the field to the south of the Nursery where Riverview and the Rushes are now situated. They had owned this pasture for a number of years as they used if for grazing the horses which pulled their milk carts around the village.

1988

A planning application is made to Kettering Borough Council for residential development on land currently occupied by The Rushes, Riverview, The Garden Centre and Hollow Wood Road. The application is refused.

1989

A second planning application is made, this time without the co-operative land, and the scheme is passed in February.

Planning consent is sought and granted on a piece of land adjacent to Hilltop, Little Harrowden, as a site to relocate the nursery to.

The first “housing market crash” means that all plans to move are put on hold as the value had fallen out of the residential land market.

1991

Sam (current owner) returns from college and on Boxing Day takes a sledgehammer to one of his Dad’s cold frames adjacent to the bungalow. John was not amused. Jill was excited about the retail opportunities.

Detailed planning consent is submitted and granted for a scheme to include only the Garden Centre and Co-Op site.

The cold frames are replaced by the first retail structure on site, a steel framed polythene clad structure to sell bedding plants from. Remarkably that structure is still there now and houses the coffee shop

Sam and Tania Bosworth are married

1992

The Co-Op land is sold to a builder for development – the Garden Centre land is not included in the sale

1993

Bosworth’s approach a landowner around the new Burton Latimer bypass to discuss a new Garden Centre site. The site is around the Cranford Road and A6 junction

1994

The builder who brought the Co-Op site has a fall out with the Bosworths and the Garden Centre, which was trading from in front of the Bungalow becomes unviable due to boundary issues.

1995

A second “housing crash” means that relocation becomes even more unlikely.

Bosworth’s take the plunge and put relocation on the back burner as they submit an application to redevelop the Nursery site into a Garden Centre.

1996

After a remarkable winters work, taking down greenhouses, chicken sheds and pig stys and building Car Parking, Shops and Plant Areas, the new Garden Centre opens in the Spring

Between 1996 and 2005 work carries on to develop and grow the Garden Centre business.

1998

Following in his grandparents and parents footsteps, Sam and Tania build a new house on the Garden Site .

2004

Further land is purchased to the rear of the site allowing the nursery to relocate to a new area and the whole of the original site could be used for the Garden Centre

2005

In December, Jill Bosworth suddenly passes away aged 66 having inspired a lot of the retail development and changes that have taken place.

2007

One of Jill’s dreams was to open a coffee shop. Poppies Coffee Shop was opened in March 2007. Tania Bosworth, having given up her nursing career to look after the three boys was instrumental in the set up of this venture. This was also the time that Tania became more involved in running the Gift and Christmas departments within the shop.

2009

John Bosworth is tragically diagnosed with cancer in August and passes away just before Christmas.

2011

The Garden Centre is now fully using all of the available space. The coffee shop is approaching capacity, the car park is regularly full. It is time to begin looking at relocation again.

2012

A Planning Application is submitted to the Council for consent to build 30 houses on the existing Garden Centre Site. This is the culmination of 18 months of work with planners, ecologists, transport consultants and the local councils.

2013

Consent is granted in March for these 30 houses.

Planning Application Submitted December 2012

We can confirm that in December 2012 we submitted a planning application on the Garden Centre site for change of use from Garden Centre to Residential Housing.

Although our family have been here on this site since 1959, we have realised for a long while that the site is not ideally suited to a busy Garden Centre, it is now surrounded by housing it has a narrow road frontage and the business is rapidly outgrowing the site.

It is our belief that at some time in the next 2-5 years, our car park will not be able to cope with the number of cars and lorries that will be visiting the site.

We have therefore begun a process that will one day see us move to a new site.

This process actually begun in the late 1980′s when my parents had planning permission to move the business to a new site. But ups and downs in the housing market and the continued growth of our Garden Centre on this site have meant that we have never had to actually do this.

The present scenario is that we are beginning to put things in place for the future we do not have anywhere to move to as yet and we have not been in any discussions with any other landowner or business with a view to a move at this time. That will happen when we are ready to move to the next stage.

We can assure you that it is our intention to carry on with the business, our Garden Centre has been successful due to its excellent staff and loyal customers and we intend this to be the case for many years to come.

One thing is for certain, Bosworths Garden centre IS NOT CLOSING!!!

Please do not hesitate to ask if you require any further information.

Sam and Tania Bosworth

2014

A second application is submitted, this time including the nursery land to the rear of the site, bringing the total of houses applied for to 69.

After much delay and technical issues, the application is unanimously approved by Kettering Borough Council’s planning committee in April, on the basis that the area is now more suited to residential development that commercial use, and mainly to see the business continue to grow and flourish.

The search begins for a new site. Over the intervening years many sites have been considered, but the hunt is on for somewhere that will give good access, good visibility and room for the business to grow and develop, ensuring that it is close enough to the existing site to maintain our customer base.

2018

Whilst the search continues for a new site to relocate our Burton Latimer site to, we open a second site at Elton Walled Garden near Peterborough