Nurseries branch out with new coffee cabin

The new coffee cabin at Preston Bissett Nurseries
The new coffee cabin at Preston Bissett Nurseries

A family-run nurseries is enjoying an action-packed run up to Christmas with a bustling new coffee cabin and fully-booked wreath-making workshops.

Preston Bissett Nurseries & Country Shop has been serving green-fingered families for more than 27 years.

But it now serves coffee, teas and treats as well as its range of plants and flowers – it even does mulled wine, mulled cider and minced pies at the weekend.

Owner Jacky Richardson, who runs the nurseries with her husband Peter, said: “It feels like Chelsea Flower Show at the moment.

“Garden centres are all the same nowadays – it’s like walking into Tesco.

“But we’re different. The coffee shop is going really, really well.

“People are enjoying having a coffee with us and it’s very pretty by the wood burner.”

Along with the jam-packed wreath-making sessions and selling British Christmas trees, Mrs Richardson is planning for a springtime garden school programme.

Classes, which start on March 5 and run until the end of the year, include how to prune roses, build hanging baskets, design willow sculptures, deal with pests and how best to grow your own vegetables.

For more information including opening hours and how to choose a Christmas tree, visit www.thenurseries.com