Garden centre redevelopment brings new jobs

Heighley Gate staff celebrate the redevelopment.
Heighley Gate staff celebrate the redevelopment.

A Northumberland garden centre unveiled its new look today - and 20 new jobs.

Heighley Gate Garden Centre, near Morpeth, has completed the first phase of a redevelopment which combines shopping, leisure, dining and events.

It has been designed to spark a love of gardening in all ages and offers a choice of thousands of different plants, shrubs and trees.

As a result of the new concessions and shops opening within the garden centre, the retail space will create 20 new jobs.

A second phase of the garden centre makeover, which will include a redeveloped outdoor area, will be completed in early 2016.

New features at Heighley Gate, a Wyevale Garden Centre, include a new Costa, Dinosaur mini golf (from October 26) and new retail outlets Cotswold Outdoor (early December), Rockin’ Baby children's wear and Dash (both later this year).

Garden centre manager Adrian Drake said: “Our new-look garden centre will not only offer quality, range and value to customers who love their home and garden; but also a unique day-out destination for all the family to enjoy.

"We look forward to welcoming new customers through our doors and are confident they will enjoy the experience. With the countdown to Christmas already beginning and our Christmas preview night around the corner, plus a festive menu in the restaurant, we are also looking forward to bringing the joy of Christmas to Northumberland.”

The centre has planned a series of events to celebrate its new look, including: Little Diggers Hallowe'en, October 26-30; Christmas Preview Shopping Evening, October 29; Santa’s arrival, Winter Wonderland and grotto, from November 14; breakfast and tea with Father Christmas, from November 14; Food and Drink Festival, November 28 and 29; Real Tree Weekend, December 5 and 6, and 12 and 13.