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25th March 2020

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Following the current government recommendations all departments at Willowbrook Nursery and Garden Centre are now closed. This also includes our website and our click & collect, so during this time we will still show products that will be available when we re-open, but cannot be bought during our closure. This is due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are closely watching the situation and do aim to open again when we can later in the year. Please keep checking this page to find out when we re-open or subscribe to our newsletter via this website to know as soon as possible. We thank all of our customers, past and present, and look forward to seeing you all again soon.

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22nd March 2020

Mothers Day - Sunday 22nd March

We are very sorry but the Cafe and Tea room is currently closed.

Due to government recommendations the café and tea room at Willowbrook is currently closed. This is due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are closely watching the situation and do aim to open again when we can later in the year. Please keep checking our Facebook page to find out when we re-open or subscribe to our newsletter via this website to know as soon as possible. We thank all of our customers, past and present, and look forward to seeing you all again soon. At the moment Willowbrook Nursery and Garden Centre, Willowbrook Pets and Willowbrook Aquatics are still open and trading.

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8th March 2020

Mothers day is nearly here!

Mothers day is nearly here!

Mothers Day - Sunday 22nd March

We have lots of gift ideas including plants that could be just right for your mum so why not head in store and take a peek...

Also if you haven't arranged going out for the actual day then why not book lunch in our cafe so you can sit back and relax and enjoy the day.

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23rd January 2020

The RSPB Big Garden Watch 2020

The RSPB Big Garden Watch 2020

This weekend is the RSPB Big Garden Watch 2020.

At Willowbrook we have a wide range of wild bird products including the official RSPB range of birdcare. Follow the following instructions to take part - and have fun!

It’s so easy to take part. An hour with the birds is a wonderful opportunity to sit back, relax and spend time with nature. So, pop the kettle on, put your feet up and start counting!

  1. Watch the birds for one hour
    Choose an hour between 25 and 27 January to watch the birds in your garden or local park.
  2. Count the most birds that land at once
    Only count the birds that land in your garden or park, not those flying over. The same birds may land more than once, so you can avoid double counting by recording the highest number of each bird species you see at any one time – not the total number you count over the hour.
  3. Tell us what you saw
    Every count is important, so don’t worry if you don’t see anything. Observing which birds aren’t around is as important as seeing the ones that are. You can submit your results online at rspb.org.uk/birdwatch from 25 January until 16 February.

If you’d prefer to send the RSPB your results by post, you can download a submission form from rspb.org.uk/birdwatch. Please make sure you post your findings back to the RSPB by 11 February. 

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16th January 2020

Job vacancy

Willowbrook Nursery - Assistant plant area manager position available.

We are currently looking for a Plant Area Assistant Manager.

It is a great opportunity for mixing a love of plants and outside work with passing your knowledge onto our customers.

Previous experience would be an advantage to be able to assist customers with purchasing the right products.

This job may suit someone from a horticultural background but may also suit someone from another retail position.

It will be working outside with our small and happy nursery team which is part of the larger family-run business.

This is a full time position with one day off during the week and working alternate weekends.

Please either bring in a CV to the Garden Centre Shop marked for the attention of Steve or you can send it by post to our address which can be found on our 'How to find us' page.

You can also send your CV and apply through our face book page @willowbrooknurseryandgardencentre

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24th December 2019

Christmas opening times

 

Christmas Day - Closed

Boxing Day - Closed

Friday 27th December - Closed

 Saturday 28th December- 9am - 5.30pm

 Sunday 29th December- 10am - 4pm

Monday 30th December- 9am - 5.30pm

Tuesday 31st December- 9am - 5.30pm

New Years Day - Closed

Thursday 2nd January - Closed

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18th November 2019

Christmas Meals 2019

Christmas Meals 2019

Christmas Meals 2019

To get you in the mood for the festive season our Christmas meals are being served in the cafe from 27th November to 24th December.

It is ideal for a small group of friends or family and even a small office gathering. Its very easy, fill out the form available from our website and then either bring it into the cafe or tell us over the telephone, pay £5 deposit per person (this can also be taken over the telephone) and then sit back until you chosen day. You can speak to either Beth or Amber on 01823 461324 (option 2) if you have any questions or need any help.

Click here for more details >>>

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13th June 2019

Fathers Day - Sunday 16th June 2019

Fathers Day - Sunday 16th June 2019

Fathers day is this weekend and we have lots of presents fror that special someone. From plants to tools or fish to tanks we have something for everyone. Come on in and have a browse and you are bound to find that special present. We also have a special Fathers day lunch menu in the cafe, but please book as spaces are filling up quickly or you can start the day off with a full english breakfast. Lovely.

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13th June 2019

Annual Dog Show

Annual Dog Show

With the success of our first dog show last year we have now made it an annual event!

This year it is on Sunday 23rd June from 12 noon until 4pm. The first class will judged from 12.30pm.

It is free to come along and watch and all money raised on the day from the entry fee for the classes will go to St Giles Animal Rescue Centre.

It will be by the cafe and tea room just by our lawn in the garden centre.

There are 9 classes with all the winners being able to take part in the 'Best in Show' at the end of the day.

It is great fun and you get a prize for winning the class with the runner-ups recieving a medal!

See you on the day!

(In case of extreme weather please check our facebook page on the day to make sure that rain hasn't stopped play)

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5th June 2019

What to do in the garden in June?

What to do in the garden in June?

June is a gorgeous month to be out in the garden. With the days at their longest, flowers are blooming everywhere you look, and it’s time to enjoy the first delicious taste of your own home-grown fruit and vegetables. To help you make the most of your garden, here’s our list of the top gardening jobs for June.

What to plant in June

It’s finally warm enough to plant out courgettes, sweetcorn, tomatoes and peppers. Tie cordon tomato plants to stakes for support, and pinch out the side shoots.

It’s also time to sow tender herbs like basil. Fill a pot with seed compost and scatter basil seeds lightly over the top. Cover with a thin sprinkling of compost or vermiculite, water well and place in a propagator to germinate (or cover with a clear plastic bag and place on a sunny windowsill).

Take advantage of the fabulous ranges of summer bedding available now and fill pots and hanging baskets with colour. Give all your container plants a fortnightly feed with a high-potash fertiliser (tomato feed is ideal) to encourage the development of flowers and fruit.

What to harvest in June

Early potatoes should be ready to harvest around 10 weeks after planting, once the flowers have opened, but do a little digging first to check – the potatoes should be the size of hens’ eggs.

Keep harvesting lettuce, and sow more every two weeks for a constant supply through the summer months.

And the arrival of summer means the start of the strawberry season, so net your plants to stop the birds getting to them before you do.

Top 10 June garden jobs

  1. Run a Dutch hoe over your beds to cut down annual weeds before they set seed. Ideally, do this on a dry day so that the weeds shrivel and dry up in the sun.
  2. Be waterwise – if you need to water, do it in the early morning or evening
  3. Mow your lawn once a week. During dry periods, mow on a higher setting.
  4. Watch out for aphids and slugs – remove them by hand if possible, and never spray plants that are in flower, as this could harm bees.
  5. Pinch out the growing tips of fuchsias to encourage bushy plants
  6. Stake tall plants
  7. Thin out overcrowded drifts of hardy annuals
  8. Cut back the leaves of spring bulbs like daffodils and tulips once they have turned yellow
  9. Deadhead roses and pick sweet peas to encourage them to keep flowering
  10. Clip privet, box and yew hedges (provided no birds are nesting in them)

Finally, if you haven’t had time to sow vegetable seeds or your beds are looking bare, don’t despair. Our garden centre is packed with seedlings ready to be planted out, so pop in now and stock up for summer. 

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