Simply Borders is new business offering a variety of beautiful plant borders!
Borders are available in a variety of colours and themes such as Butterfly and Bees, bright fragrant plants designed to draw pollinating insects to your Garden. Once you’ve decided on your Border you then chose your size and your Plants and a detailed Plan will be on their way to you!
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Here at Crowders Garden Centre, another two Employees have been presented their Long Service Awards!
The above Photograph shows Employees Peter Taylor and David Naughton each receiving their RHS Medals and Certificates from Chairman, Robert Crowder after 40 years of service with W Crowders and Sons Ltd.
Pete and David both joined the company in 1972 and have now joined 5 other Staff Members who have also served over 40 years. Pete has spent the last 40 years working in the Container Nursery, whereas David works in the Tree Nursery.
W Crowders and Sons Ltd currently employees 80 People, 7 Members of Staff have completed over 40 years of Service, 9 have been here between 30 and 39 years and 17 have been here approximately 10 – 29 years!
In the last two years Crowders has increased it’s workforce by 50% whether that be in Botts Coffee Shop, The Redwood Restaurant, The Nurseries, The Garden Centre or our E-Commerce Division.
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Following our week in the press regarding the Ash Dieback crisis, Crowders have recently made appearances in various Blogs, Articles and even on TV and Radio!
Below you will find a list of all current Articles and Videos mentioning Crowders and the Ash Dieback crisis.
Channel 4 News:
BBC Radio 4:
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This year at Crowders, we have had the amazing pleasure of becoming a finalist for the 2012 Garden Retail Awards. We are currently listed in the under 3 Million turnover category and the Award Ceremony takes place this evening, Wednesday 7th November in London.
So, What are the Garden Retail Awards?
The Garden Retail Awards are a an excellent opportunity to become recognised and to celebrate our success as a growing business. The awards are also supported by The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), Vice President and Managing Director at HTA Caroline Owen says:
“The Garden Retail Awards have a hugely valuable role in recognising excellence and helping continually to raise standards in our industry so that we can compete effectively with ever growing competition.
Garden retailers and our supply side partners are amongst the most innovative in the world and we all can learn from the best.
That’s why the HTA has supported these garden retail awards right since their very beginning and is delighted to do so again this year.“
Simply put, the Garden Retail Awards are a great chance to reflect on all of our hard work and dedication!
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As some of you may already be aware, here at Crowders our Nursery has recently come into contact with Chalara Fraxinea, more commonly known as Ash Dieback. Due to the disease, Crowders Nurseries have been forced to destroy 50,000 Ash Trees and legal action is now being taken.
In 2012 Leicester City Council discovered Chalara Fraxinea in a batch of Trees supplied by Crowders and we were contacted by the Plant Health Unit of FERA and nursery inspections took place. Since this time the disease has been discovered in batch of Ash Trees at our Horncastle Site, but not at Woodhall Spa.
Here at Crowders we have continued to cooperate fully with Plant Health inspectors and it has since been discovered that the disease entered the Nursery through a consignment of Ash Trees purchased from J & A Growers in 2007.
Our Managing Director, Simon Ellis says: “If the government had listened to us over Ash Dieback disease in 2009, we wouldn’t have this situation.
“This is our harvest time and they have cut off our income stream… what other action can we take?”
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Local Crowders staff member Jamie Key has recently returned from Canada on a Kickboxing adventure. The Championship itself was held in Montreal, the 2nd largest city in Canada and the entire experience has been sponsored by Mr Robert Crowder.
23 year old Jamie Key works full time at Crowders Garden Centre and has done for the last 3 years, whilst balancing training four times a week!
Jamie said: “Huge thanks to Mr Crowder for all his help and support!”
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Crowders Sponsors the Lashings Cricket Match at Woodhall Spa!
W Crowder and Sons are proud sponsors of the Woodhall Spa Cricket Club any day of the week, but with all the happenings over the last few weeks, we feel the need to tell our avid readers…!
It’s all been a bit exciting just lately though…… what with the Lashings International Cricket team match on Monday 23rdJuly, the Olympic Torch making a star appearance, and world renowned England cricketer Kevin Pietersen opening the new nets all in the space of a week- Woodhall Spa Cricket Club has really become the place to be!
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On Wednesday 18th July, W Crowder & Sons Ltd said farewell to long-time employee Dennis ‘Dinky’ Bell after 48 years of service for the company’s nursery business. Celebrating his 65th birthday and final day of work, Dennis was joined by his colleagues and friends in the company’s on-site restaurant, The Redwood, for a few drinks. During his lengthy career, Dennis undertook numerous roles and has seen the company develop from a regional grower of countryside and garden plants into a major national supplier for large commercial projects, including the Olympic Park.
During the farewell celebrations, Robert Crowder thanked Dennis for his long and loyal career and wished him well for a lengthy, healthy and happy retirement. Dennis is looking forward to spending more time with his family, and having the opportunity to travel.
W Crowder & Sons Ltd recently said farewell to one of their longest serving employees, Dick Carrot of Horncastle. Dick worked for almost 44 continuous years within the company’s nursery business. At a recent celebratory dinner, Chairman Robert Crowder thanked Dick for his exemplary loyal service and wished him well for a long and healthy retirement.
Dick intends to spend his retirement gardening, fishing and cycling. His real passion is supporting Manchester United Football Club, in fact he’ll probably be spotted out and about enjoying a pint with his mates, chatting about the footy… luckily, there’s no more early mornings!