Our Story

The history of beetham nurseries

The Beginning

The Beginning

Stephen & Lesley Abbit founded the business which consisted of just a small field and a humble polytunnel.

“Stephen and Lesley started off in a field with a humble polytunnel, a stand pipe and a portaloo". Stephen still remembers their first day, "We had a few customers, locked up and left the money in a bag on the wall! Luckily a local person found it and returned it to us when we opened the following day!"

First Covered Retail Area

First Covered Retail Area

Built a glasshouse that offered the first covered retail area for plants.

Small Outdoor Covered Area Built

Small Outdoor Covered Area Built

An additional small outdoor covered area was built in the form of polytunnels that housed compost and gardening materials.

Beetham Tea Rooms Were Built

Beetham Tea Rooms Were Built

Beetham Tea Rooms were built. A small building which seated 40 people.

Providing value for money, excellent service and growing the finest, most unusual plants, shrubs and trees has always been their passion. Stephen said, "We would've been happy to concentrate on the plant side of our business, but with the emergence of the larger garden centres, which have gift shops and tearooms, we realised that to compete we would also have to expand into these areas too."

So, in 2001 the 'old tearoom' which could seat approximately forty people was opened; it became so successful that customers became disappointed that there wasn't enough space to seat everyone.

RHS Tatton Park Flower Show – Silver Gilt Medal

RHS Tatton Park Flower Show – Silver Gilt Medal

RHS Tatton Park Flower Show – Silver Gilt Medal

 RHS Tatton Park Flower Show – Gold Medal

RHS Tatton Park Flower Show – Gold Medal

 RHS Tatton Park Flower Show – Gold Medal

RHS Gold Medal for our exhibit  "A Garden For Otium "

RHS Gold Medal for our exhibit "A Garden For Otium "

Gold medal at Rhs Tatton Park Flower our exhibit “A Garden For Otium”. Built from Lakeland Slate by Andrew Louden
and planted by Beetham Nurseries of Milnthorpe it included a large slate sphere as a centre piece and water feature.

The Gift Shop Was Built

The Gift Shop Was Built

The Gift Shop was built – this replaced the polytunnels that housed compost and gardening materials. The Gift Shop was built to add another dimension to the business and provide customers with a greater experience when visiting.

"Following the same ethos aiming to provide exceptional quality and something a little bit different, the Gift Shop was built to give customers a really enjoyable experience and to add another dimension to the business.”

At the same time office space, a kitchen and a new staff area was built to house the growing number of staff.

Gold Medal at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show

Gold Medal at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show

Gold Medal at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show  for the The Lake District Poets Garden.

Designers - Andrew Loudon and Beetham Nurseries, Sponsors - The Coppermines and Lake Cottages, Beetham Nurseries, Honister Slate Mine, Windermere Attractions, Lake District Historic Houses Association, Cumbria Tourism, Tatton Flower Show 2008



The Garden Cafe Was Built

The Garden Cafe Was Built

At the same time, the old tearooms were converted into the Garden Food Shop.

“a bright airy space, with full length sliding glass doors to bring the outside in on those warm sunny days; a lovely covered patio adds to the outside ambience and now seats up to a hundred people."

The food is all homemade from delicious local ingredients and the cakes are irresistible. The Garden Cafe has now been licensed and is a venue for ladies who lunch, and many events are held there from flambouyant floral demonstrations, to talks on vegetables, bees and bonsai. The old tearooms were converted into the Garden Food Shop; a hidden gem filled with a mouth watering array of delicious flavours sourced locally, nationally and internationally from artisan suppliers. Stocked with a wonderful range of products including luxury foods, deli essentials, fresh pies, cakes and cheeses, an outstanding selection of the world's finest wines and more - not to mention fantastic homemade Beetham pies and pastries.

The Garden Club Was Launched

The Garden Club Was Launched

Members are all rewarded for their loyalty with points that can be redeemed against future purchases, exclusive monthly Garden Club offers and a newsletter providing useful information including seasonal gardening tips, company news, future events and competitions.

Growing Nursery Built

Growing Nursery Built

To mark our 30th anniversary year The Growing Nursery was built.

The Growing Nursery provides access to Beetham Nurseries specialist growing area. A traditional retail plant nursery where you will find a different selection of plants that are all grown at Beetham Nurseries; they are always interesting, unusual or specialist and offer the highest quality at exceptionally good value for money.

The Glasshouse Was Built

The Glasshouse Was Built

The Glasshouse was built, originally as a space to provide workshops but soon became an area to feature The Conservatory Collection; our newest collection of unusual, rare and interesting plants that are perfect for the greenhouse / conservatory.

The Garden Club sees prolific growth

The Garden Club has been a great success and has provided an excellent platform for communication between the company and its loyal customers. It now has over 4000 members.

New Parking Area

New Parking Area

Due to demand, land was converted into a new car parking area to accommodate an additional 170 cars.

The Garden Club now has over 10,000 members!

New Undercover Shopping Area

New Undercover Shopping Area

New outdoor canopy constructed to increase undercover shopping space.

Drainage added to accommodate further retail space.

Moving Forward
Plans are in place to expand and to construct a new retail building that will offer more shopping space, further developing and improving the experience for visitors

“From initial staff levels of 5 people, Beetham Nurseries now employs over 60 people from the local and surrounding areas.“


Drainage infrastructure for new expansion

Drainage infrastructure for new expansion

Drainage infrastructure for new expansion

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