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John Cottrell John runs Winterbrook Garden Services full time & works on the nursery during weekends. John started Winterbrook Garden Nurseries originally in Wallingford over 30 years ago. When he moved with his young family to Brightwell he fell in love with the former fruit growing area & decided to open his nursery on the land he bought with the house. Working all week & weekends took its toll & couldn't be done with a young family so he took the decision to rent it out, which he did for many years. When the last tenant left, he decided to take it back & start again with less pressure & help from Hanna. He is the brains behind a lot of the up-cycling, garden antique collecting & plant knowledge! John is a very hard worker! He has worked hours, days, weeks & months clearing the site & starting it again from scratch. Neither of us are horticulturally trained but we have design backgrounds, so we choose plants based on colour, form, texture which is a very different approach than your regular garden centre. Hanna Armitage I'm John's daughter & I used to be an art teacher but made a change back in 2015 when I moved my young family back to Wallingford. I create the artwork, buy the gifts, sow the seeds & grow the plants...everything basically! All the artwork is created by me. I have always loved birds so I have a range of limited edition prints & handmade lampshades in my fabrics which cannot be bought anywhere else. My influences are nature & the balance we need. The themes I use are bees, birds, dragonflies & plants. I have always had a love for the quirky & unusual so the different plants I grow & the antiques my dad collects make the nursery a perfect balance. I LOVE our nursery. A New Approach We have created the nursery to be a destination that is a little different from the other nurseries & garden centres you might find around us. We are aiming to make the business as sustainable as possible. From plastic free pots to peat free compost we are trying our best to minimise our impact on the environment around us. Growing as much as we can on site means we are also trying to minimise the pests & disease which can be flown in from around the World. We try to grow unusual & different perennials & some annuals for flower cutting, plants you wouldn't usually find in the mainstream centres. Almost every plant in our nursery has been lovingly grown from seed or a cuttings. If the weather plays havoc with the plants we will sometimes use the brilliant, Babylon Plants in Watlington to keep our stocks filled but we try to avoid this. Some people might feel our plants are expensive (usually £8 for a 2 litre plants grown from seed!) but I can assure you that every single plant is individually looked after, kept pest free without pesticides, grown in organic, peat free compost, watered with harvested rainwater & no longer has to leave the nursery in a plastic pot! This is expensive but we have tried really hard to keep our plants as reasonably prices as we can to offer value for money & a lovely healthy plant!
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CONTACT US Email us: Hanna.cottrell @gmail.com Phone: 07753 876418 VISIT US Opening again Saturday 5th of September until end of October: Saturday 10:00 - 17:00 Sunday 10:00 - 16:00 From Tuesday 15th of September open: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 10-2 TELL US Submit Thanks for submitting! Where to find us: High Rd, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Wallingford OX10 0PS, UK
- Sustainability | Winterbrook Garden Nurseries & Hanna Cottrell Designs
SUSTAINABILITY IS AT THE HEART OF OUR NURSERY REDUCING PLASTIC USAGE Innovation to stop plastic pots DALEFOOT COMPOSTS Peat free compost with added sheep wool! HARVESTED RAINWATER Healthier plants We are one of the first nurseries in the UK to adopt the Posipot created in Kent & featured on Gardeners World back in 2019. As soon as we saw the feature, I phoned the inventor & asked if we could order some as the simplicity of the design was fascinating but so simple! Our aim is to stop plastic pots leaving the site & going home with customers, stopping the chain of plastic waste before it reaches your garden. The reaction to the Posipot has been so positive & it has become a real feature of making our nursery progressive. As peat bogs in the UK & Ireland are in real decline, destroying the nature balance in the landscape & wildlife, we wanted to find a peat free alternative to use on our stock & sell to our customers. After lots of research & trials we decided that Dalefoot was the best by far & we LOVE it! our plants are healthier & the use of wool (a bi-product from sheep farmers which would go to waste as it's not in demand currently) retains the water which is much better than coir (coconut fibre which tends to be very dry & has to be flown across the World) this compost also contains natural bracken found in the Lake District so it will break down over 12 months & feed your plants meaning no extra feeding needs to be done! On the nursery we collect all the rainwater from the buildings & it goes into an underground tank. We use the rainwater to water all the plants on site & have found that it has made the plants healthier & greener! The beauty of the rainwater is that it is not as hard with less limescale than the mains water.