Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre hopes to bus staff and products from most departments in a pop up garden centre style to interested communities in Somerset from April.
Norma Moore, General Manager of the Somerset Business Award-winning, independent, family-run garden centre at Monkton Heathfield near Taunton, explained: “As a local garden centre we are very keen to meet the community’s needs. We thought it would be a great idea to take our business on the road and are looking to create a mini garden centre on wheels; we’re calling it the pop up garden centre concept. We think we’re the first in the country to do this.
“This means people without transport, those who are less mobile or anyone wishing to save on rising petrol costs can still access our expertise, plants and products without having to travel to the garden centre.
“Experts from our plant, shop, pet and craft departments will be on the garden centre bus and will stop in any villages that would like a visit to offer free expert advice. Our plant specialists will be on-board and will be happy to visit people’s individual gardens to advise them on plants that might work for them or even how to care for their existing shrubs and flowers.”
The Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre mobile vehicle will also contain a selection of plants and products that people can purchase on the day.
Norma added: “Depending on the replies we get from villages we hope to roll out the scheme from April onwards, subject to response and resources.
“We are really excited about our new venture and are looking forward to getting out on the road. We hope to see lots of our customers along the way.”
Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre was awarded the Albert Goodman Family Business Award at the Somerset Business Awards in 2012.
Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre is located just off the A38 at Monkton Heathfield between Bridgwater and Taunton. For further information about the garden centre, please visit www.monktonelmgardencentre.co.uk, log on to www.facebook.com/Monktonelm or follow the company on Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/Monktonelm.