Nurs­ery project was a real labour of love

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Property Today -

WHEN

Tim and Jackie Thack­eray bought the nurs­eries prop­erty in Oun­dle Road, Pole­brook, it was with the aim to “pro­duce some­thing to­tally dif­fer­ent, to en­com­pass a life­style we’d en­joy and build our eco-house.”

When asked if it was a labour of love, Jackie said: “If you had seen the site when we bought it you would know that it had to be.

“We are in the for­tu­nate po­si­tion of not hav­ing to work now, but we wanted a project that would take us on a jour­ney and chal­lenge us and it has def­i­nitely done that. When we ar­rived it was to a di­lap­i­dated gar­den cen­tre full of row upon row of hun­dreds of ne­glected plants, many of which had rooted to the ground through pots.

“Not only did we have to clear out tonnes of old plants, but we also had to lay out neat new bays, put up wind breaks, bring in and ar­range new stock and cre­ate a Mediter­raneanin­spired plaza at the back of the of­fice to give clients an idea of the amaz­ing im­pact you can have with Mediter­ranean gar­den de­sign.”

Tim agreed when he said: “De­sign­ing our eco-home was just as im­por­tant to us. We could have made life easy on our­selves and just bought a nice cot­tage nearby, but we wanted some­thing that re­flected our own in­ter­est in con­tem­po­rary, sus­tain­able liv­ing and it’s good to know we have achieved that.”

The house, at the rear of the site, is mo­du­lar in de­sign, and fea­tures sus­tain­able tim­ber, ef­fi­cient heat pumps and a rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing sys­tem.

The cou­ple have in­vested about £750,000 in to­tal in their ven­ture to be­come the coun­try’s largest sup­plier of Mediter­ranean plants, cater­ing for both am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional gar­den­ers.

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