Nursery project was a real labour of love
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.