Langlands passes to the third generation
A Yorkshire garden centre business is gearing up for growth as its ownership passes to the third generation of the same family.
Langlands Garden Centre, which trades from three sites in York, Leeds and Sheffield with 180 staff, has been acquired for an undisclosed sum by James Ducker, whose grandfather Walter Ducker founded the business in 1955.
James’s parents, Janet and Robert, will continue to be involved in the business.
The deal will see Walter’s son, John Ducker, retire after 54 years in the business while John’s son, Ian, who has also worked in the business for many years, will leave to pursue other business interests.
A spokesman said: “For over 60 years Langlands Garden Centres have grown and sold millions of plants to customers throughout Yorkshire and the rest of the UK.
“The business started life as a small nursery in Bingley, before moving to the current site in Shiptonthorpe, outside York, which was purchased in 1964 to allow for expansion. The business diversified, opening giftware departments and farm shops. Coffee shops, café bars and award-winning eating outlets completed the experience.”
Two further sites were acquired in Leeds and Sheffield. In 2016 the business bought a nursery in Holme on Spalding Moor to develop and expand the range and quantity of plants grown.
John Ducker said: “We would like to thank all Langlands staff for all their hard work and support. Thanks also to Tony Farmer of Garbutt & Elliott and Martin Frost of Lupton Fawcett for all their help.”