Lang­lands passes to the third gen­er­a­tion

Yorkshire Post - Business - - BUSINESS / NEWS - Grace Ham­mond NEWS RE­PORTER @york­shire­post

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.”

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